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Experience Will Aid Indians Next Year

The Sewanhaka Indians boys’ basketball team dropped a win-and-in game on Monday, Feb. 10 to Roslyn High School, 70-69, which officially knocked the Indians out of the playoffs. The team  finished over .500 for the first time under head coach Jason Allen.

The Indians had the ball, down by three with 15 seconds left, looking to score and force Roslyn to make free throws. They missed two shots but kept getting the rebounds and were finally able to score to cut the deficit down to one as time expired.

Despite not making the playoffs, the Indians still finished 9-8 (6-8 in conference play). It was the most games the program has won under Allen and they are taking a step in the right direction.

The Indians last made the playoffs since 2011, Allen’s first year on the job, despite only winning four games.

“Theres an old saying with basketball that sometimes you have to lose before you win and I think that applies to this team,” said Allen. “The team should be hungry for next year cause we were right on the cusp of where we needed to be.

“We had a moderately successful season but we didn’t get where we want to be, so that alone should be enough motivation for those returning,” Allen said.

The Indians have more returning players next year, as they only had six seniors, two of which were starters this year. Only four of the seniors played significant minutes, according to Allen.

He believes that the seasoning will help his young team improve, especially in close games, which were a big struggle for the Indians this year.

All feels a player that will improve the most from the seasoning is freshman point guard Kamoy Silvera.

“He was new to the school so not only did he have to adjust to varsity basketball, but he had to adjust socially,” he said.  “This was my first year as coach having a true point guard. He can score if he wanted, but he is so unselfish.”

Allen believes Silvera can grow to be the Indians best player in a year or two.

The best player currently on the Indians, Carlos Bodden, will be returning for his senior year next season. Bodden established himself this season as not only the Indians best player, but as one of the best players in Nassau, earning All-County honors.

He lead the team in scoring this season averaging just around 19 points-per-game and surprised his coach with his rebounding ability, grabbing 23 in a game against Hewlett.

Allen speaks very highly of Bodden. He will run his offense through Bodden next season and doesn’t think teams will have the ability to stop him.

“We have other guys that can score but [the game plan ] will be about him,” Allen said. “A lot of his points come just off his effort.”

Even though the Indians season ended shorter than Allen had hoped, he feels confident with his team going forward.

“We fought hard this year, we were on the brink,” he said.

News

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Krista Longobardi and Meaghan Smith, both students at Floral Park Memorial High School, for individually earning their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.

Longobardi’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Pick Your Pet, teaches children ages 5-12 the benefits of owning a pet. She was able to educate her community on the adoption process, the best pet for your household, and how adoption can save an animal’s life. Longobardi’s love of animals made it easy to spread knowledge on this topic. She improved her communication and public speaking skills as a result of her project since she spoke in front of her community leaders and peers.

Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh, of Floral Park, will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s: Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. Raleigh has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.  


Calendar

Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Floral Park Senior Citizens’ Picnic

Tuesday, September 2

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees To Meet

Tuesday, September 2



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