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.
Zumba Gold For Seniors or The Beginner Adult
Fall classes will be held in St. Paul’s Senior Center on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. or Thursday afternoons at 1 p.m. Each 45-minute class teaches the basics of Zumba and is led by certified Zumba instructor Felicia Lovaglio. This class is geared for seniors or the beginner adult. Classes begin the week of Sept. 16.
Who can believe that the school year is upon us and summer is over? The athletes that started training two weeks ago might be the first to answer but not because they couldn’t wait for summer to end but because they are looking forward to their fall seasons on the soccer field.
Tryouts began in earnest on Monday morning, Aug. 26 for both squads as they look to build upon last season’s successes. The early days of tryouts are focused on returning the teams to some sense of conditioning and re-familiarizing the players with the ball. As teams moved forward in the week all four coaches were excited for the upcoming season.
The coaches of the middle and high schools enjoyed a great day on the course at Cherry Valley Country Club on Thursday Aug. 15 as guests of the Garden City Men’s Association. The outing was rescheduled to August because of heavy rains in June, but the group encountered no such weather issues as the sun shined brightly on the group and everyone was a winner.
The Men's Association (TMA) hosts the annual event to honor the coaches, assistant coaches and administrators who put in significant amounts of time and energy with our boys and girls to deliver one of the top athletic programs on Long Island.
Garden City residents Alana Brown and Margo Kern qualified to compete in the Metropolitan Swimming Junior Olympics held at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. During the course of the three-day meet, the girls competed in both individual and relay events as members of the Long Island Aquatic Club (LIAC). Brown and Kern helped their team to victory as LIAC took home first place honors in the 14 & Under Combined Team category.
Congratulations to Garden City runners Chris Stamm and Bradie Ann Dwyer for their award winning performances in the Aug. 10 Sands Point 5 Kilometer Sprint for the Feinstein Institute.
Stamm completed the 3.107 mile course in 18 minutes, 48 seconds, crossing the finish line in 2nd place overall and first in the 15-19 age group. Dwyer finished in 21 minutes, 39 seconds, scoring as the third woman overall and first in the Women’s 25-29 age group.
In true David Letterman fashion the Garden City girls swim team made up t-shirts a year back that listed the 10 top reasons to swim for Garden City High School and the number one reason is this week’s subject, Coach Anne Sullivan. Well known throughout the community as the driving force to the very successful swim programs at the high school, Sullivan has developed and nurtured many a Garden City youngster to love the water. Her passion, dedication and commitment to a sport that she has loved since she was a youngster comes through each and every time she interacts with either a student athlete, a parent or another coach.
This past spring Sullivan was presented with the Female Coach of the Year award by Athletic Director Nancy Kalafus at the annual Coaches Golf Outing and Dinner hosted by the Garden City Men’s Association.
The Garden City Bombers 9U Team has been battling through its season competing against teams throughout Nassau and Queens.
The summer season started with the Bombers playing in the Oyster Baseball tournament, with the Bombers being eliminated in a fiercely-played game against the home team Blue Collar Bull Dogs. In that game, Garden City hurler Luke Sibblies retired nine consecutive outs, and hit two home runs including a grand slam. Matthew Mohen hit a double in every game of the tournament, with a flood of base hits by Evan Baschnagel and Johnny Kwiatkowski. Garden City led going into the last inning, but Sibblies had to leave the game having reached his pitching limit, and the Bull Dogs overcame the maroon in their final at bat. Sibblies nonetheless was the tournament star, having hit four home runs.
Garden City is well known for its tremendous athletic programs with many of the student athletes receiving accolades throughout the school year. But the success of the overall program isn’t only the result of the performances of the players but also because of the hardworking and knowledgeable coaching staffs that the middle and high schools have leading our teams.
As Athletic Director Nancy Kalafus has mentioned many times, “the coaches in Garden City make my job very easy." One of the coaches who puts in many hours throughout the year is wrestling and girls golf coach Reid Sclafani. Sclafani was recently presented the male Coach of the Year at the annual TMA coaches outing by Kalafus.
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