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Reunited And It Feels So Good

Menges drafted by

youth soccer coach

Things are looking up if you were a captain for a top youth soccer team, Albertson Fury ’91.

Fury captain Crystal Dunn, the 2012 Hermann Award recipient, was picked first overall by the Washington Spirit in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League Draft. The other captain on the Fury, Garden City’s Emily Menges, was selected in the third round by the defending champion Portland Thorns, led by their former youth soccer coach, Paul Riley.

A first-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American, Menges led Georgetown to a 16-3-2 record this past season and into the second round of the NCAA Division I playoffs.

The 2013 Big East Defensive Player of the Year concluded her career as one of the most decorated players in Hoya history, earning All-Big East honors three times in her four seasons on the Hilltop. As an All-Big East rookie selection as a freshman, Menges started all 24 games and helped lead the Hoyas to the Elite Eight of the NCAA playoffs. In her four-year Georgetown career, the now 21-year-old started 83 of 84 games played, scored two goals and was part of defensive units that posted an incredible 40 shutouts.

The Garden City native played for the Albertson Fury ’91 of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) for six years, winning three consecutive Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cups from 2009 to 2011. The National Honor Society member played for the LIJSL’s Garden City Blue Devils prior to joining Albertson.

She also played for Paul Riley on the Long Island Fury, winning the 2009 Women’s Premier Soccer League national championship in her hometown of Garden City when the Fury hosted the final at Adelphi University.  

“I’m very excited to play for Paul again,” Menges stated. “Paul is the best trainer I’ve ever played under, and I know without a doubt that he will make me better. I know him well, which takes a little bit of stress off of me, but since he knows me, I know his expectations are high and I am going to have to continue working as hard as ever to compete with the team and at the pro level.”

“Emily is a sleeping giant and now that she has the opportunity to play with and compete in practice with top internationals such as Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Christine Sinclair, her game will become elevated even more and her speed, tenacity and reading of the game will be tested in every practice and game,” commented Coach Riley. “She was a superb player for the Albertson Fury and I hope she relishes playing in front of the craziest, loudest soccer fans in the world of women’s soccer. Emily can compete at this level and we look forward to getting her to Portland and in a demanding training environment that will get the best out of her.”

Menges, a two-time all-state selection for soccer at Garden City High School, was also an All-American and all-state selection for indoor and outdoor track in the 800-meter run, 4X400-meter relay, 4X800-meter relay and 1,600-meter run. After her freshman year at Georgetown, she decided not to run competitively anymore so she could concentrate on soccer.

Randy Vogt is the director of public relations for the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association

News

Longtime village administrator to

receive President’s Award

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the presentation of its President’s Award to Robert (Bob) L. Schoelle, Jr., a Garden City resident for 43 years, at the 2014 Pineapple Ball at the Garden City Hotel on Friday evening, May 9. Initiated in 2011, the Chamber of Commerce’s “President’s Award” recognizes above and beyond volunteer spirit and contributions within the Garden City community and beyond. Not an annual award, it is only presented occasionally, which makes this recognition for Schoelle all the more special.

Bob Schoelle has served as chief administrative officer of the Incorporated Village of Garden City for the past 34 years, working with 18 mayors and many boards of trustees. He has served as a member of both the Village Planning Commission and Board of Police Commissioners. His contributions to numerous village projects have contributed remarkably to the quality of life in the village.

Garvies Point hosts Waldorf parent-child program

Garvies Point Musuem and Preserve, a place known for its Native American history and artifacts, is now home to the Garden City Waldorf School’s Parent-Child Program. The location is an ideal match since the Waldorf educational philosophy enjoys many parallels with the Native American culture exhibited at the museum. The classes are held in the museum’s interactive exhibit room for children, which features a dugout canoe, a wooden wigwam, woven baskets and a model of a native garden. Since the exhibit encourages creative play with natural materials, it is a perfect fit for the Waldorf program which promotes the same.

One of the interesting features of the program is that it is in truth a parent-child class; parents are learning right alongside the children. Children are encouraged to play cooperatively with their peers, while adults learn to knit nearby. Throughout the program, parents are given advice and tips on how to slow the pace of parenting, how to deal with tantrums and manage technology in our lives. “It’s really nice to get good advice on finding a natural rhythm to our lives,” said Laura Franco of Sea Cliff. “I would say the program is very unique in that way.”


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: An Inconvenient Truth

Thursday, April 10

Breakfast With The Easter Bunny

Saturday, April 12

'Needleworks' Exhibit Opens

Through April 30



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