Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00
All school athletic programs deal with losing star seniors, when high school graduation rolls around. And each season, they rebuild in the hope of rebuilding the team to its former glory.
This couldn’t be truer for the Farmingdale boys baseball team, which will be forced to rebuild its program after 16 seniors graduated, last season. That group finished with a 10-8 record last season and qualified for a playoff berth as the No. 10 seed before being eliminated by Syosset with an excruciating 1-0 loss.
The Dalers starting pitcher, Anthony Galanoudis, tossed a three-hitter, but was bested by Jake Laine who tossed a two-hit shutout.
Now, the Dalers will look to their next crop of ballplayers to find their way to the top of the ultra-competitive Conference AA-1 that includes familiar foes Massapequa, Oceanside, Syosset and the recently-added Hicksville. Uniondale has left the conference, which strengthens the quality of opponents.
There is no doubt the conference is loaded with talent, but Head Coach Frank Tassielli is intrigued by his new group of ballplayers.
“Our JV team was undefeated last year and, even though it’s JV, we’re counting on some of those guys now,” said Tassielli.
One of the stars of that JV team was starting pitcher Sean Turturro, who was 7-0 on the mound. He will join a rotation led by Brian Kauffman, who compiled a 2-1 record last season with an ERA in low 2.00s, including a one-hit shutout of West Babylon.
“I see defense being our strong point right now,” said Tassielli. confident with his double-play tandem of Anthony Pentano and returning All-Conference shortstop Anthony Speelman, who batted .390 and will be counted on this year to be one of the leaders of the team. Joining Speelman on the left side of the infield will be Mike Catanzaro at third base.
Behind the plate, there will be a battle between Scott Hilbrant and James Boria, a sophomore that played on the JV squad in 2013.
Although the team lost so many seniors from last year’s playoff team, Tassielli expects there to be “upwards of six seniors” on the team, along with a “contingent of sophomores and juniors.” There’s no doubt the team will be relying on players to step up that have yet to make an impact at the varsity level, but opportunity often yields unexpected success.
The Dalers will open up their conference schedule on April 7 at Oceanside, who had their season end in the Nassau County Quarterfinals against Massapequa.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
If the Farmingdale Rams are going to get over the top and capture the Skyline Conference for men’s soccer in 2014, it will take some more aggressive play. That’s according to team captain and defensive player Vincent Danetti.
“We don’t have a lot of big guys on our team,” Danetti said. “We need to play aggressive.”
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 17 October 2014 09:04
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.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00
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.