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Remarkable Girls' Achievement

The fifth-grade girls from St. Hedwig’s won the 2014 CYO A Nassau/Suffolk Diocesan championship. The girls beat Christ the King (CTK) of Commack, with a score of 17-15, on the opponents' home court. The win marked the third time St. Hedwig’s had beaten CTK this season and improved their three-year CYO record to an unimaginable 39-0. The championship game was a nail-biter right from the opening tap.

CTK led this defensive battle at halftime 9-7 and the second half was predictably close. With 30 seconds to play in the contest and the score knotted at 15, CTK had possession and was closing in for a final shot.

Outstanding team defense by St. Hedwig’s forced the ball out of bounds and CTK now had to inbound the ball from the sideline. A steal by Nicole Paprocky led to a fast break which the athletic Paprocky converted into a layup with 19 seconds to play. St. Hedwig’s took the lead 17-15 and went on to victory. An exciting finish, one Hollywood could not have scripted. Paprocky led the team with 12 points and three steals. MacKenzie McAllister had four points and 10 rebounds; Colleen McCullagh had one point and five rebounds. Caroline Lubicich had three steals; Erin Harkins had three steals.

After the game, fourth-grader McCullagh said, “It was a really cool experience.”  The support the girls received from the crowd undoubtedly helped propel them to victory; a variable that cannot be underestimated.

Additionally, Price McAllister, Colleen Tuffy, Emma Lawrence, Kara Farrell, Mia Savignano, and Maggie Long all made significant contributions throughout the season.  The St. Hedwig’s team embodies everything that is right with youth athletics; commitment, passion, sportsmanship, and most of all teamwork.

This is the first fifth-grade girls diocesan championship to come to Floral Park in 19 years. OLV last won in 1995.

The St. Hedwig’s girls have won multiple tournaments including: OLV Christmas, St. Francis DeSales, and St. Margaret’s March Madness.

News

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Krista Longobardi and Meaghan Smith, both students at Floral Park Memorial High School, for individually earning their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.

Longobardi’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Pick Your Pet, teaches children ages 5-12 the benefits of owning a pet. She was able to educate her community on the adoption process, the best pet for your household, and how adoption can save an animal’s life. Longobardi’s love of animals made it easy to spread knowledge on this topic. She improved her communication and public speaking skills as a result of her project since she spoke in front of her community leaders and peers.

Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh, of Floral Park, will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s: Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. Raleigh has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.  


Calendar

Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Floral Park Senior Citizens’ Picnic

Tuesday, September 2

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees To Meet

Tuesday, September 2



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