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Flying To Victory On The Ice

Wings shut down and sink Sailors

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.

Early in the first period, Assistant Captain Kenny Nygaard put the Wings on the board, followed fove minutes later by senior defenseman Shawn Post, unassisted. Still scoreless with six minutes left, Oceanside stepped up its game and finally scored against Garden City. Desperate to even the score, the Oceansiders started incurring penalties, which resulted in several of their better skaters visiting the penalty box. Taking advantage of a power play, Joe Giarraputo, assisted by Nygaard brothers Kenny and Michael, answered the Sailors’ first goal within a minute with 4:57 on the clock. Joe King followed two minutes later, also assisted during a power play by Michael Nygaard. Next, Oceanside managed to score its only other goal of the game. Not done yet, King quickly flipped another biscuit into the Oceanside net unassisted with 15 seconds left in the first.

For the next two periods, Garden City completely shut down Oceanside’s numerous attempts to rally back. Meanwhile the Sailors players battled with the Wings all over the ice as the game became increasingly physical. They repeatedly tried to crash the Wings’ net, but Alex denied them any chances as he held his position in the crease and teammates guarded the defensive zone. For the most part, Garden City concentrated more on teamwork than Oceanside who was intent on revisiting its penalty box, costing them the game. Once again, Post lit up their goalie unassisted with 8:30 minutes left in the game. Frustrated, desperate, disheartened, the Sailors pulled their goalie to put a sixth man on the ice in a late power play against Garden City.  Not only were their attempts unsuccessful, but the Sailors were forced to endure the completion of King’s hat trick in their empty net shorthanded with 47 seconds remaining in the game.

For a schedule of the Garden City Wings games and practices, please visit http://www.gcwings.org/

News

Budget adjustments, staff reductions recommended

The Garden City Board of Education will prepare to adopt next year’s school budget in a couple of weeks. Before they do, they’ll have to go over a few changes.

At the board’s public work session held at the high school on Wednesday, April 9, school superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen recommended a few adjustments, part of the annual balancing act that is the school budget.

The Garden City Board of Trustees approved a $55,791,023 operating budget at its April 7 meeting by a 7-0 vote (Trustee Theresa Trouvé was absent).

The spending plan requires a tax rate increase of 3.73 percent or an increase in tax of $224 to the average assessed single family home.


Sports

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.

Lady Panthers

start season 7-0

The number two ranked Adelphi Panthers Women’s Lacrosse team has gotten off to a fast start to their 2014 season and show no signs of slowing down. Head Coach Rob Grella, entering his third season at the helm, has led his team to an impressive 7-0 record to kick off their campaign. Six of the Panther’s first seven games have been won in commanding fashion in which they have outscored the opposition by a staggering margin of 122-14.

Last season, the Panthers continued their tradition of playing hard and fighting off tough challenges. They would finish the 2013 season with an impressive 11-1 record within the Northeast Ten Conference and overall at 18-3, making it to their fourth consecutive trip to the NE-10 Conference Championship where they eventually lost to Le Moyne.

Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



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