The Garden City Bombers 9U Team has been battling through its season competing against teams throughout Nassau and Queens.
The summer season started with the Bombers playing in the Oyster Baseball tournament, with the Bombers being eliminated in a fiercely-played game against the home team Blue Collar Bull Dogs. In that game, Garden City hurler Luke Sibblies retired nine consecutive outs, and hit two home runs including a grand slam. Matthew Mohen hit a double in every game of the tournament, with a flood of base hits by Evan Baschnagel and Johnny Kwiatkowski. Garden City led going into the last inning, but Sibblies had to leave the game having reached his pitching limit, and the Bull Dogs overcame the maroon in their final at bat. Sibblies nonetheless was the tournament star, having hit four home runs.
Garden City is well known for its tremendous athletic programs with many of the student athletes receiving accolades throughout the school year. But the success of the overall program isn’t only the result of the performances of the players but also because of the hardworking and knowledgeable coaching staffs that the middle and high schools have leading our teams.
As Athletic Director Nancy Kalafus has mentioned many times, “the coaches in Garden City make my job very easy." One of the coaches who puts in many hours throughout the year is wrestling and girls golf coach Reid Sclafani. Sclafani was recently presented the male Coach of the Year at the annual TMA coaches outing by Kalafus.
It was a glorious sunny afternoon last month when the Garden City Pool was host to the Garden City Pool Swim Across America fundraiser. Swimmers old and young swam as much or as little as they liked and raised almost $13,000 to fight cancer. Swim Across America, Inc., [SAA] is a national organization that focuses on local cancer centers and hospitals and is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming related events. Beneficiaries of the Garden City Swim Across America fundraiser include the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; the Cold Spring Harbor Lab; the SAA Stacey Leondis Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore; the Feinstein Institute of North Shore- LIJ; the MIRACLE Foundation Pavilion at Mercy Medical Center and the Fighting Chance center on Long Island.
Established in 2010, the Long Island Thunderbolts was founded by Coaches Carmine Mazzaro and Peter Janowsky. What started out as one team the first year has now grown to five, as they look to expand on that. The club’s mission is to teach its players the game of softball one pitch at a time. This is accomplished through discipline, respect for each other, trustworthiness and poise as each player pushes and encourages one another to strive for greatness on and off the field.
“Some girls want to play and some are college driven” said 18U Head Coach Janowsky. “We take pride in teaching respect, education and integrity.” The major attribute of this organization is helping the girls develop as players and getting them ready to pursue an opportunity to play softball in college. Players are also assisted with the recruitment process.
Garden City resident David Dillmeier, president of Dillmeier Enterprises, wants to inspire leadership and commitment in students through sports. A lacrosse player as a Saint Michael’s College student in Vermont, who graduated in 1991, Dillmeier was impressed with the Saint Michael’s lacrosse coach, Paul Schimoler, who led the team from 2004 to 2011, amassing the best record of any Saint Michael’s lacrosse coach.
Paul Schimoler died February 15, 2013, following a short battle with cancer, and his former player decided to honor the coach and his alma mater with an award and a contribution.
Summer Camp Registrations Ongoing
School has ended. Have you registered for the recreation department’s summer camps yet? The recreation camps are rapidly filling. Many one-week camps are offered for ages 3 to 14 in the village in various activities. To find a list of offerings, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or www.gardencityrecreation.org.
Come Play Miniature Golf At Community Park
Come visit the recreation department’s beautiful 18-hole miniature golf course that is open to residents and non-residents alike to enjoy. Newly constructed in 2008, the course provides enjoyment for both young and old. The course has twists and turns that will excite players of all ages. A beautiful setting is offered with a shaded picnic area, a playground and a snack bar. The course is located behind the Garden City Pool complex, adjacent to the tennis center. For fees and hours of play, please call Community Park at 516-483-2525.
The Garden City Men’s Association (TMA) held its annual golf outing and dinner to honor the coaches of the high school and middle school for the 2012-13 seasons. Garden City teams won an outstanding nine county championships and any number of individual accolades for Garden City student athletes.
The golf outing was postponed because of heavy rains but the dinner went on as planned last month at Cherry Valley Country Club. Attended by more than 50 varsity, junior varsity and middle school coaches, assistant coaches and administrators the night was a celebration of the outstanding job that the staff does for Garden City.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum was buzzing with excitement at the 13th Annual Draft Party. With the New York Islanders qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season, expectations for building off this past season’s success are running high. Given the fact that the team is slated to move to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the 2015-16 season, the window is closing fast for the Isles to make a run while still playing in the team’s original barn.
As in past years, the draft party offered plenty to check out whether it was fun and games for children such as NHL Super Deker, where they can show off their puck handling skills or NHL Shut Out, where kids could practice blocking shots as a goalie in a virtual reality world. There were also carnival related rides and bounce houses. Adult attendees were treated to a tour of the team’s locker room in addition to several hockey memorabilia displays catering to old and new generations of hockey fanatics.
Approximately 75 of the village’s best young soccer players got to experience what it is like to play with one of the best players in the world. On a recent Friday evening, the Garden City Centennials held a clinic given by U.S. National Team player Heather O’Reilly for the Under 10–12 girls travel teams. O’Reilly began her career with her first international goal in 2002 and has been a key player in three Olympic gold medal wins and two World Cups, as well as owning the longest consecutive games played for the U.S. Women’s team.
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