Written by Vinny Messana, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:51
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.”
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
In today’s ever diversifying world, knowing another language can be a huge asset. Lupe Beatriz Urquizo has been teaching Spanish to children at the Hicksville Public Library for the past 14 years. The library offers these free lessons to youngsters ages five to 14 most Saturdays throughout the year.
“I believe all of us remember our good teachers and our bad teachers," said Urquizo. “There have been teachers in my life that have touched my soul. They were an inspiration to me and I want to give that same motivation to the children I teach."
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Typically Asian cuisine is not associated with dessert and pastries so I was delighted by the deliciousness of the breads and pastries I found at Canaan Bakery and Cafe in Hicksville. Savory and sweet buns, Danish and Korean pastries, cookies and very good coffee can be enjoyed at the café, which is located at the entrance of the H&Y Supermarket. This is the Nassau County outpost of the four Canaan bakeries—the other three are in Flushing.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:40
Hicksville’s Matthew Sloan faced off against the best young soccer players in the world recently, as he traveled to Turkey with the Olympic Developmental Program.
The Hicksville High School freshman started playing soccer when he was three and advanced his game to a more competitive level at age 10, when he was chosen to play with the Long Island Rough Riders. Sloan plays other sports and is on the boys basketball team, but says that he loves soccer because of the fast pace, and because of the coaches who have had a great influence on him throughout his training.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:45
The Hicksville Middle School Kickline claimed victory again recently at the Scholastic Kickline Competition held at Nassau Community College. The team competed against top kickline teams and placed second in hip hop, third in pom and third in kick. County legislator Rose Walker, an honorary Hicksville Kickline team member, supported the girls at the competition. The middle school kickline team’s season began in September, and includes dancing at football and basketball games and competing in three tourneys. Their last competition of the season was March 2 at Nassau Community College. The girls are coached by Hicksville kickline alumni Katelyn Heuser, Victoria Shannon and Laura Bueche.