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Dalers Halt Hempstead

It was a tale of two halves for the Farmingdale boys basketball team.     Carrying momentum after topping Syosset 60-42 on Friday, Dec. 14, the Dalers (3-1, 2-0 Nassau Conference AA-I) danced past Hempstead 71-43 in a return to their home court on Tuesday, Dec. 18, but not without some growing pains.

Senior guards Dalique Mingo and P.J. Spadalik led the Farmingdale side in scoring with 21 and 14 points each, but the Tigers (2-2, 0-1 AA-I) got off to the stronger start in the matchup, applying an early pressure that forced 12 turnovers.

Dalers coach Jim Pastier cited a lack of focus that contributed to his team’s early struggles.

“We still haven’t played a complete game,” Pastier said. “We had a bunch of turnovers in the first half that kept Hempstead in the game, and we weren’t able to expand our lead. Second half, we came out a little more focused, didn’t turn the ball over at all, and that’s what created the difference in the game.”

Spadalik, along with junior guard Curtis Jenkins, controlled the pace of the game for Farmingdale in the first half, combining for 14 points with 12 of them coming from three-point land, while Mingo quietly added five boards and four assists before halftime.

Senior forward Tidell Pierre powered Hempstead’s offense, earning 20 points, including 10 from the charity stripe. Pierre’s 12 points through two quarters of play was followed closely on the scoreboard by senior guard Tywan Watson, who put away six points in 16 minutes en route to 10 points overall.

Although outscoring the Tigers 31-24 at the half, Mingo said a shift in mindset propelled the Dalers moving forward.     

“In the first half we had 12 turnovers and that equals 12 times where we’re not able to shoot the ball,” Mingo said. “Our coach said we warmed up lackadaisical, so we were probably walking through the motions at first, but we just tried to limit the amount of turnovers that we had and keep on going forward.”

Pastier noted the resiliency of his squad after missing junior guard Jack Burke for most of the contest due to flu-like symptoms.

“There was no fire to be lit underneath these guys—these guys are very explosive as is—they’ve just got to come out more focused and not give up easy buckets,” Pastier said. We were without Burke, he was sick with the flu so we had to rest him for a half. We didn’t really have a true point guard out there and it took a little while for these guys to gel together, but they came back in the second half and they answered the bell.”

Farmingdale charged out of the gate as Mingo and Spadalik teamed up to record eight unanswered points, just one minute, 13 seconds into the third quarter. Six minutes later, the Dalers found themselves on the right side of a 57-29 tilt after outscoring Hempstead 26-5 in the third frame.

Despite an offensive surge by the Tigers in the final quarter, matching Farmingdale’s output at 14, it was too little too late as Hempstead suffered its first division loss of the year.

Spadalik acknowledged the stronger offensive play, but said his team’s second-half defense was the key to success.

“We picked up a lot more defensively in the second half,” Spadalik said. Shots weren’t falling down in the first half and [in the second] we came out with a lot of energy and knocked down big shots. We’ve just got to go out with the same mindset that we’re going to win every game that we can.”

The Dalers went on a brief hiatus following a Christmas tournament held at Amityville High School, but return to action on Friday, Jan. 4 as they travel to Freeport for a 4:30 p.m. tip-off.

News

During a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, President Shari Bardash-Eivers addressed a controversy that had erupted among parents in the district surrounding comments that were made online about student data mining. Initially proposed as a component of New York State’s Common Core Learning Standards, data mining is used to gather information on students through a company called InBloom. However, the proposal to allow data mining through the use of InBloom was defeated by state lawmakers. 

 

For Eivers, the controversy had come about after she had made comments on social media sites regarding parents who were opposed to student data mining. Many referred to her comments as “insensitive,” for use of the terms “paranoid” and “ignorant” whilst noting that the same parents opposed to data mining seemed to have no qualms about activities such as using Google or their credit cards online—acts which she said carry many of the same risks. 

On April 4, members of the Farmingdale Board of Fire Commissioners appointed three new Chiefs of the Farmingdale Fire Department. After 14 years of service with the department, the newly minted Chief Patrick Tortoso is ambitious about his new title. 

 

“I wouldn’t be here without my members' backing,” Tortoso said.

 

At the ceremony, Frank Romano, ex-Chief of the Farmingdale Fire Department, gave his final rundown of the 997 calls the department handled in 2013, before handing over the proverbial reigns to Tortoso. 

 

“You guys always did a standup job,” Romano said congratulating his commrades. “This has been a rewarding experience.” 


Sports

John Galanoudis of Farmingdale, a junior student at Molloy College, batted .462 for the week with a .562 on-base percentage and a .615 slugging clip to help Molloy to a 3-1 series win over St. Thomas Aquinas. He scored four times, had six hits including two doubles, and drove in three runs. Galanoudis also stole a base and walked once.

 

— Submitted By ECC Sports

 

Erin Donovan of Farmingdale, a sophomore at Farmingdale State College, finished 6th in the High Jump at the St. Joseph’s Invitational competition. Her mark of 4 feet, 8.25 inches moves her to No. 7 on the All-Time list. 

 

— Submitted by the Farmingdale State College Athletics Department


Farmingdale High School’s Lady Dalers have staked an early lead in Nassau County Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse Conference I, after winning each of their last three games this season. Starting the season on the road, the Lady Dalers would open with a non-league victory over Sacred Heart on March 20. The Lady Dalers would go on to win the exhibition match 10-8, thanks to Tara Wahl who scored six goals to put Farmingdale in the lead. On March 22, the Lady Dalers would compete in their first game of the regular season against

South Side High School. During the game Jill Alonso put up two goals and four assists, helping the team to secure its 13-4 road win. 


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