For the first time ever, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) is making $10 grandstand general admission tickets to the Belmont Stakes available through Ticketmaster.
With I’ll Have Another set to pursue a sweep of the Triple Crown following his victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, a big crowd is expected for the 144th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9.
The St. Kilian CYO girls volleyball program recently finished off their seventh season. More than 100 local girls participated on 10 teams and six of those teams qualified for the post season. The girls were all coached by adult volunteers who gave up their time to teach and improve the skills of the girls on their teams.
The 10-year-old Devils baseball team of Farmingdale recently defeated the LSW Astros, 6-0. Robert Manetta accomplished an amazing feat by pitching a perfect game against the Astros, striking out 17 of the 18 batters.
Zwanger Pesiri Radiology’s (ZP) rookie Sean O’Flynn is the latest winner of the Over the Hill Gang “Player of the Week” honors. O’Flynn had four hits, including a bomb to left field that cleared the bases. He had five RBIs for the night. In the field, he made all the plays at third base in ZP’s 26-18 win over Paradox Cafe.
ZP needed O’Flynn’s bat and plenty of others in a back and forth slugfest. The team finally found some breathing room with a six run in the 7th inning. John Hernandez, Marc Fischer, Russ Graham, Bino Reverberi, Rich D’Amico and O’Flynn all slammed consecutive two-out, RBI hits.
Kaitlin Gaghan (captain), Quinnipiac University
Kimberly Kolodny (captain), Rutgers
Colleen Reynolds (captain), Fairfield
Cassie Perrittine, UCONN
Gina Ramos, Cortland
Megan Sullivan, Stony Brook
Congratulations to Zwanger Pesiri Radiology (ZP) shortstop Russ Graham. He is the Over the Hill Gang “Player of the Week.” Graham’s fantastic defense and timely hitting were the driving force behind a big ZP win. Graham made several over-the-shoulder grabs; one saved two runs in a very tight game. He also turned a number of double plays with second baseman Sean O’Flynn. At the plate, he had three hits including a clutch two-out RBI single and a long double.
ZP beat Changing Times Pub 9-4. Pitcher Brian Tinney was superb, holding CT to only four runs after the hot hitting team scored 58 runs in its first three games. Tinney had plenty of defensive help, especially from middle infielders Graham and rookie O’Flynn. The pair combined for three double plays to end potential CT rallies. The outfield was also solid. Vinny Foppiano, Bino Reverberi and Tom Dittmeier roamed far and wide to track down CT drives.
The St. Kilian Saints of Farmimgdale PAL recently presented the 2011 award winners with plaques. The 14U team, including: Anthony Costantini (Most Improved Player), Mike Murphy (New Saint of the Year), Mike Anzalone (Gold Glove), and Vinny Nicolo (Cy Young); and Brett Davies (Coaches Award) of the high school team (back) each received their awards.
McCourt & Trudden (M&T) Funeral Home recently beat Moby Drugs 16-15. There were plenty of hitting stars for M&T, but none bigger than rookie Ben D’Ampris, the Over The Hill Gang Player of the Week. D’Ampris’ go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth won the game, but the blast was bittersweet.
D’Ampris ruptured his Achilles heel on the swing and will miss the remainder of the season. M&T and the entire league wish him a speedy recovery.
The Varsity Lady Dalers continue to roll through Class A girls lacrosse and are now 8-0. The Lady Dalers are putting up some impressive stats on both the offensive (150 goals) and defensive sides (35 goals) of the field. The Dalers have a string of games against highly ranked opponents that starts with nationally ranked Garden City at home on May 1, followed by Port Washington on May 3 and Manhasset on May 7.
The JV Lady Dalers are also off to a good start and currently 6-2. The JV Lady Dalers have a small roster of 14 hardworking and very dedicated lacrosse players. The team consists of 10 freshman, three sophomores and one junior (Katherine Tuttle, Summer Baranello, Tori DiCicco, Shannon Lawlor, Melissa Leone, Jennifer Lyons,Jessica Mangieri, Georgia Miller, Paige Nelson, Katie Phillips, Valerie Scimeca, Jenn Thompson, Sarah Konchalski and Linday Ramos in goal.)
The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won their eighth straight game on April 21, defeating Sage College Gators, 20-0 in their final home game of the regular season. The Rams are now 12-1 overall, 8-0 in the Skyline, while the Gators fall to 1-12, 0-7 in conference play.
The game marked Senior Day for Emalee Ciampo (Plainview), Gina Ciaravino (Levittown), Courtney Cook (Deer Park) and Krystin Shand (Massapequa Park). These four young ladies have led the Rams to a program record 12 wins in 2012, claiming the top-seed for next week’s Skyline Playoffs. Farmingdale State hosted #4 Kean in the semifinal round on April 25.
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