Written by Peter Cappiello Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00
If there’s strength in numbers, the Farmingdale baseball team is in for good fortune during the upcoming season.
On Thursday, Dec. 20, the Farmingdale State College Rams were ranked No. 19 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s NCAA Division III preseason poll after finishing the 2012 season with a 32-12 overall record, including a 15-1 mark in Skyline Conference play.
Coach Keith Osik, who has been at the helm of Farmingdale since July 6, 2005, believes the accolade is a culmination of his team’s efforts.
“I think it’s a product of the hard work that’s been put in in the last eight years and how we’ve represented ourselves,” Osik said. “Whenever you’re ranked preseason, it’s a [result] of what you’ve done in the past, but we look forward to moving up, not just staying at 19. We’d hopefully like to crack the top 10 and keep moving forward.”
Leading his team to five straight Skyline Championships that resulted in NCAA tournament berths since 2008, Osik said the ranking doesn’t change the preparation for the 2013 campaign.
“Overall it is a nice feather in our cap that people from around the United States have taken notice of what we’ve done in our program,” Osik said. “But to be ranked really doesn’t change anything. I think people would be lying if they tell you they didn’t want to be ranked, but all teams play for the ends, not the beginning.”
With high expectations heading into next season, Osik said the Rams are primed to meet any challenge.
“Our kids know going into this, regardless of who we have to play, every year the NCAA tournament is why they work hard,” Osik said. “They’re probably lifting weights and running on their own to be prepared come first practice. My kids know that anything less than a Skyline Championship, for us, would be a failure.”
Farmingdale kicks off its 2013 season in Florida on Feb. 21-25 during an annual spring trip.
Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
More than 2,000 Long Islanders enjoyed the festivities at Captree State Park as Assemblyman Joseph Saladino hosted the ninth annual Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo on Sept. 15.
Attendees learned about sustainable sources of energy as well as ways to protect the planet, especially the island’s marine environment. There were demonstrations in camping, boating, water safety, renewable energy, wildlife and environmental education, fly fishing, arts and crafts, face painting, clowns, touch tanks, ballon animals and plenty of rock and roll.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Farmingdale.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:43
The rivalry between the Farmingdale Dalers and the Massapequa Chiefs is a big one. So big that the school districts and the Nassau County Police Department had to take extra precautions to maintain security. Not everyone who wanted to see this game at Masspequa High School were allowed access to the game. In the past, there was some unruly behavior. So, if you were from Farmingdale you parked on the right side of the school and from Massapequa you were on the left. The stands on both side were full and hundreds standing along the fence to watch this game.
The Chiefs would score first in the first quarter with a 9-yard run by Paul Dilena for a touchdown. The Dalers had some problems moving the ball down field until Daler Danny Mckeon intercepted a pass and ran it back into the Chiefs side of the field. This would set up a 6-yard run for a touchdown for Michael Outing who had 19 carries for 84 yards. With the score tied 7-7, Zach Kolodny kicked a 22-yard field goal to put the Dalers up 10-7 shortly before halftime and the heavy rain that followed.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:45
It’s almost time to hit the ice again.
The Town of Oyster Bay Youth Ice Hockey Program will hold its registration on Monday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. on both nights. Registration takes place at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage.
“The Youth Ice Hockey Program provides youngsters, ages three to 13, with the opportunity to hone their skating and hockey skills under the guidance of ice hockey coaches,” Councilman Joe Pinto stated. “The highly regarded program has earned it recognition by the NHL, which has partnered with the Town to promote hockey programming and youth enrichment through its ‘Hockey is For Everyone’ initiative.”