Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00
After capturing their first Nassau County ‘AA’ Boys Basketball title since 1980, the Farmingdale Dalers made it difficult for anyone to count them out. With a team that arguablely has the most tenacious defense on Long Island, the Dalers put the community on their collective backs for an incredible playoff run. But, ultimately, the Dalers were cut short in the Long Island Championship game agains the Brentwood Indians, by a score of 61-41.
“Basically it’s the little end of an era,” said Head Coach Jim Pastier who helped guide the Dalers to this point.
The initial sentiment regarding the season-ending loss was disappointment. “Obviously, everybody is crushed and devastated from this loss,” Pastier said. When the team takes a step back, however, they will appreciate how incredible their season was. From feeling that “nobody gave us a chance in the beginning,” according to Malik Seelal, to the team cutting down the net on their home court, to hoisting the county championship at Adelphi University, this was a team that thrived on adversity and played up to its competition.
“These guys drove themselves to winning the county title, every time they mentioned it I had to tell them ‘alright relax yourselves,’” Pastier said. “Over the past 34 years there have basically been three teams that have won county, so you’re chasing something that is not really attainable.”
The players proved to be prophetic and made their dream a reality. But, in their fourth loss of the season, after an incredible 18 wins, the Dalers were pit against a team that rivaled some NCAA programs. Pastier acknowledged the difficulty of matching up against a team with three Division I prospects in athletes Allen, Almonacy and Olujobi.
The Dalers got off to an uncharacteristic slow start, giving the Indians an early lead. By the second quarter, the Dalers would find several offensive chances. Yet, despite the effort, the offense went stagnant as they entered the half trailing by eight points.
The third quarter also featured more scoring, but unfortunately, that was as close as the Dalers would get, letting the game to slip away in the fourth. Despite the loss, the Dalers look to pick up where they left off this season, next year, when a new team will defend the county title.
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 08:43
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.
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.