Good teams usually find a way to win. Last Saturday evening, on a cold and windy field, the 11-Year-Old Hicksville Crusaders clawed their way to their fifth victory of the season against the Bellmore Braves. By their intensity alone, it was obvious right from the start of this game that losing was never an option.
The fact that the Braves scored first only seamed to energize the Crusaders offense. Once they got control of the ball, they came roaring back. Julian Franco, took a hand off from quarterback Peter Capel, and exploded through Bellmore’s defense. Thirty-eight yards later, he crossed the goal line. Attempting to take the lead, Connor McPartland kicked for the extra points. His kick sailed majestically through the uprights giving the Crusaders an 8-7 lead.
Camden Maron, a 2009 Hicksville High School graduate and New York Mets’ 34th round draft selection in the 2009 Amateur Player Draft, completed his second summer season with the Mets Gulf Coast League minor league team in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
He finished the season with an impressive .313 batting average. He’s been back on Long Island since early September where he has been concentrating on strength and conditioning as well as mentoring younger players at The Performance Factory in Farmingdale.
He was especially proud to share his talents with the Hicksville Hurricane team. Maron left on Sunday, Oct. 24 for the Dominican Republic where he will be participating as a Met in a month long fall league. After that he’ll return home for the holidays and prepare to leave in February for spring training back in Port St. Lucie.
Hofstra midfielder Courtney Breen’s overtime goal against Georgia State on Oct. 22 locked up home field advantage in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament for the #21 ranked Pride women’s soccer team.
Breen, a junior midfielder from Hicksville, has started in all 17 games for the Pride and has contributed three goals and nine assists to complement her solid defensive play. Her goal in overtime came 4:58 seconds into the extra period, as Hofstra out-shot Georgia State, 29-4.
In what may be considered their most impressive win of this season, the 11-year-old Hicksville Crusaders overpowered the Mineola Chiefs by the score of 20-12.
Throughout the entire first half, Mineola found it difficult to make any headway, whether it be on the ground or in the air. On the other hand, Crusader quarterback Peter Capel used his running backs time and time again to pound the Mineola defense in order to wear them down. Early in the second quarter, Capel teamed up with Julian Franco on a 29-yard pass play, which resulted in their first score of the game. On the ensuing Chiefs possession, safety Ryan McBride, came up with the first of his two interceptions. During the balance of the second quarter Connor McPartland, Julian Franco and Stephen Ketelsen continued to befuddle Mineola’s defense, gaining huge chunks of yardage. The blocking of Tom Fleming, T.J. Delfino, Taylor Collins, Nick Savva and Alex Pierce punished Mineola’s lineman. Ketelsen accounted for the Crusaders second score with a textbook end-around. After a disputed extra point the score was 14-0 in Hicksville’s favor.
Congratulations to the 9-year-old Hicksville Crusaders Competition Cheerleaders for taking first place at the Commack Cheerleading Competition. The girls worked very hard for this and good luck with future competitions. A special thank you to team manager Nancy Christiana who put her heart and soul into this team and believed they could do it. The 9-year-old Hicksville Crusaders Competition Cheerleaders will also be having a garage sale fundraiser this Saturday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John Walker Memorial Field on Andrews Road in Hicksville. There will be “fill a bag for $10 on all clothing,” along with children toys, household items, luggage, holiday decorations and more.
The setting for the 11-year-old Hickville Crusaders on Oct. 15 was at James Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University. Their opponent was the Uniondale Knights, a team that hasn’t lost a game in four-plus years. The weather, however, refused to cooperate as a wind driven rain fell from the opening whistle and continued throughout the entire contest.
All through the first half, Hicksville’s defense did all they could to limit the Uniondale powerhouse offense. Alex Pierce, Julian Franco, Nick Austin, Connor McPartland and Sean Lewis all combined to make it extremely uncomfortable for Uniondale’s runners. As the half wore on, the Knights finally found a way to the end zone making the score 6-0.
The 11-year-old Hicksville Crusaders suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of the Farmingdale Hawks on Sunday at John Walker Field.
Both defenses found it extremely difficult getting untracked in the first half. The Crusaders defenders, led by Vincent Barretta, Julian Franco, Sean Lewis and Nick DeLaney, did a remarkable job keeping Farmingdale’s offense confined. Late in the second quarter, Crusaders safety Ryan McBride intercepted a Hawk’s pass, spoiling a drive that was poised to put points on the board for Farmingdale.
The weather on Thursday, Oct. 7 was terrible. It was chilly with a cold breeze. The league players even had a few raindrops. When the players were almost finished, the sun came out and it got a lot warmer. The weather had a direct effect on the scores today. There were 41 golfers and only 21 pars and two birdies. One by Ted Marukawa on the par three, 200 yard, third hole and the other by Ken Hymes on the par three, 173 yard, second hole. Only seven men shot under net par and two more shot even par. The next tournament will be on Thursday, Oct. 21; sign in begins at 7 a.m. It will be a “Scramble” tournament and it will be the last tournament of the season. Immediately after the tournament, we will have a luncheon and we will give out prizes at Vinere Ristorante.
The previous games rout of Franklin Square Warriors gave every indication that the 11-year-old Hicksville Crusaders had put it all together. This week’s performance against the Syosset Braves confirmed that fact. The 34-0 Crusaders win left little doubt that when you combine their prolific offense with their devastating defense, this team will be extremely difficult to defeat.
A 45-yard touchdown run by Stephen Ketelsen in the first quarter set the stage for this Crusader victory. Before the half was over, Connor McPartland scored twice and Ryan McBride, behind devastating blocks from his offensive line, found the promised land once. Sam Lipien, Tom Fleming, Steve Austin and Taylor Collins kept Syosset’s defense on their heels throughout the second quarter. Connor Dalton’s unexpected onside kick, resulting in a Crusaders recovery, led to McPartland’s second touchdown.
Runners from Hicksville and all over Long Island are cordially invited to be part of the 18th annual edition of Long Island Blood Services Rob’s Run, a 5 Kilometer cross country run, which will be held on Sunday, Nov. 28, at Stillwell Woods Park in Syosset.
The run will start promptly at 9:15 on the morning of Nov. 28. Registration and number/shirt pickup will be at the Center for Developmental Disabilities, on South Woods Road directly adjacent to Stillwell Woods, from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m.
Rob’s Run will once again be sponsored by Long Island Blood Services and will be staged by the Greater Long Island Running Club under the direction of co-Race Directors James Murray and Sue Fitzpatrick, who are hard at work putting the finishing touches on this individual and team competition that has become Long Island’s premier cross country event and a great way to enjoy the beauties of Stillwell Woods.
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