Pitching wins championships, and Garden City baseball Head Coach Rich Smith is confident that his team has enough of it to make a run in 2014. He is not deterred by losing 11 seniors, many of which contributed to the team’s 15-7 season. Smith, in his 42nd year with the program, has seen almost everything on the baseball field, but noted that this team is unique in one way.
“On paper we have three lefties in the starting rotation,” said Smith. “And that’s something I’ve never had here,” he added. The trio of southpaws could prove to be nightmarish on the conference, even after its new alignment.
Spring Roller Hockey Divisions
The start of spring roller hockey is just around the corner. 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.
Registration and starting dates will be announced at a later time but you can see when your child will play by checking the divisions below:
Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed.
Garden City Middle School’s boys volleyball team swept Friends Academy, 5-0, in a decidedly lopsided matchup. Despite a near-rally that had them ahead in part of the third game, the Locust Valley players could not overcome Garden City’s skills and preparation. The team and its coach were all smiles after the game. Players include: Jack Dignam, Ryan Ferro, Ryan George, Jack Kenney, Ryan Murasca, Chris Mercadante, Steven Morales, Colby Nolan, John O’Hare, Tommy Pallai, Kyle Pletchr, Luca Saponieri, Matt Sauchelli, Paul Sekas and Ryan Trabold.
Middle School Recreation Nights Announced
The Garden City Recreation Department is sponsoring Middle School Recreation Nights on the following dates at St. Paul’s Field House: Friday, Feb. 28, 6th grade and Friday, March 7, All grades
These parties will be chaperoned by the Recreation staff and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5. A DJ will provide music and refreshments will be available for a nominal charge. The gym will be open for basketball, volleyball, dancing and other games.
Things are looking up if you were a captain for a top youth soccer team, Albertson Fury ’91.
Fury captain Crystal Dunn, the 2012 Hermann Award recipient, was picked first overall by the Washington Spirit in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League Draft. The other captain on the Fury, Garden City’s Emily Menges, was selected in the third round by the defending champion Portland Thorns, led by their former youth soccer coach, Paul Riley.
The Trojans of Garden City are still holding onto control of their own playoff destiny, even after a tough loss to Westbury 62-45.
“We got some good shots, we just didn’t finish,” said Garden City Head Coach Larry Steiner. “Westbury did a job on defense,” he added. Westbury chose to play a 1-3-1 half court trap to limit the effectiveness of Garden City’s strength, which is its outside shooting. The Trojans struggled to get through the trap.
The Garden City Centennial Soccer Club is looking for qualified coaches to head its new U10 teams that will tryout in June 2014. The birthdates for the children on these teams will fall between Aug. 1, 2004 and Dec. 31, 2005.
League play for these teams will begin in September 2014. Anyone interested in these positions would need to be available to run practices in the summer, begin with tournaments in August, be able to attend practices/games at least two times a week during the school year and be able to commit themselves and their teams for several tournaments during the year. A good candidate for this position will have good knowledge of all aspects of soccer and must be able to share the love of the game with elementary school-aged children. The commitment is great but the rewards are greater.
The Garden City Bombers 10U travel baseball team recently announced tryouts for 2014 Baseball Season. The Bombers play a high level of play versus other competitive travel teams from throughout the New York and Long Island metro area. All homes games are in Garden City; while preference is given to Garden City residents, boys from surrounding communities, such as Hempstead and Roosevelt are also welcome, and this diversity supports a very good team.
The spring season includes games every weekend, and tournaments during the weekends of Memorial Day, Father’s Day, and Independence Day. The summer season, which runs until mid-August, generally includes weekend and weeknight play. There are also special games planned at the original Yankee Stadium, and on the new baseball field at Governors Island. The team also plays a fall season, and has extensive indoor training during winter months.
To be eligible, a player should be 10 years old by April 30, 2014.
Interested parents can inquire at 516-637-8644.
Family Fun Time On Sundays
On Sunday afternoons beginning Jan. 12, St. Paul’s Field House will be open for Family Fun Time for village families. This open time provides the opportunity for families to enjoy various gym activities in an indoor environment. The gym will be available for use from 3 to 5:45 p.m. each Sunday until March 9.
This time is designated for family time only. No organized practices or workouts will be allowed. Although there will be staff to monitor activity, this is not a drop off program. Elementary-aged children are asked to be accompanied by an adult. For the safety of users, no lacrosse or baseball will be allowed.
On Monday, Jan. 13, the Garden City Middle School 8th grade team completed its undefeated 11-0 season with a 61-40 victory against Thompson. Many of the same hoopsters played on last year’s 7th grade team that went undefeated as well. One of the major highlights of the campaign was playing on the high school court Friday, Jan. 10 in a 57-22 victory versus South Woods.
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