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Gastropub and beer bar is newest concession stand at Citi Field

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Randolph Group and Entertainment Fusion Group


Mets fans wanted it, and now they’ve got it — after winning the second annual Citi Call-Ups Program, Randolph Beer, an American gastropub and beer bar, will be joining the culinary lineup at Citi Field starting July 23 during the Mets’ first home game after the All-Star break.

The new concession stand will be offering the jerk chicken po’boy, a new take on a traditional southern sandwich crafted just for Citi Field by Randolph Executive Chef Masterful Davis. The stand will also serve Randolph’s collaboration beer, brewed by LIC Beer Project and specially created to go with the sandwich.

The stand will be located on the outfield concourse, near the Shake Shack and Two Boots Pizza stands, and will be open during home games for the rest of the 2015 Mets season.

“We envision a fan at the ballpark holding the jerk chicken po’boy in one hand and a cold beer in the other. It just fit,” said Dave Plate, co-founder and Partner of Randolph Group.

For the second year in a row and in an effort to bring New York’s favorite flavors to Citi Field, Citi nominated four New York City eateries for the Citi Call-Ups Program that fans could vote for in online and in-stadium polls. This year, Randolph Beer beat out Crepes & Delices, Bagel Stuffins by Bantam Bagels, and Zengo.

Since 2007, Randolph Group has aimed to satisfy a wide variety of palates with three distinct locations throughout New York City: Randolph at Broome, a cocktail dive and café; Randolph Beer, an American gastropub and craft beer bar; and Randolph Brooklyn, an eclectic garage bar and restaurant.

“We see Randolph as a New York City institution that has been serving quality cocktails, craft beer, southern soul food and providing an authentic Manhattan vibe for over eight years,” said Hari Kalyan, co-founder and partner of Randolph Group. “We are very excited that the New York fans chose Randolph Beer to become part of Citi Field, another authentic New York institution.”


Team Duce of Bayside Little League completes undefeated season with championship win

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After finishing the regular season undefeated, Bayside Little League’s Team Duce made it to the championship game and were victorious over Texas West Division rival, W7, by a score of 4-3, completing their season with a perfect 16-0 record.

At the start of the game things did not look promising for undefeated Team Duce. W7 was able to open up an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Team Duce’s starting pitcher, Charlie Blair, quickly settled down after W7’s three-run first by pitching shutout ball for the next three innings.

Aris Catehis and Tino Famiglietti both got on base once, while John Archbold hit the ball hard. David Castracane helped keep Team Duce in the game by making stellar defensive plays in the outfield to prevent W7 from scoring more runs.

With Team Duce down 3-0, W7 decided to intentionally walk the top three hitters in the lineup: Costa Bournias, Charlie Blair and Tanner Fried. With the bases now loaded and two outs, the cleanup hitter and first baseman, George Diamantopoulos, came to the plate with a chance to tie the game or even put Team Duce ahead.

Diamantopoulos did his job and blasted a triple into right field, scoring all three runners, tying the game at 3-3.

As Diamantopoulos represented the go-ahead run on third, Derek McCreesh and Bobby Fretwell both worked two-out walks to load the bases. This brought up Rafael Rufrano. After fouling off eight pitches, Rufrano earned a walk forcing in the go-ahead run and giving Team Duce a 4-3 lead.

Team Duce’s closer Tanner Fried, known to teammates as “The Sandman,” came in to try and preserve the win.

After pitching a perfect fifth inning, Fried faced the top of the lineup for W7, which included their power hitters. By utilizing his two- and four-seam fastballs, Fried was able to get ahead on each of the hitters with two strikes. He then used his off-speed pitches, the change-up and knuckle drop ball to surprise the hitters and strike them out, securing the championship for Team Duce.


Kids learn basketball fundamentals at Maspeth High School summer camp

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Maspeth High School wrapped up its second summer basketball camp, where local middle school students came together to learn the fundamentals of basketball, play some games and, most importantly, have fun.

The one-week camp session, which ended on Friday, was led by Maspeth High School’s boys varsity basketball team head coach Anastasia Bitis, who helped lead the Argonauts to an undefeated record last year and a city championship.

