Written by Betsy Abraham, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
This is his first year as part of the highly selective Olympic Developmental Program, which identifies and trains young athletes for the Olympic, Youth and Men’s National soccer teams. He garnered a spot on the New York State level of the program after a series of competitive evaluations and tryouts, which began last November.
In Turkey, Sloan joined a select team of 16 other young athletes from the east coast for a week of training and playing against European youth pro teams. While overseas, he was able to gain exposure to a completely different style of playing soccer.
“The speed of the game was so much quicker there,” Sloan said. “Over there, they’re much stronger and faster and much more physical than here. The skill level was very high.”
The trip improved Sloan’s soccer skills and gave him an introduction to playing European teams, but it also opened his mind to the future.
“The trip helped me realized I have the potential to play pro soccer, and I had never thought about that before,” Sloan says.
Sloan is currently on the Hicksville varsity boys soccer team, and also plays on several other soccer teams. His dream is to play soccer at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and go on to play professional soccer.
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00
Bullying is a serious problem in today’s society and the controversial topic was the focus at last Saturday’s 'Bully-Proof Your Child Seminar’ at East Coast MMA & Fitness Center in Hicksville. State Senator Jack Martins and Legislator Rose Marie Walker attended the program which ran in the newly renovated center on Woodbury Road.
“Bullying is a real issue in our communities and I want to thank East Coast Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness for agreeing to host this forum,” said Martins. “Teaching our kids self defense to protect themselves or to protect those around them is a great thing. We need to take every opportunity to teach our kids important life lessons.”
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
Old classmates reignited friendships and shared memories of their teenage years as the Hicksville High School Class of 1964 came together recently to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.
Among the attendees was Bob Cheeseman who met his wife, Lorraine (Kirwan) in middle school. They were serious throughout high school and married soon after. Bob said, “I enlisted in high school and went into the Air Force. I did 30 years active Air Force and another 15 after that. I retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. After I retired, my wife received a certificate from the Governor of Texas and was designated a Yellow Rose of Texas.”
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00
The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13.
“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team — we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:51
It seemed to happen in an instant.
Hicksville forward Michael Osmundsen was touching the ball past Kellenburg goalkeeper Jack Abuin to slot the ball into an empty net to score the lone goal in the non-league 1-0 victory over the Firebirds.
It’s nothing short of what Comets boys soccer head coach Scott Starkey would expect. He described his forward as “very explosive, fast and he’s not just fast — he’s tenacious.”