Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
Sometimes having a passionate fan base can affect the home team. The Farmingdale Dalers admitted the volume and intensity of the crowd at the game against Calhoun “forced them to rush their shots” in the first quarter, according to Dan McKeon.
Fortunately for the home crowd, the Dalers were able to relax and overcome an 11-point deficit against their opponent to advance to the Nassau County quarterfinals with a 47-38 victory.
While the Dalers would strike first to put up an early 2-0 lead, the squad’s scoring chances were quickly stifled by the Colts’ defense—scoring only one more basket in the first quarter of the game.
“Our shots weren’t falling at first,” said McKeon.
At the end of the first quarter, it appeared Calhoun had put a scare into the Dalers with a 15-4 lead.
“We spoke before the game about playing the game, not playing to the crowd,” said Head Coach Jim Pastier. “A home crowd like this, place is packed, there’s electricity in the air, the players were too amped up,” he added.
From that point on, the script flipped completely.
The Dalers outscored the Colts 18-8 in the second quarter, which was really crucial for the team. Farmingdale began playing with more continuity on offense and were making the baskets that they were supposed to. Malik Seelal, Ron Winkler and Dallas Creamer all contributed on both ends and it took the pressure off Jenkins, who did not need to force difficult shots. The Dalers went into halftime down only one point, 23-22.
The Colts played a little tight in the third quarter, only managing to score six points. This was not just attributed to poor offensive execution, but also tremendous defense on the part of the Dalers.
“We know we can play defense,” said Pastier. “We take pride in our defense. That’s the backbone to the team,” he added.
The interior defense of Wrinkler and Creamer was a key to limiting the Colts. But, it did not hurt that they have athletes like Jenkins and Burke who are strong defending the perimeter. Farmingdale’s Curtis Jenkins also led the team with 17 points, putting up eight rebounds in the game.
The Dalers briefly lost their focus in the final quarter, as Calhoun’s Eric Ohlendorf gave the Colts the lead, with 5:26 remaining in the game, on a difficult layup.
Perhaps most crucial to the Dalers victory, was the clutch shooting of McKeon, who spurred a comeback by putting up a three-point field goal with three minutes remaining to put the Dalers ahead 37-35.
After a couple of possessions had gone by the wayside, McKeon grabbed a pass and chucked up the long-range attempt. It was perfect and the crowd was launched into a frenzy. The Colts were never able to recover. Just a couple of free throw attempts separated the Dalers from the victory and Jenkins nailed them to put the game out of reach.
“We have the utmost confidence in ourselves,” said McKeon. “We know we can play with anybody.”
The Dalers will advance to the semifinals next Wednesday at Old Westbury College, against either Baldwin or Freeport.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Farmingdale, East Meadow, Massapequa and Levittown school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
With the quest to craft the Farmingdale Schools’ 2014-2015 spending plan underway, the Board of Education met on Feb. 26 to discuss the financial well-being of the District; a topic that the support—or lack thereof—from New York State will have a very direct impact upon.
Superintendent of Schools John Lorentz discussed how New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year is slated to include additional financial support for school districts; however, Lorentz said the increase in aid is still far short of what Farmingdale needs to ensure its standards of learning are kept intact going forward.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
On an uncharacteristically beautiful, Feb. 23, the local running community responded in a big way. Between 450 and 500 people showed up at the Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale for the annual Winter Fun Run co-sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone (center) recently attended the Farmingdale Firehawks Football Luncheon at Carlyle On The Green in Farmingdale. The Farmingdale Hawks players ages 5 to 13, along with their coaches, parents and team moms all attended the luncheon to show their support and receive annual awards. Pictured behind the players from left to right are Board Members Bob McCormic and Tim Greco, Village Trustee Patricia A. Christainsen, Village Trustee Cheryl Parisi, Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto, President Bob Dentato, Councilman Macagnone, Vice President Regina Mott, and Board Members Mike Ippolitti, Andrew Frigerio, and Steve Licata.
— Submitted by The Town of Oyster Bay