Thirty area middle school students attended this year’s camp at Maspeth High School. Boys and girls of all levels got the chance to hone their skills, learn new ones and play plenty of basketball games.

“The kids love it,” Bitis said. “We had an extensive waiting list this year. We teach the kids the fundamentals and how to work together with team work.”

“The main thing we want the kids to learn is to work hard and to work with each other,” she continued. “It’s important for the more skilled players to help make the others better. The goal is for the kids to have fun overall, to grow their love of the game and to stay fit.”

Bitis explained that during the one-week camp the students are trained in several drills and exercises including conditioning skills, half-court and full-court drills, jump shooting, layups and dribbling skills.

“The kids get to learn a little bit of everything,” Bitis said. “And then they get to incorporate what they’ve learned into the game situations.”

After skills training, the kids are broken up into teams where they play games against each other in one-on-one, three-on-three and five-on-five style games. Bitis invited players from the Argonauts to join as counselors, where they help teach the kids and act as coaches for the teams.

“When coach Bitis asked me to come back and be a counselor this year, I said I would love to do it,” said Damian Piszczatowki, former player on the Argonauts who graduated this year and will be attending John Jay College next year. “I really enjoy it. I came back this year because I love working with the kids, teaching them and helping them grow. It’s fun to interact with them and you get the opportunity to play like a kid again.”

“It’s been a great experience,” said Christian Ramirez, who is entering his senior year at Maspeth High School. “As someone who started playing basketball at an older age, it’s nice to see them playing the game at a young age. One of my favorite things about the camp is the coaching. Seeing it from the coach’s perspective is different.”

The kids were excited to get the chance to learn new skills and play some basketball.

“I think the camp is really good,” said Jesse Morales, 13, who is entering eighth grade at St. Adalbert School in September. “It’s really fun and we are learning a lot. We get to learn exercises, run around, practice dribbling, the basics and how to perfect them.”

“I like the councilors. They’re fun,” said Ashley Petrasovic, 12, who is going into the eighth grade at P.S. 128. “The people here make you learn a lot of new stuff. I like the three-on-three and five-on-five games we play.”

As the camp came to a close, certificates and special awards were handed out to the players.

“We have the MVP award, the most improved player award, the best defensive player award and the coach’s award,” Bitis said. “We also have a skills competition and the winner gets a free T-shirt.”


New York Racing Association’s fall schedule to include two ‘Super’ Saturdays

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Photo by Adam Coglianese

As the New York Racing Association (NYRA) spring season wraps up on July 19, the 38-day fall championship meet at Belmont Park is set to deliver two “Super” Saturdays, with 11 graded stakes worth $4.2 million on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3.

In all, 40 stakes worth $10.6 million will be offered during the meet, which runs from Sept. 11 through Nov. 1.

On Sept. 26, two “win and you’re in” races will be held: a Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic in the Turf division, and the Grade 1, $400,000 Vosburgh in the Sprint division. The winners of those races gain entrance into the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to be held at Keeneland Race Course on Oct. 30-31.

Also on the card for the Sept. 26 races are the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame for fillies and mares, the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap for filly and mare sprinters and the Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim for juveniles on the turf.

The lead up to the Breeders’ Cup will continue on Oct. 3, with the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup which offers automatic entry and a fees-paid trip to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races conclude with the Grade 1, $500,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (Filly & Mare Turf), the Grade 1, $500,000 Foxwoods Champagne (Juvenile), and the Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette (Juvenile Fillies). The Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap and the Grade 3, $500,000 Hill Prince for 3-year-olds on the turf complete the graded stakes on the card.

“With the Breeders’ Cup scheduled at the end of October, it afforded us the opportunity to present two blockbuster days of racing instead of one,” said Martin Panza, senior vice president of racing operations for the NYRA. “We anticipate both to be ‘must-see’ days at Belmont Park this fall.”

