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Over The Hill Gang Softball Report

With manager Tom Ball attending a wedding in Iowa, it seemed like a tall order when Marc Fischer said, “win this one for T-Ball.” Zwanger Pesiri Radiology (ZP) was after all facing powerful B.K. Sweeney’s, the number one seed in the Over the Hill Gang playoffs. But on Friday night, it didn’t matter.  ZP fired out of the gates with 16 runs in the first two innings and then scored just enough to stay ahead in a big 22-15 win. Everyone contributed to this victory.

Pitcher Brian Tinney held a lineup that normally scores 20 plus runs a game to 15.   His defense cracked a few times, but made the plays when needed. John Hernandez was solid at shortstop and Fischer at first base made a key stop and throw to nail a runner at second base. In the outfield, Bino Reverberi tracked down a number of drives up against the fence that a lot of guys don’t get to.

Russ Graham and Sean O’Flynn led the offense with a pair of homers. Graham cleared the fence while Sean had to use his “wheels” after smashing one over the left fielders head. O’Flynn’s blast came at a critical time in the eighth inning, just when BK appeared to be inching back and getting some momentum. Ira Berger returned from an injury with a perfect 3-for-3 night.

Jerry Mazza, Hernandez, Graham, O’Flynn and Fischer also pounded three hits each. Vinny Foppiano, Tommy Dittmeier, Reverberi, Tinney and Anthony Nicolich rounded out the attack with two hits each. For the night ZP collected 31 hits and walked away with an impressive win over a very tough team.

News

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.

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.


Sports

Farmingdale squeaks by Massapequa

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.

Town sports shifts to hockey

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.”


Calendar

Junior Varsity Football At Baldwin High School

Saturday, September 27

Girls Varsity Tennis At Malverne High School

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Varsity Volleyball Versus Massapequa High School

Wednesday, October 1



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