Written by Vinny Messana, email@example.com Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
The Comets volleyball team was defeated by a very tough and talented Port Washington squad in all three sets. Despite the loss, Head Coach Danielle Sekasan does not want her team to be discouraged.
“They have a very good team,” said Sekasan. “They are pretty much intact from last season. They have strong players and they play on club teams. It is very hard to compete with players that play year round,” she added.
That comfort level allowed Port Washington to play with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.
In the first set, Hicksville got off to a strong start, recording the first three points. Port Washington, however, scored 12 straight points which took the score from a narrow margin of 6-4 to 18-4. That, essentially, put the match to rest prematurely. Port took that match by the score of 25-11.
The next match was ultra-competitive. The two teams exchanged points the entire time. The score stood at 11-11 and the Comets were playing sharp and aggressive. Port clung on to a 15-14 lead, but ultimately broke the game open and won 25-16. Sekasan was very proud of the way the team played in that match.
“The girls really settled down and got to their spots,” said Sekasan. “They stayed low with their passes. It was a team effort, everyone was talking.”
The third game was the most lopsided of the evening. Port took a commanding 9-0 lead and never looked back. They won that match by the score of 25-7 to move to 6-2 on the year and dropped Hicksville to 0-9.
Despite the disappointing start, Sekasan is optimistic about the future. The team is very young, and understood there would be a steep learning curve.
“We have only five returning players from last season, and only one of whom played. The other 14 girls on the team have never played at the varsity level. I’m just trying to get them adjusted to this level.”
Sekasan noted that some of the individual standout performers from this evening was Michelle Lapierre on defense and Nikki Chase on offense.
The girls will have another home match this week when they take on Plainview JFK.
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
The toy biz sure has changed in recent years.
No longer the sole domain of kids, toy collecting has evolved to include an ever-increasing adult segment of the market; grown men (and yes, women too) who devote a sizable amount of their time and income placating their inner child, proving that while everyone grows up, it’s important to remain young at heart.
The industry itself has also changed to reflect this growing trend, creating a market that produces sophisticated, cutting-edge collectible figures and memorabilia based on a variety of subjects, ranging from movies, comic books, and more; in addition, vintage toys of years past remain sought-after by collectors.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Visitors to the concession stand at Triangle Park might notice a difference in the snack’s shack’s name, as it was recently rededicated to honor longtime Hicksville American Soccer Club (HASC) Vice President Joe Visconti.
The building rededication came as a surprise to the Hicksville resident, who found out about the renaming when he arrived at Triangle Park to find his friends, family and local legislatures gathered around a new sign on the concession stand that read “Joe Visconti Snack Shack.”
“I was very touched. It was amazing that they did that for me,” said Visconti.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Hicksville’s Jill Loveland, 28, scored as the second finisher among the women in the 25-29 age group in the 21st annual New York Blood Services Rob’s Run, a 5 Kilometer cross country race held through Stillwell Woods in Woodbury on Sunday morning, Dec. 1. Loveland finished the run in 22 minutes, 29 seconds.The weather for this year’s run was nearly perfect for a late Fall cross country race, and the net result was a bunch of pretty impressive performances — and lots of enthusiasm — on the part of the 534 finishers. The run was staged by the Greater Long Island Running Club in cooperation with the Town of Oyster Bay.
“We were thrilled to see Jill Loveland do so well in this event,” observed Run Co-Director Sue Fitzpatrick. She is a great competitor and a valued member of the club."
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.