Schneider Children’s Hospital (SCH) is one of the unheralded gems on Long Island. On Saturday, May 31 this world world-renowned pediatric hospital’s 25th anniversary was celebrated at the Annual Sports Day. Corporate sponsored softball and volleyball teams and their families gathered at Cantiague Park in Hicksville to enjoy the oceanic blue sky and the comfortable 68-degree morning temperatures.
Orchestrated by the Friends of Schneider Children’s Hospital, the Annual Sports Day is a family fun-filled event that provides corporate sponsored softball and volleyball team tournaments, inflatable rides for the children, sand art, live music, radio station give-a-ways, NY Islander’s Sparky and GEICO’s Gecko, breakfast sponsored by Merritt Bakery and a barbeque lunch.
Registrations are now being accepted for the the Main Street Mile, which is returning to Farmingdale’s Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 4:15 p.m. The quarter-mile Kids Fun Run will take place at 3:30 p.m. Join Pat LaFontaine, Runner’s Edge, Dave and Busters, Henry Schein, Inc., Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, Dr. Larry Lembo and Cisco Systems to benefit the Champions in Courage Foundation. Other sponsors include Wickham, Bressler, Gordon and Geasa, Stop & Shop, Anheuser Busch, Greater Long Island Running Club, World Gym – Wantagh, Nutty Irishman, Library Café, Babylon Bike Shop, Bill Romas, LMT, Long Island Tri Coach, Dr. Joseph Ciaccio, DDS and Mizuno.
The Farmingdale Titans Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization will begin their practices for the 2009 season on Monday, Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. at Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School. There are limited openings in certain age groups. Registration fees are $60 for those who qualify for the 5-year-old group and $105 for all other groups. This includes $30 in prepaid chances, when you sell the raffles, you keep the money. For information regarding football, contact Robert Thompson at 777-3700, Tina Gangale at 293-1381 or 521-5543. For information regarding cheerleading, contact Coordinators Jessica Brandi at 721-3203 and Laura Cincotta 586-5253 and 631-835-0182.
The Farmingdale Lacrosse Club Junior Varsity Team participated in the Pride Fest Tournament at Hofstra on July 5. The Junior Varsity Team went 4-0 winning all games under the direction of Coach Ken Garcia. The 7/8 Grade Team also participated and did well directed by Coach Len Panarelli.
A strong field of more than 350 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes were on hand at Glen Cove High School on Saturday morning, June 6 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of the Normandy Beaches with the Wounded Warrior 5 Kilometer Run and One Mile Fun Walk, and several athletes from Farmingdale were among the leaders.
Under stormy skies, Changing Times Pub continued its fine play with a victory over Zwanger Pesiri Radiology. The final score was 26-4. Jack Scherer pitched another fine game and also hit an excellent 60-degree wedge (the envy of Lucas Glover). Jack received offensive support from himself (two hits), John Ochwat (two hits), Dave Thorburn (three hits), John Najdek (three hits), Anthony Porpora (three hits), John Hughes (two hits), Jerry Iavarone (two hits) and Ed Cullen (four hits). After 10 games, Changing Times has 5-4-1. Congratulations to all the Changing Times players for a well played game.
As the U.S. Open fades to “Black”, two questions crossed everybody’s mind. Would Ricky Barnes hang on for victory and would Granny O’Shea’s Pub win their first game of the year?
Ricky Barnes shot an 8 under par heading into the final round of the U.S. Open at Bethpage. Meanwhile, O’Shea’s led off with a run in the first at Allen Park as Andy Cohen and Lenny Balestrieri singled and Don Carlin knocked in the run with a 9 iron sac fly. Lockie & Nowachek Family Chiroprators answered back with 3 runs to take the lead in the second. From holes five through twelve of round 4, Barnes had a tough stretch and bogeyed 6 times to lose the U.S. Open lead. O’Shea’s scratched out 1 more run in the 3rd as Mike Hadnagy and Bill Gonzalez got on the green and Andy Cohen stroked an RBI single but Grannys was still behind 3-2. With the game on the line, Barnes birdied the 13th hole to get back into the thick of the Open competition. Walter Hasemann and Gary Innes singled for Grannys as Mitchell Maghakian sank a putt for 2 more runs. With the score now 4-3 in favor of Grannys, Bob Kirk and Gary Innes plugged up the fairway with some crucial double plays to keep the strong lineup of Lockie & Nowachek in the rough. Bob Thompson threw 7 “par-fect” innings after the 2nd and Kirk teed off a solo shot down the left center fairway ensuring O’Sheas a victory, 5-3. Unfortunately Ricky Barnes couldn’t hang onto his lead as he dropped to 2 under par, but underdog Lucas Glover stayed steady at the end to capture the U.S. Open at 4 under par. Congratulations to Glover on his victory, to Barnes who set the pace and fought hard, and to O’Shea’s on their win.
The St. Kilian Saints and the LI Cyclones faced off for the second time this spring. The Cyclones took a 7-0 lead after three innings and led 10-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Saints would score four runs in the bottom of the seventh and a third in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at 10. With one out and the score still tied Jonathan Smalkin came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning. Jonathan hit a line drive that found the hole between shortstop and third base for a base hit. Jonathan would steal second and on a daring attempt stole third base. With the count 2-2 the Cyclones pitcher threw a wild pitch, Jonathan broke for the plate and slid under the tag for the game winning and first place clinching run. The win clinched 1st place for the Saints in the 2009 NCT Spring season.
Final Score: Saints 11, Cyclones 10. Other Saint notables: PJ Spadalik with three hits, three runs scored, three stolen bases and three-and-on-third solid pitching to keep the Saints in the game. Keith Albert two shutout innings on the mound to earn the win, Nico Rivera two hits, one RBI and some solid defense, Nick Panza clutch run scoring double and two solid innings on the mound.
Applications are now available and online registration is now open for the 2009 Arrow Exterminating Company Long Island Women’s 5 Kilometer Run, and women runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are cordially invited to participate.
This will be the 26th anniversary edition of the Run, which is Long Island’s only running event that is for women only, and it will be held on Saturday, July 18 starting and finishing at the Woodward Parkway Elementary School in Farmingdale.
It was the fourth straight year the Lady Dalers made it to the state championship tournament. After a semifinals loss in 2006 and losing in the finals in 2007 and 2008, when will it be their turn? No Daler lacrosse team -boys or girls - has ever won the state championship, but they have lost in the finals. The Lady Dalers had to play the West Genesee Wildcats in the semifinals. The Wildcats have defeated the Lady Dalers in the last two finals.
You could tell this would be a tough game. It was almost 10 minutes into the game until the first goal, by the Wildcats on a free position shot at 14:51. The Wildcats were winning the draws, picking up the loose balls and knocking the balls loose from the Lady Dalers sticks. Sloppy passing was also hurting the Lady Dalers. And one thing not in their control was the calls by the referees. It seemed every call was against them. At the end of the first half, the Wildcats held the Lady Dalers’ offense to only three goals. It was 5-3. The Lady Dalers would have to regroup and play better if they wanted to advance to the finals.
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