Racing fans can watch all the Breeders’ Cup action at Belmont Park and the simulcast center at Aqueduct Racetrack on Oct. 30 and 31, with live racing action at Belmont to include the Grade 3, $200,000 Turnback the Alarm for fillies and mares on the turf on Friday and the Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler at seven furlongs on Saturday.

The meet will then conclude with the $100,000 Pumpkin Pie for filly and mare sprinters on Nov. 1.


The St. Margaret’s/Resurrection Flyers celebrate record-breaking season

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Photo courtesy St. Margaret's/Resurrection Flyers

During their end-of-season celebration, the St. Margaret’s/Resurrection Flyers presented special plaques to runners, including those who broke records this season.

Senior girl Karolina Niepokoj received a special plaque to commemorate her record-breaking performance in the 800-meter run this year. Also receiving special plaques were novice boys Josiah Boulet, Kevin Isca, Unai Higgins and Andrew Kelly for setting a new record in the 600-meter medley relay earlier in the season.

For winning the Diocesan Championship in the indoor 600-meter medley relay, novice boys Josiah Boulet, Kevin Isca, Unai Higgins and Andrew Kelly won a special plaque and sweatshirt. Also winning were senior boy Luc Cathersal and junior girl Ainara Higgins for the indoor long jump.

The Diocesan champs for the indoor 800-meter race were senior girl Karolina Niepokoj and her bantam brother Kacper Niepokoj and junior girl Zara McPartland. For the indoor 400-meter run, junior boy Michael Hubert won the Diocesan and was awarded with the plague and sweatshirt as well.

For the outdoor season, bantam boy Ricky Hubert, junior girl Zara Mcpartland and senior girl Karolina Niepokoj earned their plaques and sweatshirts for their performance in the 800-meter run. Winning the Diocesan for the outdoor long jump were senior boy Luc Cathersal and senior girl Ainara Higgins.

Other winners during the outdoor season were novice boy Andrew Kelly in the 400-meter run and novice girl Olaia Higgins for the 100-meter dash.

Two of the Flyers’ relay teams won the Diocesan Championship this year. First was junior/senior girls 400-meter medley relay team consisting of Nina Allen and sisters Shauna and Rebecca Hurson. The second outdoor Diocesan champion relay team runners were junior/senior boys Johnny Ostling, John Boger and Owen Kelly for the 400-meter medley race.

In addition to the plaques and sweatshirts being awarded, special coaches’ awards were presented to outstanding runners during the season.

The Super Spirit trophies were given to novice girl Aileen Mitrarotonda and bantam boy Victor Ostling. The Terrific Teammate awards went to novice girl Olaia Higgins and junior boy Owen Kelly. The Excellent Effort trophies went to junior girl Lili Cathersal and novice boy Unai Higgins. The Fantastic Flyer awards went to senior girl Ainara Higgins and senior boy Johnny Ostling.

The award for most valuable runner went to senior girl Karolina Niepokoj.

The Flyers will be back for a new season on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the track at Juniper Valley Park.


Cyclists compete at Red Bull Mini Drome race in Maspeth

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The fastest athletes on two wheels faced intense competition on a rare figure-eight mini velodrome racetrack in front of hundreds of spectators at the Red Bull Mini Drome Race held at 56-70 58th St. in Maspeth, on June 19.

Competitors raced around the track at the venue — a former dance hall that has been used as a creative art space for the past two decades — to test their speed, skills and tolerance for risk, as riders hit curves at a 45 degree angle on the rarely seen figure-eight track to see which athlete and team could post the fastest time.

The competition was divided into two sections: teams and Red Bull Mini Drome All-Stars, which mostly consisted of previous years’ competitors. The eight fastest teams competed in their own bracket and the All-Star race pitted 32 fixie (fixed-gear bike) professionals head-to-head.

In the individual competition, Red Bull Athlete and Florida fixie competitor Addison Zawada sped his way to the top and eked out a narrow victory over Bronx native Ryan Locascio by only .65 of a second.

“I’m really proud to have had a significant hand in building the unique figure-eight track this year,” Zawada said. “It really means the world for me to have also have won the competition.”

