Players in SYAC Girls Softball are in mid-season form, as exciting games were recently played on fields all around town. This week, the girls played teams from Albertson-Herricks and Manhasset among others, while in the Junior League, the team from Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza took on the New York Window Tint team. The players also took time out to pose for this season’s Photo Night. For more information, visit www.syacgs.org.
Ed Wolfarth of Syosset received the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement in Tennis Award from the U.S. Tennis Association Eastern Section Long Island Region at the organization’s 22nd Annual Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 9. This award is the Long Island region’s highest honor. The Long Island region also recognized several other area tennis players and organizations at its dinner.
Wolfarth is being honored for being one of Long Island’s most dedicated volunteers, both as a member of the Long Island Region Board and as a tireless volunteer at events such as the Fire Island Breast Cancer Tennis Fundraiser, 10 and under clinics and workshops, Long Island Kids Day, Long Island Corporate Challenge, Long Island Corporate Tennis Fundraiser, USPTA workshops, Pro-Am fundraisers and more. He is the racket sports specialist at Hofstra University and a professor of physical education and sport sciences at Queens College.
The spring season of SYAC Girls Softball is well under way, with girls playing games in four divisions all around town. A few springtime showers couldn’t dampen the spirits of several hundred girls from Syosset, Woodbury and Jericho, who play SYAC Softball each spring.
For Syosset Baseball Association (SBA), the inaugural season of blast ball kicked off with 96 players and 16 teams taking the field at Syosset-Woodbury Park on Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Blast ball, an introduction to the game of baseball for children ages 3 and 4, was launched this season to help teach batting and fielding skills to the youngest members of the community. Blast ball helps players build a skill set of the fundamentals of baseball and softball by the time they reach the age of 5, at which point they will be ready to play in the SBA T-ball division.
The equipment provided for blast ball consists of a foam baseball the size of a softball, a foam bat, a baseball tee and a marker for the players to stand behind for safety. There is also one base, which the players can run to after batting. This special base rewards the player for stepping on it with a noise. All players were provided with a numbered blast ball T-shirt and a baseball hat with an “S” for Syosset.
A bit of rain could only delay, but not cancel, the festive kickoff to the SYAC Girls Softball spring season. The 2012 season officially began April 25 with the singing of the national anthem and a ceremonial first ball thrown out by Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs. As it is each year, SYAC Opening Night was held at the softball field at Syosset-Woodbury Park.
The SYAC girls softball skills clinic was a big hit with several dozen girls and their families who took part in the annual event on Saturday, April 21. The clinic helped players to tune up for the start of another great SYAC season.
For the second year, the clinic was led by the Long Island Thunderbolts, a softball tournament travel organization. In the first hour of the two-hour clinic, girls learned hitting techniques. In the second hour, they learned basics of throwing and fielding. Parents also got into the action, catching with their daughters and learning teaching tips for practices and games. The clinic drills were followed with ice cream for everyone.
Syosset Baseball Association (SBA) has announced that they will become part of Little League International, the largest Little League organization in the world, headquartered in Williamsport, PA. In a communication sent by president Rob Jolson, it stated that SBA will be entitled to register for the Little League World Series shown on national TV every August. There are tournaments for all Little League age groups.
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.
Sue Bird, a professional basketball player for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) team the Seattle Storm, was recently selected as one of the top 100 Olympic hopefuls by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Bird was born in Syosset and attended Syosset High School. She previously served on both the 2004 and 2008 women’s Olympic basketball teams, helping to earn a team gold medal in both the Athens and Beijing Olympics.
As spring approaches full bloom, Syosset Baseball Association (SBA) is proud to serve the community once again with youth baseball as it has for 58 years. Saturday, March 31 marked the opening day game featuring a rematch of last year’s Major League Division Championship Game: Mickey LaCasse’s Yankees vs. Gary Rosenberg’s Kansas City Royals. Both LaCasse and Rosenberg were coaches last year for their respective teams and has been the custom, assumed managerial roles the following year.
Prior to the start of the game, SBA invited all attendees to partake in complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks served by members of the SBA Board of Directors.
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