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.
Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
More than 2,000 Long Islanders enjoyed the festivities at Captree State Park as Assemblyman Joseph Saladino hosted the ninth annual Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo on Sept. 15.
Attendees learned about sustainable sources of energy as well as ways to protect the planet, especially the island’s marine environment. There were demonstrations in camping, boating, water safety, renewable energy, wildlife and environmental education, fly fishing, arts and crafts, face painting, clowns, touch tanks, ballon animals and plenty of rock and roll.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Farmingdale.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:43
The rivalry between the Farmingdale Dalers and the Massapequa Chiefs is a big one. So big that the school districts and the Nassau County Police Department had to take extra precautions to maintain security. Not everyone who wanted to see this game at Masspequa High School were allowed access to the game. In the past, there was some unruly behavior. So, if you were from Farmingdale you parked on the right side of the school and from Massapequa you were on the left. The stands on both side were full and hundreds standing along the fence to watch this game.
The Chiefs would score first in the first quarter with a 9-yard run by Paul Dilena for a touchdown. The Dalers had some problems moving the ball down field until Daler Danny Mckeon intercepted a pass and ran it back into the Chiefs side of the field. This would set up a 6-yard run for a touchdown for Michael Outing who had 19 carries for 84 yards. With the score tied 7-7, Zach Kolodny kicked a 22-yard field goal to put the Dalers up 10-7 shortly before halftime and the heavy rain that followed.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:45
It’s almost time to hit the ice again.
The Town of Oyster Bay Youth Ice Hockey Program will hold its registration on Monday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. on both nights. Registration takes place at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage.
“The Youth Ice Hockey Program provides youngsters, ages three to 13, with the opportunity to hone their skating and hockey skills under the guidance of ice hockey coaches,” Councilman Joe Pinto stated. “The highly regarded program has earned it recognition by the NHL, which has partnered with the Town to promote hockey programming and youth enrichment through its ‘Hockey is For Everyone’ initiative.”