Most college coaches want a nice, long vacation after their regular season is over.
Not Lou Bernardi.
Just weeks after concluding his second season as pitching coach for the SUNY College at Old Westbury, the New Hyde Park resident begins his second season as head coach of the Westhampton Aviators.
The Aviators, part of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, kick off their season June 1, when they play the Montauk Mustangs.
The streak of consecutive playoff appearances for the New Hyde Park Gladiators varsity baseball team has been snapped at four.
Despite finishing the season with a 9-9-1 record, the Gladiators fell just one game short of a postseason berth.
“It is disappointing not getting in the playoffs,” said Head Coach Doug Robins.
Dominick Roberge believes it’s his size that makes him a top-notch faceoff man for Sewanhaka’s boys lacrosse team.
“I have a size advantage,” said Roberge, a senior captain. “And I’m pretty much stronger than anyone I face.”
Sewanhaka coach Peter Burgess agrees.
“He’s the strongest kid in the school, he’s always in the weight room” said Burgess. “He’s about 200 pounds but it’s all muscle, you can’t teach that.”
New Hyde Park resident and Chaminade High School graduate Thomas Roulis, a student and athlete at Dartmouth College, was recently named the Ivy League Athlete of the Week.
Roulis recently helped Dartmouth take three of four from the division-leading Yale Bulldogs to climb back to within a game of the top of the standings. He was instrumental in two non-conference wins during the week as the Big Green defeated Boston College on the road, 2-1, then rallied for an 8-7 walkoff win the following day against Holy Cross.
One member of the New Hyde Park Gladiators varsity baseball team hopes to see a lifetime of hard work pay off this season.
Ace starting pitcher, cleanup hitter, first baseman and most of all captain are some of the many titles held by senior Cody Campson,
Campson has been playing baseball for as long as he can remember and spent years perfecting his craft. He has pitched since a young age and played first base in games when he is not on the mound.
For a team to succeed it needs a player who will do the little things; for the New Hyde Park Gladiators varsity baseball team, that player is Chris Ferlazzo.
Ferlazzo, a senior, is the starting second baseman and number nine hitter for the Gladiators.
He is not a power hitter, but his teammates and coaches can rely on him to work the count, move the runner over and play sound defense. Ferlazzo describes himself as a contact hitter that simply looks to get on base and move the runners over, even if he has to sacrifice himself.
A New Hyde Park Memorial High School alum and a former member of the New Hyde Park Little League, Amanda Turner is now a Crusader, softball as a freshman at Alvernia University. Turner is currently batting .420 with four home runs, two were back-to-back in the same game and was just voted Athlete of the Week Alvernia. She also is one of the top five players in her MAC III Commonwealth Conference for batting average and slugging percentage.
Competition doesn’t always need to manifest from a rival or adversary. It can sometimes be conjured up from a strong bond that yields big results on the field. Molloys star lacrosse player Samantha Arlotta finds motivation from her friendly rivalry with her brother.
“My brother, Joe, who is three years older, played lacrosse at Pace University,” said Arlotta, of Garden City Park. “We were constantly competing with each other.”
The competition has benefited her as a player and she is now making quite an impact on the East Coast Conference (ECC).
Sewanhaka High School’s girls lacrosse coach Erica Brennan knows something good is going to happen when attacker Skylar Shimansky is sprinting down the field.
“When she’s on the move, shooting, 90 percent of the time, it’s going in,” Brennan said.
The goals have been going in for Shimansky on a consistent basis so far this season. She leads the Indians with eight goals and has scored in each of the team’s first six games.
For Ariana Bruschi, winning the school award in the national Wendy’s High School Heisman competition is about hard work. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior is a standout Gladiators field hockey, lacrosse player and an avid volunteer.
“It really helped me and showed how hard work paid off,” she said. “I thank all my coaches and my guidance counselor Mary Beth Healy. They really helped me.”
The Wendy’s competition measured three parts: academics, athletics and leadership. These categories were strengths for Bruschi.
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