Students from Albany Avenue School met award-winning Long Island soccer player, Dennis Oehler, and listened to him speak about his program, “Changing Hearts and Minds.” Oehler was an elite soccer player until critically injured after being hit by a car, resulting in his leg being amputated. He overcame his injuries and is now an award-winning runner. Oehler now shares his story with students across the nation, teaching them about motivation, positive attitudes, and how to respectfully treat people with disabilities.
During the course of the season you have some good nights, and then you have nights like Monday, Feb. 11. The Dalers finished 4th out of 24 teams at the Nassau County Swimming and Diving Championships at Eisenhower Park, marking their best county finish since 2007 and a jump of five spots from last year’s championship. In the course of the night, 24 of the team’s 31 total swims were either personal or season best performances, including two new school records (five of the school’s 13 records were eclipsed this season).
Farmingdale finished behind Garden City, Great Neck South, and Jericho, defeating perennial powerhouse Long Beach by one point for the 4th spot. That victory marks the first time in 23 years that the Dalers have defeated Long Beach in boys swimming.
Farmingdale was also named the winner of the 2013 Sportsmanship Award given annually by the Long Island Swimming Officials Association. This is the 6th time in the last 10 years that the Dalers have been so honored (the girls have also won the award twice in that span). The award is in recognition of not only the athletes and coaches, but of the parents.
Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) President Mike Polansky and Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday Run Director Ric DiVeglio were on hand at the Jan. 29 meeting of the Bethpage Board of Education, to thank the school district for their continued support of the run, and to present a check for $1,693, proceeds from the run. Pictured: Superintendent of Schools Terry Clarke, DiVeglio and Bethpage Board of Education President Michael Kelly.
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.
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