Skills clinics, drills and lots of practices are paying off for the three Syosset Cyclones teams in the Travel Division of SYAC Girls Softball.
The U10 Cyclones came up big in competition against the Bellmore Blue Fire, with 12-2 and 19-1 victories on Sunday, Sept. 30. The Cyclones had their hitting shoes on as they pounded out big home runs and were speedy on the basepaths. The team is 6-0 for the season and leading the U10 division of the East Meadow Fall Classic.
Jericho’s homecoming varsity football game was the first game the team had ever played under the lights, when classic Friday Night football came to Jericho. The band was set up and the cheerleaders were rocking when the skies opened up and the rain came down in buckets.
The first series began after a missed catch by the Roslyn receiver that resulted in a first down. Jericho’s defense was up and running and didn’t give any room for the Roslyn offense to get going. Josh Harris has been the running back to stop, banging out one 20-yard run and then another for Jericho’s first score, 7-0. This was just the beginning of the scoring for the evening. The next score, a Chandler Kirby 70-yard touchdown run, was called back due to a Jericho penalty.
The Syosset Braves 8-year-old Cheer Team had a very exciting day this past weekend. The girls had to get up early, put on their uniforms and head to Citifield Stadium in Queens. The reason? The Mets were hosting Cheer and Dance Day. The Braves arrived at Citifield and were greeted by over 500 cheerleaders, ranging from elementary school teams, to high school teams, all the way up to college level. Even the championship Hofstra Cheer Team was there. The day was led by members of the Jets (football) Flight Crew Cheer Team.
The Jets led the large group through an hour-long rehearsal, right out in the parking lot of Citifield. It was an incredible sight and the girls could feel the spirit and excitement in the air. The Braves did a fine job of keeping up with the rest, even though their team was one of the youngest in attendance.
The three Syosset Cyclones teams continued to pile up the wins in softball games this past weekend. The Cyclones comprise the travel division of SYAC Girls Softball.
The U12 squad, playing in East Meadow under cloudless early fall skies, took on a well-schooled Massapequa gold team. They jumped to an early lead on timely hitting and aggressive baserunning and won the game 8-6.
The Syosset Braves 7-year old football team rolled into Bellmore looking to avenge last year’s loss by one touchdown to the Bellmore Braves “A” team. After an opening possession touchdown run from Braden Sosnik, it looked like Syosset was well on its way. The extra point was punched in by quarterback Kyle Joe, and Syosset led 7-0.
However, Bellmore took advantage of a broken play scrambling down field to answer back with their own touchdown. Syosset was able to stop Bellmore’s extra point attempt by stuffing the run up the middle, and Syosset still led 7-6. Syosset’s second possession saw a systematic offense bring the ball down the field and end with a scoring run by Jack LaBianca. However, Bellmore was able to stop the extra point attempt run by Avery Kurtzer, stopping him just short of the goal line. Syosset led 13-6.
The Syosset Cyclones, whose three squads comprise the travel division of SYAC Girls Softball, piled up the wins in games this past weekend.
The U9 squad, playing against the Lady Cobras in Roslyn on Sunday, Sept. 16, cruised to an 11-9 win. The team’s record is now 2-0.
The Syosset Youth Football & Cheerleading League had its opening weekend this past Sunday, Sept. 9 at the turf field in Syosset-Woodbury Park. It was a beautiful day to watch the teams play.
The 7-year-old Syosset Braves kicked off their season with a home opener against the much feared Garden City Thunder. Picking up right where they left off last year, the opening play saw quarterback Avery Kurtzer handing the ball to Braden Sosnik who ran for a 70-yard touchdown. Nick Polizotto weaved his way in for the extra point to give Syosset 7-0 lead after their first possession.
Saturday, Sept. 8, could have been like any other opening day for Varsity football, however, reminiscent of the tornado-like winds in the area that day, the Jericho Jayhawks blew into Locust Valley and beat Friends Academy 25-8. The afternoon was filled with high winds and fumbles as the crowd was entertained by freshman Donovan Condon, who ran for 93 yards during his varsity debut.
With the wind at his back, Jericho kicker Jake Zorfas started off by booting one into the end zone for a touchback, where Friends started their first drive from the 20-yard line. The Friends’ quarterback went to pitch the ball to his running back, which was fumbled, on the first play of the game; Jericho recovered the ball. Four plays later, Ian Green handed off to Condon who ran for a 14-yard touchdown. The extra point was good, and the score was 7-0 Jericho at only three minutes into the first quarter.
With picture perfect weather in beautiful Oyster Bay, the 23rd annual Runner’s Edge - TOBAY Triathlon on Sunday, Aug. 26 was perhaps the most successful ever. The sharp contrast between the beautiful weather this year and the need to cancel the 2011 event because of Hurricane Irene makes one think that Mother Nature “owed us one” and repaid the debt to the Long Island running community in 2012.
Tom Eickelberg of Babylon scored his third consecutive winning performance, crossing the finish line at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in a race record of 54 minutes, 58 seconds; an excellent time for this half mile swim, 15 kilometer bike ride and five kilometer run.
[Editor’s note: There have been some scheduling changes since this announcement first ran in last week’s edition. Please check the corrected dates and times listed here to make sure your child attends the right tryout.] Tryouts for the Jericho Athletic Association (JAA) Travel Basketball Program have been scheduled. The JAA has assembled another group of coaches this year that will emphasize skill development, game fundamentals and having some fun. Once again, Rob Karen will be running the program.
Please note that all travel players in third through sixth grades will be required to play intramurals. There will be an online permission form that will need to be filled in and brought to the first tryout. There is a $20 tryout fee that must be brought to the first tryout as well. There will be two tryouts per grade. It is highly recommended that each child attend both tryouts to maximize his or her chances of being selected to play travel basketball.
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