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.
The Dalers capped off the 2011-2012 season with an 8th place finish at the Nassau County Championships on Saturday, Feb. 10. Amidst a number of very strong individual performances, six Farmingdale swimmers joined diver James Mangione as selections to the All-Conference team (see list below).
Among the highlights was the swim by the 200-Free Relay team of Jimmy Barnola, Matt Crow, Nader Golsahr, and Vinny Mattei who finished 4th overall, just missing All-County honors. Barnola split a 24.1 off the lead leg, followed by Crow’s 23.2, Golshahr’s 23.4, and Mattei’s personal best 22.8 coming right out of the 500 Free.
The Farmingdale State College men’s lacrosse team fell to visiting Scranton on Saturday, Feb. 25, (11-5) in the season opener. The FSC Rams now stand at 0-1 overall, while the Scranton Royals improve to 1-0.
In the first quarter, junior midfielder Bobby Thomas (Wantagh) opened the scoring with an assist from senior midfielder Rob Nosworthy (Massapequa). Scranton evened the score at 1-1 with a goal by junior attack Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, PA). The Rams added two goals in the first minute of the second quarter, from senior midfielder Tim Caden (Setauket) and Nosworthy, to gain the 3-1 lead. But Scranton scored three unanswered goals before the halftime break for the 4-3 advantage.
The defending National Champion, Mercyhust Lakers, have been tabbed as the 2012 preseason favorite in East Coast Conference men’s lacrosse. Senior Eddie Plompen (West Islip) of C.W. Post has been named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while junior goalkeeper T.J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale) of Mercy has been named the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Mercyhurst accumulated 118 total points with eight first place votes to take the top spot in the preseason poll. The Lakers are coming off a season in which they finished 14-2 (8-2 in ECC play). Their final win, a 9-8 victory over Adelphi, gave the team the first National Championship in program history. Four starters and 25 players return for Mercyhurst in their quest to capture the ECC title and defend their national title.
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