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Perfect Landing For Gymanstics

Hicksville’s team finishes sixth

in county championships

Hicksville High School’s gymnastics team finished a succesful season recently, coming in sixth in the team County Championships

Out of 20 teams in Nassau County, only eight teams make the County Championships. Going into the meet, Hicksville was ranked fifth.

“We did really well considering that we’re in a conference with a lot of club girls,” said head Gymnastics coach Barbara Hebron. “We were happy with that.“

Some girls who compete in high school gymnastics also compete on club teams and receive additional training. But none of the girls on Hicksville’s gymnastics team can claim that advantage.

“We definitely met the goal we had set of making counties, and we wanted to try and finish at least fifth in our conference, which we did,” said Hebron. “Our team goals were met.”

With a small team of only 13 girls, Hebron has all of her athletes compete in every single meet.

“It was a great season with a great group of girls and great leadership demonstrated by my seniors,” said Hebron. “We had a record number of girls make the state qualifier and many girls place at the Coaches Invitational. I don’t honestly think we could have done better.”

Four girls on the team qualified for the State Qualifier meet, which was the most Hicksville has seen compete in the State Qualifier. Qualifiers included senior captain Rebecca Rilling, ninth grader Jessica Corrado and eighth graders Molly Baer and Angelica Golebiewski.

“I accomplished most of my goals,” said Rilling. “Overall it was a good season. If you work hard, do your dance skills, you put it together, and hopefully you just do your best, then that’s all you can do.”

“She’s just an all around great kid, and a great role model,” said Hebron of Rilling.

Senior captain Michelle Giusfrida also remarked on her final season of gymnastics for Hicksville High School, “I expected this year to be more sad because I knew it was my last year, but everything was just a lot more fun,” she said. “I took advantage and looked upon every moment because I knew it was my last,” said Giusfrida.

Despite the setbacks to the season, such as snow cancellations and postponements, Hebron is proud of how her athletes performed this season. “Obviously the consistency for necessary practice was lacking, but the girls were able to maintain a positive attitude, which helped them keep their confidence,” she said.

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.


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November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

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