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Grown-Ups Embrace Kickball Again

Wacky names highlight fun feel

of fast-growing new league

The upper field of the John Maccarone Memorial Stadium in Glen Cove is once again alive with the sights and sounds of LI-Kick, Glen Cove’s co-ed adult kickball league.   

Glen Cove resident Sal Farruggia, 27, founded LI-Kick this past spring, in partnership with the City of Glen Cove’s Department of Parks and Recreation and its director, Darcy Belyea.

The new league had 130 players on eight teams and proved to be a great success.  Farruggia and Belyea planned to expand the league to 190 players and 12 teams for this fall. By Tuesday, Sept. 3, the opening night of season two, 211 players had signed up and 14 full teams had been formed. Players range in age from 21 to 64 years of age and all teams are co-ed.

Several teams from last season have returned for round two.  Kevin Christian, 29, of Farmingdale, is a member of the former Saved by the Balls, now re-named Swift Kick in the Grass.  Christian’s team was not scheduled to play on opening night, but he came down to watch and to scope out the competition.  “I love it,” said Christian.  “I really look forward to coming every week and couldn’t wait for this season to start.”

Also waiting for the start of the season, but for a different reason, was Troy Buff, 50, of Garden City Park.  Buff heard about the league in the spring and came down to watch a few games.  He was hooked and began relentlessly recruiting family members and friends for the fall season. “It was all I could talk about. Everyone said I was nuts,” said Buff, “but here they are.” Buff’s team is named HP & C, short for Heating Pads and Cocktails, both of which he says they might need after this experience.

New to the league this year as well, are several teams organized by local residents. Samantha Famigletti, 24, of Bayville, who started the Spicy Meatballs, thought it would be “a good way to have fun and meet new people.”  Mackenzie Keyes, of Glen Cove, summoned up an entire team of her 20-something friends to form The Sleaze Balls.

Also representing Glen Cove were avid softball players Beth Nugent and Beth Losee, members of the newly formed Great Balls of Fire. Nugent had come to watch a friend play last season for Kickin it Old School and thought, “This is a little goofy, but it looks like fun. Let’s play!”  She recruited everyone she could think of. The team was a little nervous at first, never having played as a team before, but soon settled in.  Although Great Balls of Fire was defeated in their first game by the Sleaze Balls, they still “had a blast,” said Nugent.

After the games, the festivities continued at the Downtown Café in Glen Cove for the first of many social events planned to help league members get to know each other better.

LI-Kick games are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8:30 p.m. in the upper fields of John Maccarone Memorial Stadium in Glen Cove. Spectators are always welcome. For further information or to register, visit www.LI-Kick.com or call Glen Cove Department of Parks and Recreation at 516-676-3766.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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