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.
The NHP GU10 Lady Pumas took it down to the wire to secure 2nd place in the very competitive Gold Division of the Covanta Cup. After winning 2 of their first 4 games, the girls were determined to come away with a trophy and had to win critical Game 5 against the 2nd place team (Smithtown) to achieve their goal. The Lady Pumas were down 2-1 in the final game, in the final 5 minutes, before burying 2 late tallies with seconds left on the clock to eek out a hard fought 3-2 win.
The Long Island Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc. will hold its Annual Walk-A-Thon on Sept. 20 in loving memory of Jack A. Garofalo, of New Hyde Park, who passed away last January. He was a devoted student of the program and a student and resident of AHRC.
The Walk-A-Thon will be held at Jones Beach State Park, Parking Field No. 5 at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine.
TOPSoccer Program is ready to begin its fall season on Sept. 12.
Registration is now open. Please fill out the application (both sides) and return it to:
1652 West End Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
You will also find the application and schedule at our new website:
Due to the continuing efforts of the Annual Golf Outing committee and supporters, sufficient money is raised each year to enable us to offer this program at no fee!
Practices are held every Saturday morning from 10. to 11 a.m. at Center Street School on the rear field.
If you know of anyone who would like to participate in our program, or come down to lend a helping hand, please call Richard Bletsch at 328-3043. See you all on September 12th!
It was a well played game on both sides. There were great plays in the field by Christopher Bruccoleri, Daniel Raziyev and Joshua Raziyev. Offensive stars for the Braves were Daniel Raziyev and Christopher Bruccoleri with 5 hits each. Christopher also had 2 doubles. Hayden Leiderman, Ryan Wasserman, Erik Lyngstad Hughes, Joshua Raziyev & Garrett Roth each had 4 hits. The team has shown great improvement.
The Astros finished their summer season undefeated with a 9-0-1 record. This last game was a nail-biter to the end. Pitchers Jason Siedman, Brian Nankoo, Matt Fitzgerald & Jimmy Denara kept the Astros in reach until the final inning when the Astros exploded for 5 runs. Anthony Bartolotta came in to pitch the bottom of the inning to preserve the victory. The offense was led by Nick Mrakovcic, John Denara & Mike Telsey with Michael Zuschlag playing solid defense behind the plate. Also contributing to the Astros’ success all summer were Andrew Yun, James Castaldi, Michael Chamaidan, Jacob Leeds and Fran Labita.
Hundreds of Long Islanders flocked to Centre Island Beach Saturday, Aug. 8, to attend the 20th Annual Swim-A-Cross and Beach Bash BBQ. The event raised $15,000 for the American Red Cross in Nassau County.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better day,” said Frank Cassano, CEO of the Nassau Red Cross, “and with the economy being the way it is, we are very pleased with the turnout.”
The NHP Wildcats S.C. has again partnered with the MLS New York Red Bulls to provide training for our Intramural Program (U4 through U9).
Following is a brief description of our programs for the Fall 09 season.
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