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PUTNAM DENTAL ASSOCIATES IN BREWSTER TO SPONSOR JUNIOR DUCKS BASEBALL – AN ORGANIZATION FOCUSED ON ESTABLISHING CORE VALUES IN LOCAL YOUTH PLAYERS

Brewster, NY – The Junior Ducks, a premiere travel baseball organization from Long Island has expanded into Westchester County. The organization’s foundation is based on a set of core values: confidence, resilience, determination, and compassion – the qualities that today’s youth need in order to grow into successful adults.

The Junior Ducks were established in 2001, and pushes each athlete to their own potential and goals while developing each player’s skills so that they can enjoy the game at the highest level possible. On the field, players are taught confidence, a winning attitude, professionalism, managing failure, energy, and being a team player. Off the field, the organization stresses the importance of academics, charity giving, character, honesty, and a strong work ethic.

The program was designed to develop the players’ skills so they can enjoy the game in a disciplined atmosphere, while encouraging respect, integrity, and personal growth. Players are required to push their teammates to be better, picking them up when they are down, and always believing in themselves. According to the organization, “character is revealed in times of adversity, and baseball provides that adversity. The hope is that these core values and principles will be internalized and will remain with each player throughout their life both on and off the field.”

Putnam Dental Associates in Brewster has partnered with the Westchester Junior Ducks as a major sponsor in order to promote their mutual core values and support local youth and their families. According to Sandy Lundy, Marketing Director at Putnam Dental Associates, “this is the ideal fit for us because the Junior Ducks’ core values parallel what our practice emulates every day. We are very excited to be a part of this amazing organization, and we are very excited they have decided to come to Westchester County.”

ABOUT THE JUNIOR DUCKS

The organization was created in 2001 under contract with the Professional Atlantic League Baseball Team LI Ducks. The Long Island Ducks are heading into their 19th season of play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and are the 2004, 2012 and 2013 Atlantic League champions.

Its coaching staff is assembled of committed and highly sophisticated coaches that have competed both at the collegiate and professional levels. Because of their affiliation with the LI Ducks, players are given access to exclusive Ducks Stadium clinics and camps run by Ducks coaching staff and past and present professional players. Many of the youth players have gone on to play college baseball. To that end, the organization recently partnered with Zoned Sports Academy, and industry leader in the area of baseball, college recruiting and player placement. This partnership will enable players from the Junior Ducks to have the opportunity to progress their academic and baseball careers. The organizations have established a program that will streamline the burden placed on parents and students regarding the process of proper college recruiting and placement. As the sports landscape continues to evolve, the Junior Ducks continue to strive to be the leaders in the growth of youth baseball.

The league will be based out of Somers, and the teams will consist of over 350 local youth players. The league holds several fundraising events each year to offset the tuition for the players.

For more information about the organization, go to http://www.ducksbaseball.org/page/show/3539408-westchester-jr-ducks-teams

ABOUT PUTNAM DENTAL ASSOCIATES

Putnam Dental Associates is an award-winning practice in Brewster, NY that has been serving the community for over 35 years. A full-service dental practice, Putnam Dental Associates promotes overall health and well-being and the practice’s preventative approach to dentistry ensures that patients receive the best quality care using only state-of-the-art dental technology.

The practice has won numerous awards, and patients have rated the practice the best in the region. Most recently, all three dentists were named Hudson Valley Parent’s Favorite Doctors (https://news.hamlethub.com/brewster/life/6461-three-local-dentists-named-our-2017-favorite-dentists-by-hudson-valley-parent). The practice is also listed on USA Top Dentists and Hudson Valley Top Dentists.

The practice is actively committed to the local community, and philanthropy is part of the practice’s mission. To date, Putnam Dental Associates has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in free dental care to those in need. The entire staff has donated thousands of hours in community service in supporting and volunteering in a variety of local non-profit organizations, including Putnam Dental Missions, a registered 501 c3 organization.

The practice serves patients from Putnam County, Westchester County, Dutchess County, Rockland County and Fairfield County and is located at 2435 Route 6 in Brewster. For more information: www.PutnamDental.com

 

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Junior Ducks Baseball Organization have reached an agreement with Zoned Sports Academy College Recruiting Program

 

Islip, NY. & Bridgewater, NJ Zoned Sports Academy is an industry leader in the area of baseball, college recruiting and player placement. Zoned has placed over 500 players in college programs since 2002. As the sports landscape continues to evolve, the Junior Ducks continue to strive to be the leaders in the growth of youth baseball. On November 1st 2017, the Junior Ducks and Zoned Sports Recruiting Services have framed a partnership that will enable players from the Junior Ducks to have the opportunity to progress their academic and baseball careers. The organizations have established a program that will streamline the burden placed on parents and students regarding the process of proper college recruiting and placement.

