On Oct. 4, Martial Arts America of Hicksville held a grand celebration in honor of the school’s 15th anniversary. Throughout the day, martial arts demonstrations took place and awards were presented. The event also featured fun for all with slides, bouncers, a dunk tank and carnival treats. The Nassau County Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard opened the ceremonies while international martial arts super star Marc Canozioldo gave a spectacular demo and Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Rose Marie Walker presented the school with a proclamation recognizing its important role in the community.
It was a fitting end to a very rainy season. It was not raining when we started, but soon after the last group teed off, we had a light drizzle. We were able to finish without getting soaked. This was the last tournament of the season and after we finished playing, we went to the Knights of Columbus hall for a luncheon and distribution of prizes. We played a “Scramble” tournament, so there was only the first and second place teams and the longest drive and closest-to-the-pin prizes. Two teams were tied with a total of 30 strokes, but one team had a birdie on the first hole so they won first-place money. They are: Tom Parker, Kent Schreiber, Joe Sander and Al Pascola. The second place winners were: Bob Ross, Ralph Guadagno, Ken Hymes and Peter Guerra.
There are times in the world of sports that no matter how hard you try the result is not always successful.
On the morning of Oct. 18 at the Mitchell Field Athletic complex, the 10-year-old Crusaders experienced one of those times as they took on the undefeated Uniondale Knights in the rain, wind and biting cold.
The weather conditions created numerous fumbles for both teams but Uniondale did a better job capitalizing on them, scoring three times in the first half. Throughout the game, the Crusaders offensive line took a pounding. Even so, Hicksville was able to put a series of drives together. When it came to crossing the goal line, they were stopped short each time.
The 10-year-old East Rockaway Raiders ran into a buzz saw at John Walker Field Oct. 10 when they arrived to take on the Hicksville Crusaders. After suffering a bitter defeat at the hands of the Bellmore Braves last week, the Crusaders were more than ready to exact revenge on the Raiders.
Throughout November, Martial Arts America in Hicksville will take part in a national project called the “Thanksgiving Basket Brigade.” The mission is to make and deliver 100 Thanksgiving dinner baskets to local families who would otherwise do without. Each basket will contain a turkey, rolls, gravy, corn, beans, cranberry sauce, potatoes, pies, juice and much more.
The 11-year-old Hicksville Crusaders traveled to Bellmore last week to take on the Braves.
Every once in a while, two football teams will meet that are extremely well matched.
This was the case last Saturday night in Bellmore when the Braves hosted the 10-year-old Hicksville Crusaders. From the beginning of the game, it was obvious that this was to be a titanic defensive struggle of epic proportions.
The 11-year-old Hicksville Crusaders opened their season against the Bellmore Braves. Hicksville won the coin toss and after receiving the kickoff the offense took the field with the end zone being the focus; it didn’t take long for Luke Walker to score the Crusaders’ first touchdown of the season.
Last week’s practice proved to be very interesting for the 10-year-old Hicksville Crusaders because they had to prepare for a team that they have never seen before and knew very little about. Not knowing whether the Syosset Braves used primarily a running game or a passing game made it challenging for Hicksville’s defense and meant the offense had to be prepared for a number of different defenses.
The 10-year-old Hicksville Crusaders learned a great lesson the morning of Sept. 20: all of the hard work that they have put in over the past month has paid off.
With temperatures in the mid-70s and a sea of orange and black circling John Walker Field, the Elmont Cardinals arrived to battle the Hicksville Crusaders.
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