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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

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

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.

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This year three hunts will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.


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



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