Sewanhaka High School’s football standout Elijah Smith is taking his talents to Monroe College after receiving a partial scholarship for this coming fall.
Smith’s electric speed and versatile play as a slot wide receiver and defensive back for the Indians, as well as punter and punt returner, helped catch the eye of those at Monroe College.
To succeed at the college level, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Smith says he has to continue to hit the weight room in order to get bigger and “put more meat on my bones.”
Head Coach George Kasimatis believes Smith’s explosive style of play will translate to the college level.
The Herricks Middle School eighth-grade baseball team recently completed its undefeated season, finishing 10-0. The squad was comprised of high character student athletes who played the game “the right way” - hard; were solid defensively, and supported one another throughout the season. The boys learned a great deal about perseverance and just how difficult the game of baseball is.
The team was coached by Dennis Conroy and included John Bono, Dominic Carella, Jordan Chin, Matt Collins, Eric DelValle, Kyle Haase, Thomas Haug, Jordan Idaspe, Andrew Imperatore, Mike Lee, CJ Marciano, Mike Marcy, Max Moreno, Dominick Piccirillo, Ryan Slattery, Mike Toohig and Mike Gao.
— From Herricks Middle School
Sewanhaka High School honored its senior athletes who received scholarships to colleges for the upcoming fall semester on June 9. Celestina Pipia is attending University of Massachusetts Lowell for track and field, Kristina Genova is headed to LIU Brooklyn for bowling, Tyler Regnieris will be attending Rutgers University for soccer and Dominick Robergeis attending University of Bridgeport for soccer, while Elijah Smith will attend Monroe College for football.
The New Hyde Park Knights basketball team recently played in the Great Neck Special Olympic Tournament. The Knights put on a strong game and showed heart in what they love to do.
— From the New Hyde Park Knights
The New Hyde Park Wildcats Boys U8 Pumas participated in the B-Active Commack Cup Memorial Day Soccer Tournament, and finished in first place. The tournament was a two-day event, in which the boys played two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday, in Bracket D.
The boys won three out of the four games, beating Northport/Storm 6-1, East Islip Blue 5-1, and Syosset Red 6-1, losing only to East Islip Blue 2-1.
The players representing the Pumas were Alexis Avila, Liam Booth, Tyler Ciprut, Patrick Connolly, Jordan Eisenberg, Ryan McPartland, Rylan Moraes, Alan Sikora, Brandon Thomas, Christian Thomas, and Francesco Vecchio.
The coaches were Craig Booth and assistant coaches Dariusz Sikora, Daniel Eisenberg, Brendan Moraes, and Sean McPartland.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior Mathew Dluginski admits he doesn’t convert on all his shots.
But warning to lacrosse goalies: he never gives up on the play.
“I feel like I don’t stop trying,” said Dluginski. “When I miss, I make it a point to score the next time.”Dluginski has been doing plenty of scoring for the New Hyde Park Gladiators since 2012. He scored 15 goals as a sophomore, 38 as a junior and a school-record 55 goals this season. Dluginski ended up scoring three or more goals in 13 of 15 games in 2014.
Former NBA/WNBA standouts Vin Baker, Wes Matthews, Anthony Avent and Tamecka Dixon served as youth coaches at the “Full Court Press: Prep for Success” program sponsored by National Basketball Retired Players Association, National Police Athletic/Activities League for National Urban League and Nassau County PAL.
The New Hyde Park U10 Stormcats have moved up in the standings after two consecutive wins over the past two weekends. On May 10, the Stormcats eked out at 3-2 win over the Lynbrook/E. Rockaway Rebels. Despite being down three players, the boys played hard and stayed strong throughout the game. The goaltender team of Christopher Ribaric and Dino Vidaich held the Rebels to just two goals with the excellent defensive team of Ryan Wasserman, Ryan Ommen and James Gensch. The outstanding offensive playing by Dean Caldwell, Brendan
Cooper and LJ Tsiforas kept the pressure on the Rebels’ defense for most of the game and assisted Colin Coope in scoring two of the team’s goals and Christopher Ribaric in sealing the deal with the third.
Newton Tsang didn’t have the United States Military Academy at West Point on his radar until March 2013.
That’s when Tsang, of New Hyde Park, was informed by his South Kent School guidance counselor that West Point men’s soccer head coach Russell Payne was interested in recruiting him. A few weeks passed, and Tsang set up an unofficial visit to the campus where he was captivated by West Point’s academics.
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.
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