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.
The Farmingdale Green Hornets recently won first place at the Manhattan Kick Off Tournament on March 3. Pictured: Coach Frank Gatto, Trainer Bacillo Franco, Sean Hellmich, Stefan Pangourelias, Raphael Santiago, Ryan Callahan, Robbie Keane, Cesar Hernadez, Yaqub Najimi, Brett Williamson, Asst. Coach Rich Williamson, Michael Grossman, Matthew Calderone, Gregory Olsen, Kevin Jones, Frankie Gatto, and Moses Sanchez.
Freshman midfielder Nicole Marzocca (West Babylon) scored a game-high six points with four goals and two assists as Farmingdale State College (FSC) defeated non-conference opponent Manhattanville, 16-5, in Purchase. The FSC Rams won their first game of the season and Manhattanville dropped to 0-2 overall with the loss.
Sophomore attack Casandra Honovich (Cortlandt Manor) put the Manhattanville Valiants ahead early as she scored the opening goal less than a minute into the game. The Rams responded with six unanswered goals including three by Marzocca and two from freshman midfielder Christy Thoden (Bayport). Each team added a score over the final 10 minutes as the Rams took a 7-2 advantage into halftime.
With 120 teams crossing the finish line on Feb. 18, the 14th annual Runner’s Edge Bethpage 3 runner x 2-mile trail relay hosted by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) was the biggest ever, as picture perfect weather and trails that were in “November condition” rather than “February condition” made it the best trail running experience possible.
What a contrast to the past couple of years! Neither snow nor ice was to be found anywhere in Bethpage State Park, and there was no need to use either the bike path or the parking lot as in the past couple of years. This was a true trail event! Everyone seemed to appreciate the course, and everyone seemed to enjoy the post race refreshments – cream of mushroom soup, chicken noodle soup, chili, All Round Foods’ incredible muffins, cupcakes, and other pastries, cookies, and hot chocolate.
Former Farmingdale varsity black roller hockey player, Nicholas Vitale, was one of two freshmen picked for the University at Albany Great Danes Division II Roller Hockey Team. The Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (ECRHA) chose the defenseman to participate in the 2012 All Star Game played in Feasterville, PA.
At the Regional Playoff weekend festivities, the ECRHA announced Vitale as the 2012 Rookie of the Year. He joined a select group of nominees that included Nathan Gerger from the University of Pittsburgh who won Player of the Year. The other rookie candidates were Nick Carter from the University of Massachusetts, Sean Connolly at Binghamton, and Kevin Robitaille from Boston University.
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