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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

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


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