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.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00
Dutch Lane Elementary School teacher Jaimie Fleschner went from the classroom to the pitcher’s mound recently, winning KJOY’s “Best Teacher On Long Island” contest.
Fleschner still doesn’t know who nominated her for the contest and only found out she had been entered after she got a phone call from the radio station.
“They told me I was nominated and I was completely shocked and flattered. It was a great feeling,” says Fleschner.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:03
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.”
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:49
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.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 08:30
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.