Written by Hal Bock Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00
Herricks High School’s basketball program is celebrating the accomplishments of two 1,000-point scorers, one boy and one girl, both seniors who own their school career scoring record. And both are convinced that the other one is the better player.
So who would win a 1-on-1 match between Andrew Fellus and Alison Ricchiuti?
“She would,” Fellus said.
“He would,’” Ricchiuti said.
One thing is certain. It would be a battle because these two players, who both began playing backyard basketball as youngsters and grew into varsity stars at Herricks, have a zest for the game and an ability to score baskets almost at will.
Their achievements are still sinking in on the two players, who still remember their first baskets all these points later.
“It was in the second quarter of a game in my freshman year,” Fellus said. “I had an open 3-pointer. I knocked it down. When that happens, you think to yourself, `Hey, I can do this.’ You’ve been playing all your life, since you were a little kid and then, one day, you get there.”
Ricchiuti’s first basket came in a scrimmage. “I was excited,” she said. “I didn’t expect to play or score and then I did. It was a great feeling.”
The 1,000-point plateau came later for both. “I got there first,” Ricchiuti said. Fellus followed and recalled his feelings on the accomplishment.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “It’s a dream come true. When I was a little kid, looking at older kids and thinking I want to be like them and then to get there, that’s special.”
Fellus punctuated his run to 1,000 points with a 49-point game against Calhoun. On the same night, Ricchiuti hit 34 against the same opponent.
The two Highlander stars have contrasting styles.
Fellus is a point guard who likes to shoot 3-pointers. “I shoot a lot of them,” he said. “When you hit a big three, that’s the greatest feeling in the world.” He often draws the attention of more than one defender, allowing him to feed teammates for open shots. “I get great joy out of assists,” he said. “When they double team me, it allows me to set up teammates.”
Ricchiuti drives to the basket more but appreciates the big three, as well.
Both have scholarship offers and plan to play college ball. Fellus plans to study business. Ricchiuti is looking for a major in physical or occupational therapy. Each maintains a 3.3 academic average and both have learned to budget their time.
“Balancing school work and basketball helps me stay organized,” said Ricchiuti, who also plays soccer. “We all know that if you don’t do well in school, you don’t play. And we want to play.”
“You’re motivated,” Fellus said. “You want to do well at basketball and you want to do well in class. You want to go to a good college and play there. That’s the motivation.”
The next stop for each will be to take their game to the next level in college. But if they want to try a little intramural 1-on-1 beforehand, well, they’d better bring their game face to the court because they’ll be facing a record-breaking opponent.
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The Village of New Hyde Park held off on its decision regarding the possible reopening of the Angry Gnome Pub. New Hyde Park resident John Murnane is looking to reestablish the bar and its two upstairs apartments at 1217 Jericho Tpke.
The pub was devastated because of Hurricane Sandy two years ago. According to village officials, tenants were using “alternative means of heat and air conditioning” which caused a fire in October 2012 after the storm, resulting in two deaths.
“It’s a neighborhood bar,” said Murnane. “It’s been a fixture in New Hyde Park for a long time.”
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Five New Hyde Park Memorial High School students won $5,000 cash and will share a $10,000 college scholarship after winning Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge on April 9 to conceive the best business plan to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum.
Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
Sewanhaka’s boys lacrosse coach Peter Burgess has one rule when it comes to his goalies: make the saves that you’re supposed to make.
Luckily for Burgess, senior Jake Mellen does that and more.
“Once or twice a game he’ll make a save that no one’s supposed to make,” Burgess said. “I’ll look over to my assistant coach and say, ‘Wow, that was a special play right there’”
For three years, Mellen has been making those kind of spectacular saves for the Indians as the starting goalie. Before his senior season started, he was voted captain by his teammates and coaches.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
Coaching to some can be measured by wins and losses. But New Hyde Park’s head baseball coach Doug Robins measures his success through the success of his players, on and off the field.
Robins has coached the Gladiators varsity baseball team since 1999 and made the playoffs 10 out of those 15 seasons. His teams have finished in second place in their league twice.
Despite his teams on field success, Robins goal is to help his players succeed and receive the opportunity to play college ball.