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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

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

November 24



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