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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.

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


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