The North Hempstead Town Board honored the New Hyde Park 12 and under baseball team prior to the Nov. 19 board meeting at Town Hall.
The New Hyde Park Blue Devils finished with an impressive 13-1 record in the National Junior Baseball League’s (NJBL) 12U National Division, taking home 1st place honors. The entire team was on hand to be awarded with certificates as well as their coaches Marlon Artigas, Phil Munoz, Dennis Rowinski, and Peter Yip.
“Each game it was someone else. It was all about teamwork,” Artigas said.
Councilman Angelo Ferrara, whose council district encompasses New Hyde Park, gave a brief recap of the Town’s history, and told the team that they, too, are now a part of North Hempstead’s compelling story.
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park are required to complete and pass four exams with their required skills and then they are recommended for their black belt test. There are students that are invited to the exams who have different goals.
“Our goal at Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water owner and director of the school. “Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”
The Sewanhaka Indians snapped its playoff drought this season, making it to the postseason for the first time since 2010, but were bounced in the first round.
The Indians, led by head coach George Kasimatis, finished the regular season with a 4-4 record, after finishing each of the previous two seasons 2-6. That was good enough for the seventh seed in the Nassau County Conference III. The Indians went on the road to play the Lawrence High School Golden Tornadoes and lost 42-12.
Herricks High School tennis player Taylor Cosme stepped onto the courts at Eisenhower Park to compete in the finals of the recent Nassau County Girls Tennis Championships. Cosme, the top singles player for Herricks was seeded second in the county tournament. Taylor had already defeated three other singles players in straight sets.
When she faced the first seed from Manhasset High School in the finals, Cosme was focused and ready to take on the challenge.
Her game was on, as she displayed a strong forehand, backhand slices down the line and powerful and accurate baseline shots.
She won the championships in straight sets, upsetting the Manhasset 6-2, 6-4.
The second seeded Lawrence High School Golden Tornadoes bounced the seventh seed Sewanhaka Indians from the playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 9, winning 42-12.
“I wish it could have turned out different,” said Indians Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We ran into a juggernaut, they were hot. We didn’t play well today and they did, they didn’t make mistakes and we made a lot.”
The Indians put themselves in a hole early. On the first play from, Lawrence’s Jordan Fredericks picked off QB Jake Mellen. Fredericks punched the ball in for the score just a few plays later to put the Golden Tornadoes up 6-0.
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.”
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