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.
Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:43
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.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:45
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.”