On Tuesday, Jan. 4, the Farmingdale boys’ basketball team (4-1 overall, 1-0 in-conference) hosted the Syosset Braves (4-3 overall, 0-2 in-conference). This was the Dalers’ first game of 2012, after Navreet Dhaliwal hit a late three-pointer to win in Hempstead on Dec. 20.
The Dalers’ leading scorer, point guard Dalique Mingo, scored the game’s first points with a layup. Jack Burke hit a three-pointer from the corner and Kevin Petit-Frere added a layup after the Dalers forced a turnover, and Farmingdale quickly led 7-1. A big block in the paint by DeAndre Fogan led to an easy fast break basket for Mingo. After making two free throws, Dhaliwal hustled back on defense to come up with a huge block from behind to deny Syosset’s fast break opportunity. At the end of the first quarter, the Dalers led 14-6.
The Town of Oyster Bay will host National Hockey League (NHL) pioneer Willie O’Ree on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the state-of-the-art Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage, said Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto. O’Ree was known for his speed and checking abilities throughout his career and was a threat every time he touched the ice. His accomplishments on the ice, however, tell only part of his proud history. He also made an immeasurable social impact as the first black player to compete in a National Hockey League game.
“Willie O’Ree is often referred to as the “Jackie Robinson of ice hockey” due to the similarities of both as trailblazers in their respective sports.” Supervisor Venditto said. “The Town of Oyster Bay is fortunate to have Mr. O’Ree as a special guest at the rink. His historical significance in the sports world can’t be understated. He is an icon to the game of hockey.”
Congratulations to the Portledge School (Locust Valley) Varsity Girls Basketball team that won the 2011 Portledge Basketball Invitational. The Lady Panthers defeated Martin Luther 56-40 in the championship game on Saturday, Dec. 10. Ceci Mulry ’13 (Glen Cove) and Tamara Simpson ’14 (North Babylon) were selected to the All-Tournament team, and Tamara Simpson was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. This is the girls’ first championship in the event since 1996.
Mercy College Athletics in Dobbs Ferry has undergone a significant revival with an infusion of talented coaches and an influx of outstanding student-athletes. The athletic department has produced notable achievements that position Mercy College as a competitive Division II institution, attracting high quality student-athletes that succeed on the field and in the classroom.
Junior goalkeeper T.J. DiCarlo, of Farmingdale, has become the standard bearer for the type of student-athlete that Coach Manitta is attracting to the Dobbs Ferry campus. He is a Farmingdale High School graduate.
The recent general meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club was also the club’s Awards Night, and among the highlights of the evening was the presentation of prestigious Gladys Simonsen Memorial Award to Michael Gonzalez of Farmingdale.
The meeting was held in the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library with an audience of over 200 club members and their guests.
Former players and supporters of the 1970s and ’80s Barboy Team, of the Over the Hill Softball league, met at Bollinger’s restaurant for their annual Christmas breakfast. The event was co-coordinated and emceed by Dan Ruesterholz with special guest, president and league founder Jim Reilly.
A brief tribute was paid to recently departed members of the league and teammates who were ill and could not attend. The attendees then went on to reminisce about the good times and success the team achieved over their many years of playing together.
Councilman Joe Pinto recently joined with Legislators Rose Walker and Joe Belesi and attended the check presentation ceremony by the Over the Hill Gang softball team to the Justin Hipp Foundation. The league’s recent charity fundraiser raised the $10,000 check.
Councilman Pinto was joined by President and Founder of the Over the Hill Gang (OTHG) Jim Reilly, OTHG Board members Bruce Kubart, Mitchell Maghakian and Al Palleschi, OTHG Charity Committee members Christine Restani, Joe Reilly and Lori Sutherland, Justin’s Mother Binni Hipp and his night aid for 17 years, Lucy Elevry.
Former Farmingdale High School standout Janine Hillier has signed a grant-in-aid offer to join the Stony Brook University women’s lacrosse team in time for the 2012 season, head coach Joe Spallina recently announced. Hillier, who will have two seasons of eligibility at Stony Brook, recently transferred from the University of Florida.
“The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse program is excited to add a player of Janine’s caliber to the team,” Spallina said. “I’ve been watching her play for years, first at Farmingdale High School and then at the University of Florida. She is an incredible talent, and her addition will make our team that much stronger.”
Town Supervisor John Venditto, Councilman Joseph Pinto and Town Clerk Steve Labriola recently attended the annual Massapequa Turkey Trot 5K race, held at John J. Burns Park. On hand at the race’s finish line are those pictured here, including Race Directors Brian Griffin, Tom Foley and James Joseph, President of Nassau Shores Civic Association Wally D’Amato and a few of this year’s participants.
Yankees Pitcher David Robertson recently visited Farmingdale High School to talk to students about living your dreams. He spoke about how nothing in life comes easy. You have to work hard as he did to get where he is today. He also told the students how he made it into Major League Baseball, and answered many question.
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