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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 Floral Park Recreation Summer 2014 programs have now reached their half way point. While youngsters still have four more weeks of camps and activities, the night time volleyball and basketball programs are now gearing up for their final push to the playoff and championship rounds. Of the 55 adult teams competing, only Madness and Chaos (B league basketball) and Poppy’s (Women’s competitive volleyball) have managed to move through the season without a blemish on their records. Playoffs for volleyball are on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, while basketball quarterfinals begin Thursday, July 31. Family, friends and spectators are always welcome. Good luck to all teams and players during their quest to become Floral Park’s Champions of the Summer of 2014.

As in past years, the Floral Park Recreation Department sprinkled in some expert instruction along with the recreational format of the various camps. Many thanks go out to Lisa O’Grady (OLV volleyball coach) for presenting an excellent volleyball clinic for our beginning junior players. Once again, Nassau Community College football Coach Ed Mack and his players have volunteered their time to give a few pointers for all youngsters grades 4 and above on Wednesday, June 30. The junior football clinic kicks off at 8:30 a.m., while senior campers (grades 7 and above) will receive instruction beginning at 10 a.m. Some features will include pass and catch techniques and NFL style agility drills. All Floral Park youth entering grades 4 and above are invited to attend. At that same time, Chris Schneider, outstanding and championship basketball coach at both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, will be on hand to present a comprehensive basketball clinic for both our junior and senior future female basketball stars.

The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.

More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.


Calendar

Theatre Box

Friday, August 1

E-Cycling Collection

Saturday, August 2

Floral Park Board of Trustees

Tuesday, August 5



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