The Garden City girls varsity basketball team is off to a fast start in Nassau Conference I-A. The Lady Trojans have put together a 5-1 conference record while going 8-3 overall on the hardwood court. Approaching the midpoint of the season the girls have been able to consistently outscore their opponents by hitting their outside shots and working tirelessly on the offensive boards for second and third scoring chances.
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.
Call it a coincidence, but the timing for Chris and Peter Ferraro’s announcement of the creation of a new hockey and recreation facility couldn’t be any better.
Two days before the National Hockey League was set to drop the puck for a shortened, 48-game season beginning on Jan. 19, the Ferraro twins – former NHL players and Olympians themselves – broke ground on their $15 million, privately financed Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park.
“It is our passion to support Long Island families so that they will no longer have to be torn apart or have their family life disrupted just because a child excels in hockey and wants to try to make it to the NHL,” said Chris Ferraro. “This facility will enable us to create a hockey hot bed right here on Long Island.”
The Garden City Recreation Department is sponsoring a middle school recreation night for sixth-graders in St. Paul’s Field House on Friday, Jan. 11. The recreation night will be chaperoned by the recreation staff and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5.
A DJ will provide music and refreshments will be available for a nominal charge. The gym will be open for basketball, volleyball, dancing and other games.
Please note-Once the children are in the facility for either of these programs, they will not be allowed to leave unless accompanied by an adult. Please come into the building to pick up your child.
Portledge School hosted a Varsity Girls and Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament in conjunction with Coaches vs. Cancer. Participating schools included: Evangel Christian High School (Long Island City), Martin Luther High School (Maspeth), Portledge School (Locust Valley) and Waldorf School (Garden City). The three-day event raised $1,152.86, which is being donated to the American Cancer Society. Congratulations to the Portledge School for winning the Girls Division and to Evangel Christian High School on capturing the Boys Division Championship. Portledge Director of Athletics, Phil Hills, highlighted the work of his staff when he said, “The commitment of all our basketball coaches to this worthy endeavor is an example of our school’s strong character at work. Their actions are full of passion, integrity, purpose and honor.”
Registration for winter floor hockey has begun. This 6-session program will begin on Friday, Jan. 4 and will cost $25. The age groupings and times are as follows:
Ages 5 and 6 - 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Ages 7 to 9 - 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.
Ages 10 to 14 - 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.
Floor hockey will meet on the following Fridays –
Jan. 4 and 18, Feb. 8, 15, and 22, March 8
To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or download an application from the website at www.gardencityrecreation.org.
For the fourth time in the past five years, Waldorf’s Varsity Boys Soccer Team traveled on Friday, Oct, 26 – just before Hurricane Sandy hit the region – to Locust Valley’s Portledge School, (a neutral site), in order to play in the IPPSAL Boys Soccer Championships. This year’s opponent was Lawrence Woodmere Academy (LWA) who split the regular season games with Waldorf, each earning a win and suffering a loss.
Waldorf started the game with the season’s trademark offensive surge - and with just a little more than six minutes into the game, junior tri-captain midfielder Peter Escribano neatly tucked the ball into the far post off a throw-in from senior tri-captain midfielder Orin Pearce. After five more shots that kept the LWA goalkeeper very busy, Pearce had another long throw-in that senior forward Marco Spitaliere fired into the near post for the 2-0 Waldorf lead. LWA started its own offensive rush and scored; cutting the Waldorf lead at the end of the first half to 2-1.
On Thursday, Dec. 27, the recreation department will show Arthur Christmas at St. Paul’s Cluett Hall. Showtime will be 1 p.m. The movie is rated PG and is 97 minutes in length.
Admission is free and snacks will be sold at a nominal charge. Supervision will be supplied by the recreation staff. For further information, please call 516-465-4075.
Registration for winter floor hockey has begun. This 6-session program will begin on Friday, Jan. 4 and will cost $25.
Alexa Graham entered the tournament as the second seed behind Vivien Cheng, a senior from Syosset, the only opponent she lost to this season. Both girls had first round byes and dominated second and third round matches. The semifinals pitted all seeds against each other, with Graham beating the No. 4 seed Nicole Torres from Great Neck North 6-2, 6-1. It was then time to face her conference rival in the finals.
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