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Team Hits Nothing But Net

Middle school squad wraps up undefeated season

On Monday, Jan. 13, the Garden City Middle School 8th grade team completed its undefeated 11-0 season with a 61-40 victory against Thompson. Many of the same hoopsters played on last year’s 7th grade team that went undefeated as well. One of the major highlights of the campaign was playing on the high school court Friday, Jan. 10 in a 57-22 victory versus South Woods.

The scores for the 2013-2014 season were as follows:

Garden City 49-South Side 35 (H)

Garden City 57-Westbury 22 (A)

Garden City 45-Weber 15 (H)

Garden City 59-Thompson 34 (A)

Garden City 52-Manhasset 29 (H)

Garden City 55-Locust Valley 25 (A)

Garden City 63-Roslyn 53 (A)

Garden City 44-Great Neck North 31 (H)

Garden City 55-Manhasset 45 (A)

Garden City 57-South Woods 22 (H)

Garden City 61-Thompson 40 (H)

The team’s success can be attributed to a combination of hard work, dedication, teamwork and excellent coaching. This group of boys had a lot of fun while playing hard nosed, up-tempo basketball the way it was meant to be played. Throughout the season, Andrew DeSantis, Kevin McNiff and Matthew Granville drove to the basket with reckless abandon while Ian Gallagher, Matt Sauchelli and Michael Liberopoulos controlled the boards. Sean Leggett, Quinn Heslin and Colin Crean led the midrange shooting attack while Chris Jordan, Michael Handal and Nolan Pappas distributed the rock with pinpoint precision. The defensive effort was spearheaded by Aidan Byrnes, Patrick Leggett and Luke Solferino while Brenda McGuire provided long range shooting until an injury cut his season short. The team was coached by Mike Heedles. In an effort to celebrate a successful season, the team faked out Coach Heedles with what appeared to be the traditional Gatorade cooler bath at the conclusion of the final game. The cooler, actually containing confetti and not Gatorade/water, was indeed dumped on Coach Heedles but assuming liquid was in the cooler, Coach was quick on his feet in avoiding most of the confetti bath. The evening concluded with a pizza party at the Garden City Middle School as the team and coach were recognized for their hard work and effort.

The complete 8th grade complete roster is: Aidan Byrnes, Colin Crean, Andrew DeSantis, Ian Gallagher, Matthew Granville, Michael Handal, Quinn Heslin, Chris Jordan, Patrick Leggett, Sean Leggett, Michael Liberopoulos, Brendan McGuire, Kevin McNiff, Nolan Pappas, Matt Sauchelli, Luke Solferino, Head Coach is Mike Heedles.

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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