Local Bedford-Stuyvesant bike shop Deluxe Cycles, featuring riders Willis Johnson and Cooper Ray, won the team challenge in a tight race against New York City shop, Chari &Co.

“I was too young for the first and only figure-eight that I know of,” Johnson said. “To win this is perfect because I can pay homage to the original.”


Several BWG soccer teams bring home championships over Father’s Day weekend

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Photo courtesy Blau Weiss Gottschee Soccer Club

It was a successful weekend for all of the Blau Weiss Gottschee (BWG) teams that took the pitch, with some teams capturing championships, while others fell just short.

The BWG U11 Girls took first place at the North Rockland Soccer Association Father’s Day Cup. To capture first place, the girls beat the North Rockland Rebels 2-1, Greenburgh United 7-0, Larchmont White Eagles 4-0 and tied against WSSL Red Bulls 0-0.

The BWG U15 Pre-Academy team won the Northeast Pre-Academy Championship with a 2-0 victory over PDA. The boys will now travel to the national tournament in July. The U12 team won the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL) City Cup while playing in an older division. The U13 team lost their semifinal game against the Cedar Stars.

The BWG U13 Girls went undefeated in the Long Island Junior Soccer League to win the D3 championship and took second place in the CJSL City Cup.

The BWG 2000 Blue team won the Eastern New York Championship by beating GJOA in the finals 1-0.

On the academy side, the U14, U16 and U18 teams traveled to Indiana to play in the National United States Soccer Federation Academy playoffs against other MLS teams and academies from all over the country.

In the Super Y league, the BWG U12 team traveled to Pottersville, New Jersey, and won their first game of the season against FC New Jersey, 4-0.

The U13 Girls team failed to win their championship, as they lost in the city final. The Girls U9 Blue ended their season with a 6-2 win over Merrick. They finished in second place in their New York Club Soccer League division, with only one loss on the season.


Holy Cross player named to All-New York City hockey first team

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A star member of the Holy Cross Knights hockey squad topped the list of honorees of MSG Varsity’s 2014-15 All-New York City hockey first team.

Sean Hart, a senior defenseman from the Catholic high school in Flushing, received the honors from the online network devoted to high school sports and activities in the tri-state area. He also earned the New York City Player of the Year Award from the high school sports coverage team.

This is the third consecutive year that Hart has been named to the All-New York City hockey first team, after accomplishing the feat in his sophomore and junior years at Holy Cross.

Hart led all defensemen in the Catholic High School Hockey League (CHSHL) ‘A’ Division with 10 goals and 13 assists, for 23 points this year — one reason he was awarded this honor. His shutdown defensive play also aided him in winning the Player of the Year Award.

“It’s great to win it,” Hart said. “It is a very prestigious award for me to win, but it wasn’t just because of me, it was because of my teammates, too.”

Hart was also named to the CHSHL ‘A’ Division All-Star Second Team this year. He has previously been named to the CHSHL All-Star First Team for the 2013-2014 campaign.

Hart was named the captain of the Holy Cross hockey team this year, being one of only a few seniors on the team. Being a captain for his team has “helped me be more mature,” Hart said.

“I can help them with my four years of experience and I can help them out and get them ready for their next four years,” he added.

Hart has been playing hockey since the age of 4 and has excelled at the sport ever since. He quickly joined youth hockey leagues in Long Island and his travel team, Long Island Edge, recently returned from nationals where they finished 1-1-1.

“It was a great experience,” Hart said of making it to the nationals. “It wasn’t as good of an outcome as we wanted, but it was a good trip with that team.”

As Hart leaves his high school hockey career behind, he has started looking toward the future.

“It was a good run for high school and travel. It was a great experience,” Hart said. “To be around those groups of kids, especially being the captain and being looked at as a leader was really fun.”

“I’m trying to keep my options open at this point,” Hart said of his future. “I might be interested in playing hockey at college. I would like to keep playing as long as I can.”


Red Bull Mini Drome race comes to Maspeth

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Photo courtesy M & C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment

Competitive cyclists from all over the country will race to Maspeth on June 19 for this year’s Red Bull Mini Drome race.

