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Here Comes Hockey Season At Cantiague

Kids of all ages are welcome to come play hockey at Cantiague Park in Hicksville, and this winter is no exception. Both shape-up sessions for those who want to get in shape for hockey season and tryout dates have been announced. The schedule, broken down by age group, is as follows:

Mites (birth years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Shape-Ups: March 13, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.; March 14, 6 to 7 p.m.; and March 16, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Tryouts: March 20, 6 to 7 p.m.; March 23, 8 to 9 a.m.; and March 27, 6 to 7 p.m.

Squirts (birth years 2003, 2004)

Shape-Ups: March 12, 6 to 7 p.m.; March 14, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; and March 16, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tryouts: March 20, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; March 23, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.; and March 27, 7:15 to 8:15 a.m.

Peewees (birth years 2001, 2002)

Shape-Ups: March 13, 7 to 8 p.m.; March 14, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.; and March 16, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Tryouts: March 18, 8 to 9:15 p.m.; March 20, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.; and March 25, 8 to 9:15 p.m.

Bantams (birth years 1999, 2000)

Shape-Up: April 7, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.; April 13, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.; and April 14, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Tryouts: April 17, 8 to 9:15 p.m.; April 18, 8 to 9:15 p.m.; and April 20, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

Midget Minor (birth years 1997, 1998)

Shape-Ups: April 7, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; April 10, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.; and April 13, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Tryouts: April 15, 8 to 9:15 p.m.; April 18, 8:15 to 9:15 p.m.; and April 20, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

All events are held at Cantiague Park, located at 480 West John Street in Hicksville. The Nassau County Hockey Program is open to Nassau County  residents only, and all players/parents must have a valid Leisure Passport. The fee for each shape-up session is $25, while the tryout fee is $100, payable to “Treasurer of Nassau County” at the first tryout. All players are expected to attend all three tryouts.

News

The community is rallying together to raise funds for a Hicksville native who has been battling to get a service dog.

Nancy Burpee is a 49-year-old competitive swimmer and single mother with a rare genetic terminal illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which causes the deterioration of the connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and vital organs.

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.


Sports

The fall athletic season seemed to move quickly, but all teams had outstanding seasons with all teams reaching the playoffs except for two who had their best season in many years.

In addition to athletic acheivements, all of the varsity programs at Hicksville High School also participated in raising more than $4,000 for several charities this past fall: pediatric cancer, breast cancer awareness and cystic fibrosis.

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.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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