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Boys Bowling Finishes Runner Up At County

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.

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Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


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