Garden City High School held their annual G.A.A.–B.A.A. Awards Banquet on June 3 at Chateau Briand in Westbury. The event is sponsored each year by The Men’s Association of Garden City and honors the many senior student athletes and major award winning underclassmen for their accomplishments throughout the school year. And Garden City has many!
The Girls and Boys Athletics Associations have a rich tradition and history and continue to dedicate themselves to the Garden City athletics program each year. BAA President Christian Capozzi opened the night by introducing the officers of both associations as well as leading the attendees in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Garden City Centennials held their annual year-end Soccer Fest at St. Paul’s on Saturday, June 1. The day-long event is the culmination of the soccer season for the more than 2,100 young girls and boys that participate in one of the many programs the Centennials offer. Highlighted by the giving out of the annual awards to all players, the youngsters also enjoyed the fun games and activities throughout the day. Soccer Fest also represented the close of the travel season for the 41 girls and boys teams that compete in the Long Island Junior Soccer League. And with 39 travel teams, the Centennials have become one of the top programs not only on Long Island, but in New York State.
Not too many attorneys have made their way to glory in the boxing ring. Roseanne “Ro-Hammad Ali” Beovich hopes to become the first when she participates in the 10th annual Long Island Fight for Charity event on November 25 at the Hilton of Melville.
Beovich, an associate attorney at Genser, Dubow, Genser & Cona, LLP in Melville, has no formal boxing experience but “became interested in boxing because I like to try new sports and find activities that will challenge me.”
The Garden City varsity baseball team wrapped up a successful season with a tough loss to Seaford in the second round of the playoffs.
With a team that was built on strong pitching, solid defense and timely hitting, the Garden City Trojans may have surprised a few teams along the way to their terrific season—one that they hoped would have lasted a little longer. But for the graduating group of seniors who formed the core of the team that has played together for many years the only surprise is that it ended so abruptly. As one of the fathers told me as we watched a game from the ‘dads section’ behind home plate, “this group goes back to their first days of lacing up their cleats and picking up a glove, they’ve been together many years—and they still really enjoy playing together. Baseball gave them a bond that will never be broken.”
Registration has begun for the recreation department’s summer camps. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Please pay careful attention to the age/grade requirements as they are strictly enforced.
Summer brochures may be downloaded from the website at www.gardencityrecreation.org. To register, pick up a summer brochure at the recreation office, St. Paul’s, Community Park, or download it from www.gardencityrecreation.org. You can also make your own by listing your child’s name, address, phone number, birth date, grade he/she will be entering in September and the session and classes for which you are registering with a first and second choice. Mail all information with full payment to the Garden City Recreation Department at 108 Rockaway Ave. Make sure you are making the check out to the correct entity as listed on the application. Please make selections carefully as fees are not returnable.
The Garden City Girls track and field team has had a long run of success and this season they added their seventh consecutive County Championship under the direction of coaches Charlie Cuzzo, Erica Fregosi and Tom Skrivanek.
The girls have had an impressive season with many terrific runs that culminated with the County Championship at Mitchell Field on May 22. Facing a strong challenge from several teams, Garden City was able to pull away and lock up the championship on Day 2 after a phenomenal Day 1. On the first day of the championship meet, the Lady Trojans were dominant on the track as they won each of the events that they ran putting them ahead by 30 points.
The Department of Recreation and Parks will be offering yoga this summer.
The session of yoga with Connie McKnight will begin according to the following schedule:
Mondays 7:30–8:30 p.m.
10 classes for $65 beginning June 3
Wednesdays 10:15–11:15 a.m.
9 classes for $ 58.50 beginning June 5
The Garden City JV lacrosse team finished the year with a stellar 14-0-1 record. Led by Head Coach Tom Flatley and Assistant Coach Brett Hepworth, the Trojans overpowered most of their opponents with explosive offensive bursts, tough-nosed gritty defense, and rock-solid goaltending. The offense averaged over 15 goals per game, while the defense allowed just over three goals per game.
The season commenced with a hard fought, triple overtime thriller against Syosset that ended in a 7-7 tie. As the team became more cohesive, most of the next few opponents, including Hewlett, Lynbrook, Carey, Roslyn, Kellenberg, and others, found themselves overmatched against this Trojan team. However, that did not dissuade Ward Melville from putting forth an inspired effort on their home turf for three quarters, before finally falling to Garden City 12-7.
The boys and girls high school teams are both rolling and have their sights set on a long run in the playoffs. Both team have faced a number of formidable opponents throughout the season and have successfully navigated their schedules. One thing that has been consistent for both teams has been that their defenses have had to stand tall at key times and shut down very active offenses. Both Coach Finnell and Coach Chapman have made sure that the non-league schedules of their teams will ensure that their teams are prepared for whatever the playoffs can throw at them.
After going the full season last year undefeated, the boys team has three blemishes on their record with losses to powerhouses Ward Melville, Manhasset and LaSalle of PA. With a 9-3 record the Trojans are looking to wrap up the number two seed in the playoffs to force a rematch of the Manhasset game in the County finals. The boys have excelled defensively only allowing 4.25 goals against per game. And if you remove those three tough losses the goals against average drops to 3.1.
The Recreation and Parks Department’s new roller hockey rink is now open for general public use by Garden City residents during the following days and times:
Tuesdays 3:30 p.m. to dark
Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. to dark
Thursdays 3:30 p.m. to dark
Saturdays Noon to 6 p.m.
Sundays - Family Skate 3 to 6 p.m.
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