The Farmingdale School District recently announced that Farmingdale High School boys’ varsity lacrosse coach Bob Hartranft has been selected to receive the prestigious 2013 Gerald J. Carroll Award, presented by US Lacrosse. The award recognizes one high school coach whose success is best measured in the support and guidance given to the development of student-athletes. Coach Hartranft will be presented the award during the 2014 US Lacrosse Convention scheduled on January 10-12, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA.
The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its 2013 Division III Metro Men’s Soccer All-Stars on Thursday, December 12th. Senior goalkeeper Angelo Viteritti and sophomore midfielder Victor Romero were named Second Team All-Stars.
Bethpage High School senior Francisco Almanzar signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 14 to play Division II baseball for Dominican College in the fall, where he was accepted on early admission. The catcher for the Bethpage varsity baseball team received not only an athletic scholarship, but an academic scholarship as well. The combined scholarships will cover most of his tuition.
Francisco was joined at the signing by Coach Fischer, Principal Michael Spence, Athletic Director John Franchi, his parents Elizabeth and Javier, and his brother Miguel, a freshman who also plays baseball for Bethpage.
— Submitted By The Bethpage Union Free School District
Thirteen male and female student-athletes at Farmingdale High School have signed scholarship letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at prestigious schools around the county. During the “College signing day” ceremony, on Dec. 5, friends, families, faculty, academic advisors, coaches, and parents joined student athletes in support of their collegiate careers.
The following students have signed letters of intent:
Franklin Diaz of Farmingdale scored as the third overall finisher in the 21st annual Rob’s Run—a 5-kilometer cross-country style race through Stillwell Woods in Woodbury, hosted by New York Blood Services,
Diaz finished with a total time of 16 minutes and 43 seconds.
After finishing the race, on Dec. 1, Franklin went back out onto the course to run with his nephew Anthony Diaz, who was celebrating his 10th birthday. Anthony finished the run with a total time of 29 minutes and 37 seconds.
534 competitors finished this year’s run which was put together by the Greater Long Island Running Club, in memorium of Rob Lauterborn.
The Farmingdale Dalers took on the Sachem North Flaming Arrows last Saturday afternoon at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium for the Long Island Conference I Championship in front of 7,200 fans. This was the Dalers second trip to the finals since losing to Floyd last year. The Dalers went into the game looking to finish a perfect season.
The Farmingdale Dalers, ranked first in the division (11-0), came out to defend their title as Nassau County champions against the no. 3 seed, the Massapequa Chiefs (8-3), who attempted to take it away. The Chiefs, after losing to the Dalers 33-8 in week 4, would of liked nothing better then to defeat the Dalers in front of 4,000 people at Hofstra and grab the title. The rivalry was all the talk this week and the Nassau County Police had extra Officers all around the stadium at Hofstra.
The Giants faced off against the Jets in the girl’s grades 9 – 12 Super Bowl last Sunday. The two teams were evenly matched, having split the two regular season games. But it turned out to be the Giants’ night, winning by a score of 18-7. The Giants played short-handed all season, with a roster of only five; and all five girls contributed greatly to this victory. The Giants took the opening drive and scored a touchdown on a short pass to Kat ‘Safety Dance’ Krieg who made a good move to get free and run it in from 25 yards out. It looked like the Jets were going to tie it when the fleet-footed Myasa Evans broke free on an end run but Jessica ‘Steady’ Scire came all the way across the field and made a touchdown saving flag. A few plays later Hailey ‘I’m retiring’ Lospitalier intercepted in the end zone to thwart the Jets’ scoring chance. The Giants capitalized when they drove the full field and scored a second touchdown on a short pass to Krieg. The Giants expanded their lead in the second half to 18-0 on another short pass to Lospitalier. This followed a beautiful bomb pass from QB Theresa ‘Air’ DeSantis to Krieg who was run down just short of the goal. The defense played outstanding, especially Hanna ‘Wild Girl’ Berge who made several diving, touchdown saving, flags. DeSantis was on target all night long, finishing with three touchdown passes and many completions which helped control the ball and the clock. A well-deserved win by the girls against an outstanding team.
In a tough battled game at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium last Saturday, the Dalers out lasted the Syosset Braves in a game of penalties and turnovers. The Dalers would receive the ball first and QB Vinny Quinn would have a 50 yard pass complete to Curtis Jenkins and the Dalers would move the ball down field until Syosset’s Brandon Nieves would intercept the ball in the end zone stopping the Dalers drive. After a few plays the Braves would fumble the ball on the 50-yard line to be recovered by the Dalers Joe Lee. After a few penalties the Dalers would have a second and 35. Vinny Quinn would complete a 26 yard pass to Tom Kennedy, then a hand off to Curtis Jenkins for a 30 yard run would give the
Dalers a first and goal on the 7 yard line. But a penalty would push the Dalers to the 12-yard line. Vinny Quinn would keep the ball on a run and score the Dalers first touchdown giving them the 7-0 lead with 3:46 left in the first quarter.
The Braves would come right back with a 47 yard pass play from QB Hunter Gross to Michael Elardo for a touchdown tied the game.
Farmingdale’s PAL Flag Football League celebrated its 10th Anniversary Sunday with its annual Super Bowl festivities at Woodward Parkway Field and Allen Park. More than 1000 boys and girls capped another successful season with the older divisions competing for Super Bowl bragging rights and the younger players getting another week of fun. This year the community honored three men who spent the last decade building the league into one of the biggest and best in the Northeast. The youth of Farmingdale will forever be indebted to Denis Donovan and Ray Webb who founded the league and to George Mauro who made it possible for the league to grow. Special thanks to Farmingdale High School’s wrestling team who helped with the food Sunday and to the dozens of directors and coaches who volunteer countless hours each week, year after year.
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