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.
The Long Island Aquatic Club announced that New Hyde Park residents Timothy Yeung, Andrew Sallusto, Adrian Chan and Sean McClellan along with Sophia Karras (Albertson), Jessica Guglielmo, and Anthony Melchore (Williston Park) have qualified to compete at the National Age Group Challenge Meet. These athletes are seven of 67 LIAC swimmers invited to attend this prestigious competition.
This is the fifth year that LIAC has qualified swimmers to race in the meet. The LIAC athletes will compete in single age groups against swimmers from all over the east coast. In 2011 LIAC had 90 individual swims in the Top 8. After being sidelined by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the coaches and swimmers look forward to returning to the competition and improving on that performance this year.Results of the National Age Group Challenge meet can be found live on LIAC’s website www.longislandswimming.com
Redmen Take First Place In Baseball Tourney
The Shelter Rock 9U Redmen played some tough competition but proved to be the champions at the recent Baseball Heaven Think Pink for a Cure Tournament. After losing a close first game, the Redmen went on to win the remaining games, clinching the championship.
The Redmen are a nonprofit ball club comprised of boys from New Hyde Park, Mineola and Albertson. Aside from their achievements on the ballfield the team is continuously helping others in their community. They have sponsored a field day at AHRC for children with disabilities, volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and collected Band-Aids and lollipops for Winthrops Cancer Center for Kids. For the Redmen players the game is about more than just baseball.
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.
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