On Wednesday, Dec. 1 Matt Long, author and former NYC Firefighter who almost lost his life after being hit by a bus visited Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale. Long spoke about his accident and signed copies of his new book, The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete.
On Friday, Dec. 10, in their first home game of the season, the Dalers’ boys’ basketball team hosted the Plainview JFK Hawks in a non-league matchup. Farmingdale came into the game with a record of 1-1, having beaten Wyandanch and lost to Copiague a week earlier in a tournament in Amityville.
The Daler varsity black roller hockey team, under the direction of head coach Jim Gunn with assistants, Pat McDonald and Gabe Vitale, won their first four games. The Island-wide High School Roller Hockey League standings were just released. For the second year in a row, the Varsity Black Dalers are in the Platinum, Division I.
After knocking off the undefeated, top-seeded Inwood Buccaneers in the semi-finals, Farmingdale’s Senior Hawks faced the defending champion Baldwin Bombers in the Nassau County Youth Football League finals at Mitchell Field on Sunday, Nov. 21.
The 11 and 12-year-olds of Farmingdale’s Howitt Jets, under the Coaching of Wally Seyfert, moved up to the Varsity Division (12-14 year-old division), and finished with a record of 7-4.
Nicholas Mattei from Farmingdale has had a whirlwind start of his senior year at St. Anthony’s High School in S. Huntington. In September he was elected to the board of the National Honor Society as vice president. A position that has kept him involved in almost every event that takes place at the school from sun up to sun down.
Veteran Farmingdale runner Stacey Vesling turned in a strong performance in this year’s Great Prostate Cancer 5 Kilometer Run on Sunday, Nov. 14, finishing in 29:00 to earn the first place award in the ‘Athena 160 pounds and above’ weight division.
The Howitt Football Dalers began their season with a big win on opening day over their rivals, the Vikings of Seaford 22-18. The first points of the game and season came off the legs of Styvenson Hogarth who sped off-tackle for an 82-yard touchdown. That run was only the starting point for Hogarth who had a monster year with just over 500 yards rushing for the year.
Shortly after Freeport’s 39-25 victory over Syosset, the Farmingdale Dalers and Oceanside Sailors squared off at James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University on Friday, Nov. 12. In the last meeting between these teams, Sailors quarterback Tyler Heuer nearly beat the Dalers single handedly, throwing for three TDs and running for two, in Oceanside’s 41-17 victory. Heuer set a Nassau County record this season by throwing 34 TD passes.
On Sunday, Oct. 3 twelve ‘Farmingdale Moms’ completed The Long Island Diva Half Marathon that took place in Eisenhower Park. Their training began 17 weeks earlier on the track at Farmingdale High School. For most of the twelve racers, it was the very first time they laced up their sneakers for this type of activity. These ‘Moms’ trained three times a week in order to raise their endurance from struggling to complete a 60 second run to completing the 13.1-mile race.
The Farmingdale Moms dubbed themselves ‘Divas in Training’ and all sported ‘Diva in Training’ shirts celebrating their achievement. The night before the race they enjoyed a one-mile family fun run with their children followed by a pasta dinner celebration. On race day the 12 women cheered one another on as they each crossed the finish line in less than three hours. The Farmingdale Moms were rewarded with tiaras, a rose, a glass of champagne, a beautiful racing medal, a sense of pride and proof that age is just a number.
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