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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

Maybe not a scene from the rap song video, Thrift Shop, but the popular spot in Floral Park to score some of the best deals on lightly used goods and clothing, the United Methodist Church’s Thrift Shop, was just as exciting to watch when it re-opened to customers for the season. The thrift shop re-opened on Wednesday, Sept. 3 after being closed for the summer for restocking, cleaning and organizing the shelves and racks.

Thrift Shop Manager Dolores Rossi said more than nine volunteers helped throughout the summer to get the shop back into top shape for its re-opening, including her 17-year-old grandsons, Andrew Rossi of Floral Park and Jake Kennedy of New Hyde Park.

In 1963, Sewanhaka High School alumni and Floral Park resident, Adele Werthmuller pulled out her yearbook. She was on a mission and began paging through the pictures and names of her beloved classmates. She decided to look through the phone book for familiar names. She said, “I kept in contact with many of my girlfriends so I started looking for the men first.”


Calendar

Floral Park Memorial High School Class of 1964

Friday, September 12

Bellerose Village Day

Saturday, September 13

34th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show

Sunday, September 14



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com