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Student-Athletes Dominate Once Again

Trojans have a strong winter season

across the board

Garden City High School is blessed to have one of the stronger student–athlete populations on Long Island. Regardless of the sports season, the teams, coaches and players compete hard on both the field and in the classroom. On the academic side this is no more evident each year then when the list of scholar athletes is presented and the universities that they will be attending are announced. For some sports the verbal commitments are made in junior year (lacrosse), but in many it is the spring of their senior year. Typically you will see schools like Harvard, Georgetown, Boston College and Notre Dame on that list – schools where even the best athletes need to also excel in the classroom.  

This winter session was no different for the Trojans as they had several outstanding performances, great team results and four County Championships.

The boys swim team had an undefeated season for coach Anne Sullivan and capped it with their first County Championship since 1999 at the Nassau swimming championships. Led by MVP Joe Lozano winning the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM in school record times, and then coming back to win as part of the 200 (another school record) and 400-yard freestyle relays. With Lozano in the 200 were Matthew Finnegan, Connor Brown and Frank Caponegro, while Finnegan, Brown and Daniel Finnegan joined him in the 400.

The girls basketball team exceeded even their top fans expectations by capturing the Nassau County Championship with a victory over Floral Park in the finals at CW Post. The young team was led by County MVP Sam Auricchio (sophomore) and County Tournament MVP Taylor Carpentier (junior). The team also had stellar performances from junior Tara DeAngelo, freshman Kerry McCarraher and sophomore Becky Riefler throughout the season. Although they had terrific basketball seasons, Carpentier is headed to George Mason and DeAngelo to Villanova University, both to play lacrosse.

On the boys side, the team didn’t fare as well as they barely missed out on the playoffs although seniors Spencer Bais, Ed Blatz, Dan Bonchonsky, Andrew Granville and Kyle Skramko kept the team in every game with both a strong inside game and some timely outside shooting. Blatz and Skramko are both committed to play lacrosse in college at Georgetown and St. John’s respectively.

One of the top performers of the winter session was girls track star Emma Gallagher who helped lead the team to a seventh consecutive County title, as well as grabbing two State titles along the way. Emma won her second consecutive 600-meter race and anchored a repeat NYS championship performance in the 4x400-relay, these are on top of her Nation leading 600 meter time of 1:30.35!  Running with Emma on the champion relay team were Kelly Lawson, Katie O’Neill and Laura Jaeger. Also coming away from the NY State meet with a title was Jen Gerland who was a member of the Section VIII relay team.

Another standout performer in track was Andrew Morra. He proved to be one of the best middle distance runner’s on Long Island with several stellar performances including a fifth place finish in the 1000 meters at States and a first place performance at the conference meet in the 600. Morra has signed a letter of intent to attend Lafayette College.  Tim Josephs also had several outstanding runs that were highlighted by a first place finish in the 3,200 meters at the Conference championships.

The girls fencing team delivered a County Championship for Garden City this season as they capitalized on a late season run through Nassau County. Top fencers on the team throughout the season were Julia Cupolo, Emily Fallon and Katherine Tomasi. The girls had entered the playoffs as the number 3 seed as they had a somewhat up and down season but pulled together for the Championship.

Garden City also had an excellent season at the lanes as both the boys and the girls bowling teams had better than .500 records. Throughout the season for the girls it was Jeanette Oellrich, Allison Miller and Brooke Schlatter rolling high games and strong series to lead the team. On the boys side it was Dan Combatti and Thomas and Joey Rocco leading the way while dropping the most pins for the Trojans.

The boys fencing team, as well as the wrestling team were two squads that were focused on rebuilding this season and will look to come back next winter for runs at county championships.

News

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.


Calendar

 Murder, Madness & Poe

Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



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