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Sewanhaka Looks To Build For Next Year

Playoff appearance has program on right track

The Sewanhaka Indians snapped its playoff drought this season, making it to the postseason for the first time since 2010, but were bounced in the first round.

The Indians, led by head coach George Kasimatis, finished the regular season with a 4-4 record, after finishing each of the previous two seasons 2-6. That was good enough for the seventh seed in the Nassau County Conference III. The Indians went on the road to play the Lawrence High School Golden Tornadoes and lost 42-12.

“I think our season went well,” said Kasimatis. “We all would have loved a different outcome, but we lost to one of the best teams on Long Island.”

The Indians playoff hopes were on the line when they went on the road against Valley Stream South High School. They went on to win 35-8 and clinch a playoff birth.

Quarterback Jake Mellen, wide receiver Jacques Francois and defensive back Elijah Smith made All-Conference. Smith and Francois made All-County and will be playing in the All-Star Game. All three are seniors and will graduate in June.

They will be joined by other key seniors Jemil Are, Fred Bailey, De Ante Gonzalez, Audrique Jean-Louis, Jose Melara, Tyler Regnier, and Dom Roberge.

Kasimatis has emphasized the responsibility and trust he has established with his seniors and captains. He has confidence in the guys remaining on the team to step up and take their place.

Two players that saw plenty of minutes this year and expected to see even more next year are running back Brenton Mighty and Elijah Tracey.

Tracey has seen time this season as a wide receiver, but competed with Mellen for the starting quarterback job during training camp and is expected to take over for him next season.

Other skill position players Kasimatis will rely on are Mike Parasconda,Peter Latorre, Peter Militano, Adrian Harris and Xzavier Anderson. Some linemen that he expects to step up are Dan Gianotti, Justin Alexandre, Louis Segarra, Danori Williams and Adrian Gonzalez.

Kasimatis believes that his team can build off of this season going forward.

“We think making the playoffs this year helped our teams confidence,” he said. “We hope to make this a stepping stone for future seasons. It will take hard work and commitment from our team in order to be competitive in Conference III in the future.”

News

The Sewanhaka Central High School District School Board adopted the 2014-15 proposed budget last week. The proposed budget total for the 2014-15 school year is $175.3 million, a budget increase of $3.52 million from last year. The tax levy increase is set at 2.1 percent. The budget vote will take place on May 20.

The current projection for state aid in 2014-15 is $29.2 million in the state legislative budget, a slight increase from last year ($27.8 million).

“There was a budget-to-budget state aid increase of 5.2 percent,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said.

The Floral Park Historical Society will host the unveiling of a historic marker to commemorate the first and only Vanderbilt Cup Race that traversed the Floral Park community, on October 8, 1904. It was one of the six Vanderbilt Cup international auto races held on Long Island between 1904 and 1910 and the first in the United States.

The festivities will be on Saturday, April 26, from noon to 2:30 p.m.; the unveiling ceremony and a short program will be at 12:30 p.m. at the triangle mini-park at the intersection of Emerson Ave. and Jericho Tpke.

Emerson Ave., between Jericho Tpke. and Lowell Ave., will be closed at noon for the event.


Calendar

Women’s Club Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 16

North End Civic Association To Meet

Thursday, April 17

Blood Drive

Friday, April 18



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