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Syosset Flag Super Bowl Champs

On Dec. 8, at Bethpage High School football field, the Syosset Buccaneers captured the 2013 12U Long Island Flag Football League Super Bowl Championship from East Williston Lions with a 21-6 victory.  

Syosset Buccaneers were one of 23 teams playing from three divisions of Nassau County—North, Central and South Long Island 12U divisions.

The day started with very cold conditions, temperature staying in the low 30s. East Williston took the lead on their first procession with 6 points. From then on, Syosset made adjustments to their defense keeping East Williston from scoring for the rest of the game.

Syosset’s offence took over with quarterback Kyle Grossman taking control of ball possession. Kyle threw for two touchdown passes, both to Nick Hrelja in the first half of the game taking the lead of the game to 14-6. Kyle scored the third touchdown himself running the field in the second half of the game putting Syosset ahead 21-6 victory.  

Extra points came from Ben Schloss, Ethan Berch and Steven Fanelli. Christian Lyons made a 20-yard run for what was a touchdown only to be called back due to a penalty. The defense took control of the game with key plays made by Nick Hrelja, Nick interception in the red zone during the second half, ending any hope of any comeback from East Williston. James Galvin, Christos Moustopoulos, Anthony Schevon and Steve Fanelli stopped East Williston from executing any long passes.   

The front line on defense was Christian Lyons, Ethan Berch, Ben Schloss, Nick Hrelja, Michael Tsapos and David K.

The boys stopped the short passes and runs to small gains. Everyone contributed to the team’s solid performance.

Syosset was missing two key players Dylan Hein and Phil DiGregorio who had helped this Syosset team get to the Super Bowl. Coaches Dan Hrelja and Josh Berch are extremely proud of the team’s success and performance.

— Syosset Flag Football League


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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