Written by Vinny Messana, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:42
Every once in a while you just tip your cap to the opposition. That was the type of game it was for Hicksville’s JV baseball team in their 3-0 loss to Massapequa. The starting pitcher for the Massapequa Chiefs, Patrick Clyne threw a complete game shutout, while allowing three hits, walking none and striking out four.
Clyne was forced to pitch under duress only one time and that was in the third inning with the game still scoreless. He allowed a two-out single to opposing pitcher Terrence Wong. The next two batters followed with infield hits to load the bases. He was able to make a big pitch, however, to end the threat and keep the Comets off the board.
Wong was nearly just as effective and breezed through the first three innings allowing only three singles while striking out two. He ran into trouble in the fourth, however. He allowed a leadoff single to Doug Smith, before getting the next two batters out. A wild pitch put Smith into scoring position. The following batter, Stephen Codispodo smacked a double to put the Chiefs on the board. The next batter, Justin Schirmacher, lined a single to drive in Codispodo which provided Clyne all the support he needed.
From that point on, neither team was able to muster any more offense. Hicksville did put a runner in scoring position in the sixth inning after a dropped fly ball by the center fielder, but Clyne escaped the jam by striking out Sarni.
Wong threw a very clean game, and kept his composure after the tough fourth inning. It was a very impressive outing for a 14-year-old ninth grader against the Chiefs, who are now 6-0.
“I thought he pitched real well for the most part,” said Hicksville coach Casale. “Massapequa is a team that can hit the ball, if you get behind and you have to throw a strike, they can make you pay.”
A strong point for the Comets was the defense. Wong benefitted from some strong play, especially from the infield defense who made some difficult plays appear very easy.
Casale stated that the offense struggled, but they are generally a potent lineup. They had averaged eight runs a game until this series, when they ran into upper echelon pitchers.
The game was completed in a tidy one hour and 10 minutes. The Comets moved to 5-2-1 with the loss.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00
Sabina Lotlikar never imagined she’d find herself competing in a pageant. The 19-year-old from Hicksville was more used to spending her time cooking, playing video games and working out than walking in heels in front of hundreds of people. But that all changed this year when Lotlikar decided to compete in the Miss LI pageant, an experience she describes as unforgettable.
“It was so nerve-wracking because I’ve never done anything like this, but I’m so glad I went through it and was dedicated to it. It was amazing,” she says.
Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00
When it comes to photography, it’s been a long road for Hicksville’s John Micheals. What started as a hobby in childhood, has now returned as an irreplaceable form of self expression.
“It’s a way of expressing myself. I’m very comfortable with it. It’s a way of expressing myself and being me without any qualifications,” he said.
Micheals’ journey in photography started with snapping pictures with a Kodak as a kid growing up in Queens. As an undergrad at City College of New York, he took art classes and his photography took a back seat as he became an art teacher. When he retired in 1996, he picked up the camera again, taking classes at Nassau Community College and getting his certificate in photography. He dropped photography again when family priorities arose, and got behind the lens again in 2009.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday Aug. 7. We had 33 golfers and a record 8 who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by newcomer Ed Hyne with an impressive 33, his second low net in a row. Charlie Acerra scored a solid 35, and won low overall net with a 26; his best score in 4 years.
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.
Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00
The fields of Kevin Kolm Memorial Park were filled with nearly 200 soccer players on Saturday for the annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event. The event was put together by the Mastermind Unit in sponsor of the Michael Magro Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting pediatric patients with cancer and their families.
“The Mastermind Unit is a non-profit organization that was founded by a group of guys who grew up playing soccer together in Hicksville,” said co-founder Bryan Alcantara. “This is our seventh annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event at Memorial Park.”