Call it a coincidence, but the timing for Chris and Peter Ferraro’s announcement of the creation of a new hockey and recreation facility couldn’t be any better.
Two days before the National Hockey League was set to drop the puck for a shortened, 48-game season beginning on Jan. 19, the Ferraro twins – former NHL players and Olympians themselves – broke ground on their $15 million, privately financed Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park.
“It is our passion to support Long Island families so that they will no longer have to be torn apart or have their family life disrupted just because a child excels in hockey and wants to try to make it to the NHL,” said Chris Ferraro. “This facility will enable us to create a hockey hot bed right here on Long Island.”
Senior guard Nikita Green (Roosevelt) led all scorers with 20 points and added seven steals and seven assists as Farmingdale State earned a 61-40 victory at Mount Saint Vincent on Feb. 2.
Tied 17-17 with 7:56 remaining in the first, the Rams (9-9, 7-3) closed out the half on a 10-2 run capped off by a Green 3-pointer with three seconds left to take a 27-19 lead into the break.
If there’s strength in numbers, the Farmingdale baseball team is in for good fortune during the upcoming season.
On Thursday, Dec. 20, the Farmingdale State College Rams were ranked No. 19 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s NCAA Division III preseason poll after finishing the 2012 season with a 32-12 overall record, including a 15-1 mark in Skyline Conference play.
On Jan. 19 Farmingdale High School wrestlers hosted and competed in the Tim Collins Varsity Memorial Tournament. Some of the highlights from the event included a match between Farmingdale’s 126lb Senior Mike Desrochers and Oceanside’s John Gubelli. Desrochers won with a quick pin for Farmingdale at 30 seconds into the period.
Farmingdale Senior Casey Marlow received accolades to commemorate his 100th career win; and Farmingdale’s 182lb Connor Comolli took the win over MacArthur’s Ryan O’Shea, with a pin at 5:51. Farmingdale’s 138lb Dave Brown has a 6-0 win over Longwood’s Joe Connolley.
On Jan. 21, the school hosted the JV portion of the Tim Collins Memorial Tournament. Teams in attendance this year included: Farmingdale, Island Trees, Long Beach, Longwood, MacArthur, Oceanside, Sewanhaka, Walt Whitman, and Valley Stream South.
The Over the Hill Gang softball league is holding registration on Saturday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at Allen Park’s meeting room in Farmingdale. The league is open to men 40 and older who live in the town of Oyster Bay or Farmingdale. For more league information and online registration go to: www.othgny.com. Players who register online must bring proof of age and residency to one of these registration dates.
While each family celebrates the new year in their own way, skating enthusiasts and members of United States Figure Skating (USFS) have their own tradition: kicking off the year with a National Skating Month event at their local rink.
Throughout January, skating clubs across the country celebrate the sport by hosting a myriad of skating-themed activities to create a fun-filled afternoon, or in this case, morning. On Sunday, January 13th, Great Neck Figure Skating Club (GNFSC) kept over 120 skaters and their families entertained during two hours of festivities.
The Farmingdale High School Basketball team defeated the Massapequa Chiefs in front of a large home crowd on Wednesday, Jan. 2, with a score of 61-48. The crowd witnessed senior Dalique Mingo score his 1,000th point for Farmingdale.
He was only the fourth basketball player from Farmingdale High School to join the 1,000 club. Mingo scored 21 points on the night.
Once again former players and supporters of the Over The Hill Softball league 1970s and 1980s Barboy team met at Bollinger’s restaurant in Farmingdale for their annual Christmas breakfast. While it was unfortunate that scheduling conflicts did not allow a number of players to attend, their absence did not deter those present from reminiscing about the good times and success the team achieved over their many years of playing together.
As in the past Dan Ruesterholz chaired the event and once again Jim Reilly, president and founder of the league, was a special guest. The greatly exaggerated stories of playing ability and events that occurred during the 20-plus years of playing together made for a very enjoyable morning.
Additionally the fine food and excellent service provided by Bollinger’s left all who attended with a smile on their face and a full stomach.
Registration for the 2013 Farmingdale Baseball and Softball League (FBLI) season will take place on the following dates and times: Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Allen Park; Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Howitt Middle School (W. Cafeteria); Thursday, Jan. 17 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Allen Park; Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Allen Park. Baseball available for ages 5 to 18; softball for ages 5 to 17. The youngest child eligible for our in-house programs must be born before Nov. 30, 2007. A parent or guardian must be present to register the child. If the child being registered did not play during the 2012 season, a copy of the child’s birth certificate must be submitted to the league at registration. For information and fees, call (516) 249-7375.
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