The Red Bull Mini Drome race is an all-day racing competition for single-speed fixed gear cyclists where they can race against the clock and then against each other to see who can boast the fastest time at Project Studio, located at 56-70 58th St. in Maspeth, which is a former dance hall that has been used as a creative art space for the past 20 years.

This year’s race is set to be a special event because competitors will race around a rarely seen figure eight track. The figure eight track concept, which is known to only have existed a few times, one being the 1995 Toronto Cycle Messenger World Championships, involves more speed, extra precision and a bit of danger as cyclists take turn after turn without rest.

For this year’s race, Red Bull Mini Drome has taken the normal circular “velodrome” concept, which is usually located in arenas or outside, and shrunk it down to bring it inside.

Red Bull Mini Drome features the top cyclists from all five boroughs and across the country, including professional bike messengers, accomplished fixed gear competitors and Red Bull Athletes Austin Horse and Addison Zawada.

The racing event will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight and tickets are free for fans 21 and older and are given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cycling fans can RSVP here.


Team Duce finishes Bayside Little League regular season with a perfect record

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Team Duce capped off a perfect 12-0 Bayside Little League regular season with a 16-5 victory over its interleague rival, E4.

The player of the game, starting pitcher Charlie Blair, earned the win and raised his record to 11-0. Blair also delivered at the plate, as he went 4-4 with three singles, a double, five RBIs and four runs scored.

Tino Famiglietti came in to relieve Blair and pitched solid in the third inning. Famiglietti added a hit in the bottom of the frame to drive in a run.

Costa Bournias later relieved Famiglietti and struck out five of the six batters he faced. He also had two line drive singles.

Tanner Jacob Fried, who leads the league in batting average, on base percentage, home runs, RBIs and saves, went 3-3 with a home run, triple and single, driving in five runs and scoring four times. Fried came in to close out the game in the fifth inning and pitched two innings of perfect baseball, earning his 11th save of the year.

Derek McCreesh had two liners to right field for singles. He also scored two runs. Team Duce’s catcher, Bobby Fretwell, not only had a big put-out at the plate, he also lined a double and a single driving in a run. John Archbold got three huge hits and drove in two runs, both of which came with two outs. George Diamantopoulos went 3-3 with a pair of doubles.

Rafael Rufrano went 3-3 at the plate. Aris Catehis got on base all three times was he went to bat, driving in a run in the fourth inning. David Castracane got on base both times he was at bat, one of which was a shot up the middle in the second inning and scored two runs in the game.

Team Duce is now preparing for the playoffs, which begin on June 13 at Valle West in Crocheron Park in Bayside.


Whitestone’s defunct little league program gets new life

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Photo courtesy Mets Sandlot Baseball League

The Mets Sandlot Baseball League, founded in the 1960s, was once an outlet for kids and young adults to continue playing past the summer months — but for almost two decades, it’s been inactive. Now, two coaches are helping to resurrect the league with a new generation of players.

In 2012, John Guarneri and Arthur Lagrega wanted to extend the Bayside Little League summer season into the fall. At that time there were no fall programs in Bayside and the fall programs from other local leagues were canceled. In response, they introduced the Whitestone, Bayside, Flushing (WBF) Baseball Program “where the players will not only play games, but also learn about the game and the proper way to play it,” Guarneri said.

By 2014, the WBF league had reached 133 registered players, enough for nine teams. The speedy growth of the program led the coaches to bring back the Mets Sandlot Baseball League.

After a successful 2014 campaign, the board members decided to start a new travel league, called New York City Elite (NYCE). Now, both the WBF Baseball Program and NYCE are incorporated under the Mets Sandlot Baseball League.

As the program keeps developing, its leaders look back to the league’s history. At its height, elite little league teams such as the Bayside Yankees, Flushing Tigers, Youth Service Bonnies, Whitestone Knights, Astoria Youth, Elmjack and Long Island Mets used to participate, and divisions ranged from 10 and up to 21 and up.

