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Hicksville’s Valiant Comeback Falls Short

The Hicksville girls basketball team mounted a dramatic fourth quarter comeback attempt, but it fell short as they were defeated 36-27 last week to Farmingdale.

The game featured outstanding defense on both ends, forcing teams to commit a multitude of turnovers stemming from both errant passes and backcourt violations. For much of the game, Hicksville consistently committed costly turnovers, trailing 22-6 at halftime. In the fourth quarter, however, the tables were turned and the team mounted a comeback on the strength of an 18-5 run.

“We definitely did a good job of turning it around in the second half,” said Assistant Coach Erin Breen. “The first half just wasn’t good enough. We were turning the ball over; there was a lack of focus. We were looking for some of the girls to step it up.”  

Jillian Wynne was the player who stepped up the production on offense, by scoring a team-high eight points and hitting two clutch three-pointers to cut the deficit within 10. On defense, it was sophomore Tamara Hansen who played a pivotal role in her first varsity game. Hansen was a tremendous presence in the post, coming up with big rebounds and blocked shots, which gave the Comets an opportunity to come back.

“She did an outstanding job,” said Breen. “We weren’t sure if we were going to get her in this game but we needed her and she will definitely be seeing more playing time.”

News

It was quite a panel at the Hicksville Community Center Oct. 20 as State Senator Jack Martins and Senate Candidate Adam Haber discussed their qualifications and answered public questions about their upcoming election bids in the 7th Senate District. Congressman Steve Israel was on hand as well as 13 District State Assemblyman Michael Montesano and contender Lou Imbroto. The event was hosted by Northwest Civic Association President Joel Berse.

Martins, who previously served as Mayor of Mineola and was elected to Senate in 2011, said that the State of New York is in much better financial shape since he has taken office.

Alan Yu, an external auditor from the firm, Cullen & Danowski LLP gave the findings of the annual district external audit at Oct. 22’s Hicksville Board of Education meeting. Discussed at the meeting were the financial statements of the 2013-14 school year which officially ended June 30.

According to Yu, the Hicksville School district has a fund balance of $34 million. Roughly 26 to 27 percent of the general fund balance comprises the total budget.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School


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October 31

Election Day

November 4

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