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.
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.
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.
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 www.gardencityrecreaton.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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