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Trojans Unable To Slay Dragons

Garden City suffers tough loss

The Trojans of Garden City are still holding onto control of their own playoff destiny, even after a tough loss to Westbury 62-45.

“We got some good shots, we just didn’t finish,” said Garden City Head Coach Larry Steiner. “Westbury did a job on defense,” he added. Westbury chose to play a 1-3-1 half court trap to limit the effectiveness of Garden City’s strength, which is its outside shooting. The Trojans struggled to get through the trap.  

In defeating New Hyde Park in the previous game, the Trojans had hit a program-record 12 three-pointers, four of those by Joe Leighton. It was a different story in this game, as the team forced some bad passes and was unable to complete some baskets from close range. “We missed a lot of layups and easy shots in the beginning,” Steiner acknowledged.

Westbury head coach Dave Graff had nothing but praise for his team’s opponents, noting that he and his team and pointedly chosen a strategy to defeat this strong team.

“They are an excellent outside shooting team, they have demonstrated it all year long,” Graff said. “We wanted to make sure we picked them up as soon as they crossed over half court and trap the corners.”  Graff felt that the team did a good job in executing the 1-3-1 trap.

The key to the game was the third quarter. The Trojans were outscored 16-6, which essentially put a stamp on the game. At halftime, the team was down 34-24 a sizable but certainly surpassable margin. Westbury’s Shakel Cafield led the game in scoring with 21 points, and also played strong defense. In the fourth quarter, Westbury seemed to take its foot off the gas pedal. They did allow a 15-point quarter and were outscored by three points. But by that time, the game was out of reach and Westbury was simply looking to run out the clock.

The Trojans were led in scoring by David Butler and Matt Kelly, both of whom scored seven points. The team remains in playoff contention with three games left in the season.

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Foofa

Although a bit unsure at first, all Foofa needs is a little bit of love and patience to bring out his true affectionate self. A favorite with the handlers, Foofa is proving an excellent student with his training, loves long walks on the trail, and enjoys his “pampering” sessions with petting and brushing.

Yoshi

Just like the Mario character, this little guy will keep you smiling all day long. Yoshi happily greets all people he meets, gets along well with his fellow canines, and loves long walks and petting sessions. Yoshi would make a wonderful addition in just about any home.

New leaders In Garden City Public Schools

Due to retirements, Garden City Public Schools is welcoming two new administrators: Dawn Cerrone will serve as the director of Athletics and Physical Education, and Lynette Abruzzo was appointed as the director of Pupil Personnel Services.

Cerrone was awarded her building and district administrative certificates from Albany’s College of St. Rose in 2008 and 2009, respectively. She received her Master’s in Health Education from Hofstra University in 1989 and her Bachelor’s in Physical Education from St. Bonaventure University in 1986.


Sports

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:

Garden City gals lead FLG

to three championships

The FLG 2018 girls have established themselves as one of FLG’s premier teams of the summer. Garden City’s Julia Kavan and Anna Mandaro at the midfield and Megan Sprotte and Ann Sullivan defensively led their team to three championships this summer. The girls “really started to gel and play as a unit,” said Coach McGinty, successfully executing new plays, transitioning well and crashing on defense. With the improvements across the board, the team hasn’t lost a game since the first tournament of the summer. These girls were leaders on and off the field and are taking FLG Girls Lacrosse to the next level.


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