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, 20 September 2014 00:00
Last year, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Moby Drugs in Farmingdale to highlight the launch of a drug take-back program, which was designed to help residents remove addictive prescriptions out of their medicine cabinets.
Yet, despite studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control—which found 70 percent of those addicted to prescription drugs get them from home, family or friends—federal regulations have prevented pharmacies in New York State from hosting the take-back program.
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:38
Lt. Matt Komorowski of Farmingdale was recently honored with the first annual American Heroes award, for showing bravery when faced with impossible odds.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Komorowski was one of six FDNY firefighters with Ladder Co. 6, called to the World Trade Center just a short while before the tower collapsed. Arriving at the scene, Komorowski and the members of his ladder company rushed inside the building. As they rushed up the stairs the men of Ladder 6 stopped to assist Josephine Harris, a then 60-year-old Brooklyn grandmother, who was stuck in the stairwell of the building.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
The 2014 Farmingdale Flag Football season kicked off with a blast on Sept. 7.
3rd Grade Division
The Texans and the Jets played a great opening weekend game, with the Texans getting the victory. For the Texans, touchdown pass from Joseph Spano to Jaxon Parisi with 20 seconds in the half broke a tie that the Jets never came back from. The Jets were led by Brendan O’Keefe, who had two rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Caputo, who picked off a pass at the goal line.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Farmingdale State College’s women’s tennis team opened the 2014 season with an 8-1 victory over John Jay College (0-1) on Sept. 3. The Rams (1-0) held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play before sweeping the singles matches.