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It’s Showtime

Holy Trinity alum Anthony Karperis

turning heads in the ring

Don’t let the smile fool you, Anthony “Showtime” Karperis, a Hicksville native and Holy Trinity alum, is an up-and-coming junior welterweight in the boxing world.

The 24-year-old and 2008 Golden Glove winner recently took a short break from training to talk with the Hicksville Illustrated News.

Growing up a multi-sport athlete, Anthony was first introduced to boxing at 8 and fell in love with the sport. Karperis chose boxing over other athletic endeavors, noting that with boxing, the outcome rests on each fighter’s shoulders. Boxers are responsible for themselves; there is no backup, no second-string and no one else to blame.

“You win its on you. You lose its on you,” said Karperis, noting he strives to be his “own man in the ring.”

Karperis likened boxing to chess, as fighters must “pick people apart,” albeit without the grueling physicality. The strategy has worked for Karperis, whose speed and strength helped him earn a 3-0 professional record with two first-round knockouts.

Referring to boxing as “pure art,” Anthony “Showtime” Karperis likes to paint “a fresco” in the ring with opponents.

“I like to put on a show,” said Karperis, who cited his goal for those in attendance – for onlookers “to see something they haven’t seen before.”

With his upcoming bout scheduled for Feb. 23 at the Paramount in Huntington, Karperis is already visualizing success.

“If my opponent’s chin happens to find my overhand right, I don’t expect him to be standing,” Karperis said.

And as the nickname suggests, the match on Feb. 23 will be a showing you can’t afford to miss.

News

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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