“Our vision is to improve the overall baseball talent in the Whitestone, Bayside, Flushing and surrounding areas,” Guarneri said. “We also look to give the players a positive experience that they will remember the rest of their lives and also learn many different life lessons that they will use throughout their life.”



St. John’s men’s baseball season ends in regional round

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The St. John’s Red Storm saw their season come to an end on Sunday when they lost to the Arkansas Razorbacks, 4-3, in the finals of the Stillwater Regional bracket of the NCAA Tournament at Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The Red Storm finish the season with an overall record of 41-16 as the Stillwater Regional finalists, Big East Tournament champions and Big East regular season champions.

The game was a close contest throughout and Arkansas managed to score a run in the ninth inning to seal the victory and knock St. John’s out of the tournament.

It was a scoreless game heading into the fifth inning, when the Razorbacks grabbed the lead. They led off the inning with back-to-back singles and a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base. Arkansas’ catcher, Tucker Pennell, hit a sacrifice fly, bringing in one run, and left fielder, Joseph Serrano added an RBI single to give the Razorbacks a 2-0 lead.

Arkansas increased their lead to 3-0 in the top of the sixth when Tyler Spoon launched a solo home run off Red Storm relief pitcher Shawn Heide.

St. John’s managed to get on the scoreboard with a two-run sixth inning. Center fielder Alex Caruso worked a leadoff walk and second baseman, Robert Wayman, reached base on a throwing error, but the ball soared into the dugout and Caruso was awarded home, while Wayman was given second. Michael Donadio then smacked an RBI single to right field, cutting the Razorbacks’ lead to 3-2.

The Red Storm led off the seventh inning with a single from Jarred Mederos. He quickly stole second base and scored on an RBI single by Robbie Knighties to tie the game at three runs apiece.

In the top of the ninth, Arkansas had runners on first and second before a sacrifice bunt moved the runners into scoring position. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Serrano lined a one-out RBI single into left to give the Razorbacks a 4-3 lead.

Arkansas’ closer, Zach Johnson, struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth for the save and the win.

Wayman, Knightes and first baseman Matt Harris were each named to the Stillwater Regional All-Tournament Team at their respective positions after St. John’s was eliminated from tournament play.


Superstar in the making: Ridgewood boxer headed to Olympic trials

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Photos by Anthony Giudice

After hard work, dedication and an outpouring of community support, Ridgewood‘s Mathew Gonzalez will be flying to Colorado this June to compete in the Olympic trials in boxing for Team USA.

Gonzalez’s love of boxing began at just 5 years old, when he would watch and learn the sport from his older brother. At age 8, Gonzalez stepped into a boxing ring for the very first time, and by the age of 10, he knew that boxing was what he wanted to do.

“At 11, I started competing,” Gonzalez said. “I started following in [my brother’s] footsteps. He was already doing it big, at a national level and I just followed his footsteps and it took me here.”

Gonzalez has had an impressive amateur career thus far, winning the Junior Golden Gloves Nationals in Las Vegas and the Ringside World Championships in Kansas City, among other titles and awards. But he had to step away from boxing to focus on graduating from Grover Cleveland High School.

“My favorite achievement is coming back to the sport that I belong [in], coming back to the sport that I love even though I have not been actively competing and still having the support from all my fans and family is just great,” he said.

During his hiatus from boxing, Gonzalez joined International Boxing & Fitness gym, located at 953C Cypress Ave. in Ridgewood, and has been training and volunteering there during his free time. He trains six to seven hours a day as well as training and helping the youth teams develop and hone their skills.

Since joining the gym, Gonzalez has trained and worked hard to become an elite fighter in his age and weight bracket. At only 20, he is “very talented and a force to be reckoned with,” according to Jenny Badillo, co-owner of International Boxing & Fitness gym.

“Everyone knows Mathew from his Junior Olympic credentials,” Badillo said. “When he came to our gym, I knew he needed the support of a comfortable gym to come to. We were more than willing to give it to him because we know he is very, very talented.”

The support Gonzalez received from those at the gym has led to a very close relationship between the boxer and the members of International Boxing & Fitness.

