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Farmingdale Baseball Ranks No. 19

FSC Rams finish season 32-12

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.

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Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in nearby Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

 

Event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event. 

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


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