The Garden City Outdoor track teams have had much success through the years and are on track to produce some fantastic results again this season. Both squads have begun the season with wins in several dual and tri meets and will look to continue that trend as they get into the invitational part of their schedules and ultimately the championship rounds.
Boys Coaches Bob Busch and George Dreher have had to deal with a problem that many other coaches would love to have—too many boys coming out for their sport. Because of the success of the past several seasons, the boys team has seen a resurgence on the track, drawing many strong athletes into spring track and field. With a squad that reached almost as high as 80 student athletes, the coaches have had their work cut out for them finding the right mix of speed and endurance to field a powerful team.
Annual Eagle Run 5K charity road race held at Adelphi University recently. The day started with a 1/4 mile Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. and the 5k-race at 10:00 a.m. The runners enjoyed the two-loop course around Adelphi’s campus and finishing on the turf field.
Jack Aneser, a Boy Scout with Troop 55 in Garden City, and junior at Chaminade High School, put together this community-based charity road race as his Eagle Scout Project. Net race proceeds benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and there was a shoe drive to benefit Soles for Soles, whose mission is to collect new and used shoes to give to those suffering from poverty.
The 57th year of the Garden City Athletic Association’s (GCAA) baseball, softball and Challenger Division seasons got underway with the Opening Day parade on Saturday, April 6.
Once the crowd gathered at the village gazebo, Al Vanesco, GCAA president, introduced Mayor John Watras for the ceremonial throwing out of the first ball. Before tossing a fresh set of baseballs out to the young boys and girls, Watras told the group “we are looking for good sportsmanship, respect for our coaches and players, and to build a solid learning environment, but most of all, to go out and have fun.”
The Garden City varsity baseball team’s season is underway and Coach Rich Smith is looking forward to another run at the playoffs as they come off of last season’s tough second round playoff loss.
Last year’s playoff team that went 12-5 opened eyes around the high school diamonds and will lead to higher expectations out of this year’s quad.
Please be advised that residents can expect the receipt of the Needs Assessment Survey between April 12 and April 15. All residents are urged to participate.
The Recreation and Parks Department is please to offer a program dedicated to parents and tots. The US Sports Institute’s Parent and Tot Program will introduce 2 and 3-year-olds to a variety of sports, games and group activities, all with the help of a parent. This seven-week program, open to residents of the Village of Garden City, will be available on Thursdays beginning April 18 according to the following times:
10 to 10:45 a.m. $95
11 to 11:45 a.m. $95
Noon to 12:45 p.m. $95
The Garden City girls lacrosse team has been unstoppable the last seven years, winning seven consecutive state titles on their way to becoming one of the most dominant teams in all of Long Island sports. Coach Diane “Chappy” Chapman has been able to reload each year to the tune of more than 200 wins with talented underclassmen to support the experienced seniors and juniors that typically lead the team.
This year’s team will once again fit that formula after having graduated several All-Americans and experienced leaders from last year’s championship team. The team will rely on the leadership of captains Linda Marie Attanasio, Liz Furman, Carly Knowles and Lily Schmitt to bring another successful season to Garden City.
Practice pays off. Just ask the 2012-2013 Garden City Athletic Association (GCAA) third-grade boys travel basketball team, who recently won the Island Garden Super League championship. Coached by Kevin Wood and John Kufs, the team practiced from November through March, alternating with game days. “Kevin did a tremendous job at scheduling practices and getting us gym time,” Kufs said. “We were well-prepared for the games. … By the end of the season, the team was executing many of [offensive and defensive] strategies that they had struggled to grasp months earlier.”
The team competed against 15 “travel/tryout-caliber” teams from all over Long Island, according to Wood. The boys won their first 10 games, beating all of the best third-grade teams in the division. “At that point, the league scheduled our team to play seven of our last eight games vs. fourth-grade teams, [against] which we struggled, losing five of those seven, along with a loss in February in the Syosset Goodman rematch,” Kufs said.
One of the largest youth organizations in town, the Garden City Centennial Soccer Club, has kicked off its Spring season. The Centennials have been working hard for over 30 years to provide young soccer players with an environment that allows them to play and enjoy youth soccer. The club has several avenues for the boys and girls who enjoy the game of soccer to play at a level that best suits their abilities.
The largest program, intramurals, is based on four principles: everyone plays, balanced teams, positive coaching and open registration. The program covers boys and girls from kindergarten right through high school and is very dependent on the volunteer efforts of the many parents that step up and get involved. Getting as many parents involved as possible in the program has made the Centennials as successful as it is. Opening day for the intramural season is April 6 with the season concluding with SoccerFest on June 1.
Recreation And Parks Annual Easter Hunt
The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 at Community Park’s fields. This year three hunts will be held beginning at 10 a.m. with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.
Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize, (an Easter basket filled with goodies), that will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.”
For further information, please call the Community Park at 516-483-2525.
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