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:
The quarterback competition for the Sewanhaka Indians was tight all summer, but experience trumped youth.
Jake Mellen won the job for the Sewanhaka High School’s varsity football team. Mellen, a senior, was battling sophomore Elijah Tracy.
“Jake had a better summer and performed better in the scrimmages,” said Indians head coach George Kasimatis. “He has a better grasp of the offense and he has a leadership role. Being a leader, he has more invested.”
It is often said that adversity can make or break you. With Herricks tennis player Mia Vecchio, it appears that adversity has fueled her. Nine months ago, Mia (now 16 years old) blew out her ACL and is on the fast track to return to the team this coming season.
As a young and upcoming tennis phenom, something like this could have ruined her dreams, but with perseverance and support from her family, this talented young tennis star is back on track.
Just prior to the injury, Vecchio was in a transition period. She had complained of knee pain, in the midst of new coaching and new management. Then the injury occurred.
Sewanhaka High School Indians’ varsity football head coach, George Kasimatis, entered his fifth year with the program with a .500 record. Which could be interpreted a few different ways, if the statistics were all that mattered.
But Katsimatis is strives to do more than score points. Kasimatis believes in showing kids how hard work pays dividends—on and off the field.
“As an athlete you go out there and grind something and when you finally accomplish it, you learn how to do it,” he said. “Now if you don’t get something in one of your classes, you grind it out. You study, study and study until you get it.”
Representing Team USA is a tremendous honor, even for athletes and coaches who have had illustrious careers in their respective sports. For Bill Jaffe, it was extra special, coming full circle.
A former standout hockey player at the University of Michigan in the late 1980s, Jaffe had the honor of coaching the USA men’s ice hockey team to a silver medal in the Maccabiah tournament in Israel last month. It was the first time that ice hockey was a part of the tournament since 1997, when Jaffe was team captain.
Sewanhaka High School Indians’ varsity football head coach, George Kasimatis, has one expectation this season: get better every week.
“We have to improve on our skill sets,” said Kasimatis. “Every practice, every rep, will make us better. If you get better every time, things should take care of themselves.”
The strength of the team lies in the wide receiver positions, led by seniors Mahlik Elliott and Jacques Francois. However, this season Kasimatis wants to the Indians to become more versatile.
Local students in Karatatot, a unique program offered by Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, recently received balance tips through a series of tests. Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4 and up. In a fun filled and nurturing setting your children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level.
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently participated in the studios 33rd Black Belt Graduation.
“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 Grandmaster Charles Water owner and director of the school.
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