The Herricks Homecoming was a huge success under the steady hand of Herricks Director of Physical Education Jim Petricca.
Due to the ongoing construction of the new track at the high school, the field could not be used, so alternate homecoming arrangements had to be made.
Therefore, all the band, the cheerleaders and the floats made their way from the high school down to the backend portion of the Herricks Community Center.
In the final game of the fall season, 3 veterans on the Dodgers ball club (Cenzo Montoni, Matt Merolla and Joey Muratore) led the way. Cenzo showed off his level stroke, smacking a couple of fastballs right back up the middle for 2 base hits and 2 big RBIs. Matt displayed his ability to go deep, sending 2 shots into the left-center gap and adding 2 RBIs of his own. Joey also added an RBI and contributed by putting the ball in play and legging out a few singles with his excellent hustle. Not to be outdone, the Dodger rookies didn’t miss a beat and complemented the vets with outstanding play of their own. Danny McClellan, Steven DeRocchis, and Brian Kornreich each added RBIs and played stellar defense. Justin Yang continued to show impressive power to all fields and his defensive play led to 3 big outs. Michael Campagnuolo did an outstanding job getting on base and hustling to score 2 runs. As usual, the cousin tandem of Justin and Nick Marsala did not disappoint. Justin added a spark from the leadoff spot by getting his bat on the ball and hustling to get on base. Nick was his usual steady self, knocking in a couple of runs and making perfect throws from the pitcher’s mound over to first for outs.
All County Business Solutions “Braves” vs. Bagel & a Whole Lot More “Dodgers” It was a great game for the closing of the Fall Season. Andrew Wang turned an unassisted double play and Alessandro Gullo made spectacular grab on a line drive. Offensive stars for the Braves were Stephen Bracco with 3 hits. Ryan Wasserman, Daniel Garcia, Kenny Hirchfeld & Joshua Raziyev with 2 hits each. Garrett Roth, Eric Lyngstad Hughes & Daniel Raziyev with 1 hit each. Attilio Lamoretti also contributed to a great team effort.
The NHP Wildcats SC would like to thank everyone for their support in making this year’s Dinner Dance a success. Thanks to all who made donations as well as those who attended the event. A special thank you to Dawn Ward for all her hard work in putting this event together. Also thanks to Phil Lugo for the video display he prepared for the evening.
Congratulations to this year’s Raffle prize winners:
1st Prize – 40” HDTV – Gaspe Family
2nd Prize - $500 Best Buy – Yu Family
3rd Prize – Playstation 3 – Kirschner Family
4th Prize – Blu-Ray DVD player – Fulton Family
5th Prize – iPod Nano – Verde Family
The Dodgers braved the elements and played another great game. The hitting continues to improve and was displayed with ropes to the outfield by Cenzo Montoni, Mathew Merolla, Brian Kornreich, Nicholas Marsella, Danny McCellan and Joey Muratore. Speed remains another weapon as Michael Campagnoulo and Justin Yang beat out close plays at first. The fielding continues to improve and the entire team was involved in multiple outs. Paulie DePaulis and Justin Marsella who were temporarily traded to even out the sides, kept the Braves in the game with 2 hits each and heads up play in the field.
The New Hyde Park Wildcats Thunder took home the second place trophy at the Syosset Soccer Club Columbus Day Tournament in a very talented and challenging major division. In the eight team division, Thunder was matched up against the top five teams and outscored their opponents 11-2. Everyone put in a great effort as each match turned into a hard-fought battle but the boys persevered and eventually were able to wrestle control of each game. There was outstanding goaltending primarily by Thomas Donnelly with assists from Sean O’Connor, John Tagios, and Thomas Mangin. We saw stalwart defense from Evan Bandini, Dylan Figueroa, Ryan Moon, and Sujith David. There was exceptional ball movement by midfielders/forwards Sean O’Connor, Ryan O’Sullivan, Sean Kerwin, Nicholas Tagios, Thomas Mangin, John Tagios, and Thomas Donnelly. The weekend of games showed total team effort. Congratulations boys!
With the talk of a nor-easter headed our way we were unsure if the game would be played on Saturday but the girls came with one thing in mind and that was to pick up a win from the Long Beach Riptides. The Roaring Tigers felt every bit of confidence playing when they know Olivia Lugo is in goal. Olivia making four great saves including coming way out of net and stealing the ball from a Riptide’s fast break just inside the box helping her team shutting out Long Beach for the first half. The Roaring Tigers defense was all over the Riptides like a tidal wave in the sea and leading the tsunami was Camryn Dluginski, Ally Petricca, Lauren Perlman, and Deirdre Lynch. Offense has been hard at work picking up where they’ve left off from the tournament play, with superb passing and aggressive style of play led by Siobhan McMullan, Joryn Siegel, Dylan Sanders. Now finding a spot up front on the offense Bethany Ambrosio showed quick moves and a strong kick was robbed once of a goal but came back with a her first goal for the team and first of the season. In the second half the Roaring Tigers stepped up their offense with some superb passing by Jordyn who passed from the right side corner, across the Riptides goalie box to Olivia on the left side of the field to slam it back over the goalies head. Then again mid way in second half Jordyn starting a fast break but was squeezed in between two defenders she kept her head up an saw an open lane for a pass to Olivia in the open field for her second goal of the game. Marisa Menist stepped in as the second half goalie and made six great stops in between the pipes, while just letting one close shot pass for the Riptides only goal of the game. We missed the help of Shayna Zeitlin and Silvana Siedita.
