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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

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



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