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Softball Looks To Rebuild On The Fly

The Hicksville varsity softball team is coming off a strong season after defeating Long Beach in the playoffs, and Head Coach Rich Hinnerschietz is confident about his team building on that success. He does not care that the current squad will only feature five returning players.

“There’s no time to rebuild,” said the 14th year Head Coach. “We hope to compete right away.” Hinnerschietz has lofty goals and plans on making noise in Conference II. “If we can get a couple home playoff games we’ll be alright,” he concluded.

It will be a tall order for the Comets to duplicate their 13-6 season. The team will be playing crossover games with formidable Conference I opponents. Additionally, they will have to replace the ace-level performance of Jenna Markakis, who was a four-year starter that has since graduated and moved on to play at Mercy College.

Taking her role will be Danielle Anzalone. Hinnerschietz has the utmost confidence in her despite not being needed much the past couple seasons because of Markakis.

Anzalone, who pitched three innings in the last game of the season while allowing only one run, has the support of her Head Coach. “She is poised on the mound, she throws strikes, she is not going to get rattled and she never loses composure,” he said.

Fortunately for the Comets, the returning players have all proven their mettle at this level. Amanda Mascia is a fifth-year player who played first base for the first three seasons of her career. She will be playing second base and batting second in the lineup. As a sophomore she batted .314 with a .493 OBP. She increased those figures to .388 and .508 last season. Mascia will be counted on to provide elite offense at the top of the order. Batting in the cleanup spot will be Kaitlyn Delaney, another fifth year player. For the first four years of her career she was a catcher, but Hinnerschietz noted that her “knees finally got the best of her.” Delaney hit .302 last season with a .313 OBP, hit two home runs, two triples and drove in 15 runs. She will provide pop in the middle of the order. At third base, Alex Gaudelli will man the hot corner. She is a junior entering her third-year of varsity ball. She hit .317 with a .472 OBP but her coach is enamored with her defensive ability. “She has a great glove,” he said. “She is incredible at taking away the bunt and moving to her right,” he concluded.

The Comets will open up their season against Plainview in a non-league game, and opened up their conference season with Syosset on the 25th. Upcoming home games are Saturday March 29 at 10 a.m. against Baldwin and Thursday, April  3 at 4:30 p.m. against Port Washington.

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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