The Trojans of Garden City are still holding onto control of their own playoff destiny, even after a tough loss to Westbury 62-45.
“We got some good shots, we just didn’t finish,” said Garden City Head Coach Larry Steiner. “Westbury did a job on defense,” he added. Westbury chose to play a 1-3-1 half court trap to limit the effectiveness of Garden City’s strength, which is its outside shooting. The Trojans struggled to get through the trap.
The Garden City Centennial Soccer Club is looking for qualified coaches to head its new U10 teams that will tryout in June 2014. The birthdates for the children on these teams will fall between Aug. 1, 2004 and Dec. 31, 2005.
League play for these teams will begin in September 2014. 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.
The Garden City Bombers 10U travel baseball team recently announced tryouts for 2014 Baseball Season. The Bombers play a high level of play versus other competitive travel teams from throughout the New York and Long Island metro area. All homes games are in Garden City; while preference is given to Garden City residents, boys from surrounding communities, such as Hempstead and Roosevelt are also welcome, and this diversity supports a very good team.
The spring season includes games every weekend, and tournaments during the weekends of Memorial Day, Father’s Day, and Independence Day. The summer season, which runs until mid-August, generally includes weekend and weeknight play. There are also special games planned at the original Yankee Stadium, and on the new baseball field at Governors Island. The team also plays a fall season, and has extensive indoor training during winter months.
To be eligible, a player should be 10 years old by April 30, 2014.
Interested parents can inquire at 516-637-8644.
Family Fun Time On Sundays
On Sunday afternoons beginning Jan. 12, St. Paul’s Field House will be open for Family Fun Time for village families. This open time provides the opportunity for families to enjoy various gym activities in an indoor environment. The gym will be available for use from 3 to 5:45 p.m. each Sunday until March 9.
This time is designated for family time only. No organized practices or workouts will be allowed. Although there will be staff to monitor activity, this is not a drop off program. Elementary-aged children are asked to be accompanied by an adult. For the safety of users, no lacrosse or baseball will be allowed.
On Monday, Jan. 13, the Garden City Middle School 8th grade team completed its undefeated 11-0 season with a 61-40 victory against Thompson. Many of the same hoopsters played on last year’s 7th grade team that went undefeated as well. One of the major highlights of the campaign was playing on the high school court Friday, Jan. 10 in a 57-22 victory versus South Woods.
On Wednesday, Jan. 15, Harlem Wizard, James “Roadrunner” Tyndal, visited Garden City primary and elementary schools to promote the upcoming Feb. 1 rematch between the Harlem Wizards and the Garden City teachers. The game, sponsored by the Garden City Student Aid and Scholarship Fund, tips off at 1 p.m. at Garden City High School. Ticket order forms have been distributed through the schools and tickets are also available on-line at www.harlemwizards.com/schedules Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (if available on game day).
In this Sportscenter Era in which every athlete wants to become the next LeBron James or Kobe Bryant, it is refreshing to hear a player attempt to carve her own path. The leading scorer on No. 13-ranked Adelphi Panthers basketball is content being the best Jessica Kitrys she can be.
“I never really had a favorite athlete growing up,” said the senior from Parlin, NJ. “I just have a favorite team,” she added. That team-first mentality has enabled her to lead the Adelphi Panthers to a 12-1 start to the season which garnered national recognition in the latest coaches poll. They peaked at No. 13 with only one team in the NE-10 ranked higher, and that is Bentley University which also began 12-0.
Bad Weather Updates
In case of bad weather, please check the recreation and parks website at www.gardencityrecreation.org or its Facebook page for information on closings or delays. Note that even if the school district cancels its after school activities, the recreation and parks department may still be open and holding its programs.
Don’t forget to “like” the recreation and parks department on Facebook for all updates.
Family Fun Time On Sundays
On Sunday afternoons beginning Jan. 12, St. Paul’s Field House will be open for Family Fun for village families. This open time provides the opportunity for families to enjoy various gym activities in an indoor environment. The gym will be available for use from 3 to 5:45 p.m. each Sunday until March 9.
While most kids have fun during Christmas break, some St. Anne’s Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) 4th graders managed to have fun and put a trophy under the tree at the same time.
The St. Anne’s 4th grade boys CYO basketball team went undefeated to claim the championship in the Our Lady of Victory Christmas Basketball Tournament, held in Floral Park. The OLV tournament, which ran from Dec. 21-Dec. 29, featured some of the better CYO teams from across the region.
When a team is struggling to find consistency, they look for their star player to take charge and swing the momentum back in their favor. That is precisely what junior Sam Auricchio did for the Garden City girls basketball team in their 61-41 victory over Westbury.
“She means everything to this team,” said Head Coach Anthony Sparacia. “She has really become an elite player because she is an all around player, whereas she used to just be a shooter, now she’s going to the rim and the free throw line. She shoots the ball lights out from the perimeter—she makes us go,” he added.
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