After a 25 years absence, fall volleyball once again returned to the Floral Park Recreation Center. As the summer volleyball program attracts over 50 teams and nearly 800 residents for nightly play, the majority of teams expressed an interest in continuing this program during the autumnal season. With a new format in place, nearly half of the summer teams, including a couple of new squads registered for play in early September. Twenty six teams now see action with each division having their very own dedicated night. With one week of regular season play left, teams will begin their semi-final and championship rounds the week of Oct. 20. At this time, only two teams remain with unblemished records.
The Sewanhaka Indians got back on track this week after their first lose to the Carey Seahawks, routing the Great Neck South Rebels, 54-6 on Thursday, Oct. 2, bringing its season record to 3-1.
The Indians relied on their usual suspects to get them ahead early. It took just two snaps for the Indians to get on the board, as quarterback Elijah Tracey, broke out for a 72-yard run.
Although the last weekend in September signifies the end of summer, that didn’t stop many in Floral Park from enjoying one last outing of golf for a good cause.
On Sept. 26 at 11:00 a.m. the entire community was invited to the 18th Annual Our Lady of Victory (OLV) School Golf Classic at Clearview Golf Course in Bayside and a dinner at 7:30 p.m. at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square.
The Farmingdale State men’s golf team hosted their Skyline Fall Invitational recently at the Bethpage State Park - Red Course in Farmingdale. James O'Hara of Floral Park helped the Rams posted a team-total of 297 and earned a nine-stroke victory over runner-up St. Joseph’s.
Farmingdale State’s Matt Pollock (Northport), Scott Sessions (Pleasantville), Andrew Goldman (Hauppauge) and O’Hara along with Robbie Bray of St. Joe’s all posted rounds of 74. The five players went to a sudden death playoff with the order of holes being 1, 4, 2, 3.
Purchase College (317) finished in third place, while The Sage Colleges (325) took fourth.
Meet notes: FSC Skyline Golf Invitational; Bethpage State Park - Red Course; Par 70 - 6,750 yard; Friday, Sept. 26, 2014; weather - 70 degrees, sunny, breezy.
Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season.
Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central.
“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”
The Sewanhaka Indians continue to let their presence be felt in Nassau Conference II.
The Indians played their second game as members of the conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Long Beach Marines, topping the south shore squad 51-30.
On the opening drive, the Indians relied on running back Brenton Mighty’s legs to get them into the red zone. On first and goal from the 15-yard line, quarterback Elijah Tracey hit Michael Parasconda on a screen pass for the first score.
Thursday, Oct. 2
4 p.m. Varsity Football Great Neck South at Sewanhaka and Varsity Football Floral Park at North Shore
4:30 p.m. Varsity Field Hockey Floral Park at Friends Academy; Girls Varsity Soccer Floral Park at Malverne; Girls JV Soccer Floral Park at Malverne; Boys Varsity Soccer Sewanhaka at Great Neck South; Boys JV Soccer Great Neck South at Sewanhaka; Boys Varsity Soccer Floral Park at Roslyn; Boys JV Soccer Floral Park at Roslyn; Boys Varsity Volleyball Sewanhaka at MacArthur; Girls JV Volleyball Great Neck South at Sewanhaka; Girls Varsity Volleyball Floral Park at Lynbrook; Girls JV Volleyball Lynbrook at Floral Park; Boys JV Volleyball Central High School at Sewanhaka
Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season.
“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”
But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going.
The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang. The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage.
“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “
The fall months find the Floral Park Recreation Center buzzing with a wide variety of activities for residents of all ages. Both the park and indoor Recreation/Pool Complex will serve as the site of a long line of popular programs as well as several new additions to a comprehensive list of youth, adult and senior programs.
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