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.
After graduating from St. Anthony’s High School in 1990, Armas went on to star at Adelphi University, being named an All-American as a senior. Upon graduation he joined the Long Island Rough Riders for two all-star seasons. He then went on to star for 12 seasons in the MLS for both the LA Galaxy and the Chicago Fire, while also attaining 66 caps in international play for the US. He is currently in his third year as head coach of the Adelphi Women’s team.
Garden City residents Kalie Yuen, Julia Hall, Alana Brown, Veronica Trzeciak, and Ryan Brown have qualified to compete at the 2013 Metropolitan Swimming Junior Olympics. These young swimmers will compete representing the nationally ranked host team, Long Island Aquatic Club (LIAC). Each year LIAC sends a large squad to the Junior Olympics to compete for the titles as the best age group swimmers in the Metropolitan LSC. Also pictured above are Delaney Hall, Lindsey Schlichte, and Connor Brown, qualifiers for the Junior National Championship meet to take place in Orlando Florida the same week. This is an extremely admirable accomplishment as only a select number of swimmers nationwide qualify each year. These athletes got their start at the Metropolitan Junior Olympics as age group swimmers and are proud to represent LIAC and Garden City at the national level. The Junior Olympics took place March 15–17 at the Nassau County Aquatic Center, in Eisenhower Park. For more information on the Junior Olympics or the Long Island Aquatic Club visit LIAC’s website www.longislandswimming.com.
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