“The gym here is like a family,” Gonzalez said.

That family recently joined together to support Gonzalez and his boxing dreams. Through a GoFundMe page set up by Badillo, members of the gym and parents of the kids Gonzalez helps train have donated the funds needed to send Gonzalez to Colorado Springs to participate in the Olympic trails this June.

“It means a lot to me to display my skills on a national level, and [fighting] the best the USA has to offer is amazing,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a great feeling, being that I know I have support behind me and it’s just makes you want to work harder each and every day.”

If Gonzalez makes it past the opening round of trials in Colorado Springs in June, there will be a second round of trials in the fall which he hopes to be able to attend, and with the support of his local boxing gym and community, his dreams could become a reality.


BWG teams compete in Memorial Day tournaments

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Photo courtesy Blau Weiss Gottschee

Blau Weiss Gottschee (BWG) teams competed in several Memorial Day tournaments over the holiday weekend with great success.

U8 Blue played some great soccer in Commack. They were able to compete against older players and finished second place. U8 Blue won games against Boca Soccer and Dutch Soccer, tied New York Stars and lost to Long Island United.

The U10 Royals went undefeated in Massapequa and won first place in that tournament. They played some very close games but were able to win each one of them. On their way to first place, they defeated Massapequa, Port Washington, Garden City and Port Soccer.

The U10 Girls finished in second place in Massapequa with a record of three wins and one loss.

The 2002 Blue team played in the U13 top division tournament. They were victorious against Eastern FC, Long Island United and Massapequa. However, the kids lost 1-0 against West Islip, to take home second place honors.

On the academy side, it was a great weekend for BWG. All three teams shut out Seacoast United from New Hampshire. U14 won 3-0; U16 won 4-0; and U18 won 5-0. U16 is at the top of their division, while U18 moved closer to a playoff spot with the big win.


Flyers score big in their Diocesan meet

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Photo courtesy St. Margaret's/Resurrection Flyers.

The St. Margaret’s/Resurrection Flyers brought the speed this weekend at Astoria Park, during the Diocesan meet.

The top performer of the day was senior girl Karolina Niepokoj, who, besides winning the gold medal, broke a 20-year-old record in the 800-meter run by four seconds. The new time to beat by a senior girl is 2:33 in the event.

Also receiving gold medals were junior girl Zara McPartland and bantam boy Ricky Hubert for their performance in the 800-meter run. Other gold medal winners were senior girl Aniara Higgins and senior boy Luc Cathersal for the running long jump, novice boy Andrew Kelly for the 400-meter run and novice girl Olia Higgins for the 100-meter run.

Diocesan victories and gold medal recipients for relays were junior girls Nina Allen and Shauna Hurson; senior girl Rebecca Hurson; junior boys Owen Kelly and John Boger; and senior boy John Ostling for their performances in the 400-meter medley.

Silver medal winners included novice girl Leana Ruiz for the 400-meter run, senior boy Daniel Longcar for the 200-meter run, novice boy Josiah Boulet for the 100-meter run and novice boy Kevin Isca for the 50-meter run. Senior boy Brian Kelly won the silver for the running long jump.

Receiving silver for their 800-meter medley relay race were bantam boys Kacper Niepokoj, Victor Osling, Robert Geraci and Shane Rooney.

Bringing home the bronze was senior girl Ciara Roche for her performance in the 800-meter run, as well as novice girl Aileen Mitritonda and novice boy Unai Higgins for their 400-meter run. Peewee boy Anthony Pedicini also received a bronze medal for his 50-meter run. Other bronze medal recipients for the running long jump were bantam girl Mackenize Collin and bantam boy Kevin Girdusky.

Winning the bronze for their performance in the 800-medley relay race were junior girls Zara Nafaa, Lili Cathersal, Bryanna Hurson and Jayde Sabin.

Also receiving medals for their tremendous efforts in their 100-meter races were senior girl Ellen McGovern, bantam girl Athalia Mulligan and novice girls Catherine Roche and Nora Olmo. Bantam boy Joshua Rivera received a medal for his great effort in his 50-meter run.