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SYAC Skills Clinic Suits Softball Players Of All Ages

Softball players of varied sizes and ages all turned out for the annual Syosset Youth Athletic Council (SYAC) Girls Softball Skills Clinic at Syosset-Woodbury Park last month.

The Long Island Thunderbolts, a premier tournament level softball organization, led the clinic. The Thunderbolts, which fields teams at U14, U16 and U18 levels, includes many high school-aged players who got their start playing on teams in the SYAC Girls Softball program.

SYAC, which spans at least four decades of Syosset history, has teams in four divisions from kindergarten through seventh grade. Several hundred girls from Syosset, Woodbury and Jericho take part each spring, and SYAC also fields a travel program with teams in three age groups in competition around Long Island in the spring and fall.

SYAC depends upon an extensive network of moms and dads who volunteer as softball coaches, and a host of local businesses and organizations that sponsor teams.

For more information and to view game photos, go to 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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