Baseball is America’s pastime and should be enjoyed by everyone, including children with special needs.
That has been the thrust of Long Island Challenger Baseball since it was established in 1989 -- to give physically and mentally challenged children from across the island the opportunity to play baseball in an environment structed to their abilities.
And those abilities will be on display at the Long Island Challenger Baseball Jamboree at John J. Burns Park on Merrick Road in Massapequa, Sunday Oct. 13. The special event will bring together challenger teams from through the island and outside of the state.
PEANUT 1: The Steelers were led by Dean Kott who scored on a 40 yd TD run and caught another on a pass from Luke Begley. Marissa Karlsen had 3 long runs and Emma Savino scored a TD for the second consecutive week. Hunter Kinhackl, Andrew Adamo and Katie Hecker all contributed with big runs while Luke Eschman was the defensive standout with 5 flags. He also had a 60 yard run on offense to round out the afternoon.
PEANUT 2: The rain held off on Sunday so the Saints and the Giants could hook up at Woodward Parkway. Justin Sindicic, Conor Muldoon starred on both offense and defense for the Giants. Nick “The Quick” Viola had his first touchdown of the year for the Saints and Gus Scardina called a pre-snap audible that surprised everyone (including his coaches!), but ended with a touchdown pass.
PEANUT 1: The Jets battled the Steelers. Emma Savino had runs of 20 and 40 yards and scored a TD. Hunter Kinhackl scored his first touchdown of the season on a run right up the middle. The defense was led by Dean Kott who recorded three flags and Luke Begely who had two flags.
PEANUT 2: The Saints and 49ers played a gem this week at Woodward Parkway Field. Jaxon Parisi, Charlie O’Connor and Nicholas Pascarella all starred for the 49ers on offense. Jack Molloy and Ryan Johnson took long runs to the house for the Saints.
Charles Water Karate focuses on teaching its students how to not only show confidence in the studio but in the real world as well. The owner is Grandmaster Charles Water who runs the studio with his wife Cheryl Water. Their studio is located in Williston Park on Hillside Avenue.
The studio’s style of martial arts is called the Black Belt Success System. “We want to teach our students how to think like a black belt outside of the studio,” said Mr. Water.
Back in the ‘70s, Mr. Water used to run a women’s high fashion clothing store. He started taking martial arts classes and fell in love with it. He decided to follow his passion and open up a karate studio in 1986.
Under a full moon, with a packed stadium, against a top ranked opponent, Curtis Jenkins led the Farmingdale Dalers to a 31-13 victory over the Oceanside Sailors. Jenkins scored on a 93-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter and also on a 13-yard reception. The senior ran for a total of 139 yards on the day.
“That’s who he is,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker. “He can break the game open, and he obviously did tonight,” in regards to Jenkins. The performance moved the Dalers to 2-0 on the season and Oceanside drops to 1-1.
Week 3—Peanut 1: Dean Kott ran for an 80-yard TD and caught another touchdown on a pass from Luke Begley. Katie Hecker had one flag and scored on a long touchdown run and Marissa Karlsen added a flag and a touchdown run as well. Andrew Adamo had 2 longs runs of 40 and 35 yards.
Peanut 2: The Patriots and Saints hooked during week 3. Eric Gardener and Keith Brannick led the Patriots on offense, which hooked up for a long touchdown. Alexia Natarus was a standout on defense. For the Saints, Dominick Mezzanotte led the team in rushing, and Ryan Gillen and Jimmy “J-Train” Caputo clogged up the middle on defense.
Bar-Boy beat Singletons 23-19 in a special Thursday night edition of Over the Hill Gang tournament action. Singleton’s jumped to an 11-5 lead, but Bar-Boy tightened their defense and came roaring back. The biggest inning was the 8th.
The team scored 10 runs with 15 batters taking swings. Everyone has to hit to beat Singleton’s and that what happened Thursday.
Frank Badalamenti had 7 RBIs and that’s with two drives hitting the light pole robbing him of two homers.
Week 2-Peanut 2: The Jets and Saints met at Woodward Parkway School on Sunday and had a great time. For the Jets, Ryan Horan, Alex Darienzo and Jalen Gordon were standouts and for the Saints, Gus Scardina and Nick Viola had great plays on both sides of the ball.
Pee Wee 3: The Saints and Jets played a nail biter. The Saints came out on top winning 14-12 with the difference being a two-point conversion. The Saints offense came ready to play. A long touchdown pass from Aiden Gillen to Andrew Koukos put the Saints ahead late. Andrew Aldieri and Eamon McLoughlin had long runs and Andrew Koukos also ran for a touchdown. The defense was led by TJ Preiss who had 5 flags and Anthony Matheis who had a key interception. The Jets were led on offense by two explosive long TD runs by Josh Behar. Jason Chung had several nice runs. On defense, Mike Connolly had a strong game snagging several flags and shutting down the receivers he was covering. The Jets also got spirited efforts by Joe Walsh, Robert Trey Rowland, Luke Stephan, Gavin Vega and Christian Medrano.
Moby Drugs and Lockie and Nowachek Family Chiropractors ended the Over the Hill Gang regular season with a fantastic game. Moby took a quick 4-0 lead, but L&N answered and each team had the lead throughout the game.
L&N took a 16-10 lead into the last inning when Moby struck back for 6 runs to tie the game 16-16. L&N had the top of their order in the bottom of the 9th but their first two batters lined out.
A record number of folks showed up and raised a record amount of money for charity at Farmingdale’s ninth annual Main Street Mile. Runners and spectators alike enjoyed the warm, slightly muggy day, which began at 8:30 a.m. with a quarter-mile “fun run” for children. The children’s race ended with medals and free ice cream all around. The adults took to the streets for their first race at 9:15.
Of the 429 racers, 33 came from Farmingdale itself, with the rest from surrounding local towns such as Massapequa and Seaford, but some from as far away as Orlando, Florida and Phoenix.
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