The Garden City baseball team has been on top of their game all season but their dominance over Conference rival Jericho put the league on notice – these boys can play. Manager Rich Smith has the team playing solid defense to support a strong pitching staff while the bats have been consistent all season. For the season GC has averaged a little more than 8 runs a game while the pitching staff has given up less than 3 runs per seven innings.
A strong indication of how the Trojans have performed was the three game sweep of Jericho. GC outscored the Jayhawks 37-12 in the three game series as Cory Fallon delivered the winning performance in the series finale, while David Butler and Kyle Ritchie won the first two games. The Garden City pitching staff has been excellent this season with lefty Brian LoRusso and Alex Ostermann supporting the starting three with timely contributions.
On Friday, April 19, the Garden City Recreation Department unveiled another successful project at the Community Park—the renovated roller rink. Kevin Ocker, chair of the Board of Commissioners of Cultural and Recreational Affairs along with Mayor John Watras, Garden City trustees, the Roller Rink Replacement Committee and League Coordinator Andrew Karen dropped the first puck to kick off the hockey season.
The rink is home to more than 350 hockey players ranging in age from kindergarten through adult. With a new scoreboard, sound system, playing surface and end boards the rink will now be another showcase for Garden City. In addition to the leagues, residents are also allowed to use the rink during open time for their own use.
Needs Assessment Survey Mailings Continue
Mailings are ongoing to all village residents for the Community wide Recreation and Parks Needs Assessment survey.
This is your opportunity to express your individual needs, attitudes, opinions and behaviors toward village leisure services and facilities.
When you receive your questionnaire, complete it and return it to the consulting firm in the envelope provided. Note: space has been provided for write in comments. Feel free to use these areas to express other specific concerns or recommendations.
The Garden City Outdoor track teams have had much success through the years and are on track to produce some fantastic results again this season. Both squads have begun the season with wins in several dual and tri meets and will look to continue that trend as they get into the invitational part of their schedules and ultimately the championship rounds.
Boys Coaches Bob Busch and George Dreher have had to deal with a problem that many other coaches would love to have—too many boys coming out for their sport. Because of the success of the past several seasons, the boys team has seen a resurgence on the track, drawing many strong athletes into spring track and field. With a squad that reached almost as high as 80 student athletes, the coaches have had their work cut out for them finding the right mix of speed and endurance to field a powerful team.
Annual Eagle Run 5K charity road race held at Adelphi University recently. The day started with a 1/4 mile Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. and the 5k-race at 10:00 a.m. The runners enjoyed the two-loop course around Adelphi’s campus and finishing on the turf field.
Jack Aneser, a Boy Scout with Troop 55 in Garden City, and junior at Chaminade High School, put together this community-based charity road race as his Eagle Scout Project. Net race proceeds benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and there was a shoe drive to benefit Soles for Soles, whose mission is to collect new and used shoes to give to those suffering from poverty.
The 57th year of the Garden City Athletic Association’s (GCAA) baseball, softball and Challenger Division seasons got underway with the Opening Day parade on Saturday, April 6.
Once the crowd gathered at the village gazebo, Al Vanesco, GCAA president, introduced Mayor John Watras for the ceremonial throwing out of the first ball. Before tossing a fresh set of baseballs out to the young boys and girls, Watras told the group “we are looking for good sportsmanship, respect for our coaches and players, and to build a solid learning environment, but most of all, to go out and have fun.”
The Garden City varsity baseball team’s season is underway and Coach Rich Smith is looking forward to another run at the playoffs as they come off of last season’s tough second round playoff loss.
Last year’s playoff team that went 12-5 opened eyes around the high school diamonds and will lead to higher expectations out of this year’s quad.
Please be advised that residents can expect the receipt of the Needs Assessment Survey between April 12 and April 15. All residents are urged to participate.
The Recreation and Parks Department is please to offer a program dedicated to parents and tots. The US Sports Institute’s Parent and Tot Program will introduce 2 and 3-year-olds to a variety of sports, games and group activities, all with the help of a parent. This seven-week program, open to residents of the Village of Garden City, will be available on Thursdays beginning April 18 according to the following times:
10 to 10:45 a.m. $95
11 to 11:45 a.m. $95
Noon to 12:45 p.m. $95
The Garden City girls lacrosse team has been unstoppable the last seven years, winning seven consecutive state titles on their way to becoming one of the most dominant teams in all of Long Island sports. Coach Diane “Chappy” Chapman has been able to reload each year to the tune of more than 200 wins with talented underclassmen to support the experienced seniors and juniors that typically lead the team.
This year’s team will once again fit that formula after having graduated several All-Americans and experienced leaders from last year’s championship team. The team will rely on the leadership of captains Linda Marie Attanasio, Liz Furman, Carly Knowles and Lily Schmitt to bring another successful season to Garden City.
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