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Baseball Primed For Strong Season

Hicksville High School baseball is coming off a very strong season, in which they compiled a 16-3-1 record and won their league title before being eliminated in the postseason by Syosset in the best-of-three playoff format.

The Comets will have the challenge of replacing All-State pitcher/shotstop Ron Bauer who won six games on the mound, and is now playing for Division-II Molloy.

“We did lose some of our top players that helped us win the league last year,” said Head Coach Frank Ciaramitaro, in his 15th season with the program. “But, we feel we have strong players to come in and step up for us,” he added.

The Comets have the benefit of returning three All-County players, which is extremely rare considering many of the county’s top players are seniors. They will return ace Nick Schoen, a left-handed pitcher who will also play first base. The southpaw had a tremendous junior season as he recorded a win-loss record of 5-1 with an impeccable 1.12 ERA. He struck out 36 batters in 33 innings. He has the distinction of beating the reigning Nassau County champion Massapequa. His only loss came against Syosset.

Leading the offense will be Mike Reilly, a senior center fielder. Reilly, who will also join Schoen in the rotation, batted a healthy .373 last year, scored 13 runs, drove in 10 and stole 15 bases. Reilly, who was also All-County, will be joined atop the order with the third All-County player Andrew Purcell. The youngest of the group, Purcell is entering his junior season. As a sophomore, he led the team with 30 hits, compiled a robust .390 average and stole seven bases.

Despite the strong batting averages, Ciaramitaro feels that their true strength is on the mound. “We can go about five or six deep on the mound,” he said in reference to the team’s depth. “Good pitching will always beat good hitting,” he concluded. The team has a few candidates vying for the third starter role behind Schoen and Reilly, and whoever does not win the role will pitch in relief.

Ciaramitaro admitted that the team will be shooting for some redemption at Syosset this season, having had their season cut short by them. The real team wearing the target is Massapequa, he noted. “They are the county champions and will have the target on their back,” he said.

The Comets open up their season March 27 against Baldwin.

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


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