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Football Helps Gladiator Push Forward

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
play in.”

 

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.”


News

James Sokol and Jake Leeds from Boy Scout Troop 298 recently completed their service projects.

 

Sokol and fellow Scouts replaced the backboards, rims and nets in the basketball court in Nuzzi Park. They also trimmed trees and repainted the court lines. 

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


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