Written by Michael Florio Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00
For senior Jake Young, playing for the New Hyde Park Gladiators football team is more then just an opportunity to get to play the game he loves; it is a brotherhood.
Young has gone through hard times while as a member of the Gladiators; whether it’s his mother’s battle with cancer, his brother Dan serving for the armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan or dealing with the death of a close friend Frank
Trivigno, his teammates have always helped him through it.
Young found out about the death of one of his close friends as he walked off the field after a game. He credits the strong bond with his teammates and coaches for getting him through this incident.
“They were crying because I was crying,” Young said. “Without them I would have had a hard time coping and handling everything.”
Young has been playing football since middle school, where he started out as a cornerback. He played for Great Neck as freshman before transferring to New Hyde Park Memorial High School as a sophomore.
He played cornerback his first year with the program, before switching to middle linebacker once moving up to varsity as a junior. Despite being on the team, Young did not step on the field as a junior.
“Jake didn’t play a lot last year,” said Gladiators head coach Kevin Dolan. “But through all the tough times with moms illness, working on his body, trying to keep up with his grades and everything else life has thrown at him, he has become one of our best players.”
Despite coming in with little experience this season, Young has made a great impact on the Gladiators. He is always among the Gladiators leaders in tackles.
“I have an opportunity to go All-Conference depending on how I do in our last game,” he said. “I have an opportunity to go in the all-state bowl, which is a game all seniors
After this year, Young hopes to play for a community college in Arizona.
Even with all of this, perhaps the thing Young is most looking forward to is the opportunity to play in front of his brother, who just returned from Afghanistan last week.
“It’s awesome,” he said.
Young credits his brother as a big reason why he plays football, and wears his brothers No. 7 jersey out on the field.
“The best compliment I’ve ever had was my dad telling me that I looked like my brother on the football field,” he said. “That was just the best feeling.”
Young’s teammates and coaches can always count on him to work his hardest.
“He’s been an unbelievable player to coach,” said Dolan. “Every coach we play against has a comment to say about his toughness and curiosity on the field.”
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One fortunate New Hyde Park resident was rescued from the freezing cold on Tuesday, Feb. 25 thanks to Dr. Julia Harmon, DVM, of the New Hyde Park Animal Hospital. That night, at approximately 8 p.m., Harmon was going to her car after work when she saw Spike, a wandering bulldog near Brooklyn Avenue, one block from the vet’s office on Jericho Turnpike.
Harmon immediately brought Spike, who was not wearing a collar and did not have a microchip implanted for identification, back to the vet’s office. The temperature outside was already at 31 degrees, but felt like 20 degrees with the windchill. Luckily Spike was
brought in from the cold early; temperatures dropped down to 25 degrees that night.
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The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education talked finalizing the budget for the 2014-15 school year at its work session meeting on Monday, Feb. 24. The budget will be unveiled at the March 10 meeting.
Talks at the work session centered around what is or isn’t changing next year, and the board announced that they’re dealing with a “maintenance of effort” budget that will retain all current programs and non-mandated activities. Class sizes are expected to average about 21 students.
“Yes, we are status quo for the upcoming year, and this is a great achievement. It’s an amazing feat compared to the rest of the state,” Vice President Patricia Rudd said.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
New Hyde Park Michael Castelli recently participated in the 32nd Black Belt Graduation at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park. He graduated to first-degree black belt.
“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others,” says Grandmaster Charles Water, owner and director of the school.
Students tested in October, successfully passed their exam recently and received their black belt certificates. “Who says that the youth of America are not committed? A healthy life style at the karate studio, mentally and physically is alive, well and working,” said Water.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
After missing the playoffs two straight years, the Sewanhaka Indians Boys lacrosse team will face tougher odds if it hopes to advance to postseason play in 2014.
The Indians, who start their season March 24 at Oyster Bay, will be playing out of Section 8, Nassau Conference II (Class B) this year; a bump up from their usual spot in Nassau Conference III (Class C). Typically, the schools are divided by enrollment.
“There are no gimmies in this league,” said nine-year coach Peter Burgess. “We were the last team to make this league in terms of population. They kind of drew the line below us. So we’re the smallest school in the league.”
Burgess said another obstacle for the Indians will be facing teams that they have no experience playing before.