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Youngsters Triumph in Orangetown Soccer League

The latest summer recreation and sports in the area

The summer Patch season will showcase the Recreation Notebook each Friday. The College Sports Notebook will resume in September. Please continue to forward items of interest to Marc Maturo at marcmaturo@aol.com.

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The Anacondas had a special season in the Orangetown Mighty Midgets Athletic Association youth soccer spring session, which led to a special celebration hosted by head coach Luis A. Ruelas Jr. of Blauvelt. 

Ruelas, chief executive officer of Nanuet-based Interactive Marketing Solutions, wanted to reward a group of hard-working youngsters and mark their collective efforts with an awards program of sorts via a barbeque ceremony at the Sparkill home of his dad and assistant coach Luis A. Ruelas Sr. (Assistant coach Mike Viggiani of Sparkill was also on hand, but assistant coach Javier Rosenzwaig of Tappan was unable to attend due to a death in the family.) 

Ruelas, the head coach, arranged and funded for individual trophies to be sculpted by New Dimensions Inc. in Brooklyn, and made the presentations that recognized the team’s 7-0 season in the U10 Division, and Zachary Sullivan, who handled most of the goalkeeper chores and proved to be unbeatable. Each player was lauded for his performance, and the continued improvement each of them had made—not by luck, but by their dedication. 

“Not only did you come to every practice, but you didn’t just show up, you listened, worked and never stopped trying,” Ruelas said. “I couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of you.” 

Rosenzwaig, who said he played perhaps at “every park in Buenos Aires while growing up,” acknowledged that the youngsters—many of whom played for him and the other coaches last year—agreed with Ruelas’ observation that hard work had much to do with the team’s success.

“Listen, the success is a reflection of all the people who worked hard,” Rosenzwaig said. “They played by example; they knew they would be asked to work hard and they did. The coaches set an example, too, and you must give credit to the parents who worked hard to bring the kids to practice. It was an extraordinary example that hard work pays off, even at such a young age.” The OMM youth soccer program resumes in the fall, at the conclusion of which an all-inclusive awards ceremony is reportedly held by the association.  

Anacondas team players: Anthony Diaz, Gavin Germosen, Max Greisberg, Sean King, Mathew Lozano, Joshua Rosenzwaig, Louie Ruelas, Parker Schoening, Jaylen Signorini, Zachary Sullivan, Michael Viggiani.

Anacondas team coaches: Michael Viggiani, Sparkill; Luis A. Ruelas Jr., Blauvelt; Luis Ruelas Sr., Sparkill; Javier Rosenzwaig, Tappan. 

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THIS and THAT    

  • Registration closes July 31 for the 68th Fall Youth Football League program, sponsored by the Scarsdale Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Scarsdale Youth Football organization. The program is open to children entering first through eight grades in September. For forms and flyers, click here.
  •  Dr. Norbert Sander, executive director of The Armory Foundation in northern Manhattan, notes that their “Classroom to Everywhere,” program is set for July 16. The program—designed to help inner city youth attend college—features a state of the art nerve center that spreads out as a campus throughout the Armory building: tech centers, classrooms, and theater all used by student-athletes. “We still have a handful of seniors from our 2012 class of 103 who are working hard to be accepted,” Dr. Sander wrote. “For those who haven’t yet given let’s give these youngsters a shot at success. For those who have generously given, my profound thanks. For all of you together: please visit this great center for education and track & field at the Armory in Upper Manhattan when you can. You have a home here in New York City.” To make a contribution, just click here and select the orange “Donate” button.
  • Dip ‘N’ Dunk Lacrosse is offering three camps this summer, with the first scheduled June 25-29 at Tappan Zee HS, for boys and girls. The second camp runs July 9-13 for boys only at North Rockland HS, while the final camp is set for July 23-27, back at Tappan Zee HS and again opens for boys and girls. The staff consists of current teachers, coaches, and collegiate players, some of whom with all-American recognition. Camp directors are coaches Jim Ardizone, who can be reached at 914-261-1245 and Kenny Rose, at 845-641-8834. For further information, click here.                                                                             
  • The Orangetown Parks and Recreation Commission is offering discounted tickets to various theme parks in the Northeast, ranging from Dorney Park in Allentown, PA, to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. No minimum number of tickets is required for the lower cost. For information call 845-359-6503 or email recreation@orangetown.com.
  • Associate and corporate memberships are being offered in Orangetown for play at Blue Hill and Broadacres golf courses. Associate membership is open to anyone who is not a resident of Orangetown at $100 for the season. Corporate membership at $300 for the season is open to any corporation/business or non-resident property situated in the Town of Orangetown. Permits may be obtained Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Office, 81 Hunt Rd., Orangeburg.
  • Marcus Dibernado, the reigning NCSAA Coach of the Year, has signed two top-level soccer stars to round out his recruiting class at New Rochelle-based Monroe College. Looking to build on the Mustangs’ past two sensational seasons in which they compiled a 34-4 record, won consecutive Region and District titles, and appeared in back-to-back national tournaments, Coach 'D' had added Amare Thomas, a midfielder from the Caribbean, and Fernando Eduardo Gonzalez Hidalgo, a center back from South America.

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