Once again the soccer gods were watching over the NHP TOPSoccer fields and, although there were doom and gloom predictions of another bible-like flood, not a drop fell on us. A super turnout saw some outstanding competition, as we prepared for our upcoming tournament in 2 weeks. The junior match was a nip-and-tuck battle with the Red Tigers edging out the Blue Lions by one goal. Tristan Yang, Josh Hom and Emily Bosco (2 goals) accounted for the Red Tigers scoring. The Blue Lions bounced back with goals by Sammy Duggan, Arta (one of our new players) and Harry Owens. The seniors were in top form as they primed for the tournament by playing against the coaches. There was little doubt in this one as Robert Vittiglio shutout the coaches with a superb effort in goal. Scoring by Matt Saraiva and David Glass was all the offense the players needed. Andrea Matteo had an excellent game with great positioning and firing off a ton of shots on a weary goalie. We’re resting up next week and then it’s the annual New Hyde Park TOPSoccer Tournament at Denton Avenue. Hope to see you then. Rich Bletsch, Director
The Athletics started their season off today with a close game against the Dodgers. All of the players showed enthusiasm and that they are learning the fundamentals of the game. The hit parade was led by John Vlantis and Jack Kareff. Jesse Witt showed a live arm and slick glove and Jack Nathan made a couple of nice stops at second base.
The New Hyde Park Wildcats will be hosting their 12th annual TOPSoccer Tournament on Sat. 17th at the Denton Avenue fields. The games start at 9 a.m. All the LIJSL TOPSoccer Programs are invited to participate at this fun-filled event, right in our own backyard. If you have never witnessed TOPSoccer, here’s your opportunity to see what it’s all about. Besides the soccer games taking place on seven fields, there will be team photos, refreshments and awards for all the athletes. Anyone interested in helping out, please contact Richard Bletsch, TOPSoccer Director, at 516-328-3043.
Another great week of soccer was enjoyed at Center Street as the TOPSoccer Program was in high gear. Even though the junior match had a clear-cut winner in goals scored, both teams played really hard. Nelson Molina had the Bears only goal while Sam Duggan, Andrea Cellucci, Kyle Hanratty and Petros Panomeritakis tallied for the Roaring Lions. If not for Harrison Stein’s great play in goal, the Bears would have had a chance to tie the game. The seniors had another brutal, serious contest. The red team jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st half with goals by Adam Strominger and Brett Tirado. Matt Saraiva was able to score one for the green team right before half-time. The second half was a defensive struggle but not for the lack of scoring opportunities. The defense came up big time and again with great stops. The tying goal came on a breakaway by Billy Russo who took a lead pass, dribbled down the length of the field and finished with a strong shot to the short side of the goalie. Super game. Rich Bletsch. Director
In 1989, 20 years ago, close friends of Daniel and Michael Conner, founders of the Gladiator Fund, Chris and Kate Butz gave birth to a baby boy, Chris.
There were complications at birth and the baby suffered multiple medical problems requiring immediate intervention by many members of the hospital staff.
When little Chris was 3 years old, all of the Butz’s friends, the New Hyde Park community and the Alumni of New Hyde Park Memorial High School held a Benefit Dinner Dance in the Spring of ’90 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in New Hyde Park to raise money to help pay for the ongoing treatments and therapy for Christopher.
Due to the construction of the long-awaited and welcome new track at Herricks High School, the Herricks Homecoming festivities have been rescheduled and expanded to give them a whole “new look.”
On Friday, October 2, at 3 p.m. the Freshman vs. Faculty will play a kickball game on the high school football fieldm. there will be individual class meetings and then at 4 p.m. a hypnotist will arrive, free of charge, at the high school, new gym.
On Friday, October 16, Game Day-at 1 p.m. there will be a high school pep rally at the new gym and at 4 p.m. on game day on the high school athletic field
The fall soccer season started with an exciting win by the Cosmos. The team showed some nifty passing and terrific plays by the goalkeepers. Kunal Suri was outstanding in goal in the first half. Nikhil Nair and Nick Duras played solid in the net during the second half. Thomas Donnelly scored three first half goals to get the Cosmos going. The Cosmos early lead was a result of fine defensive effort by Matthew Chung, Nick Duras, and Patrick Devine. Alec Lopes was excellent throughout the game, showing off impressive foot work and nice passing skills. Kunal Sheth played solid at midfield, scoring two goals and stopping several runs by the Celtics. Sean Kerwin was a force at forward, scoring a goal and playing some awesome give and go passing with the other forwards Tommy Fitzpatrick and Dennis Stylianou.
The old adage came true once again - “it never rains on a soccer field”. The weather cooperated and our TOPSoccer Program was off to a rip-roaring start! A host of new players made their debut with the program and they were outstanding. The junior contest wound up with the Lions edging out the Ducks by a mere one goal, 4-3. Chris Cooney and newcomer Harry Owens shared the scoring honors, while Kyle Hanratty, also a new player, was super in goal. Sammy Duggan blasted away with a ton of shots for the Ducks. The seniors were in midseason form as they truly battled from the first whistle to the last. No one was backing down form the opposition in this physical challenge. The red team had three goals by another newcomer, Brett Tirado, who showed off some fine offensive moves. Matt Saraiva was a rock on defense as he stopped the green team time and again. The green team mounted their comeback in the 2nd half with goals by Stefani Egre and Robert Vittiglio but just ran out of time. Robert played an excellent first half in goal, keeping the game within reach. However, the star of the green team was defender, David Glass, who stood up to an onslaught of charges and often found himself toe-to-toe with two or three attackers, only to frustrate them as he stripped away the ball. We’re off next week for the holiday but return on September 26th. Rich Bletsch, Director
On Aug. 14, the Merillon Patriots defeated a tough East Williston team 6-3 to win the HBQVB Championship for the second time in three years.
The Patriots jumped ahead 1-0 on a first inning John Young home run. In the second, Brennan Scanlon, Vinny Patrey, Kyle Facibene, Matt Theodorpoulos all scored, in part, with timely hitting from Frank DeSanto and Liam Slattery. Kyle Facibene followed up his no-hit performance (Oceanside) with a well-pitched Championship game.
Kudos to Evan Clark, Joe Pagan, Jon Cioffi, Dylan Forrester, Brandon Martinez and all the boys for a well-played tournament.
Congratulations to the New Hyde Park Little League Girls Minors Softball Team for winning the District No. 29 Championship, becoming the first Minor Girls team from NHPLL to win the coveted District.
The girls softball program at NHPLL is becoming a local powerhouse winning the Minor, Major and Senior District Championships. The Senior Girls also won the Sectional Championship. This is the result of several years of dedicated coaches working spring, summer, fall and winter with the girls on fundamentals. The girls from New Hyde Park are exceptional at bunting, fielding, base running and most importantly, pitching. Just like the big leagues, the little league games are won with defense and pitching, and the girls from New Hyde Park have plenty of both. A special thanks to our exceptional pitching coach, Coach Monte from Queens College. Coach Monte works tirelessly with the girls year round and the results are fun to watch.
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