Written by Michael Florio, Floralpark@antonnews.com Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00
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.
“I think our season went well,” said Kasimatis. “We all would have loved a different outcome, but we lost to one of the best teams on Long Island.”
The Indians playoff hopes were on the line when they went on the road against Valley Stream South High School. They went on to win 35-8 and clinch a playoff birth.
Quarterback Jake Mellen, wide receiver Jacques Francois and defensive back Elijah Smith made All-Conference. Smith and Francois made All-County and will be playing in the All-Star Game. All three are seniors and will graduate in June.
They will be joined by other key seniors Jemil Are, Fred Bailey, De Ante Gonzalez, Audrique Jean-Louis, Jose Melara, Tyler Regnier, and Dom Roberge.
Kasimatis has emphasized the responsibility and trust he has established with his seniors and captains. He has confidence in the guys remaining on the team to step up and take their place.
Two players that saw plenty of minutes this year and expected to see even more next year are running back Brenton Mighty and Elijah Tracey.
Tracey has seen time this season as a wide receiver, but competed with Mellen for the starting quarterback job during training camp and is expected to take over for him next season.
Other skill position players Kasimatis will rely on are Mike Parasconda,Peter Latorre, Peter Militano, Adrian Harris and Xzavier Anderson. Some linemen that he expects to step up are Dan Gianotti, Justin Alexandre, Louis Segarra, Danori Williams and Adrian Gonzalez.
Kasimatis believes that his team can build off of this season going forward.
“We think making the playoffs this year helped our teams confidence,” he said. “We hope to make this a stepping stone for future seasons. It will take hard work and commitment from our team in order to be competitive in Conference III in the future.”
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00
It was announced at the August Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting that the Elmont Memorial Library recently reneged on a deal to place a library drop-box in Stewart Manor Village Hall. The box would have allowed the Village’s elderly residents a more convenient option for returning books. According to the Board, the deal was all but done before the library backed out at the last minute.
“They offered us the world and we got crumbs. Rocks, really,” said Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi.
Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:00
On June 6, 1944, the Americans and the Allies stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, with 150,000 soldiers, 5,000 ships, and 11,000 aircraft in a titanic battle to breach Hitler’s fortified Atlantic Wall. Operation Overlord was the largest invasion in world history; the forces of democracy and freedom were in a fight to the finish against powerful totalitarian regimes and their ideologies. The invasion drew upon all the physical, spiritual, material, and human resources of our great nation. Brave, young Americans overcame daunting odds as they fought their way across Utah and Omaha beaches. These boys, doing the deeds of men, that day changed the course of history.