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.
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.
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