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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

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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