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Practices Begin For SYAC Girls Softball Spring Season

Annual softball skills clinic to be held April 21

That familiar crack of the bat was back as several dozen teams from SYAC Girls Softball recently took to the athletic fields to begin practices for the spring season. Each spring, hundreds of girls from Syosset, Woodbury and Jericho in grades K through 9 play SYAC softball. SYAC has four divisions: Instructional (grades K-1), Pony (2-3), Junior (4-5), and Senior (6-9).

The season begins on April 23 and extends to playoffs in early June. Teams hold practices before the season begins, and once the season starts, there are several games a week. Games are held on weekday evenings.

The annual SYAC Girls Softball Skills Clinic will be held Saturday, April 21 at Syosset-Woodbury Park. The clinic is free to all girls registered to play SYAC. 

Session 1 is for Pony, Junior and Senior division players and will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Session 2 is for Instructional division players and will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Please register for the clinic by emailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by April 16. Include the player’s name, phone number and division. Players should bring their glove, helmet and bat to the clinic.

The SYAC Skills Clinic will be conducted by U18 players on the Long Island Thunderbolts Softball Club, a tournament travel organization. Coaches Carmine Mazzaro and Peter Janowsky will instruct the Thunderbolts players, who will teach hitting skills with older players and basic skills with younger players.

For more information and to register for the SYAC spring season, visit


Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


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