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Boys Varsity Basketball Update

Trojans attempt to finish out regular season on a high note

The boys basketball team has had an up and down year as they make their way to the last quarter of the season in the month of February.

The boys have played a number of games tight into the fourth quarter but have not been able to put away their opponents. With a record of 3 wins and 5 losses in Conference A-1 coach Larry Steimer will have the team focused on a strong finish and a run at a playoff spot.

The Trojans have utilized their overall team speed and athleticism to pressure their opponents with solid defense and good ball movement. With the up tempo play, the boys have been able to pressure their opponents into turnovers and poor shooting.

Ed Blatz, Dan Bonchonsky, Andrew Granville and Rob Wotczak have given Garden City an edge on the boards and points in the paint with Blatz picking up several double-doubles along the way. While on offense the combination of Kyle Skramko, Spencer Bais, Joe Leighton and Mark DeSantis have pushed the ball up court, penetrated the lane and drilled a good percentage of shots behind the three-point arc.

The Trojans have also been able to use their deep bench of Michael Collins, Matt Kelly, Chris Larkin, Ryan Giacini, Dew Pascale, and Ethan Gibbons to help when called upon.

Garden City will finish up their regular season play with four games in February, capped by Senior Night on Feb. 11 at 6:15 p.m. Come spend the evening in the GC gym with family, friends and teammates as they honor Eddie Blatz, Kyle Skramko, Spencer Bais, Dan Bonchonsky and Andrew Granville.

News

Budget adjustments, staff reductions recommended

The Garden City Board of Education will prepare to adopt next year’s school budget in a couple of weeks. Before they do, they’ll have to go over a few changes.

At the board’s public work session held at the high school on Wednesday, April 9, school superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen recommended a few adjustments, part of the annual balancing act that is the school budget.

The Garden City Board of Trustees approved a $55,791,023 operating budget at its April 7 meeting by a 7-0 vote (Trustee Theresa Trouvé was absent).

The spending plan requires a tax rate increase of 3.73 percent or an increase in tax of $224 to the average assessed single family home.


Sports

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.

Lady Panthers

start season 7-0

The number two ranked Adelphi Panthers Women’s Lacrosse team has gotten off to a fast start to their 2014 season and show no signs of slowing down. Head Coach Rob Grella, entering his third season at the helm, has led his team to an impressive 7-0 record to kick off their campaign. Six of the Panther’s first seven games have been won in commanding fashion in which they have outscored the opposition by a staggering margin of 122-14.

Last season, the Panthers continued their tradition of playing hard and fighting off tough challenges. They would finish the 2013 season with an impressive 11-1 record within the Northeast Ten Conference and overall at 18-3, making it to their fourth consecutive trip to the NE-10 Conference Championship where they eventually lost to Le Moyne.

Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



Columns

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