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Local Athlete Part Of Soccer Elite

They may be young, but these guys got something to prove. The Boys U-15 Dix Hills Elite of the Long Island Junior Soccer League placed second in the National Championship at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Tournament on July 27 in Overland Park, Kansas.

The boys, led by captain and center back Joseph DeStefano and mid-fielder Michael Sclafani, finished second in the U.S. Youth Soccer National League and qualified to the championship as one of the top two teams in their division. Heading into this tournament, the boys had the task of competing in three must win games within their group in a span of six days. They went undefeated and set their eyes on the ultimate prize.

“You had to play your game in every game,” said Sclafani of Farmingdale, who scored the game winner in the semi-final match. The main reason for getting this far was the team chemistry and experience these kids bring together on the field. “We’ve been together for so long; we stick together like brothers,” said added.

Despite coming up short to Santa Barbara SC White from California in the championship round, DeStefano is grateful to compete in the tournament that showcased the best of the best nationwide. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us,” said DeStefano. “We all worked hard and never had the chance to play against teams across the country.”

This group had traveled a lot and played in other tournaments in North Carolina and Las Vegas prior to clinching a spot in the National Championship, but the heart of this team comes from hard work and training. They have been training for four to five weeks prior to Kansas to get in shape and they worked on building up their running. “The boy’s hard work is what got them this far,” said Coach Dominic Casciato. “It was a great experience for the kids playing against some of the best teams in the country; it was something to be proud of.”

The Dix Hills Elite had plenty to be proud of as they are one of two New York teams from the Long Island Junior Soccer League along with the Smithtown Arsenal Under 16 Boys to advance to the national championship game for the first time in 13 years. As long as these kids continue to play together, work hard and have fun together, they will be a fun team to watch next year and beyond.

News

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  

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. 

 

In Farmingdale, school district officials have been vigilant in their efforts to combat the virus. 


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


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