Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season.
“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”
But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going.
The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang. The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage.
“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “
The fall months find the Floral Park Recreation Center buzzing with a wide variety of activities for residents of all ages. Both the park and indoor Recreation/Pool Complex will serve as the site of a long line of popular programs as well as several new additions to a comprehensive list of youth, adult and senior programs.
Entering his 20th season as head coach, Mike Spina has experienced his share of success coaching the Floral Park Memorial High School Knights. Last season, however, was one of the most rewarding.
“The guys had this certain toughness where they just didn’t want to lose,” said Spina. “They played emotionally all season,” he added. They upset No. 3 ranked Lynbrook 21-17 in the playoffs. Ultimately, the Knights had their Cinderella season cut in the Nassau County semifinals against No. 2 Plainedge.
Thursday, Sept. 11
Varsity & JV Girls Soccer at New Hyde Park, 4 p.m.; Varsity Boys Volleyball at home vs. Roslyn, 4:45 p.m.; JV Boys Volleyball at Roslyn, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 12
JV Girls Soccer at Mineola, 4 p.m.; JV Boys Soccer at Glen Cove, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Boys Soccer at Glen Cove, 4:30 p.m.
Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.
Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.
Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.
The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.
The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.
“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”
Patti Dorgler, a resident of Floral Park, was one of 93 State University of New York (SUNY) Potsdam student-athletes to earn a spot on the SUNY Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) All-Academic Team for the spring semester.
Dorgler, is entering her second year at SUNY Potsdam and is a member of the SUNY Potsdam Women’s Basketball team. Dorgler, No. 33, is a forward on the team.
Players named to the all-academic team have a minimum of a 3.3 GPA for the Spring 2014 semester.
Dorgler graduated from Archbishop Malloy. She is the daughter of Mari and Fred Dorgler.
Floral Park Recreation Center’s End of the Summer Annual Awards Ceremony was celebrated on a beautiful summer night. After the introduction of members of the dais by Emcee John Michon, sports counselors passed out souvenir bracelets to all campers who participated in the morning and afternoon programs that are offered by the Recreation Department. Mayor Tom Tweedy thanked the staff for their efforts on behalf of the children who enjoyed eight weeks of summer fun at the park. Deputy Mayor Jim Rhatigan, Recreation Trustee Dominick Longobardi and trustees Mary Grace Tomecki and Kevin Fitzgerald and members of the Recreation Committee assisted throughout the evening with the presentation of medals, trophies and plaques.
The major event of the summer will be the 32nd Annual Awards Ceremony which traditionally honors campers for outstanding play in the 10 major camps. This year’s ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m. by the new stage area.
Winning individuals and teams will be presented with medals and trophies. More than 200 individual awards, as well as a souvenir for every camper, will be part of the evening’s festivities.
The “highlight” of the evening will be the presentation of the “Camper of the Summer” award to the outstanding boy and girl participants. Refreshments will follow the ceremony.
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