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Balance Of Power

Lady Panthers looking for a championship repeat

As the softball season wraps up, Adelphi’s Lady Panthers are aiming to finish strong and make another run at the Northeast-10 title. The Panthers are looking good and appear to be a lock in postseason with an impressive 14-8 NE-10 campaign and 25-16 overall record.

It felt like yesterday when the Panthers won it all last season during Coach Breanne Nasti’s inaugural season at the helm. Adelphi would go on to post a staggering 25-5 record in Northeast-10 Conference play, eventually capturing not only the Southwest Division Regular Season crown but also winning the program’s first tournament title, as the fifth seed in the NCAA East Regional. Coach Nasti and her assistants Ophir Sadeh and Leah McIntosh were named the NFCA Division II East Region Coaching Staff of the Year, thus another first-time accomplishment for the program.

This year’s squad is looking to rekindle the same magic from last season. “Our pitchers are doing really well,” said Nasti. “They give us a chance to win every game.” While they can put runs on the board, pitching and defense have been the catalyst for the Lady Panthers’ success this year. Senior Katie Andrews is one player who has been able to get it done on both sides of the field by leading the team in most offensive categories as well as being a workhouse on the mound. Another key cog to the Panthers lineup is junior Victoria Wink, the number 3 hitter in the lineup who provides the team with power and run production.

Considering the team’s success, they had to face plenty of challenges and adversity. The weather has put a major wrinkle in the squad’s schedule. Many match-ups have been postponed due to rain at Adelphi and on the road, which puts them at fewer games than other teams at this point. Another obstacle they had to overcome is playing a full season with a small roster. With only 13 players on the roster, one injury could be catastrophic according to the head coach.

“God forbid someone gets hurt, our options are limited,” Nasti pointed out.

Getting the team prepared for road trips was also instrumental to its success. Coach Nasti preaches team discipline and pre-game preparation was also a key element in this season’s dominance. By putting aside other distractions encountered on the road, the Lady Panthers maintained a crucial balance of softball with schoolwork.

The Lady Panthers are looking to not only get into the postseason action, but expect to contend for regional and conference championships once again. “We’re not taking anything for granted,” said Nasti. “We hope to be playing our best softball in the postseason.”

News

North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute (CNI) recently announced that Garden City resident Richard E. Temes, MD, MS, has been appointed director of the Center for Neurocritical Care at North Shore University Hospital and assistant professor of neurology, neurological surgery and internal medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

“Dr. Temes is a nationally recognized leader in neurocritical care and we are delighted to have him on board to spearhead our efforts in further expanding the neurocritical care services program,” said Raj K. Narayan, MD, chair of neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center and CNI’s director. For the past seven years, Dr. Temes served as director of the neurocritical care program he founded at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. He also served as the hospital’s medical director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and as director of the Therapeutic Hypothermia Service. Under Dr. Temes’ leadership, he established Rush’s neurological emergencies transfer center, which grew to transfer 1,200 patients annually from over 30 institutions throughout southern Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and western Michigan.

‘Landscape-altering’ bug creeping north

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of the Island designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

Garden City falls to Brentwood

after beating Farmingdale

The Farmingdale Baseball League recently capped off its fourth annual 9/11 baseball tournament with a series of championship games, to ultimately determine which Long Island town reigns supreme. On Aug. 16, teams from 8U to 14U fought tooth and nail for the ultimate prize.

One of the most exciting games was the evening 14U championship match-up between the Garden City Warriors and Brentwood Braves.

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:


Calendar

Alice in Nanoland

Thursday, August 28

Nature’s Nighttime Noises

Saturday, August 30

Art With A French Twist

Thursday, September 11



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