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It’s Showtime

Holy Trinity alum Anthony Karperis

turning heads in the ring

Don’t let the smile fool you, Anthony “Showtime” Karperis, a Hicksville native and Holy Trinity alum, is an up-and-coming junior welterweight in the boxing world.

The 24-year-old and 2008 Golden Glove winner recently took a short break from training to talk with the Hicksville Illustrated News.

Growing up a multi-sport athlete, Anthony was first introduced to boxing at 8 and fell in love with the sport. Karperis chose boxing over other athletic endeavors, noting that with boxing, the outcome rests on each fighter’s shoulders. Boxers are responsible for themselves; there is no backup, no second-string and no one else to blame.

“You win its on you. You lose its on you,” said Karperis, noting he strives to be his “own man in the ring.”

Karperis likened boxing to chess, as fighters must “pick people apart,” albeit without the grueling physicality. The strategy has worked for Karperis, whose speed and strength helped him earn a 3-0 professional record with two first-round knockouts.

Referring to boxing as “pure art,” Anthony “Showtime” Karperis likes to paint “a fresco” in the ring with opponents.

“I like to put on a show,” said Karperis, who cited his goal for those in attendance – for onlookers “to see something they haven’t seen before.”

With his upcoming bout scheduled for Feb. 23 at the Paramount in Huntington, Karperis is already visualizing success.

“If my opponent’s chin happens to find my overhand right, I don’t expect him to be standing,” Karperis said.

And as the nickname suggests, the match on Feb. 23 will be a showing you can’t afford to miss.

News

Linda Doyle knows how to make a good hot dog. And she doesn’t need a big fancy kitchen or shiny barbeque grill to do it. Rather, Doyle’s famous franks are served out of a small trailer on the side of S. Broadway.

For the past 16 years, passers-by coming along S. Broadway looking for a delicious, cheap bite to eat for lunch or a pre-dinner snack have been stopping by Linda’s Hot Dog Boutique, a simple white trailer adorned by a flag, yellow umbrella and two signs.

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”


Sports

Hicksville High School senior Kyle Carroll recently participated in the prestigious Blue Grey Super Combine in Canton OH. Over 7,000 high school football players are invited to combines sponsored by Blue Grey Football throughout the country. Carroll was recognized for his overall scores and abilities during the one on one drills and was honored to have been chosen as one of 140 athletes invited to the Super Combine at the Football Hall of Fame. From there, a select few will be invited to play in the Blue Grey All-America Bowls in December in Texas and in January in Florida.  

The Super Combine in Canton took place on Fawcett Field at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The combine featured some of the top football prospects from around the country. Carroll fit seamlessly into the drills as he displayed impressive work with fast feet and hip turns as well as skilled ball handling ability.

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.


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