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.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.
A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.
State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.
“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.
However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:31
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
Thursday, 09 October 2014 08:47
The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.