Written by Vinny Messana, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:51
The reigning Long Island Champion Garden City Trojans narrowly defeated MacArthur Generals 10-7 in overtime on a 32-yard field goal by Gerard Smith. The Trojans erased a 7-0 deficit on a three-yard TD run by QB Brett Stewart with under a minute remaining in the game.
“The kids fought hard and came back,” said Head Coach Tom Flatley. “We work like heck during the week,” he added.
The Trojan defense was terrific all day, yielding only a third quarter TD from sophomore QB Jimmy Kelleher to Jared Wolfe. It appeared that the game would possibly end with that score.On the ensuing drive, the Trojans embarked on an extremely long drive that began on their own 26-yard line and totaled 12 plays. Stewart rushed for carries of 4, 5 and 10 yards in addition to connecting with Patrick Finneran for 7 yards. Running back Brian Haeffner rushed for gains of 14 yards and a crucial 17-yard carry. The drive lasted through the end of the third quarter and into the fourth. They did not convert, however, due to an 8-yard loss on a rush, followed by a missed 39-yard field goal attempt.
The Generals followed that with a 12-play drive that featured all rushing attempts. They made a curious decision to go for it on fourth down at the 23-yard line rather than kick a field goal and Kelleher was stopped for no gain.
The Trojans got the ball at the 23 and put together a great drive with the game on the line. There were two huge gains. The first was a 17-yard catch by Finneran that brought the Trojans across mid-field. Then, a 29-yard reception by Matt Borges to put the ball at the 20. After a few modest gain, Stewart rolled out to the left and scored from 3 yards out to put the Trojans on the board. After the extra point, the game was tied and it went to OT.
The Generals had the ball first in OT beginning at the Garden City 20. On fourth down, they lined up for a short 22-yard field goal. It appeared like a simple task, but Borges penetrated the line and blocked the kick.
“That was our base 6-5 formation,” said Flatley. “You just hope to get a push.” Fortunately, they were able to do so. The Trojans capitalized with their opportunity and kicked the game-winning FG to earn the 10-7 victory.[
For the Generals, Carmine Criscione played a tremendous game, rushing for 80 yards, and was able to find holes in the Trojans front seven despite not scoring a TD. Not many opposing running backs are able to consistently beat the Trojans’ defense.
Stewart was forced to take the game into his own hands by running the football. The receivers of Garden City dropped a number of passes which hurt his statistics. In the air he completed 4 of 15 passes for 55 yards.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
For some people, giving back provides an inherent reward through the simple satisfaction of helping others. Garden City resident Gregory Burke is one of those people. A known philanthropist and supporter of various important causes, Burke’s gift to Winthrop-University Hospital is no exception to his generosity.
Recently, Burke presented Kevin T. Curran, member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, with a $25,000 gift in support of the hospital’s new Research and Academic Center. The center, scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Submitted by Garden City Public School District
The Garden City Public School District is aware that parents and residents have questions about the implementation of the new Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and other recent state mandates. To help explain this initiative, the school district is introducing a new “Question of the Week” feature. The complete listing of the questions and answers will be posted on the district website at http://www.gardencity.k12.ny.us, under “Common Core FAQs.”
We begin this feature below:
What is the Common Core?
The Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) are guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at various points in their school careers. The standards are designed to promote critical thinking, encourage a deep understanding of content, and build skills with the goal of enabling all students to be college-and-career ready by the end of 12th grade. The CCLS were developed by a large, distinguished panel of experts from diverse universities and educators working in the field. They were based upon “some of the best standards covered from States across the country, as well as from other nations and extensive research on what’s needed to succeed in jobs and higher education.” The Common Core has been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The 36th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot was held on a sunny but cold and windy Thanksgiving day. The frigid temperatures were no match for the more than 5,000 runners who ran in Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving day road race. The Turkey Trot consists of three races—a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4-mile Fun Run and a challenging 5-mile race.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:19
Knowing they were facing off against a very physical team which had made the States for the last two consecutive years, the Garden City Wings Varsity Ice Hockey teammates discussed strategies in the locker room at the Bethpage Ice Arena. Alex Feinstein’s past netminding experiences for the Sailors would prove valuable to them as he drew upon his insight in how to compete against them effectively. Playing with the Garden City Wings team, together they crushed the Oceanside Sailors 7-2, earning their first Varsity win of the season in Nassau County High School Hockey League. Feinsten faced 30 shots while his teammates unloaded 24 on the opposing goalie.