• Last week’s trivia question: Who was the last major league player to win a batting title without hitting a homerun? The answer: Rod Carew, Minnesota Twins, 1978. Batting average: .318
• This week’s question: Who are the only father and son big league players to have stolen 50 bases in one season? Is it Bobby and Barry Bonds, Maury and Bump Wills, Tim Raines, Jr. and Sr. or Sandy Alomar, Sr. or Roberto Alomar?
Last week’s trivia question: Johan Santana became the fourth New York Mets pitcher to win a National League ERA title. Who are the three other Mets pitchers? Answer: Tom Seaver, 1970, 1971, 1973; Craig Swan, 1978 and Dwight Gooden, 1985.
This week’s trivia: Who was the last major league player to win a batting title without hitting a homerun? Your choices are Pete Rose/Ichiro Suzuki/Rod Carew.
Junior baseball and softball play is underway in the first week of the 2011 season despite a couple of days of inclement weather. And as always, Speedy’s Corner will bring you in-depth coverage of junior baseball and softball play. Here’s the first week of a trivia question, which I’ll reveal next week: Johan Santana became the fourth New York Mets pitcher to win a National League ERA title. Who are the three other Mets pitchers?
The third- and fourth-grade Junior Knights traveled to Roosevelt this past Sunday and took one on the chin as they lost 7 – 3. Out-manned and out-sized the game was a little more physical then what they are used to. Rookie Bobby Kiaer continues to shine as he tallied a goal, keeping his scoring streak alive with a goal in each of his first 3 games. Veteran Davey Moore helped out with his first 2 goals of the season. Tyler Buehre, itching to get back into the field, once again manned the goal and saved 6 shots in his second complete game.
The St. Hyacinth eighth-grade CYO Class B team ends their undefeated season with a double over-time win over Infant Jesus on March 27 at Lutheran High School for the Class B championship.
Coach John calls them his magnificent 10! He has never been so happy or proud to coach a team that has such wonderful teamwork. “There is not one star but rather nine stars and each contributing to the team’s success this season,” he said.
The Glen Cove third- and fourth-graders traveled to Oceanside this past Sunday and were all smiles as they came away with their first victory of the season. With the score tied 5 – 5 with under a minute left in the game, Coach Bert called a crucial timeout to set up his offense. The strategy paid off as Szymon Frye found an open Dylan Anucik for the game winner. Glen Cove went on to add an insurance goal to defeat Oceanside 7 – 5. Other scorers for Glen Cove were the “Scoring Sabatino Brothers,” Matt and Andrew, who each had 2 and Frye and Bobby Kiaer each with 1. The defense of Patrick and Seamus Fallon and Brett Chamberlain kept Oceanside in check as goaltender Tyler Buehre recorded 11 saves in the win.
With the end of the winter season it is time to reflect upon the awards and distinctions bestowed upon the North Shore Girls Basketball Team and some of its individual players. This season the North Shore Varsity Basketball team was crowned Conference A-III Champions with an undefeated 12-0 record. In addition, the girls led Nassau County in scoring with a 70.2 per game scoring average.
Playing a sport can be great fun. Being good at a sport can be hard work, but great fun. Being a champion means the training is relentless but the rewards are amazing.
Within a two-week span, at the culmination of the “squash season” (although for all three the season is year round), each Sobhy child walked away with a title and a dream fulfilled.
Just 14, and an eighth-grader at North Shore Middle School, Sabrina Sobhy has dominated the squash circuit this season by being number one in the country in the girls under 19 division. Upon reaching the top slot, soon after the start of the season, Sabrina regularly beat girls who were being recruited by top Ivy League colleges. As a result, she earned the Most Improved Player award at the Squash Nationals, held over the weekend of March 11 and 12 at Yale University.
The Glen Cove Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team this season returns 12 players and has a very fast and exciting group of new players joining the squad, which is captained by Heather Artinian (4-year player), Olivia Silvestri (3-year player) and Amelia Weck (2-year player). They are joined by seniors: Julie Bruschini, Casanndra Napoli, Julia Oh; juniors: Alison Abrams, Cristina Cappiello, Ariana Cavallone, Ali Durso, Emily Durso, Tori Durso, Remi Farnan, Alex Gerin, Braiana Moglia, Meghan O’Connell; sophomores: Marcella Appelthwaite, Kayla Basile, Lauren Dwyer, Angelica Morra, Gabby Morrocu; manager: Amber Solomito.
The Glen Cove Boys Lacrosse Team is ready for the 2011 season with two games this week. The season opener was on Wednesday versus Roslyn. The home opener is Saturday against the Rebels of Great Neck North.
Head Coach Steve Tripp enters his 24th season with the Big Red, while his Assistant Frank Curatolo enters his 12th.
“We have a lot of holes to fill due to graduation and defection,” noted Coach Tripp, “But we feel the boys are ready to take on all comers.”
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