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.
Sewanhaka Indians senior and wide receiver Jacques Francois has one goal every time he steps out on the football field; to get better each week.
“I always try to better myself. Each game I look to get better,” said Francois . “I don’t pinpoint a key moment [individual performance] cause I always want to do better.”
Francois came into the season as the most accoladed player on the Indians, winning an All-Conference award last year.
The quarterback competition for the Sewanhaka Indians was tight all summer, but experience trumped youth.
Jake Mellen won the job for the Sewanhaka High School’s varsity football team. Mellen, a senior, was battling sophomore Elijah Tracy.
“Jake had a better summer and performed better in the scrimmages,” said Indians head coach George Kasimatis. “He has a better grasp of the offense and he has a leadership role. Being a leader, he has more invested.”Kasimatis does not want to take anything away from Tracy either.
The first-year varsity signal-caller is primed for the role in the next few seasons.
Sewanhaka High School Indians’ varsity football head coach George Kasimatis entered his fifth year with the program with a .500 record. Which could be interpreted a few different ways, if the statistics were all that mattered.
But Katsimatis is strives to do more than score points. Kasimatis believes in showing kids how hard work pays dividends—on and off the field.“As an athlete you go out there and grind something and when you finally accomplish it, you learn how to do it,” he said. “Now if you don’t get something in one of your classes, you grind it out. You study, study and study until you get it.”
Just weeks after breaking an all-time NBA record for most threes on the biggest stage in basketball, San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green recently hosted the Team Green Basketball Academy at Floral Park Memorial High School.
The camp was open to children of all skill levels from ages 5-18 and was the second year that the former St. Mary’s star hosted the camp at the Nassau County high school.
“This year there’s a lot more variety,” said Green on his second day of the camp. “A lot more kids showed up and know about it. I know more kids and know the gyms better so why not do it again?”
Mention the term cricket and people look at you like you have nine heads. “What’s that?” is the typical reaction, and not all that surprising since cricket originated in 16th England spreading with the expansion of the British Empire, especially throughout the Indies. Long Islanders generally relate a ball and bat to one thing: baseball.
Growing up in Jamaica, cricket was the norm, much like basketball or football is for Long Island youth. Instead of soccer moms, there are cricket moms. Cricket is the dream of young Caribbeaners, who idolize heroes such as fast bowler Curtly Ambrose, and the passionate pursuit of the old, who live, eat, sleep, walk and incessantly talk cricket.
Regardless of the time or day you venture to Alley Pond Park, chances are you’ll see cricket in action, whether a family having fun or a semi-professional league such as Floral
Park’s very own “ Blaze of Glory,” — which happens to be recruiting. “We’re always looking for new members,” exclaimed outfielder Ryan, with an unmistakable Indian accent.
Excitement is building for the 10th anniversary of the Martins Classic 3on3 Basketball Tournament being played on July 13 at the Dutch Broadway School. Tournament organizers announced that Senator Jack Martins, the New York Cosmos, Elmont Soccer Club and Villanova University have teamed up with 3on3 in sponsoring a Soccer Cup challenge to be played in memory of Karen Rodgers-Dennis who served as a volunteer at the tournament.
Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs will be hosting Team Green Basketball Academy at Floral Park Memorial High School from July 8 to 11.The camp is open to children of all skill levels ages 5-18. The camp fee is $250, which includes a t-shirt, lunch, drawstring backpack, and prizes during contests.
The team, following its last Stanley Cup title in 1984, relocated to several different practice rinks throughout Long Island but hasn’t been able to recapture the magic of those Cantiague teams since.
The Floral Park Screaming Eagles Roller Hockey League is now accepting final registrations for the 2012-13 fall/winter season.
There are limited spaces available in the Squirt (Grades K and 1-2), Pee Wee (Grades 3-5), Bantam (Grades 6-8) and Junior (Grade 9-12). Registration for clinic is always open to new players, and registrants (ages 4 and up) need not have skated previously.
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