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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

Hicksville improv sketch comedy group, Unrehearsed, will be performing this weekend at Crossroads Farm in Malverne.

The group, which consists of performers from Hicksville, will put on a fast-paced, interactive improv sketch show which will be made up completely on the spot. The only thing the actors know is which improv game they will be playing.

An Unrehearsed show follows a format similar to popular improv sketch comedy television shows, such as "Whose Line Is It Anyway," using games to create hilarious situations that are completely made up on the spot.

Superintendent Maureen Bright and the Hicksville School District are parting ways, a year earlier than originally planned.

At a Board of Education meeting May 20, Bright announced that she would not be renewing her contract when it expired at the end of the 2014-15 school year. However, a notice posted last week on the Hicksville School District website stated that she is leaving her position July 31, 2014.


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday, July 17. We had 34 golfers and only three who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by Charlie Hong with an impressive 34. Joe Sander scored a solid 49 and won low overall net with a 31.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100% handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.

The Michael Magro Foundation is once again partnering with The Mastermind Unit to put on the annual Soccer For A Cause tournament. The event, which raises money for the Michael Magro Foundation, will take place at the Kevin Kolm Memorial Field in Hicksville this Saturday.

The soccer tournament is an enjoyable event, which offers participants the chance to enter in the competitive game. In years past, approximately 20 soccer teams from the tri-state area have played. All participants will be able to enjoy music and entertainment while supporting a worthy cause. Each registrant will receive a special event t-shirt. Teams can register online at http://www.mastermindunit.com/ with a $500 donation.


Calendar

Soccer For A Cause

August 2

Blood Drive

August 2

Holy Family Church Fair

August 13-16



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