Kids might not remember everything from their childhood as they grow up.
But Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello told a group of East Williston Little League players they will remember their recent championship win — and all the friends and teammates who played with them.
“You’ll have this for the rest of your life,” Nicolello said as he joined the board of trustees in recognizing the two championship winning teams on Dec. 12.
The East Williston U10 team, for players 10-years-old and under, and U12 team, for players 12-years-old and under, were both the 2017 Williamsport champions for their age divisions, according to team coaches. The teams beat the other local teams in District 28, coaches said.
For the U10 team, 2017 was their second district championship in a row, according to coaches.
The U10 team is coached by Sal Asaro, Andre Fiorilli, Brian Fischer and Thomas MCauley. The U12 team is coached by Ted Karikas and Larry McLeary.
While the coaches and parents put in a lot of effort to get the teams where they are, Nicolello said, it never could have happened without the hard work the players put in on the field.
East Williston Mayor David Tanner echoed Nicolello’s words, telling players that they should be proud of themselves.
Kevin Quinn, who sits on the East Williston Little League board of directors, said there were both new and old faces of players and families this year.
But at the end of the day, he said they’re all East Williston ballplayers.
“It’s one of the good things about East Williston, it’s a nice little tight group of people who stay together,” Quinn said.
That “little group” filled up the room. There was standing space only for family members in attendance.
If the East Williston teams keep up their winning streaks, Nicolello said the village is going to need a bigger room next year.