Written by Robert Bonaparte, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:17
Sewanhaka High School’s girls lacrosse coach Erica Brennan knows something good is going to happen when she sees attacker Skylar Shimansky sprinting down the field.
“When she’s on the move, shooting, 90 percent of the time, it’s going in,” Brennan said.
The goals have been going in for Shimansky on a consistent basis so far this season. She leads the Indians with eight goals and has scored in each of the team’s first six games.“She has a pretty quick shot,” said Brennan. “There’s no doubt in my mind that she’s going to score 2-3 goals every game.”
Shimansky knew she would be a focal point of the offense following the departure of last year’s leading goal scorer, Kaitlyn Dempsey. Shimansky, who was second in goals scored last season, admits to feeling some of the pressure filling Dempsey’s shoes.
“I definitely did feel that (pressure) in the beginning,” Shimansky said. “It’s very hard to try to live up to Kaitlyn because she’s such a great player. But I felt like I learned a lot from her.”
Shimansky is also optimistic of the 2014 season for Sewanhaka, despite its 0-6 start.
“We moved up to a higher conference this year so we’re playing teams better than us, but it’s making us better in the process,” said Shimansky. “It’s definitely been a hard start but I think we would be winning more games if we were in the lower conference.”
Shimansky, a senior, plans on attending Hunter College, where she wants to study psychology. The school does not have a lacrosse team, but Shimansky is hoping to start a lacrosse club there.
“I’m always going to love the sport even if I don’t play it at a high level,” Shimansky said.
Shimansky and the Indians have many games left this season and the plans are for a big second half.
“Daniella Ford and Michelle Niles hold our defense together,” said Shimansky “We have a goalie (Nicole Santoli) who has been on varsity for three years now.”
Said Brennan, “In the second half, we expect the team to live up to our expectations. It’s been a slow start for everybody.”
Brennan also says she expects Shimansky to get really warmed up by the end of the season, which would be a scary thought for Sewanhaka’s opponents.
“It’s a comfort,” said Brennan. “Knowing that you have somebody that can score like she can.”
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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.