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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

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.

Long Island University (LIU) announced that Garden City native Dr. Kimberly R. Cline has been honored as a 2014 Distinguished Leader in Education by Education Update.

Past recipients of the publication’s Distinguished Leader in Education awards include: Harold (Terry) McGraw III, chairman of the board and former president and chief executive officer of The McGraw-Hill Companies; Dr. Susan H. Fuhrman, president of Teachers College, Columbia University; and Dr. Lisa S. Coico, president of The City College of New York.


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.


Calendar

Friday Night Promenade

Friday, August 22

The Little Mermaid JR

Saturday, August 23

Getting Your Feet Wet

Tuesday, Aug. 26



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