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Trojans Slay Dragons

Garden City topples Westbury

When a team is struggling to find consistency, they look for their star player to take charge and swing the momentum back in their favor. That is precisely what junior Sam Auricchio did for the Garden City girls basketball team in their 61-41 victory over Westbury.

“She means everything to this team,” said Head Coach Anthony Sparacia. “She has really become an elite player because she is an all around player, whereas she used to just be a shooter, now she’s going to the rim and the free throw line. She shoots the ball lights out from the perimeter—she makes us go,” he added.

Auricchio scored 26 of her 37 points in the second half, which allowed the Trojans to pull away from the Dragons. She wasted no time in hitting a three pointer immediately following halftime, and followed that up with a layup off of a steal to put the Trojans up by nine. They did not allow the Dragons to get any closer than that for the remainder of the game.

“When I got those three fouls, I was a little iffy, but then I started getting hot,” said Auricchio. “I was a little upset about the fouls early on and just wanted to get it back with points,” she added. Playing with frustration certainly benefited her ability to score.

The first quarter was a struggle for both teams. The Trojans were playing a full-court press which was hindering the Dragons rhythm on offense. It was leading to a bevy of turnovers but the Trojans were not able to convert on many fast-break opportunities. Despite their advantage in time of possession, Westbury trailed 14-8 at the end of the first quarter.

“Fouls,” said Coach Sparacia, in regards to the struggles of the first half. “Sam only played eight minutes because of the three fouls, so that was a big, big part of it,” he added.

The Dragons were able to get on a bit of a run in the second quarter, thanks to solid play by Kayla Bomani who scored 11 points in the first half. The defense was also being more aggressive which was forcing the Trojans into uncomfortable shots. At the end of the first half, the score remained close at 21-17.

The second half was a much different story. Auricchio hit her stride which really allowed the Trojans to run away with the lead. Once they had the lead, Westbury could not score at a pace that would unnerve Garden City.

“We would’ve had a much better chance if we were at full strength”, said Westbury’s Assistant Coach, in regards to the team’s injuries. “I think that’s what made the difference,” she added. “They do have a very good player over there,” in regards to Auricchio. “She’s a scorer.”

News

‘Landscape-altering’ bug creeping north

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of the Island designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.

Elmont Library reneges on

Stewart Manor drop-box

It was announced at the August Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting that the Elmont Memorial Library recently reneged on a deal to place a library drop-box in Stewart Manor Village Hall. The box would have allowed the Village’s elderly residents a more convenient option for returning books. According to the Board, the deal was all but done before the library backed out at the last minute.

“They offered us the world and we got crumbs. Rocks, really,” said Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi.


Sports

Garden City falls to Brentwood

after beating Farmingdale

The Farmingdale Baseball League recently capped off its fourth annual 9/11 baseball tournament with a series of championship games, to ultimately determine which Long Island town reigns supreme. On Aug. 16, teams from 8U to 14U fought tooth and nail for the ultimate prize.

One of the most exciting games was the evening 14U championship match-up between the Garden City Warriors and Brentwood Braves.

Fall Roller Hockey Programs Announced

The Garden City Recreation and Parks Department will once again offer various roller hockey programs this fall for both youth & adults who reside in the Inc. Village of Garden City. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park. Please note at this time, the recreation department is just announcing its programs. Fees and registration information will be announced at a later date.

This season, the roller hockey programs are broken down into grades. Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed:


Calendar

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Saturday, August 30

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Thursday, September 11



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