Farmingdale’s Over The Hill Gang (OTHG) softball league opened its 37th season on April 13 at Allen Park. This year the league is showcasing its fantastic talent with a new Player of the Week award. This week’s winner, the first ever OTHG Player of the Week, is Changing Times outfielder Dave Thornburn. Thornburn led off the game with an opposite field homer and kept on hitting all night long. He went 5-5, hitting for a cycle. In left-center Thornburn was equally impressive, with several exceptional catches, including a “layout” grab that helped beat down a McCourt and Trudden Funeral Home rally late in the game. Congratulations to Thornburn and to the Player of the Week runner-up, Lockie and Nowachek’s Butch Flecker. Flecker went 4-4 that included a monster, fence-clearing homer.
Legislators Joseph Belesi and Rose Marie Walker recently attended the opening night for the Over the Hills Gang (OTHG) softball team at Allen Park in Farmingdale. Some in attendance were Lino Raspanti, Jim Rielly, Walker’s grandson, John DeFalco, and Joseph Traina.
This year, the Farmingdale High School girls’ varsity lacrosse team is currently 5-0. Not only are they undefeated in Class A, they are currently ranked no.1 in the New York State Region on “LAXPOWER.” The Lady Dalers are led this year by senior captains, Kaitlin Gaghan, Kim Kolodny and Colleen Reynolds.
The Lady Dalers also have several powerful keys returning players such as Nadine Hadnagy, Amanda Turturro, Paige DeVine, Maggie Flemming, Brenna Weill, Courtney McPartland, Emily Marlow, Samantha Brescia, Megan Sullivan, Kate Hess, Diana Prendergast, Sara Tolson, Lindsay Rzempoluch, Gina Ramos, Nicole Kayola, transfer students Cassie Perettine and Chrissy Kelly.
Congratulations to veteran Farmingdale runner Colleen Gardner, who scored as the second woman in the 30-35-39 age group in the third race in the RunNassau Series of races leading up to the Long Island Marathon. The race was a 5-mile event at Cedar Creek Park on April 7.
Gardner, 35, raced to a 40-minute, 27-second finish, a pace of 8:05 per mile that got her to the finish line a strong 15 seconds in front of third-place age group award winner Irena Brobston of Oceanside. Jenn Thelian of Hempstead took first place honors in the age group.
Farmingdale High School recently participated in the 2012 Nassau County Section 8 - D1 wrestling championships held at Hofstra University. Aaron Vasquez (Farmingdale) versus James Corbett (Wantagh), 182 lbs.
Photo by Joe D’Aquila
On Monday, March 19 the Nassau County Boys Swim Coaches Association held an event honoring the top swimmers and divers in county. In order to be invited the boys had to finish in the top 10 in the Division and County Competitions. The Farmingdale Varsity Boys’ Swimming and Diving team had seven who qualified and received awards. Pictured: Coach Randy Corcoran, Jon Gonzalez, Vincent Mattei, Matt Crow, James Mangione, Jimmy Barnola, Nader Golshahr, Chris McGlynn and Coach Ken Ilchuk.
Dan Van Laere, a fourth grader at Northside Elementary School in Farmingdale, recently made the 495’ers Roller Hockey Travel Team (10U) at Skate Safe America in Old Bethpage. He has played both roller and ice hockey since he was 5 years old. This Long Island team will be playing upcoming games in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The Farmingdale P.A.L. (Police Activity League) Rockets, third graders, took their basketball skills to the court and defeated every team they faced this year. The team went 19-0 in an amazing undefeated season. They played with heart and determination. It was a combined effort from the boys and they really learned what teamwork was all about. Pictured: back: Coach John Dunleavy, Christian Castle, Andrew Elefante, Justin Winkler, Cole Hecker, Jack Dunleavy, and Coach Dennis Winkler; front: Saul Solis, Patrick Lee, Sam Cordova, and Matthew Hynes. Not pictured: Joseph Conners and Coach Mike Elefante.
Saint Kilian’s CYO eighth grade boys’ basketball team started out the season a little slow and reached mid-season with an 0-5 record. They finished with a 6-6 mark. Coach Al Lopez, along with assistant coach Bob Mott, entered their team in the Our Lady of Mercy’s Heaney Tournament. Having to defeat two other teams, they took the 2012 championship with the winning score of 40-30 over the final opponent. Ending their season with an 8-6 final record.
Albany Avenue Elementary School held its annual faculty basketball game. Students not only had the opportunity to watch their favorite teachers play in the game and cheer on their fellow peers, who performed in the halftime show, but also collected canned goods for a local food pantry.
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