The 2009 baseball season for the New Hyde Park Gladiators was a very successful one.
Two graduating seniors were selected to be in the exceptional senior game this year. Senior Ryan O’Kelly was chosen All-County for the second year in a row. O’Kelly led the Gladiators into the playoffs playing into double elimination rounds. He was accepted on an athletic and academic scholarship to play baseball for C. W. Post College.
On the mound Ryan finished his career at Memorial with 15 wins, 163 strikeouts and 156 innings pitched all school records.
The Tornado Tigers played short handed on Sunday but the determined girls tied Manhasset 1-1 in a very exciting game to take 3rd Place. The girls had the lead 1-0 midway through the 2nd half but the talented Manhasset team scored on a strong kick off a nice pass. Mariela Facibene made the save of the tournament with just a few minutes to play to preserve the tie. Debra Keller was excellent in goal in the first half shutting out Manhasset. The team played Sunday without two of their top defensive players Samantha Merino and Kimberly Keblish. The team also played without midfielder Abby Wizel. Sam and Kim both played terrific on Saturday when the Tornado Tigers won both of their games. In the final game Nicole Farishian scored the big goal for New Hyde Park off a nice cross from Maggie Donnelly. Nicole played her position perfectly and put a strong kick on the ball into the back of the net. Danielle Gerbe played terrific on defense and Maggie Donnelly and Milla Skugor played outstanding every minute on defense of both games on Sunday. Mariela and Debra took turns at goalie and midfield all day and played excellent soccer. Natalie Kariotis played center forward all day on Sunday and scored the first goal of the first game to put the Tornado Tigers up 1-0 against a very good team from Jericho. Jericho scored two 2nd half goals to win the game but the girls from New Hyde Park played their hearts out in the final game to come away with the 3rd Place medal.
Jennifer Morrone played just about all day Sunday at midfield stopping both teams and moving the ball to the offense. Emma Blancher played solid at forward including a nifty pull back and pass to give the team a scoring chance. Julia Gordon and Kristen Granieri played well all weekend at forward. Julia had a great shot off a corner kick that went just wide of the goal on Saturday. Milla Skugor scored the opening goal in both games on Saturday. Maggie Donnelly scored 3 goals on Saturday playing midfield including a steal and score off a goal kick from outside the 18 yard box. Maggie also scored on a penalty kick. Mariela and Debra played excellent in goal both days and they each scored goals on Saturday as New Hyde Park beat RVC to open the tournament, 3-1, then beat a tough team from Great Neck 4-2 in the 2nd game. On Saturday the team had their highest goal scoring day ever with 7 goals, most of them coming as a result of some very nice passing including a gorgeous through pass by Mariela to Nicole Farishian who moved the ball back to Mariela who scored the goal. This was a very exciting weekend for the girls from New Hyde Park, who take on a good team from Wantagh this weekend.
On a very warm October Sunday, an absolutely high level of soccer was played by The Soccer Stars. It was back and forth play between the Soccer Stars and the Kitty Kats with great runs made by both teams. Off a beautiful throw-in by Allison Liman down the middle of the field and a fast move by Irene Tsahas, around the defense with a breakaway against the goalie, Irene T. blasts a great shot to net her first goal of the game. Great teamwork Allison & Irene T. Outstanding defensive play by Channing Woo who marked her player very closely and terrific defensive blocks by Madeline Slaski breaking up the plays and running the ball to the outside and up to her offensive line led by Daniela O’Modie, Kassidy Keefe and Marcela Curcio. Kassidy Keefe playing very aggressive, making self passes to run around the Kitty Kats defense. The Kitty Kats playing a solid game, making nice passes between themselves and fast runs toward goal were able to tie up the game and then take the lead into the half. Down by one goal leading into the second half, the Soccer Stars kept their fire on from a goal punt from Irene Krische toward Irene Tsahas who made the trap and turned quickly around, making a dash toward goal marking her second beautiful goal of the game to tie up the match. Great teamwork Irene K. & Irene T.. Mid field plays by Shreya Rao and Lior Cole were solid, making sure the opponent was marked closely anchored by their defense and goalie. Irene Krische demonstrating outstanding goaltending skills, hugging the ball tightly, rolling to make that save while switching the field of play, coming out near the goal box to throw the ball/punt the ball to an open offensive team player. Marissa Cronin holding her position very well and coming forth toward the player to get the ball in her possession. Kitty Kats playing smart were able to take the lead but no for long as the Soccer Stars make the comeback once again with a nice pass from Kassidy Keefe and a sprint from I rene Tsahas who marked her third goal of the game to tie up the match @ three all and a Hat Trick for herself in the match. With a minute left to play, the Kitty Kats were able to make a run toward goal to net the winning goal. Great game by both teams. We are very proud of each & everyone of you! Thank You for the fruit Irene T. Thank You to our family & friends. Missed the help of Paden Dvoor & Isabella Mirro.
The Dodgers continue to improve on the field and at bat. Mathew Merolla and Brian Kornreich were marvelous at first. Joey Muratore and Justin Yang were cat like off the mound. Paul Depaulis and Danny McCellan made powerful throws to first from the hot corner. Nicholas Marsella, and Steven Derocchis kept the ball from leaving the middle of the infield. Cenzo Montoni continues to field second base well. Justin Marsella and Michael Campagnoulo were involved in multiple plays at the plate. The Dodgers continue to run the bases well and always remember to run them out.
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