When MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ hosts Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, 2014, the Village of Garden City will have already gotten a taste of what’s arguably our greatest secular holiday courtesy of the Huddle Shuttle. Given the fact that the Super Bowl is being held in a cold weather locale in arguably the largest television market for the first and likely only time ever, the Super Bowl 2014 Host Committee chose to spring for a four-truck caravan measuring 100 feet long by 80 feet wide filled with memorabilia and exhibits that includes the Vince Lombardi Trophy under glass. Attendees will also be able to participate in a number of interactive, combine-like activities that include tests for agility, throwing accuracy and vertical leaping. Having been on the road since the middle of September with the goal being to visit 48 sites--24 in New York and 24 in New Jersey--the Huddle Shuttle will be pulling into Garden City on Saturday, Oct. 26, which also happens to be the same day that the Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual 7th Street Fall Fair and when Garden City High School has its Homecoming. And these are exactly the kinds of community events that host committee president Alfred E. Kelly, Jr. sees the Join the Huddle Tour meshing with perfectly.
The Bricks4Kidz Lego program was a big hit this summer so the recreation office is sponsoring it again as an after school program this fall. Bricks 4 Kidz teachers are trained to lead a discussion related to that day’s model, using materials designed by educators to teach concepts across a variety of subject areas. Kids will learn about everything from gears, torque and friction, to geography, space exploration, weather and more. Working with a partner, kids experience the hands-on fun of model building, from concept to completion. All models are designed by Bricks 4 Kidz model designers, so you won’t find them on the shelves of your local toy store.
Late afternoon on Friday, Sept 6, local Facebook, Twitter and email accounts, as well as old-fashioned phone lines, were abuzz as word spread that Garden City’s Matt Daley was promoted to the New York Yankees. Daley has been with the Yankees all season, albeit in their minor league system, after a 2012 year rehabbing from shoulder surgery with the Yanks.
The reigning Long Island Champion Garden City Trojans narrowly defeated MacArthur Generals 10-7 in overtime on a 32-yard field goal by Gerard Smith. The Trojans erased a 7-0 deficit on a three-yard TD run by QB Brett Stewart with under a minute remaining in the game.
“The kids fought hard and came back,” said Head Coach Tom Flatley. “We work like heck during the week,” he added.
The Adelphi Cross Country team started off the season in a flash. Both the men’s and women’s teams finished in first place at the St John’s/Hofstra Fall Cross Country Festival on Sept. 7 in Oakdale, NY. The featured individual winners were junior Nick Filippazzo for the men and senior Elizabeth Eickelberg for the women.
Last season, the women’s team finished second in both the Northeast-10 and in the NCAA East Region; they also qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time in 10 years. This was an improvement from the year before where they finished seventh and sixth, respectively. As for the men, they had an individual male who qualified for NCAAs in Andrew Coelho; he earned his second All-American honors, while the men’s team finished in fifth in the NE-10 and sixth in NCAA Regional.
The 2018 FLG girl’s lacrosse team, led by Julia Kavan, Anna Mandaro and Ann Sullivan proved to be resilient all season long. This team had many comeback wins over the course of the summer and always played as a unit. The girls came to practice every week with the desire to learn and get better. This combination made this group of players successful on and off the field. Furthermore, the heart and tenacity they demonstrated at every tournament was astounding as well. They particularly demonstrated this as they were provided with the opportunity to play up and compete against girls a year older than them at their last tournament in Stowe, VT and won.
Considering that last year was a rebuilding year and the Garden City football team came away with a Long Island championship, I’m not sure what Coach Flatley has up his sleeve this year. Not unlike last season when the Trojans graduated a number of their starters on both offense and defense, Flatley and his staff will have to retool again this year as they lost several key members to graduation.
Flatley, in his 29th year coaching, didn’t just get inducted into the Hall of Fame because of his bright smile, it’s more his ability to mold the group of young men he gets each year into a cohesive team. He and his staff will be able to build upon several cornerstones of last year’s championship team, namely quarterback Brett Stewart, running backs James Sullivan and Tim McDonagh and linemen Ryan Blair and Nick Giannone.
Garden City resident Alexa Graham was recently recognized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for her outstanding performance this season at the site of this year’s US Open. She finished ranked atop the Girls 16 bracket of Eastern Award winners. It was her first time being given this award, which was based on her performance in eight sectional tournaments during 2013. Graham placed No. 1 in five of the eight, earning her the most overall points.
“This really meant a lot to me, I had to work really hard,” said Graham, who is starting her sophomore year at Garden City High School.
On a recent summer weekend, the 2019 & 2018 FLG Select Boys teams headed up to Cambridge, MA to compete in the Crimson Classic Youth Lacrosse tournament at Harvard University. FLG has graduated 4 Garden City players from their program that are currently attending Harvard and playing on their lacrosse team - Stephen Jahelka, Sean Mahon, Brian Fischer and Devin Dwyer.
The Adelphi Men’s Soccer team will be reclassified from Division I to Division II beginning this semester. The Panthers will compete in Division II play and are now eligible to contend for the Northeast-10 Championship. They were granted an NCAA waiver allowing them to be reclassified without going through the customary two-year probation period, thus enabling them to compete in NCAA postseason games.
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