As the 2011 spring season came to an end for the Avalanche, both coaches faced a startling reality. The team that had played together for many seasons might not be able to play together again. Youth sports on Long Island have become increasingly competitive. As players advance in skill, they are moved up into other divisions and teams.
This diverse group of athletes was facing the possibility of some players moving up and others staying. Unfortunately, there were not enough players in total to field two teams. The Avalanche was near extinction. Even after several meetings, numerous tryouts, and even an emergency board meeting with the OBEN Soccer Club, a resolution to keep the coaches and team together could not be found.
Congratulations to the Muckdogs for winning the 2011 Oyster Bay Baseball League AAA Division championship. In the regular season the Muckdogs had a record of 1 win and 7 losses, but they defeated the Raptors with a score of 13-1 in the “play-in” game to make it to the playoffs.
During the playoffs the Muckdogs’ bats came alive. In the Quarter Finals they defeated the first place Riverbandits 17-11 and in the semi-finals they defeated the second place Hotrods 11-10. In the Championship game on June 18, 2011, the Muckdogs defeated the Mudcats 12-9 in extra innings.
Over 55,779 fans watched and waited with great anticipation at the 143rd Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11. They waited for the sun to shine; it didn’t. They waited for the mud to turn back to Belmont’s trademark dirt; it wouldn’t. But on a day where the impossible seemed implausible, it happened.
Last year, 13-1 underdog Drosselmeyer took the third leg of the Triple Crown and this year saw much of the same with 24-1 shot Ruler on Ice.
Swim Lessons – start July 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at West Harbor Beach. Come to Village Hall to obtain registration form or download from website @bayvilleny.gov. Registration is until June 13.
Swim Races – Aug. 6, at West Harbor Beach starting at 9 a.m.
The State University of New York (SUNY) College at Old Westbury will host its 10th Annual Summer Polo Match and Lawn Party on Sunday, June 26, from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at Hickox Field in Old Westbury. This championship polo tradition raises funds to support academic and programmatic enhancements at the College, while also honoring those who advocate for the preservation of Long Island’s open spaces.
Sagamore Yacht Club officers and members officially welcomed the start of the boating season at the traditional Opening Day Ceremonies on Sunday, May 22. Past Commodore Rob Casale was Master of Ceremonies.
The club was appropriately decorated with the boating colors and the officers’ boats were at the dock also displaying the colors.
Registration is now open for OBEN Soccer Club’s Travel program for the upcoming 2011/2012 Season. Play will begin early Fall 2011 and run through June 2012. Training for the Fall 2011 season will begin in late summer.
Sagamore Rowing Association’s Crew Club of Oyster Bay returned victorious from the May 14-15 New York State Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs with five boats qualifying for the United States Rowing Jr. National Regatta, which will take place in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on June 10-12. Overall, seven of Sagamore’s CCOB boats placed in the top three with medals, with five earning gold or silver.
It began with a text from my co-worker and good friend, Rich Forestano, asking, “Want to fly in a fighter jet?”
The day of that particular inquiry was May 11.
Sure enough, fifteen days later – Rich is a man of his word – we flew.
On a beautiful afternoon in May 2011, Chris Kelly took the mound going for a sweep of the “Rocks” of East Rockaway in the second game of the Nassau County Class B Baseball Championship played at Hofstra University.The Baymen were feeling confident as just the day before, on Monday, May 23, Joe Siringo pitched a 21-6 victory over East Rockaway for the Baymen. Rob Morgan was named “Player of the Game” in Monday’s game. Tuesday’s “Player of the Game’ was Chris Kelly who pitched a complete game and led the Baymen to a 13-3 victory and a clean sweep to the County Championship.
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