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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

Dance has a variety of benefits for children. Just like other sports like soccer, tennis or basketball, it promotes good health, emotional and mental stability.

The Dance Place in Hicksville is the brainchild of former dancer, Miana DeLucia. As a child, DeLucia found relief in her local dance studio. She says, “When I was young, my brother was very sick. I used to go to the studio just to get away. There, I found my passion and it became like a second home to me. It was my safe place.”

The community is invited to show off their Comets pride at Hicksville’s Homecoming Fair, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 13, starting at 10 a.m.

The festivities start at 10 a.m. at Hicksville High School’s John A. Walker Soccer Field. A number of fun activities will be featured, including attractions like a giant slide and an obstacle course, plus many game booths courtesy of the individual PTA units and school clubs. Lunch and snack items will be available for purchase.


Sports

At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.

The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.

Second year head coach Rob Carroll is encouraged by what he has seen from the Hicksville Comets in the preseason. For this reason, he feels the team is better than their preseason ranking of No. 13.

“Last year was a tough year for us,” he said in regards to their 1-7 season. “But we improved as it went on and played in some very competitive games.”

The team ended a 15-game losing streak last season with a 26-19 victory over Uniondale.  They also were barely edged 20-14 by Hempstead on a last minute score. The rest of the games featured several lopsided scores, which is why Carroll believes the team is being overlooked.


Calendar

BOE Meeting

September 10

HHS Class of 1954 Reunion

September 12, 13

Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show

September 14



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