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Mariners Baseball: Good Finish

The United States Merchant Marine Academy baseball squad, which finished the 2013 campaign as Landmark Conference regular season co-champions, ranked 37th or higher in five NCAA D-III statistical categories:

USMMA Baseball 2013 NCAA D-III Team Statistcal Leaders:
15th - Stolen Bases per Game: 2.57
16th - Batting Average: .326

32nd - Total Stolen Bases: 95

35th - Doubles per Game: 2.05 

37th - Runs per Game: 7.1  

 

Most notable was the Mariners’ 326-team batting average, which ranked 16th in all of D-III.  In comparison, they were the only team in the Landmark Conference to compile an average over .300.

 

Junior infielders Warren Hartmann (Wyckoff, NJ) and Danny Collins (Sleepy Hollow, NY) helped lead the charge as they finished as the top two hitters in terms of batting average

in the Landmark Conference, as the only Landmark batters to hit .400 on the season.

 

Hartmann’s average of .435 was the 14th best individual average in all of D-III, while Collins’ mark of .403 ranked 63rd. 

 

Merchant Marine also led the conference in on-base percentage (.394) and slugging percentage (.411).

 

The Mariners did a good job of giving opposing managers and catchers fits on the base paths, placing 15th overall in stolen bases per game.  Nabbing an average of 2.57 bags per game, Merchant Marine’s 95 total stolen bases was also tops in the Landmark Conference, and ranked 32nd in the NCAA.

 

Leading the way once again was Hartmann and Collins, who stole a total of 25 and 16 bags respectively.  Hartmann’s total of .71 stolen bases per game ranks 26th in NCAA D-III.

Sophomore outfielder Cameron Stadele also played a large role in the team’s stolen bag total, amassing 13 to rank seventh in the Landmark Conference.

 

Merchant Marine also ranked 35th in doubles per game, averaging 2.05 two-baggers per contest.  Helping the cause for Kings Point once again was Hartmann who led the Landmark Conference with 19 doubles, and Stadele who ranks fifth in the conference with 11.  Hartmann’s total places him 18th in NCAA D-III and his average of .54 doubles per game ranks sixth.

 

Finally, the Mariners also rank 37th in NCAA D-III in runs per game, averaging 7.1 with a total of 264.  Hartmann, Collins, and Stadele led the Mariners in run scoring, coming across home plate 37,34, and 32 times respectively, accounting for over one third of the team’s total runs scored.

News

The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.

To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.

At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.

The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also.  Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.


Sports

The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.

Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”

Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it  paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”

Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.


Calendar

Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10



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