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Westbury Kicks Off Season

The Westbury varsity football team opened their season in an opening home matchup against Elmont to a disappointing 35-6 loss.  The team is coming off last year’s 2-6 season, but Head Coach Savalis Charles welcomes the role of underdog.


“Nobody expected us to win a game last season,” said Charles, who is entering his second year with the team. “They’re not expecting us to win a game this year either, but we could surprise a lot of people,” he added. 


The team will have the tough task of returning only six starting players from last season. They are relying on a lot of young players who are inexperienced but that is not necessarily a bad thing if they are able to avoid a steep learning curve.


“We may be young, but we’re hungry. And all hard workers,” said Charles. The Head Coach knows what it takes to win, and possesses a no-nonsense type of approach to the game which dates back to his playing days at C.W. Post.  


 Running the offense will be first-year quarterback Raeco Jackson, who has showcased his ability as an All-County wrestler and will look to transition that onto the gridiron. He is small in stature but Charles stated that he has a “heart like no other” on the field.  He will be relying on David Demesyeux, who will be a two-way starter at tight end and defensive end. The Head Coach is relying on him to play a pivotal role in the offense, due to his size and playmaking ability.

Another key playmaker will be Shalike  Merchant, who opened many eyes last year with his performance as a freshman on varsity, an admirable achievement. On their victory last September 14 against Calhoun, he rushed for 73 yards on only five carries and scored a touchdown which was the difference in the 25-23 win. 


The defense will be led by Herfy Jodesty, a junior defensive tackle who can cause some disruption in the backfield. He will be joined by Demesyeux, who had two sacks in one game last season.


Westbury might not be favored to win the division, but they possess a number of hungry and athletic players that most teams do not. Look for them to surprise the conference this season. 


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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