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Three Long Island Ducks Named Atlantic League All-Stars

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball announced that three members of the Long Island Ducks were named year-end All-Stars. Infielders Ray Navarrete and Dan Lyons were chosen as first-team All-Stars while first baseman Brandon Sing took home second-team honors.

Navarrete, who was selected as the first-team utility man, led the Ducks with a .309 batting average, good for fifth in the Atlantic League, and 90 runs batted in which ranked third in the league. The seven-year Duck set an Atlantic League record with 50 doubles this season, shattering the previous mark of 42, which he set in 2007. In addition, he compiled a franchise record 68 extra-base hits, surpassing his total of 66 in 2009 and coming just one shy of the league record of 69. The Port Washington resident was selected as the starting second baseman for the Liberty Division during the All-Star Game in Camden, N.J. and clubbed a two-run homer in the first inning.

Lyons, chosen as the first-team shortstop, led the Flock and ranked second in the league with six triples during the 2012 campaign. He was tied for fourth on the Ducks with 60 runs and finished second in the league with a .875 stolen base percentage, swiping 14 bases in 16 attempts. The second-year Duck’s brightest achievement came when he was named the Atlantic League Championship Series Most Valuable Player. His game-winning three-run double in the ninth inning of Game Two and his Championship-winning bunt single in the ninth inning of Game Five helped secure the team’s second Atlantic League title. Lyons was also selected to the Liberty Division All-Star squad this summer, serving as the starting shortstop.

Sing, voted as the second-team first baseman, led the Ducks with 26 home runs during the 2012 season, good for third in the Atlantic League, along with 78 runs scored. He posted a .284 batting average while finishing second on the Flock in doubles (31) and third in RBI (78). During the postseason, he batted .333, drove in a team-high eight runs and set a franchise record with three home runs during the team’s Liberty Division Championship Series win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. In the last five seasons, Sing has more homers (122) and RBI (401) than any other player in independent baseball.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

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Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, more than 600 military veterans and Gold Star families in Hicksville will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

Hicksville is one of several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. On Feb. 26, with a contingency of veterans in the audience, the board voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year.

You’d expect volleyball, football and running the mile in gym class, but what about juggling, plate spinning, or riding a unicycle? For the past 30 years, The National Circus Project has been challenging typical notions of gym class by bringing skilled, trained circus artists into schools for performances and week-long workshops.

Every year, the Westbury based nonprofit goes into approximately 350 public and private schools all over the northeast, including a previous visit to Dutch Lane School in Hicksville. Teams of expert circus artists will come into a physical education class for either a day or week-long workshop. Students get a front row seat to a performance by some of the best in the business, as well as hands on experience with traditional circus skills such as juggling, wire walking or acrobatics. Students in the week-long workshop get to perfect a specific skill and show it off during a show at the end of the week for family members.


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you. They are supposed to help you discover who you are.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



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