Former professional baseball player and college coach Tom Caputo, the Director of Baseball Development for the Junior Ducks, “As the Junior Ducks began the process of building a relationship to ensure our players have the opportunity to continue their academic and playing careers we found no company stood out more than Zoned. Their one on one technique and their personal relationships with college coaches throughout the NCAA made them a simple choice.”

Zoned Sports Academy will provide our players and families with numerous recruiting tools as well as information for their future in College Athletics. This program will consist of three phases. The first is a recruiting informational seminar where families will be given information on how to build a resume as well as NCAA rules and regulations. Second, a personal evaluation placing our players on the scope of where they range nationally. Finally, everyone will participate in a private college showcase. “Today is an exciting day for Zoned Sports Academy and college recruiting program teaming up with an elite organization such as the Junior Ducks. An organization with pride in player development and expertise in educating as well as motivating makes them a perfect partner for Zoned.” Duke Baxter, CEO at Zones Sports Academy.

Junior Ducks President Vic Picone states, “This program will provide our players and parents with the proper techniques giving them the advantages needed in the college recruiting process. We are excited about the beginning of this program and know this relationship will grow in years to come.”

.                           Junior Ducks: www.ducksbaseball.org    Zoned Sports Academy: http://www.zonedinc.com

Congrats to Ryan Earl on our 10U Rising Star Team!

Ryan recently won the Suffolk Zone Award! Big Achievement! 

14u Jr Ducks Chris Balatto & NY Mets Ace, Steven Matz at a recent clinic at Ward Melville.

14u Jr Ducks Chris Balatto & NY Mets Ace, Steven Matz at a recent clinic at Ward Melville.

Penalver STEALS home for 4-3 walk off win for Jr Ducks 12u Legends


12u Legends Parents -- sitting in the OF at BBH. Great bunch of parents!


A congratulations to 8th grader Ryan Thompson, 14u Jr Ducks, for making the East Islip JV baseball team. Congrats Ryan!

8th Grader - 14u MoJo Jr Ducks Connor Ruland throw out runner during Islip Varsity game!


Ryan Lin earns starting job on Harborfields JV Baseball Team. Congrats Ryan and also to fellow Jr Ducks Alex Kropp,Brian Coyne & Ryan Sullivan

A Jr Ducks shout out to Michael Guglielmi of the 15u Black team who made the H. Frank Carey Junior Varsity baseball Team in Franklin Square!  

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For the second year, 13u Powershowcase Jr Ducks Jason Schwartz made the Northport Middle School baseball team. So - he is playing with them for 7th and 8th grade.

Congratulations Jason

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Just announced: 13u Players Matt Argentino  & Justin Demetres have both made their Dawnwood MS teams! Great job boys!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Congratulations to  our own Kieran Minihane who made the Eastport South Manor Jr High Baseball team.

"We know all of the great coaching he's been getting with the Ducks helped him get here." Thankful Mom

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14u Jr Ducks Gold player John Jimenez announced as starting CF for Half Hollow Hills West JV Baseball team..... Congrats to John and his family!

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Our own 14u Michael Campbell has just been named to the starting lineup for the Sachem North JV Baseball team. Very proud of the hard work this young man has put in! Effort=Results

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Congratulations to 16u LI Jr Ducks Zach Martin for making the Divison Varsity Baseball team. Make us proud Zach!

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More great news as the following Jr Ducks have made their school teams! Keep up the great work boys!

Mark Millan, Sammy Bautista & Santiago Peguero -  Queens HS of Teaching Varsity

Justin Rajab - Longwood JV team

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"Brandon Vlacancich made the Commack JV Team , thanks to you and the coaches for getting him ready!"

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14u Justin Rahab -- congratulations for making your school team!!

Jr Ducks 15u/16u Orange player Michael Manzolillo - Newfield HS Starting Pitcher 2017

Jr Ducks 15u/16u Orange player Michael Manzolillo - Newfield HS Starting Pitcher 2017

9u James Minutillo slams HR to propel Jr Ducks to 11-2 win

Congratulations to 16u Rising Star Jr Ducks Nick Harvey!

Tuesday May 16, 2017 at Smithtown East

Sachem East

Overall 12-8 | Conference 12-7

Smithtown East

Overall 13-7 | Conference 12-6

TEAMS           F

Sachem East    1

Smithtown East           5

HIGHLIGHTS

Smithtown East 5, Sachem East 1: 16u Rising Star Jr Ducks Nick Harvey struck out six, pitched a complete game and had two hits and an RBI as No. 9 Smithtown East moved past No. 8 Sachem East in the first round of the Suffolk AA playoffs. Andrew Canino went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Smithtown East will visit No. 1 Ward Melville Wednesday at 4 p.m.

GAME STATS

SACHEM EAST         WP      LP       HR

Roman Derosh 0          1          0

SMITHTOWN EAST WP      LP       HR

Nick Harvey    1          0          0