Written by Vinny Messana Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00
The gym erupted with joy as the Farmingdale Dalers captured the Nassau County AA title for the first time since 1980. Players, parents, students and coaches swarmed the floor after the final buzzer, hugging each other and smiling ear to ear. The players themselves looked alternately elated, stunned and drained.
Led by a dominating defense, the team held on through a tight game to beat Uniondale 38-35, holding their opponents to under 40 points for the third straight playoff game.
“Nobody gave us a chance in the beginning of the year,” said senior Malik Seelal, who scored 11 points and blocked the potential game-tieing three in the waning seconds of the game. “That was the driving force behind us. We worked for this every single day. We had more to play for than the other teams.”
Adding to the motivation: Uniondale had eliminated the Dalers last season in the playoffs 67-65.
“They were demons to us,” said Seelal. “We exorcised that demon today. I couldn’t be happier.”
Curtis Jenkins led the scoring for Farmingdale with 14 points. He also hit the biggest shot of the game, late in the fourth quarter. With the Dalers trailing 33-32, Jenkins attempted a three-pointer off the dribble and nailed the shot, putting the Dalers back on top by two with two minutes remaining.
From that point on, the Knights launched desperate three-point attempts but the Dalers did a tremendous job of defending, despite nearly dropping their lead by failing to hit free throws in the fourth quarter. They shot 3-15 as a team in the fourth quarter and 6-26 foul shooting.
The powerful defensive effort kept them alive. Their ability to contain the athletic guards of the Knights, such as Imran Ritchie who led with 16 points and hit two consecutive threes in a span of five seconds that made the fourth quarter interesting.
“I just deny the ball and use my size and strength like coach says,” said center Ron Winkler. The senior center who led the defense all season, was one of the main reasons the Dalers held opponents to an incredible 43 points per game.
What really separates the Dalers from other strong defensive teams is that they are equally potent in the interior and perimeter. Ron Winkler and Dallas Creamer stifle the opposition’s big men. In this case it was Nick Danns who was struggling to get a clean look in the post. On the outside; Jenkins, Seelal, Jack Burke and Dan McKeon play intense defense and are proficient at forcing turnovers on routine passes. They are very instinctive and aggressive.
The Dalers will have the week to prepare for the Long Island Championship game at Hofstra this Saturday at 3:30, when they take on Brentwood, the Suffolk AA champion.
Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00
Nassau County Police recently arrested Meredith Dulberg, 36, of Farmingdale, on allegations she falsely claimed to be a lawyer.
According to detectives, Dulberg appeared in Nassau County Small Claims Court as an attorney at-law representing the Tempelton Group, located at 1025 Old Country Rd. in Westbury, and filed forms containing false information.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
This month, the Professional Golfers Association of America [PGA] hosted the Barclays Tournament—part of the first round of PGA’s FedEx Tournament with a $1 million prize—at the Bethpage Black Golf Course. From the event, the PGA released $50,000 to the Village of Farmingdale.
“It was great working with the Farmingdale community, one of the best host communities in the country”, said Peter Mele, PGA Tour Director.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament.
Plainedge 12 - Island Trees 2 (9UB)
Ozone Howard Huskies 14 - Wantagh Hawks 1 (9UA)
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
The Farmingale Devils Travel Baseball teams were in action during The 4th of July weekend and provided fireworks in two different states.
The 11U Devils won their third tournament this year. They traveled to Connecticut for the fourth of July tournament. The Devils lost game one on Saturday 7-5 to the Connecticut Defenders and won game two 17-0,The Devils advanced to the playoff round and would meet the Defenders again .The bats were on fire all day led by Big Joe Mcgrath and Nick Franco.The Devils beat the Defenders 11-5 and advanced to the championship to play the number one seed and undefeated Hit Club. The Devils jumped out to 4-2 to lead .The game was tied at 9-9 going to the 6th inning and the Devils would score 2 runs and hold on to win the tournament. The Devils had 52 hits and scored 44 runs,Big Joe had 4 doubles a triple, Nick Franco had 8 hits. Anthony Quatromani 8hits.Matt DiSanti drove in the last run in the championship game. Tim Dorman 6 hits. Patrick Quinn 5 hits and 6 stolen bases. Nick O'Connor 3 hits and 4 stolen bases. Kyle Gaertner 6 hits and was winner pitcher in championship game. Patrick Sanchez was the winning pitcher in semi-final game.