Written by Vinny Messana, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:54
When it comes to the Nassau County bowling tournament, throw away any preconceived notions you had about bowling. The Hicksville boys team used tenacity and emotion to roll their way to second place in the county tournament this past weekend, coming in behind East Meadow. Their six game average was an impressive 1023, with each bowler averaging 204.6.
Head Coach Justin Sullivan was “absolutely proud” of his boys’ performance. During his eight year tenure at Hicksville, he has had a very strong run of success, winning the Nassau County title in 2008-’09, and finishing runner-up the past two seasons. Sullivan, who graduated from Hicksville in 2002, noted that it is “even better” to win with the school that he attended.
“Some of these guys I’ve had for six years, since they’ve been in middle school,” said Sullivan. “We have five seniors on the team which means next year will probably be a rebuilding year,” he added.
His seniors came up big in the brightest spotlight. The lineup of Ross Castaldo, Daniel Sheehan, John Soderlund, Robbie Culp and Sean Kingsepp seemed to bring out the best in each other. It also brought out an incredible amount of raw emotion, especially from Castaldo who had a pre-meditated celebration after each strike.
“I take requests for the celebrations,” said Castaldo. “But a lot of it is adrenaline. I am a big football fan, so I like to incorporate the ‘Kaepernick’ and ‘Manziel’,” he said. The “Kaepernick” is referring to the move that the San Francisco 49ers QB displays after a touchdown, as he kisses his bicep. The “Manziel” is in reference to former Heisman winning QB Johnny Manziel who pretends he is counting money after a touchdown.
“This tournament brings out a lot,” said Sullivan. “It’s intense, that’s why I bring out my JV guys. They don’t believe me when I tell them, but then they see how crowded the place is and the emotion of the bowlers."
The Hicksville Comets improved their scores in each of the first five games, but their total dropped below 1,000 for the first time in the final game. Their total of 923 was enough to drop them out of first place and fall behind East Meadow.
Despite losing out on the title, the team finished the regular season at 9-2 and will have three of their bowlers—Culp, Kingsepp and Castaldo—complete for the individual county championship.
Of all the bowlers, Culp had the highest average of the day at 222. The program will strongly miss their graduating senior bowlers.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
Linda Cafiero has been a yoga and tai chi instructor, as well as reiki master, for well over 10 years. Last week she brought her meditation expertise to the Hicksville Public Library. Cafiero hosted a meditation workshop at the library for an intimate group of individuals seeking to gain a few moments of peace and serenity in their hectic and fast-paced world.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:38
Residents in the Hicksville School District will have a few more dollars added to their taxes as a result of a new school tax exemption for veterans. Across New York State, school districts are being asked to provide this special exemption, which provides three tiers of tax breaks for vets based on whether or not they saw combat or suffered a disability.
While a similar exemption already exists at the county level, the state left individual school districts to decide if it would be in the best interest of the taxpaying community.
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.