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Farmingdale Tackles Wrestling Tourney

The Farmingdale High School wrestling squad grappled its way into the top 5 at the Ted Petersen Tournament in Island Trees on Jan. 4, scoring a total of 140 points —  beating out students from the neighboring Bethpage School District by just three points. 

 

Widely regarded as one of the toughest wrestling tournaments on Long Island, the annual Ted Petersen Wrestling Tournament pits some of the roughest and toughest wrestlers from Nassau and Suffolk counties against each other for a chance at taking home the gold. Although placing within the top 5 of the tournament is considered an outstanding accomplishment, finishing in first is considered one of the highest honors in the Long Island wrestling world. 

 

Despite a bout of cold and snowy weather, wrestlers from across two counties put on their singlets and grappling shorts to compete against top wrestling talents from Amityville, Bethpage, Farmingdale (ranked No. 5 in Nassau County), Freeport, Huntington,

Hempstead, Lincoln Rhode Island, Massapequa (ranked No. 3 in Nassau), Mepham, Plainedge (ranked No. 2 in Nassau), and Uniondale.

 

Farmingdale’s showed a spectacular performance in the tournament, powered primarily by the efforts of Brandon Hecker and Bryan Tenny, two seniors who finished third and second in their respective weight classes.

 

Hecker would take third place in the 152 lbs. weight class with a 4-1 decision over competitor Robert Nash of Massapequa. Making it to the final round, in the 220 lbs. weight class, Farmingdale senior Bryan Tenny would take silver after 4-0 loss to Anthony Puca of Huntington.

 

Several other Farmingdale High School Varsity Wrestlers performed very well in this year’s tourney. 

 

In the 99 lbs. weight class, the Dalers’ Tyler Sullivan and Kevin Depalma finished in fourth and fifth place. Sullivan, a Farmingdale freshman, lost his shot at third over Ethan Dwyer from Huntington with a 4-1 loss. Meanwhile, Depalma, also a freshman, landed in the top 5 with a 3-2 victory over Tom Yannaros of Plainedge. 

 

Farmingdale senior Sam Cullen also finished four in his division, after losing his shot to third place Kearney Gutierrez of Freeport. 

 

Senior Taylor Thompson would place fifth in the 138 lbs. class beating out Juan Hernandez of Freeport. And Farmingdale’s Javier Hernandez would finish fifth in the tournaments 285 lbs. weight class. 

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Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


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