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SHS Wideout’s Goal? Get Better

Written by Michael Florio, Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

Sewanhaka Indians senior and wide receiver Jacques Francois  has one goal every time he steps out on the football field; to get better each week.

“I always try to better myself. Each game I look to get better,” said Francois . “I don’t pinpoint a key moment [individual performance] cause I always want to do better.”

Francois  came into the season as the most accoladed player on the Indians, winning an All-Conference award last year.


Senior Prevails In QB Competition

Written by Michael Florio, Friday, 11 October 2013 00:00

SHS football coach says both are primed for greatness

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.”

Kasimatis does not want to take anything away from Tracy either.

The first-year varsity signal-caller is primed for the role in the next few seasons.


Stats Don’t Tell The Whole Story

Written by Michael Florio, Saturday, 12 October 2013 00:00

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.”

We Are Team Green

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

NBA Star hosts second annual basketball camp 

Just weeks after breaking an all-time NBA record for most threes on the biggest stage in basketball, San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green recently hosted the Team Green Basketball Academy at Floral Park Memorial High School.


The camp was open to children of all skill levels from ages 5-18 and was the second year that the former St. Mary’s star hosted the camp at the Nassau County high school. 


“This year there’s a lot more variety,” said Green on his second day of the camp. “A lot more kids showed up and know about it. I know more kids and know the gyms better so why not do it again?” 



Written by Dov Terroade Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Old World game still resonates today

Mention the term cricket and people look at you like you have nine heads. “What’s that?” is the typical reaction, and not all that surprising since cricket originated in 16th England spreading with the expansion of the British Empire, especially throughout the Indies. Long Islanders generally relate a ball and bat to one thing: baseball. 


Growing up in Jamaica, cricket was the norm, much like basketball or football is for Long Island youth. Instead of soccer moms, there are cricket moms. Cricket is the dream of young Caribbeaners, who idolize heroes such as fast bowler Curtly Ambrose, and the passionate pursuit of the old, who live, eat, sleep, walk and incessantly talk cricket. 

Regardless of the time or day you venture to Alley Pond Park, chances are you’ll see cricket in action, whether a family having fun or a semi-professional league such as Floral

Park’s very own “ Blaze of Glory,” — which happens to be recruiting. “We’re always looking for new members,” exclaimed outfielder Ryan, with an unmistakable Indian accent.


Martins Classic 3on3 Tourney Set For July 13

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

Excitement is building for the 10th anniversary of the Martins Classic 3on3 Basketball Tournament being played on July 13 at the Dutch Broadway School. Tournament organizers announced that Senator Jack Martins, the New York Cosmos, Elmont Soccer Club and Villanova University have teamed up with 3on3 in sponsoring a Soccer Cup challenge to be played in memory of Karen Rodgers-Dennis who served as a volunteer at the tournament.  


2nd Annual FPM Basketball Camp

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs will be hosting Team Green Basketball Academy at Floral Park Memorial High School from July 8 to 11.The camp is open to children of all skill levels ages 5-18. The camp fee is $250, which includes a t-shirt, lunch, drawstring backpack, and prizes during contests. 


Blast From The Past: Islanders Open Team Store At Cantiague

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

Championship teams from 1980-83 practiced at Nassau County’s Cantiague Park

During the four years that the New York Islanders practiced at Nassau County’s Cantiague Park in the early 1980s, the organization took home four Stanley Cups.

The team, following its last Stanley Cup title in 1984, relocated to several different practice rinks throughout Long Island but hasn’t been able to recapture the magic of those Cantiague teams since.


Final Registration For Floral Park Screaming Eagles Roller Hockey

Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

The Floral Park Screaming Eagles Roller Hockey League is now accepting final registrations for the 2012-13 fall/winter season.

There are limited spaces available in the Squirt (Grades K and 1-2), Pee Wee (Grades 3-5), Bantam (Grades 6-8) and Junior (Grade 9-12). Registration for clinic is always open to new players, and registrants (ages 4 and up) need not have skated previously.


Barclays Tournament Tees Off At Bethpage Black

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00
It’s about the length of two football fields, but for the world’s best golfers, it is 200 yards that can crush the dreams of winning a prestigious golf tournament, or propel a player into glory with an accurate tee shot and a well-executed putt. It’s the 17th hole of the Bethpage Black, where the Barclays Golf Tournament is being held this week.

The 17th hole is considered to be a signature hole of the course. During the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open Championships, which were held at Bethpage Black, a loud and enthusiastic crowd helped to put a New York stamp on those tournaments. Barclays tournament directors are hoping for that same excitement as players arrive at the challenging hole.


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