Congratulations to the Farmingdale Rebels for making it to the finals at the Discovery Cup Columbus weekend soccer tournament in Maryland. The team won their bracket with two wins, including a win over a Virginia team ranked higher than the Rebels in the region. They then won a semifinal match against the number four ranked team in the state of Maryland. The Rebels would play another Virginia team in the finals. However, because of injuries the team would only be able to play with ten kids on the field. It was a valiant effort as the game was scoreless after the first half. The opponent was then able to score three goals in the second half to win 3-0. The Rebels now a U16 team is currently doing tournament showcases in the fall season and will be playing in the Eastern New York Premier League in the spring of 2010.
Wow, is the only word to describe the Farmingdale Lady Dalers Swimming and Diving Team’s victory over the Chiefs from Massapequa, 93-91. Brilliantly coached by Ken Ilchuk and Randy Corcoran the meet came down to the last event, the 400 Freestyle Relay.
Based upon previous swims, it was clear that the Massapequa Chiefs would win this relay event, so in order to prevail the Dalers needed their two relay teams to finish second and third. Coaches Ilchuk and Corcoran calmly decided to split their relay teams, placing faster girls on both teams. The team of Lorraine Pye(SR), Nora Reade(JR), Jen Barnola(SO) and Sara Golshar(FR) did their job finishing second. The “second” team was led by Alexandra Pyros(SR), who held her ground against a tough opponent, Sarah Hecht(SO) followed and handed off the Lindsay Gehlbach(JR). Both girls swam well, giving up ground to two very good Massapequa swimmers. Then the magic began.
The little Vikings played big Sunday, led by Chloe Grant’s two fantastic, darting runs, both of which set up TD’s. Gabrielle Gomez played another inspired game, with a gazelle-like TD off a quick slant pass from Gianna Morales, who played a heady game in her first career start at QB. Gianna was also huge on defense, with key flag pulls to stall a couple of Patriots’ drives. The other half of the Wonder Twins, Rebecca Morales, ate up tough yards with her determined runs. James Michels and Joseph Marino also played great games: James outran every opposing player on his dash to pay dirt while Joseph zigzagged his way through the defense to score on a long run!
10/11 Green: The 10 and 11-year-old Farmingdale Green Titans earned their
first win of the 2009 season under the lights at Allen Park on Sept. 26. Tommy McPartand, centered by Frankie D’Andrea, rushed for an outstanding four touchdowns. Newcomers to the team, Frank Trocchia and Jack McCaffery had great catches to help out on offense. The offensive line led by Chris Maddalone, Jake Swift, Ryan Clark and Allison Shamir (after a long day of dress shopping), did a great job blocking for Tommy. Bobby Norton got the defense fired up with a huge QB sack. The defense, anchored by Joey Tristano, Ryan Grossmann, Bryce Andros, Cosmo Marino, Joey Baccarella, Jawal Jordan and Anthony Steinheimer held Seaford to just 13 points. Malik Exantus had a great interception in the third quarter to also help out on defense. New additions Kyle Giovannelli, Andy Rolle, Justin Galasso all played a big part in the Titans first win. The Titans look to continue their winning ways this Sunday at 11:30 a.m. vs. Plainedge.
The little Vikings put on quite a show, led by the dynamic Gabrielle Gomez, who took a short swing pass from Zachary Leung and ran it all the way to the goal line to set up a TD by Zachary. The Wonder Twins, Rebecca and Gianna Morales, had a pair of nifty runs and nice plays on defense while Samantha Keating and Chloe Grant added some impressive runs of their own. Joseph Marino and James Michels had long runs and made some crafty defensive stops while Matthew Milianta and Jake Amato also played strong all-around games.
Farmingdale High School was once again named a Top Ten Award Winner in the Nassau County Sportsmanship Award for the 2008/09 school year. In the tenth year of the award, this is the second time (2006/07) that Farmingdale was honored.
Farmingdale High School’s Girls Varsity Swimming and Diving team opened their season last week and got off to a nice start. The Dalers faced power-house Manhasset in their first meet. Led by Captains Jill Anesta, Marissa Boccio, Lorraine Pye and Alexis Rzempoluch the girls all swam well, but came up short against the depth of the Conference I team falling 95 - 86.
The highlights of the meet included victories by the 200 Freestyle relay team of Sarah Hendrickson (JR), Jill Anesta (SR), Lorraine Pye(SR) and Marissa Boccio (SR) and the 400 Freestyle relay team of Pye, Anesta, Nora Reade (JR), and Boccio. The 200 Medley relay team of Reade, Alexis Rzempoluch (SR), Hendrickson and Jen Barnola (SO) finished in fourth place.
12/13 Year Old Team - The Titans senior team (12/13 year olds) lost a tough, extremely physical game to Glen Cove Sunday 16-6. Joe Alvarez scored on a sweep late in the 4th quarter after being set up on good runs from Brian Gillmore and Jyaire Ewa. Great Titans defense caused 4 turnovers and was led by Tom Ammarati, Kenny Laine, Mike Callahan, Peter Cohen and Sam Maybury and kept the game interesting throughout. The seniors have now played 2 of the toughest teams in the league in successive weeks and have gone to the wire with both. Next week they meet Seaford at home at Allen Park on Saturday night at 8 p.m.
10/11 White Team - This week it was Hakeem Cesars turn to shine as the Farmingdale Titans beat the West Babylon Eagles 32-19. He rushed for two long touchdowns. One for 84 yards and the other for 74 yards and he had two receptions for 54 yards and for 46 yards. Hakeem capped the night off with 4 touchdowns total. Not to go without mentioning that the other tail back J-Rod, Justin Rodriguez scored a touchdown of his own for 66 yards and had over 100 yards rushing and 66 yards receiving as well. Quarterback Matt Deluca had a stellar performance as the defensive tackle. The tailbacks, Tom MacCarthy, Alex Preistley, CJ Demers, Steven Boyle and Angelo Deluca had a great performance. Travis Gangale had 7 yards rushing and scored on an extra point that was called back. Joeseph Cincotta, not to be undone, made his debut in the back field with two backbreaking rushes to secure the win rushing for 7 yards and 6 yards and a first down. In addition, there were stellar defensive efforts by Jonathan Gala and Isaiah Micthell. Zane Ehlinger’s exuberance on the field was not unnoticed.
One week after opening the season with their annual parade the Farmingdale Hawks had an impressive showing. The youngest ages (5 and 6) both had bye weeks and the 9-year-olds lost to a tough Hempstead team. However, the rest of the league recorded wins during the second week of the new season.
The 10s recovered from a disappointing week 1 loss by beating East Rockaway 12-6 to kick off the weekend Saturday night under the lights at Allen Park and the 12s, coming off a hard-fought 8-0 road loss to rival Massapequa in week 1, capped off the night by beating the Bellmore Braves 38-0.
Farmingdale’s PAL Flag Football kicked off another season at Woodward Parkway Field Sunday. The league gets bigger every year, as do the smiles on the faces of the young players running up and down the field. Here are some of the highlights as reported by coaches.
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