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George-a State Of Mind

Senior leads way as Trojans win Wood Stick Classic

In his final Wood Stick Classic, Garden City senior Cody George made a lasting impression, netting a hat trick against his team’s Manhasset rivals.

The rivalry lived up to its billing as the Trojans held on for a 9-8 victory on Saturday afternoon in Garden City. Since 2000, the Trojans (11-2) have won 12 of the last 16 meetings between the teams.

“The Wood Stick has always been one of my favorite games to play in. The intensity is just insane, so many people in the crowd and just to beat Manhasset made my senior year 10 times better,” said George, who pushed his goal total for the year to 24.

After trailing 7-3 at the half, the Indians (7-8) surged back led by junior Tyler Dunn, who scored two of his three goals after the interval.

“Coach [Bill Cherry] was pretty upset at the end of the half when we were losing 7-3 and he said ‘You guys have to step up, you have to start playing better’ and I took that to heart and really wanted to step up for the Manhasset program and the town,” said Dunn.

 After Dunn’s goal with 6:13 remaining in the fourth cut the deficit to two, sophomore Matt Gavin picked up a rebound and fired past Trojans’ goaltender Dan Dolan with 4:50 left to make it a one goal affair.  

Manhasset had a great look to tie the game as Dunn found space on the run, but the senior Dolan made the most crucial of his 11 saves on the day.

“We are looking for those shots on the run and if it is open coach says don’t be afraid to take it,” said Dunn. “Even in those situations you really want to make sure the defense is up and ready, but if they’re slacking you take one to the goal.”

The second quarter proved to be the tipping point in the Trojans’ favor. Garden City scored five times, capping off the half with two goals in quick succession. George netted with 15.9 seconds left on the clock and junior James Sullivan scored five seconds later. Sullivan won the face off and drove towards the cage, beating senior John Young.  

George’s third goal of the game, with 6:52 on the clock in the third quarter helped the Trojans settle down. Freshman JP Bastile added his 15th of the season on the Extra Man Offense, the ninth and vital goal for the Trojans with 1:26 remaining in the third quarter after Indians senior Charlie Malhame made it 8-6.  

“Goals will just come. I just try to make the right plays on offense,” said George. “I try to look for the ball, I try to create plays and if the ball gets to me and the net is wide open I’ll shoot it. Today, I found the net three times.”

The Trojans couldn’t quite find the same rhythm they did in the first half, particularly in the third quarter noted head coach Steve Finnell.  

“We had some bad turnovers in the third quarter and some of our turnovers led to opportunities for them,” said Finnell. “We didn’t do what we did in the first half as well, too many forced and unforced turnovers on offense led to possessions for them.”

Despite the Indians record, Finnel and the coaching staff knew the game against a rival was always going to pose a challenge.

“This is what we expected, we told the kids it would be a one goal game or overtime,” said Finnel.   

For Manhasset, who lost another one goal game, will have to pick themselves up after a deflating loss to the Trojans.

“This is a big loss, but we’ve been playing really well,” said Dunn. “In this game we stepped up big. A lot of people, a lot of fans were saying how we were just going to get blown out."

News

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.


Calendar

 Murder, Madness & Poe

Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



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