Stella Maris Honors Sports Athletes At Awards Dinner
The FDNY-NYPD football game, which begins on Saturday at 3 p.m., will be the first of many activities and events surrounding the 75th anniversary of the opening of Floyd Bennett Field, which was originally New York City's first municipal airport. In 1939, the United States Navy took over the airfield which saw heavy use from the start of World War II to the 1970's.
The Aviator Sports Complex, a private public partnership done with the National Park Services, will hold a USO show and gallery opening on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ryan Center.
A soccer game, featuring the New Jersey State Troopers taking on the NYPD, will introduce the festivities on Saturday at 10 a.m. A beer/food/music garden, a concert starring 2U, a U2 tribute band that starts at 11:30 a.m. and a playing area for kids are a few of the activities scheduled to be held on Saturday.
The Fun City Bowl will be $15 at the door, kids 12 and under free as big crowds are expected for the annual FDNY-NYPD battle.
Laurence Pump Continues Early Season Success
By Jim Hurley
Manager/Coach Laurence Pump
The girls of Laurence Pump Major Softball continued their early season wins on May 9 and May 15.
On Tuesday, May 9, the team, missing two of their experienced players, mustered up some inner strength against Multiple Listing Srvices of Long Island. Laurence went scoreless in the first as did their opponent. In the next three innings, Laurence's bats fired up with nearly every girl coming home. Bridget Grogan was overjoyed to cross the plate for the second time in her first organized season.
Taylor Conroy pitched a fabulous four hit game and allowing only one run. Annette Scotto's grand slam in the second and solo shot in the fourth, helped fuel Laurence as did Rebecca Resner's triple in the third for a 20-1 victory. The game on Monday, May 15 against Flynn and Flynn proved challenging as Flynn came out swinging in the first by scoring and holding Laurence scoreless. Things changed dramatically in the second with singles hit by Pauline O' Shea, Frances Amodeo, Bridget Grogan and Cat Murphy. Marissa Scotto stepped up to the plate and hit a grand glam which gave Laurence a 5-3 lead.
Throughout the game, pitcher Cat Murphy and first baseman Annette Scotto set the tone defensively by deftly fielding popups and turning multiple double plays. Amodeo' nice fielding play in the seventh inning clinched a 13-8 victory for Laurence over Flynn and Flynn.
All three teams and their players demonstrated sportsmanship, positive attitude and a terrific heart.
Junior Olympic Competition Heads To Beach Channel
The Rockaway Sports Association in conjunction with the United States Olympic Committee and Kellogg's will hold the USA Junior Olympic Skills Competition at Beach Channel High School on Saturday, May 20 at 1 p.m.
The program is administered to boys and girls who have the chance to showcase their skills in four different sports. Basketball, Tennis, Soccer and Track and Field are the four sports which will be featured. Registration, which will be done at BCHS on the day of the competition, is free and available to boys and girls ages 8-13. Prizes for age and gender group champions include ribbons and medals. Winners will get the chance to advance to the regionals and the opportunity to reach the finals, which will be held at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Potential contestants should arrive and register for an individual sport 30 minutes before the start of the event. For more information, email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Soccer: Dribble, shoot, and score in the fastest time possible.
USTA Rapid Rally Tennis: Serve and continue to hit a low-compression tennis ball against the wall as many times as possible.
Track & Field: The Sprint - Complete a 50-meter sprint in the fastest time possible. The Jump - Jump as far as possible from a standing start. The Ultimate Shot Put - Shot put a softball for distance.