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Student-Athletes Dominate Once Again

Written by Ed Rotondo, Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

Trojans have a strong winter season

across the board

Garden City High School is blessed to have one of the stronger student–athlete populations on Long Island. Regardless of the sports season, the teams, coaches and players compete hard on both the field and in the classroom. On the academic side this is no more evident each year then when the list of scholar athletes is presented and the universities that they will be attending are announced. For some sports the verbal commitments are made in junior year (lacrosse), but in many it is the spring of their senior year. Typically you will see schools like Harvard, Georgetown, Boston College and Notre Dame on that list – schools where even the best athletes need to also excel in the classroom.  

This winter session was no different for the Trojans as they had several outstanding performances, great team results and four County Championships.


Girls Making Playoff Statement

Written by Ed Rotondo, Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

 Lady Trojans earn Coach Sparacia 200th career win

The Garden City girl’s varsity team has enjoyed a successful season this year with a deep playoff run. The girls entered the post-season as the number six seed in Nassau after a second place finish in Conference A-1 with a 9-2 record while compiling a 12-4 overall record during the regular season. For a relatively young team with two juniors, two sophomores and a freshman in the starting lineup, the Lady Trojans have had an excellent campaign.

As of this writing the girls have been on a roll in the playoffs with three straight victories and an appearance in the County Championship game against Floral Park on last Saturday, Feb. 23.


Garden City Recreation And Parks Department News: March 8, 2013

Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00
Youth Platform Tennis Lessons

The Recreation and Parks Department will again offer Youth Platform Tennis Lessons at Community Park. Classes begin on Thursday, March 14 according to the following schedule:

Ages 9 – 11, 4 – 5 p.m.   

Ages 12 and up, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

This program will run for five weeks and will cost $125. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or download an application from


Varsity Track Team Shines

Written by Ed Rotondo, Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

Speed and depth powering

Lady Trojans to another winning season

When you think of Garden City sports programs it is usually lacrosse or football that come to mind. But there has been one program that has been at the top of their class for the past seven years and that’s the girls varsity track team. Over the past seven years the team has produced County Championships in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, as well as maintaining an undefeated streak in dual/tri meets over that time period.

This year’s indoor squad put up that seventh consecutive County Championship on the strength of a very strong underclass group led by sophomore Emma Gallagher. With Gallagher competing at the top of her game throughout the season, the Lady Trojans have been able to produce terrific results all season, capped by the Nassau County Class A Championship.


Garden City Recreation And Parks Department News: March 1, 2013

Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
New Yoga Class Announced

The Recreation and Parks Department is adding another adult yoga class.  This class will be held on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Certified yoga instructor Connie McKnight will lead the class through the various movements needed to improve flexibility and coordination during this one hour class. Classes will begin the week of March 7 in St. Paul’s Senior Center. The cost of this class will be $65 for 10 weeks. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.


Boys Basketball Celebrates Senior Night

Written by Ed Rotondo, Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00

Team leaders get grand send off

The 2013 Garden City boys basketball team celebrated Senior Night on Monday, Feb. 10 against Wantagh. The seniors, all of whom are captains this season, are Spencer Bais, Ed Blatz, Dan Bonchonsky, Andrew Granville, and Kyle Skramko. Each of the players made significant contributions to this year’s team.

The boys, joined by their parents at mid-court, were presented photo plaques by coach Larry Steimer before the game honoring their years on the team. The game against Wantagh also featured a ‘white-out’ highlighted by coach Steimer’s very formal three-piece white suit. As a team, the GC boys have fallen just short of getting into the playoffs with two disappointing close losses to end the season.


Soccer Coaches Sought

Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00

The Garden City Centennial Soccer Club is looking for qualified coaches to head its new U10 teams that will tryout in June 2013. The birthdates for the children on these teams will fall between Aug. 1, 2003 and Dec. 31, 2004. 

League play for these teams will begin in September 2013. 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.

If you are interested in these positions, please contact Sandra Young at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . An interest sheet will then be mailed to you that must be returned by the March 1 deadline in order to be considered.  


Still Fast At 42

Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00

Forty-two-year-old Garden City speedster Karen Pompay took first place honors among the masters (age 40 plus) women in lat month’s Sayville Running Company 10-Mile Run to the Blue Point Brewery. 

Pompay crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 13 minutes, 13 seconds, more than a full minute in front of front of Christine Hart of Islip Terrace, who was the second place women’s master.

While it wasn’t nearly as warm as it was for the 2012 edition of the run, Mother Nature provided clear skies and a not-too-terrible temperature on that January morning for the 3rd annual running of the Sayville Running Company 10-Mile Run to the Blue Point Brewery. The race’s 1,079 finishers enjoyed a fast, flat 10-mile course from Patchogue through Blue Point and Bayport to Sayville and back followed by one of the best post-race parties around, courtesy of Pete Cotter and his team at the Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue.


Garden City Recreation And Parks Department News: February 15, 2013

Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00
Frankenweenie Screening

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will present a showing of the movie Frankenweenie at St. Paul’s Cluett Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 19.  Showtime will be 1 p.m.  The movie is rated PG, and is 87 minutes in length.

Admission is free.  Snacks will be sold at a nominal charge. Supervision will be supplied by the recreation staff.


LeSueur’s Number Retired

Written by Ed Rotondo, Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00
Garden City High School honored Long Island’s all-time leading scorer Bethany LeSueur by retiring her number 23 on Saturday Jan. 26 as Garden City hosted Roslyn. LeSueur ended her career with a Long Island best 3,167 points and ranks as the state’s No. 2 all-time scorer. She was named Miss New York State Basketball, was a two-time Gatorade NY State Player of the Year and led Garden City to three NY State Final Four’s while accumulating an amazing 121-12 record with the team.    

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