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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

Have you considered adding running to your exercise regimen but not sure how to get started? Are you concerned about past injuries? Runners, from experienced to beginner, are sidelined every year due to injury. Physical Therapy Options (PTO) wants to help runners get off to a great start this fall and is pleased to offer the community an opportunity to receive a free comprehensive “Running Analysis.”

 

Physical Therapist Lisa Coors, founder of PTO, views this offering as part of PTO’s mission to help patients live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. 

Yard sale announced

 

The Garden City Bird Sanctuary/Tanners Pond Environmental Center recently announced its annual Fall Benefit Yard Sale. The sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., located outdoors inside the front gate at the sanctuary. Vendors are being sought. A 10 x 17 foot selling area is $45 for the day. (Includes space for selling & space to park one car next to selling space)


Sports

Dance Conservatory Program

 

The Garden City Recreation Department’s Dance Conservatory Program is pleased to announce the start of registration for its upcoming 2014-15 season. Director Felicia Lovaglio, along with Mary Searson and the rest of her staff, are excited to start off another fantastic year. The dance conservatory offers classes to Garden City residents ages 3 through adult which are non-performance based. Age is determined by the start date of the desired class. 

 

Note: Registration is by mail only until Sept. 23. Participants MUST be the required age by the start of the program in order to register. 

 

Each session costs $220 for 22 weeks of class. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted): 

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18


Calendar

Living With Pulmonary Fibrosis Program - September 18

Harpeth Rising Concert - September 19 

JV Football - September 20


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