Syosset Baseball Association (SBA) has announced that they will become part of Little League International, the largest Little League organization in the world, headquartered in Williamsport, PA. In a communication sent by president Rob Jolson, it stated that SBA will be entitled to register for the Little League World Series shown on national TV every August. There are tournaments for all Little League age groups.
Three SYAC Girls Softball travel teams played season openers on Sunday, April 15, under warm, sunny skies. SYAC travel teams all play under the Syosset Cyclones name.
The Syosset Cyclones U10 squad, fifth-graders coached by Bruce Cayne and Amy Cicio, rallied to a 24-4 win over Albertson-Herricks in an opener at Herricks Middle School. The U10 players hit a lot of balls and were aggressive on the bases. Solid pitching was provided by Isabel Schneider, Tina Mari Susca, and Maddy Siegel. Serving as bench coach for the game was SYAC intern Danielle Zurek, a Syosset High School varsity player.
Sue Bird, a professional basketball player for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) team the Seattle Storm, was recently selected as one of the top 100 Olympic hopefuls by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Bird was born in Syosset and attended Syosset High School. She previously served on both the 2004 and 2008 women’s Olympic basketball teams, helping to earn a team gold medal in both the Athens and Beijing Olympics.
As spring approaches full bloom, Syosset Baseball Association (SBA) is proud to serve the community once again with youth baseball as it has for 58 years. Saturday, March 31 marked the opening day game featuring a rematch of last year’s Major League Division Championship Game: Mickey LaCasse’s Yankees vs. Gary Rosenberg’s Kansas City Royals. Both LaCasse and Rosenberg were coaches last year for their respective teams and has been the custom, assumed managerial roles the following year.
Prior to the start of the game, SBA invited all attendees to partake in complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks served by members of the SBA Board of Directors.
That familiar crack of the bat was back as several dozen teams from SYAC Girls Softball recently took to the athletic fields to begin practices for the spring season. Each spring, hundreds of girls from Syosset, Woodbury and Jericho in grades K through 9 play SYAC softball. SYAC has four divisions: Instructional (grades K-1), Pony (2-3), Junior (4-5), and Senior (6-9).
The season begins on April 23 and extends to playoffs in early June. Teams hold practices before the season begins, and once the season starts, there are several games a week. Games are held on weekday evenings.
Hobart College junior Bruce Grant of Syosset was selected the Liberty League Men’s Tennis Performer of the Week after posting a perfect 4-0 record in singles and 2-2 mark in doubles during one week in March.
Chandler Kirby, a junior and varsity long stick middie at Jericho High School has been named as a 2012 Brine National High School All-American and has been selected to represent the New York East Region in the 2012 Brine National Lacrosse Classic to be held in Boyds, Maryland June 30-July 3. The Brine National Lacrosse Classic brings the top 400 high school underclassmen lacrosse players in the country to one venue, where 16 regional teams will compete to become the 2012 National Champion and qualify to compete for an international championship later in the year.
From the very first practice on a night back in October, Coach Howie Winston told the boys that they had a very good team. In fact, the words ‘championship caliber’ were even bantered about. Most of them knew the team was going to be good. Nobody realized that five short months later, they’d end up extremely good. In fact, perfect. And that’s what happened.
The Syosset Basketball League’s Red Team finished as the undefeated, undisputed, champions of the 7th-8th grade division with a final record of 13-0. The final tournament ended up being not much different than the regular season with the Red Team taking on all comers with the same style they had played all year and the results were the same too. The team had a few simple rules to play by which were repeated time and time again: Defense and Rebounding usually win games, and forget about the last play; think about the next play; and always stay positive.
Following the earlier and equally stunning news that future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning would sign as a free agent with the Denver Broncos, Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner, found himself on the trade block. The Jets swooped in and acquired the lefty, while surrendering two mid-round draft picks. So, what’s the early verdict?
Syosset Baseball Association introduced BlastBall for the spring 2012 season and expanded the program in the community to include children ages 3 and 4.
BlastBall is an introductory game for tee-ball, baseball, and softball for boys and girls ages 3 and 4. Utilizing a large foam ball and foam bat the game is safe for the youngest members and does not require use of a baseball glove.
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