Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:00
Even though his football uniform resembles that of the New York Jets, Curtis Jenkins is not one to boast like the players on Rex Ryan football team. The ever-humble dual sport athlete just led his Farmingdale Dalers to the Nassau County title on the hardwood, just three months after doing the same on the gridiron over rival Massapequa.
In fact, Jenkins has a demeanor that is more like his favorite rapper J. Cole, the modest emcee from North Carolina, than most professional athletes.
He was very excited about winning the title; you just wouldn’t be able to tell by his body language. “It’s a great feeling,” he said. “It’s really unexplainable,” he said in a modest tone. Most athletes that accomplish such lofty feats are overcome with excitement, but
Jenkins seems to expect these results. After a 34-year drought, it could be that Farmingdale has been waiting for a mellow athlete like Jenkins who does not feel pressure.
Having watched a lot of Jenkins in both sports, it is clear he is one of the most laidback superstars I have ever witnessed. During a mid-February victor over Freeport, he hit two clutch free throws in OT to put his team on top. After the victory, when asked about tuning out the crowd and eliminating the pressure, he simply stated that there was “no pressure,” and it’s “his job as a leader of the team.” Just doing his job comes natural to Jenkins, not so much for everyone else.
Going back to the comparison of J. Cole, he is similar in interviews. Whenever he has the opportunity to boast, he throws cold water on it and praises his upbringing and mentor Jay-Z. It can be stated that Jenkins has a legendary mentor in Buddy Krumenacker, the longtime coach of the football squad.
Although he is not one to star confrontation, Jenkins was motivated to get redemption against Uniondale. Having lost to them in the county semifinals last season, he admits they were on his radar this season.
“Oh yeah,” he said. “I’m glad we were finally able to conquer them.”
Jenkins has made his impact on Farmingdale High School and will graduate as one of the best athletes in school history. And regardless of the outcome, Jenkins will still be the laidback superstar that does not like to show off.
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, 31 July 2014 00:00
Secatogue Avenue between the LIRR train station and Eastern Parkway will be closed until September 1, due to the ongoing construction of Jefferson Plaza—a $59 million transit-oriented development project next to the LIRR station—which will involve installation of water, gas, cable and electrical utility lines underground. When finished, the two phase construction project is expected to end in 154 new apartment units as well as another approximately 19,400 square feet of retail space.
“The main reason for doing this now is that there is much less traffic in July and August around the train station,” said Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
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.