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  • Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

    Posted by Martin Cox at 4/22/2017

    All slumps eventually come to an end!

    The last time I sat in front of a microphone to do the public address announcing for a baseball game was 34 years ago, Labor Day, 1983 in Rohnert Park, California.

    At the time, I was pursuing a career in sports broadcasting and was in my second year as the Public Address Announcer for the Redwood Pioneers, a minor league affiliate of the California Angels in the Class A California League. The Pioneers won the California League Championship Series that day, 3 games to 1, in a Best of Five Series against the Visalia Oaks, a farm club of the Minnesota Twins. Only the serious baseball trivia buff would be interested in knowing that the Pioneers had a starting pitcher named Kirk McCaskill, who would eventually pitch for the Angels during a 12-year Major League career while the Visalia Oaks had a starting center fielder named Kirby Puckett, who played 12 years with the Minnesota Twins while winning World Series Championships in 1987 and 1991.

    Today, thanks to Clarkstown High School South Baseball Coach Mike Amendola, I had the chance to return to the microphone to do the public address announcing for Vikings Baseball in the opening game of the Northeast Elite Wood Bat Tournament at South. I was thrilled earlier this week to learn that Coach Amendola had contacted by office, inquiring if I would be interested in working his team's game at the microphone.

    A light rain didn't dampen the spirits of the South players nor those of the visiting John Jay Patriots. In the first inning, John Jay scored four runs, but the Vikings chipped away at the four-run deficit, scoring one run in the third, and two more in the fifth on a towering blast by Austin Kaplan, a two-run home run over the left field fence that also scored Paul Tammaro, who had reached base on a single.

    Vikings reliver James Parent kept his team in the game right up to the last inning, the Vikings trailing 5-4. Just as it appeared the home team was ready to cap off an incredible rally with two runners on and nobody out in the bottom of the seventh, the Vikings fell short when John Jay reliever Dan DiMarzo retired three batters in a row as South stranded two runners to end the game.

    In addition to the outstanding talent on the South baseball team, I was even more impressed with their hustle throughout the game, as well as their sportsmanship and positive approach to the game regardless of the score.  Best wishes to our players and Coach Amendola as the season continues this spring!


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  • Strawtown Elementary Students Have Talent Aplenty!

    Posted by Martin Cox at 4/22/2017

    The annual Strawtown Elementary Talent Show had it all!

    A total of 24 performances were provided Friday evening in front of a packed house at the Clarkstown High School North auditorium.

    Leigh Capasso was the Show Coordinator while Lauren Wohl was the Music Coordinator. The Emcee's were Ms. Kerriann Koppel, Mr. John Bennett, and Dalton Schany.

    Included in the peformances were a "My Shot" Singing Duet by Seth Pitkofksy and Nikhil Shah, a comedy skit by Jake Bodkin, a magic act by John Lagana, a syncronized swimming dance and much more.

    In addition to the show being an outstanding display of talent, it was also an example of parents lending their support to make things happen for our students.


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    Talent Show



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