Mets Split Series in Atlanta

Mets ace Jacob deGrom took the hill on Sunday night looking to bounce back from his erratic performance vs the Twins in which he allowed 3 homeruns. It wasn’t any easier for last years CY Young award winner as he served up another 2 homers to the Braves’ Nick Markakis and Josh Donaldson. deGrom threw 114 pitches and only went 5 innings allowing 3 earned and striking out 9.
Julio Teheran continued his career dominance over the Mets. Coming into Sunday nights start, Teheran owned a 2.39 ERA over 154.2 innings pitched. Teheran went 6 strong allowing only one earned run.
FINAL: Braves 7 Mets 3

Yanks Lose Series to White Sox

The Yankees lost the rubber match of a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Masahiro Tanaka has been dependable to start the year but was blown up in the 4th inning. He served up a grand slam to SS Tim Anderson and could not get an out in the 5th.
The Yankee bats scored one run in the first and third, showing some promise against the White Sox SP Carlos Rodon, but that was all they could muster up. After that, the Yanks did not cause a threat as they only tallied four hits for the game.
FINAL: White Sox 5 Yankees 2

National Championship Preview

One of these teams will win its schools first National Title. Virginia has showed great perseverance after getting knocked off by 16 seeded UMBC last year. Virginia has had some clutch shots and definitely some luck to get to this point. Tech has sailed pretty smoothly in the tournament with Gonzaga being its toughest game.
Both teams are stout on defense, Virginia ranks number one in the country in scoring defense while Tech is third. Virginia is 4th in the country in three-point field goal defense while Tech is 10th. It will be a slug fest and scoring will be hard to come by.

The individual matchup to watch has to be the potential lottery picks, De’Andre Hunter and Jarrett Culver. Culver will have to score more than 9 points in which he had vs Michigan State but that will be tough against the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in Hunter.
If Virginia wants to be crowned, they are going to have to hit their three’s. It sounds obvious but against a great defensive team driving to the tin will be hard. Virginia might be able to exploit some inside due to the sprained ankle of Tariq Owens. Owens was seen in a walking boot early Monday afternoon and has been a great rim protector. The Senior Grad transfer from St. Johns is averaging 2.6 blocks per game in the tournament.

The slow pace of both teams might be a yawner for the casual fan but there are multiple future NBA players in this game that also features two of the best Head Coaches in America. We are in for a treat that tips off at 9:20pm ET on CBS.


Virginia looked stress free when they stretched their lead to 10 vs Auburn with just 5:24 to play. However, with 4:32 left in the second half, Virginia Guard Ty Jerome would head to the bench after picking up his fourth foul. This sparked Auburn as they outscored Virginia 11-0 when Jerome went to the bench. All of the sudden Auburn was in the driver’s seat. Auburn had its biggest lead of 4 with just 14 seconds left. Virginia Guard Kyle Guy would hit a huge three to cut the lead to one with nine seconds left. After splitting a pair at the free throw line Auburn was up two when the officials seemed to have missed a double dribble call on Jerome. Auburn had fouls to give which left Virginia only 1.5 seconds to come up with a miracle.
Guy flared to the corner and rose for a three. As Guy was in the air, he was slightly bumped by Auburn’s Samir Doughty with 0.6 on the clock. This led to Guy having 3 free throw attempts with a chance to put Virginia in the National Championship for the first time in school history. Guy would nail all 3 free throws giving Virginia the controversial one-point victory. “I could lie to you and say I knew I was going to hit them, but I was terrified.” Said Guy after the game with a smile.

Tech Knocks Off Sparty

Texas Tech and Michigan State was a rock fight in the first half. The defenses of both teams were excellent and had plans to focus on each team’s main weapon. It was clear that Texas Tech Head Coach Chris Beard was not going to let Cassius Winston beat them offensively. Winston was 4-16 from the field in large part to the defense of graduate transfer Matt Mooney. Mooney was fantastic leading the Red Raiders with 22 points. Mooney’s scoring was much needed, especially when BIG 12 Player of The Year Jarrett Culver’s first field goal came with 9 minutes to go in the second half. Mooney connected on 3 consecutive long balls that gave Tech a 13-point lead. With three minutes to go, the lead was cut down to 1 but Michigan State could not capitalize. Michigan State had back to back turnovers and Culver would hit a dagger three. Tech scored the last 9 points of the game after Michigan cut it to 1. Just like Virginia, Texas Tech is playing in its first National Championship game.

