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SYAC Travel Softball Season Off To A Winning Start

Three SYAC Girls Softball travel teams played season openers on Sunday, April 15, under warm, sunny skies. SYAC travel teams all play under the Syosset Cyclones name.

The Syosset Cyclones U10 squad, fifth-graders coached by Bruce Cayne and Amy Cicio, rallied to a 24-4 win over Albertson-Herricks in an opener at Herricks Middle School. The U10 players hit a lot of balls and were aggressive on the bases. Solid pitching was provided by Isabel Schneider, Tina Mari Susca, and Maddy Siegel. Serving as bench coach for the game was SYAC intern Danielle Zurek, a Syosset High School varsity player.

The Syosset Cyclones U12 team, sixth-graders coached by Frank and Andrea DiCostanzo, opened at home, also against an Albertson-Herricks team. They played to a 20-3 victory, behind strong pitching by Logan Freedman, Alicia Cherian and Jenn Swing. The Cyclones’ bats were alive with many big hits, and the team performed a number of delayed steals. The Cyclones were assisted by bench coaches Alexa Beovich and Jamie Warfield, SYAC interns and varsity athletes at Syosset High School.

Also in action were the U12 seventh-graders, coached by Christine Casale. They played a doubleheader against the Long Island Hurricanes. The team lost the first game by a wide margin, but battled back in the second game, before bowing 4-3 to a very good squad.

A skills clinic will be held at Syosset-Woodbury Park on Saturday, April 21. Session 1 is for Pony, Junior and Senior division players and will be 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 . Include the player’s name, phone number and division. Players should bring their glove, helmet and bat to the clinic. In other SYAC news, the spring season of intramural softball will get underway on Monday, April 23.

The skills clinic will be conducted by U18 players from the Long Island Thunderbolts Softball Club, a tournament travel organization. Thunderbolts players 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 www.syacgs.org.

News

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.


Sports

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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