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.
This week’s practice for the 11-year-old Hicksville Crusaders focused mainly on the offense and the players responded with a 36-6 drubbing of the Franklin Square Warriors.
In the first home game of this season, quarterback Peter Capel opened the scoring with a completed pass to Julian Franco resulting in the Crusaders favor. Franklin Square was able to counter with their only score of the game early in the second quarter. That was the only six points that the Crusaders defense has allowed to date. Later in the quarter, Sean Lewis recovered a Warrior fumble giving the Crusaders great field position. It now became time for the Orange and Black offense to flex their collective muscles. Behind the blocks of Tom Fleming, Nick Savva, Taylor Collins and Matt Zwickel, running back McPartland took it home making the score 14-6.
The law firm of Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC, has announced that the firm is the presenting sponsor of the annual Supervisor Venditto’s 5K Run, held on Saturday, Oct. 16 and kicks off the 27th Annual Oyster Festival. Supervisor Venditto’s 5K Run is conducted under the auspices of Town of Oyster Bay Department of Parks, with race management services provided by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC).
“We are proud to be part of Supervisor Venditto’s 5K Run, a wonderful tradition that encourages a healthy lifestyle in one of Long Island’s most scenic locations,” said Michael H. Sahn, Esq., founding partner of Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker. “Our support of Supervisor Venditto’s 5K run is a natural fit for the Firm, which took first place in the Legal Challenge at the Marcum Workplace Challenge several weeks ago.”
In what turned out to be a defensive struggle of epic proportions, the 11-year-old Hicksville Crusaders and the Baldwin Bombers battled for 48 minutes to a scoreless tie. The first quarter was controlled by the Bombers offense as they took the ball to the Crusaders’ 27 yard line. Hicksville’s aggressive play caused a Bomber fumble giving the ball to the Crusaders as Connor McPartland recovered.
Although Hicksville’s offense had problems advancing the ball in this second quarter, their defensive play remained devastating. Steve Austin, Nick Delaney and Alex Pierce kept the Bombers’ offense under control.
The New York Islanders are currently several years deep into their rebuilding process, but seven months from now, the team fully intends on securing one of eight playoff spots in the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference.
At the Islanders Media Day on Tuesday, Sept. 21, Anton Newspapers was invited to an on-ice practice and locker room session with the team during training camp, and the energy surrounding the team mirrored its playoffs-or-bust mentality.
Forward Matt Moulson, a 30-goal scorer for the Islanders during his first season with the team in 2009-2010, noted the team had made significant strides last year and is ready to take the next step as an organization.
Brian Lang, of Hicksville, recently contributed to the For the Love of the Game (FLG) lacrosse program during the summer. The Massapequa-based FLG Boys 2015 Lacrosse Team had a successful record, winning four out of six tournaments. Several tournaments were held at the seventh-grade level and others at the eighth-grade level, and while the increase in age level was harder, it helped prepare the 23 players for better competition. As the season progressed, the team developed a much greater intellect for the game. During the season and while attending the FLG one-week summer camp, lifelong friendships were ultimately built.
Team try-outs for boys 2015, 2016 and 2017 teams will take place on Sunday, Oct. 3 at Cold Spring Harbor High School. Try-outs are one day only so please complete the online registration form on the “Welcome Page” of the FLG website www. 4theloveofthe game.org.
Junior midfielder Courtney Breen, a Hicksville resident, was recently named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women’s Soccer Player of the Week.
Breen was recently named the Most Valuable Player of the Hofstra Invitational after leading the Pride to a 3-1 win over Rhode Island and a 4-1 win over Fordham. She assisted on the game-winning goal in the second half of the Rhode Island win, then scored twice in the second half of the Fordham victory for her first career two-goal game.
“Courtney has become a big-time player. She plays with such tremendous composure on the ball that she brings a sense of calm and confidence to the entire team. She consistently makes good decisions, and gives us a big lift on both ends of the field. She’s been a huge part of our success so far this season,” said Simon Riddiough, head coach.
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