Written by Greg Giaconelli, Hicksville@AntonNews.com Wednesday, 24 July 2013 00:00
Playing lacrosse at a higher level may be a whole different ball game, but for Brian Lang, this is something to be proud of. Lang, a sophomore at Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville, was named 2013 Brine National High School All-American. He was selected to represent the Long Island North Team at the 2013 Brine National Lacrosse Classic held in Boyds, MD from June 30 to July 3 at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
The Brine National Classic consists of the top high school players all over the country and is brought together in one venue, where regional teams compete to be named 2013 National Champions. A collection of high school players from around the country qualify to compete in regional tryouts as it comes down to who has shown the best potential to represent their region. These players will be selected to compete in the events at the Classic. This event brought the attention of 3,000 people and is attended by NCAA lacrosse coaches from every division as they come down to check out and recruit some of the most talented players in the country.
With 500 high school boys participating on 20 teams, there are two from Long Island with 25 players from the Long Island North Team and 25 from the Long Island South Team. At this stage, the players will be playing at a high advanced skill level and will be facing off against teams who are selected regionally from the same part of the country for the national championship.
“These kids will do their best to compete in front of scouts and coaches” said Joel Franklin, national director of National Lacrosse Classic. “They will compete well and represent their region, school and hometown.”
Lang was one of those competitors who tried out for the team as it was narrowed down to 100 players. Eventually, he secured his spot as one of 25 top players suiting up for Long Island North.
Lang, a midfielder and face-off man started playing lacrosse around age four. Then he got more serious when he played in third grade while attending Hicksville’s Lee Avenue School. Lang enjoys the passion he has for the sport.
“Scoring goals and winning championships is the greatest feeling ever” said Lang. “Assisting teammates and just being around it is what makes it perfect.”
Lang feels that being named All-American is a great honor and is thankful for his friends on the field, his coaches and his parents Dave and Maggie Lang, who inspired him to play the game of lacrosse.
“They always pushed me to play sports and to be the best at doing things” said Lang. He felt the young squad at Holy Trinity could have had a better season. However, with two years left in high school and Lang leading the way as the captain, backed up by a good coaching staff at the helm, these guys will be back stronger and better than ever. The challenges that he faced on the field are adapting to the speed level and playing against kids who are two years older.
So far in his young career, Lang’s biggest accomplishments to date are being named to Holy Trinity’s Varsity team as a freshmen and being named captain this season as a sophomore. He has also just accepted a verbal commitment/athletic scholarship to play Division 1 lacrosse at Ohio State University.
“My next goals are to become All-American in high school, win many championships and do great things to help my team out,” stressed Lang.
With the tremendous honors and achievements he has gotten so far, Lang isn’t done yet. His future goals and aspirations are not to become All-American in high school, but to be named All-American in college, where he hopes to reach out and establish more friendships and contacts with players and coaches. “My expectations are to improve and develop as a player, put up impressive stats, wins some games and hopefully the state championship” stated Lang.
Keep an eye out for this young rising star.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Although Fuel Cafe is six years old, it's been a work in progress since new owners took over one-and one-half years ago. The main part of the cafe was recently redecorated and an adjoining room is soon to open. And though there's been several changes, the concept remains the same—this is a place where healthy and hearty food is served. The food is grilled or baked, never fried, and they do not use microwaves so everything is made to order.
With a menu of over 170 items and dozens of combinations of meats, vegetables, bread and more, be prepared to do a lot of reading to figure out what your meal will be.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
For the past six months, Hicksville resident Chris Collins has spent his days digging for fossils and his nights falling asleep to the sound of vervet monkeys and coyotes. As a teacher’s assistant at the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) in Kenya, Collins got a firsthand look at what it was like to live like an anthropologist.
Collins got his first taste of Turkana last year, as a student at the TBI field school which was founded by Stony Brook University and paleoanthropologist Dr. Richard Leakey. As a student, Collins spent four months learning about archeology, paleontology, geology, ecology and human evolution. What started as a study abroad experience, turned into a life changing experience as Collins soon found himself homesick for Africa.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
As they come off their most successful season in 30 years, the Hicksville Boys basketball team faces a challenge in replicating last year's success. The 2012-13 season saw the Comets compile a 15-5 record and had their season ending in the Nassau County semifinals to rival Baldwin. According to Head Coach Phil Essigman, who is entering his 14th season with the varsity team, the team will feature only two returning players from last season. Last year’s team was incredibly deep and experienced and it is part of the “rollercoaster”, as he described it, of high school sports for teams to go through periods of grooming inexperienced players.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00
Hicksville’s Mary-Jo Depaoli, and Nao Joe scored with awards on Sunday, November 17 in the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5 Kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.Depaoli crossed the finish line with a time of 23:01, earning her second place honors in the women’s 35-39 age group, and Joe finished the race with a time of 28:36, to earn third place in the women’s 30-34 age group, A record breaking total of 414 runners and walkers crossed the finish line.
The race was held by the Town of Oyster Bay and raised money to help in the fight against prostate cancer. Free prostate cancer screenings were offered on-site, as well as informative urology and men’s health exhibits, refreshments and prizes for participants.