Oregon Virginia Preview

The 12th seeded Oregon Ducks and No.1 seeded Virginia Cavaliers have had opposite seasons up to this point as they will meet in the Sweet 16 Thursday night in Louisville, Kentucky.
Oregon started the year ranked inside the top 15 but injuries started to derail its potential. The Ducks had a great recruiting class starting with 5 star 7’2 Center Bol Bol. Not far behind him in the recruiting ranks was another 5 star forward, Louis King, who missed the first quarter of the season rehabbing a torn meniscus that he suffered during his senior year of high school. When King was slowly returning from injury, down went Bol. Bol was ruled out for the season with a foot injury. Later during the season Sophomore Kenny Wooten broke his jaw and was out a month.
In order to reach the NCAA tournament, the Ducks needed to win the PAC12 tournament. The Ducks finished the regular season on an 8 game win streak and knocked off PAC12 regular season champion’s, Washington, in the Pac12 tournament championship game. Now riding a 10 game win streak the Ducks have flipped a switch. since the start of the win streak. When asked about what contributed to the stunning turnaround, Coach Dana Altman said “: Well, I think two things. Communication, first of all. Guys are really doing a better job there. And then we are healthy now. We’ve got everybody, and the guys have really gelled together. The nine guys that we’re playing now really feel comfortable, I think, with their roles. And, you know, they’re really playing unselfishly now on the offensive end and on the defensive end.” Kenny Wooten sure looks like he knows his role. That role his protecting the rim. Wooten had 7 blocks vs UC Irvine in the round of 32.
The 12th seeded Ducks are eager to play the 1 seeded Cavaliers. “It’s exactly what we want, to go against supposedly one of the best teams in college and go against the best. We’ve got 40 minutes, so give them everything we got.” Said Ducks Point Guard Payton Pritchard, who has plenty of NCAA tournament experience including starting for the Ducks as a freshman in their final four appearance in 2017.
In order to keep this “Cinderella” story going the Ducks will have to run Virginia’s sharpshooters off the 3 point line to have a chance. Virginia is shooting the deep ball at over 40%.

Levittown Community Action Coalition Hosts Drug Take Back Day

Bins, sharps containers and garbage pails began to fill up as members from the Levittown Community want to help make a stand and are concerned with what is happening in their community.
This past weekend at Wisdom Lane Middle School, The Levittown Community Action Coalition urged members of the Levittown and Island Trees community to empty out their medicine cabinets and dispose medication or drugs that are no longer needed from old medical prescriptions.
The Levittown Community Action Coalition works with the Levittown and Island trees community to prevent substance abuse in the community and help keep the community safe. Many lives have been lost due to opioid academic. The LCAC works with the school’s churches, local police departments, and other stake holders within the Levittown community to help spread the word and fight against substance abuse addiction.

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At Drug Take Back Day people came and dropped off any unused narcotics or expired medication in their house. The police department takes it and deposes it, to get it out of people’s homes. The LCAC stresses that once you don’t need your medication anymore for a certain prescription, get those medicine or drugs out of the house.

“We have talked to real estate companies and during open houses people actually come back home and their medicine is gone, it’s a problem.” Said Corrine Alba who is the Co-Chair of LCAC and is a director for YES Community Counselling Center, a non-for-profit community-based organization that does substance abuse counselling for people struggling with addiction. YES works close with the Levittown Community Action Coalition.
“We want people to come today because we find that the opioid academic usually starts with pills.” Said Elizabeth Roemer, who is the Assistant Super Intendant for Curriculum and Instruction at Island Trees High School.

Drug Take Back Day is a safe way to get rid of them. “I wanted to get rid of what I had in my medicine cabinet, there’s no need for it.” Said Margaret Thomas.

A lot of work with prevention is also done with the kids in the schools. LCAC has a youth committee of about 32 kids in both school districts (Island Trees and Levittown) that focus on underage drinking vaping, and marijuana because it can lead to bigger addictions. “We want kids from all various groups to join the Coalition to try and get a sense of what is attracting them to the vaping” said Roemer. “There is a real concern for vaping and teachers will start to play videos about the dangers of vaping to the students.” Roemer added.

In 2017-2018 there were 72 overdoses reported in the Levittown Community and of the reported, 12 were fatal. “A lot of deaths over 40 in the Levittown community which is higher compared to other communities. The average is in the twenties.” Added Alba
These numbers are probably higher because with an overdose it might be documented as a heart attack or different diseases which is true and its connected but what they do find out from the family’s is that it was an overdose and they were struggling from addiction.” Said Alba

There has been an increase in overdoses on Long Island every year. This interactive graph shows the increase of Nassau and Suffolk County by year. The numbers for 2017 are still unofficial. Sources: Suffolk County medical examiner’s office and Nassau County medical examiner’s office.

LCAC is training people in Naloxone (Narcan) which reverses the opioid overdose. A nasal spray that goes up the persons nose and will actually reverse the overdose. They person who overdoses comes back to life pretty much immediately. There were 54 reported documented saves from naloxone. These numbers can be higher because not every save is reported.
“Sometimes with these saves, the police or EMT will report that they are going back to the same house a lot sometimes to the same house and even the same people, in the same night.” Said Alba
Drug overdoses on Long Island continue to be a problem but The Levittown Community Action Coalition is doing everything they can to help make a difference in their community.