Sewanhaka Indians senior and wide receiver Jacques Francios has one goal every time he steps out on the football field; to get better each week.
“I always try to better myself. Each game I look to get better,” said Francios. “I don’t pinpoint a key moment [individual performance] cause I always want to do better.”
Francios came into the season as the most accoladed player on the Indians, winning an All-Conference award last year.“If we had a better record, he would have been All-County,” said head coach George Kasimatis. “He won it as a junior though which is a pretty big accomplishment.”
“It was a nice achievement,” said Francios. “Of course I hope to win another.”
The Sewanhaka Indians football team will rely on senior running back De’Ante Gonzalez to balance out the offensive attack this year.
Indians head coach George Kasimatis said that the Indians were a pass first team last season, but wants to be balanced this year. That will fall on the shoulders of his captain.
“I’m honored that coach would rely upon me,” said Gonzalez. “I’m up for the challenge.”
Lesli P. Hiller of New Hyde Park recently participated with world record long distance swimmer Diana Nyad in her historic swim in Manhattan to raise funds and awareness for the victims of Superstorm Sandy.
“I’m fortunate to have been given the opportunity to participate with a role- model such as Ms. Nyad and, through her charitable endeavors, assist many families who were affected by Superstorm sandy,” said Hiller.
Hiller is an attorney for the Nassau County Police Department’s Legal Bureau and Nassau County Attorney’s Office. She is a life-long Nassau County resident involved in several charitable and community organizations.
Hiller served as assistant counsel and ethics compliance officer for the New York Racing Association, and served as a Nassau County Assistant District Attorney. She presently hold the title of president of the Former Assistant District Attorney’s Association.
The Sewanhaka Indians topped the New Hyde Park Memorial Gladiators by a score of 53-28 on Saturday, Oct. 12.
The game was close in the first quarter; with the Gladiators evening scoring first on a 8-yard touchdown catch by Matt Dluglinski.
The Indians responded and led 18-7 behind a strong run game, after the first quarter. Midway through the second, the Indians faced a long 2nd-and-26. Indians QB Jake Mellen threw a quick slot pass to wide receiver Elijah Smith who broke a tackle and took it 70 yards for another score.
Despite starting off 1-3, the goal for the Sewanhaka Indians’ goal remains the same: making the playoffs.
“We are absolutely in the playoff hunt,” said head coach George Kasimatis.
The Indians are coming fresh off of a shootout against Bethpage that they lost 48-40.
“We haven’t played to our fullest potential,” Kasimatis said. “We let a lot of teams escape.”
The Sewanhaka High School Indians can count on their senior captain Elijah Smith to bring the toughness to the team.
Smith is a slot receiver and cornerback for the Indians.
“He is one of our two way players and an all around athlete,” said Indians head coach George Kasimatis.
The New Hyde Park 15U Bluedevils capped off a very successful season sweeping the Queens Eagles 3-1 and 19-4 to win the championship. For the season, the Bluedevils finished 23-4. In the championship series, the Bluedevils followed the strong pitching of their ace-Kyle Cajigas.
Cajigas shut down the Eagles pitching a complete game, giving up one run and striking out 10. The Bluedevils scored in the bottom of the first. Dylan Savarese started it with a double, after Anthony Millan reached on a fielders choice,Mike Greene followed with a walk to put runners on second and third.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School varsity football head coach Kevin Dolan has a tough task of trying to win games while also guiding an inexperienced team. Dolan hopes to improve this year, coming off a 2012 season that saw the Gladiators go 1-7.
“We have two players that have any varsity football experience. Everyone else did not get on the field last year with anything significant, or they are new to football or just up from JV,” said Dolan. “Expectations I have for the team this season is improvement.”
New Hyde Park Memorial High School kick started the weekend holding its annual homecoming parade on Saturday, Sept. 28 right before the big game against Manhasset High School.
The parade started at the intersection of Lakeville Road and Jericho Turnpike, then made its way toward the high school on Leonard Boulevard. It consisted of floats, fire trucks, sports cars, cheerleaders, with the marching band and many students lining the streets with school pride. The floats made were a part of the competition between the graduating classes from the seventh-to 12th grade.
Local karate students children attained discipline tips in Karatatot, a program offered by Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park. Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4½ and up. Children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level. Below are local discipline tip winners:
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