When coach Peter Burgess first saw Tyler Regnier play lacrosse as a seventh grader, he knew he was watching a special player for Sewanhaka High School.
“Me and my coaches knew he was the type of kid that we can build a team around,” said Burgess. “We said to ourselves ‘When is he going to play varsity?’”
Regnier ended up making the varsity team as a freshman and hasn’t looked back since, earning All-County honors last season as a junior defenseman.
Dressed in protective gear and armed with a set of wheels, 26 year-old Floral Park resident, Caity Tweedy, also known as “Dropkick Dolly” played on Team Black of the all-female Long Island Roller Rebels at Old Bethpage Skate Safe America on Saturday, March 8.
Versing Team Pink, the Roller Rebels split their team for the game. Pink racked up 225 points and Black gathered 187. At the end, both teams shook hands and joined as one to celebrate yet another game together.
“I’d compare this sport to football and NASCAR on skates,” explained Tweedy who has participated for three seasons with the Roller Rebels.
The fifth-grade girls from St. Hedwig’s won the 2014 CYO A Nassau/Suffolk Diocesan championship. The girls beat Christ the King (CTK) of Commack, with a score of 17-15, on the opponents' home court. The win marked the third time St. Hedwig’s had beaten CTK this season and improved their three-year CYO record to an unimaginable 39-0. The championship game was a nail-biter right from the opening tap.
CTK led this defensive battle at halftime 9-7 and the second half was predictably close. With 30 seconds to play in the contest and the score knotted at 15, CTK had possession and was closing in for a final shot.
Every so often a team just needs to tip their cap to an opponent who performs outstanding. It was exactly that type of performance by Hewlett’s Avery Feldman that ended Floral Park’s tremendous season in the Nassau County semifinals at SUNY Old Westbury by the score of 82-47.
Feldman scored 30 points to lead the Bulldogs to the finals.
Sometimes taking a step back and returning to your comfort zone is the best decision you can make. Molloy’s standout basketball player Kelly Guerriero claims that was precisely the case with her.
“It was just too crazy,” said the Floral Park native in regards to her two-year tenure at Division-I Mount St. Mary’s in Maryland. “I am a very family-oriented person, and being four hours away meant I barely came home. I came home for only two days for Christmas break,” she added. It was at that time she made the choice to come back to Long Island and play for Division-II Molloy, virtually around the corner.
Connor Constable, Bryan Weisler, and Matty Constable took to the streets on Saturday afternoon for a little street hockey. They play every chance they get and were thrilled that most of the snow had melted so they could resume their slapshot practice.
(Photo by Christy Hinko)
The Floral Park Screaming Eagles Roller Hockey League recently completed another successful season. The league concluded in early February when three divisions had playoffs to determine their winners. This was their 17th season.
Colton Weage of Floral Park was one of the dozens of kid-athletes from Long Island who participated in an all-inclusive sports clinic at Hofstra University on Feb. 8, from the same organization who brought the all-inclusive playground to Eisenhower Park, Let All The Children Play (LATCP) of Jericho. Hofstra’s student-athletes coached baseball, softball, and soccer to the participants.
The event was open to all children, those with and without disabilities. A light dinner was provided following the clinics and then participants were treated to a Hofstra Pride men’s basketball game.
Glen Cove’s Taylah Hudson proved to be too much for Sewanhaka’s girls basketball team to handle on Friday, Feb. 14. Hudson scored 10 of her game-high 19 points in the second quarter to lift the Big Red to a 49-39 victory over the Indians in a Nassau Conference Class A first-round playoff game. Sewanhaka finished the season 11-6.
“You have to take your lumps in the beginning when you got a young team like this,” said Sewanhaka coach Alexander Soupios, whose team comprised of only two seniors. “They have to learn what it feels like to lose, in order to win.”
The Sewanhaka Indians boys’ basketball team dropped a win-and-in game on Monday, Feb. 10 to Roslyn High School, 70-69, which officially knocked the Indians out of the playoffs. The team finished over .500 for the first time under head coach Jason Allen.
The Indians had the ball, down by three with 15 seconds left, looking to score and force Roslyn to make free throws. They missed two shots but kept getting the rebounds and were finally able to score to cut the deficit down to one as time expired.
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