Written by Paige McAtee, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 20 February 2014 11:55
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.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Typically Asian cuisine is not associated with dessert and pastries so I was delighted by the deliciousness of the breads and pastries I found at Canaan Bakery and Cafe in Hicksville. Savory and sweet buns, Danish and Korean pastries, cookies and very good coffee can be enjoyed at the café, which is located at the entrance of the H&Y Supermarket. This is the Nassau County outpost of the four Canaan bakeries—the other three are in Flushing.
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 09:40
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.