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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

‘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.

Elmont Library reneges on

Stewart Manor drop-box

It was announced at the August Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting that the Elmont Memorial Library recently reneged on a deal to place a library drop-box in Stewart Manor Village Hall. The box would have allowed the Village’s elderly residents a more convenient option for returning books. According to the Board, the deal was all but done before the library backed out at the last minute.

“They offered us the world and we got crumbs. Rocks, really,” said Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi.


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:


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