The South Shore Panthers of the South Shore Soccer Travel Club owned the sand in Seaside Heights, New Jersey last weekend.

And it had nothing to do with swimming in the sea or sunbathing.

The 11U soccer team won the 11th annual Sand Soccer Storm tournament with a 5-0 mark at the event, which saw more than 70 different soccer clubs compete against each other.

The team is coached by Tom Marange and Matt Carroll and the squad consists of the players Alessa Faljean, Jillian Marange, Kaelyn Carroll, Isabella Nemia, Khloe Brito, Juliet Maratea, Eva Leverock, Taylor Morton, Gabriella Palmeri and Kaylyn Caruso.

In the championship game, the Panthers defeated Kearny Thistle Lightning 1-0 behind Nemia’s goal. Palmeri and Nemia shared the responsibilities of goalkeepers.

The champions beat their opponents 12-5 in the five combined games.

The 17U team of the Staten Island Giants captured the NFL flag New York Jets Regional to be promoted to the national team in Las Vegas. (Courtesy photo of SI Giants)

17U hole tickets from the SI Giants to Vegas

The Staten Island Giants’ U17 soccer team captured the NFL flag New York Jets Regional and cracked their ticket to take part in the upcoming Nationals in Las Vegas.

The squad scored a 4-0 mark in the tournament. The team defeated island rivals THT in the championship game 19-12. Alison Grandlin scored all three touchdowns, which earned her the MVP award.

The offense was led by quarterbacks Valerie Fanetti, Jenna Burgos and Jessica Finley and receivers Jade Mazziotta, Victoria Rosas, Julia Arnone and Mary Wigren.

The defense was led by Kylee Caetano and Adelaide Videon-Perino who had multiple sacks.

The team is coached by Joseph Mazziotta and Jason Canales.

As a result of their win, the team was invited to MetLife Stadium when the Jets host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next season on Jan. 2, 2022. You will watch the warm up exercises and be recognized for winning the national team application.

Tiffany Hanna

Tiffany Hanna

Wagner’s Tiffany Hanna named the NEC Scholarship Athlete Award

Tiffany Hanna, Senior Tiffany Hanna of Wagner College, was named Northeast Conference (NEC) Women’s Outdoor Athlete of the Year by the conference office last week.

Hanna shares the outdoor track and field honor with Central Connecticut’s Angie Rafter.

For the Seahawks, this is the 30th time a student athlete has received this award from the NEC, dating back to the 2004-05 winter season, with players from 11 different sports receiving the honor.

This year Hanna receives the Dr. Donald W. Spiro Award for the best academic achievement 2021, the most prestigious award at Wagner, which recognizes outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements. Hanna also recently won the Douglas Gee Morton Award in Economics for academic excellence in economics and as a student with good moral character.

In class, Hanna completed her academic career with a cumulative grade point average of 3.98.

This season, after a 23-point performance at the NEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2021, she won the NEC’s Most Outstanding Field Performer (Throws) award for the second time in her Seahawk run.

The Nassau, Bahamas native won the discus with a 156 foot, 7 inch throw, adding a second place in the hammer at 169-5. She rounded off the NEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships 2021 with a fourth place in the shot put (40-2 1/4).

9-11 Flag Football President has a busy summer ahead of him

Mike Fidanza, President of the 9-11 Flag Football League, is facing a busy summer and the Staten Island kids will benefit from it.

For starters, Fidanza hosts a kickball league and clinic. Fidanza experimented with a Kickball League during the pandemic and it was so successful that he decided to bring it back this summer.

The Kickball League for children of all ages will take place every Monday and Wednesday evening from July 12th.

Additionally, Fidanza announced that 9-11 Flag Football Clinics will be held every Tuesday and Thursday starting July 13th.

“We’ll be working on every aspect of flag football – passing, catching, running distances, flag pulling, defensive drills, and speed and agility,” said Fidanza.

Fidanza also said there will be a Flag Football Summer League. It’s going to be a 5-on-5 loop that will last six weeks. Fidanza guarantees 12 games on the grass with rings and MVP trophies. The summer loop will be held in the following divisions: 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 17U.

Call Fidanza at 347-992-5755 for information on the above clinics and leagues.

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