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.
Dr. William Facibene MD PC “Athletics”
Vs.Bagels & A Whole Lot More Garden City “Dodgers”
The A’s played a spirited game in week 4. Ryan Lessing showed cat-like reflexes on the mound to record a put out in the first inning, and John Vlantis put a charge in the offense early with a frozen rope to the outfield. Jack Nathan and Jesse Witt combined on a sprawling play to get an out at second base in the top of the second and then in the bottom of the inning smashed back-to-back blasts to right field. Ben Goodwin, Jack Kareff, Eli Goodwin and Louie Messina contributed with singles in the late innings, and Sam Motelson showed his versatility by rapping a single in the bottom of the second and making a nice defensive play to get an out in the top of the third. Jared Puntus contributed by assisting on a put out in the second inning and Matthew Farkas caught the final inning of what was a very entertaining game.
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.
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