Hall of Fame NFL quarterback and Dallas Cowboys great Roger Staubauch once said, “In any team sport, the best teams have consistency and chemistry.” The same applies to the volleyball court, according to St. Joseph’s star players Heather Ferchland and Tiffany Willms. The duo led the Golden Eagles to the Skyline Conference title with a victory over No. 1 ranked Sage. It was the first conference title for women’s volleyball since 2003.
Ferchland was named the tournament’s most outstanding player for her performance which included 22 kills and 5 digs against Sage. She was also named ECAC Metro Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Sometimes taking advice from people is not the best option, as Scott Litts found out. He used that theory and it ended up being one of the best decisions he ever made. The Ronkonkoma native has put together a tremendous season for the Dowling men’s cross country team. He has led the squad to a ranked position in the ECC conference tournament which qualified them for a spot in the NCAA regionals in Boston, MA.
“My brother told me not to be on the winter track team,” said Litts. “He told me I would hate it and it was basically just running in snow. I joined, I ended up making a ton of friends and I enjoyed it,” he added. Fortunately, Litts did not heed the advice of his brother because that decision began a long and prosperous career as a runner for him once he ditched playing soccer.
For Carlos Mendes, it’s about coming home. The Mineola native, who became the revived New York Cosmos soccer team’s first signing in nearly three decades last December, is itching to bring a premier soccer club back to its storied glory.
His time in Mineola set him up for the star defender that was set to run the pitch when the revived Cosmos kicked off its season on Aug. 3 at Hofstra University against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Mendes played soccer for the Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club from 1993-1998 and the Albertson Soccer Club before graduating from the Wheatley School and attending Old Dominion University.
As a freshman, Ashlee Thompson posted an impressive season for Farmingdale State’s women soccer team. She scored 10 goals and added four assists in just 18 games. To this point, she has already exceeded those statistics. In her sophomore season, the Ronkonkoma native has 13 goals and four assists through 17 games.
Thompson has always been a standout athlete. She began playing soccer at the age of four, and also was a member of the volleyball, softball and basketball teams in middle school. Eventually, soccer became the main focus and it has brought her to Division-III SUNY Farmingdale.