Written by Vinny Messana, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:03
With just a handful of games left, the Hicksville boys lacrosse team finds themselves “in the mix” and a “second-tier team” according to Assistant Coach Tom Kinsella.
They currently stand at 5-5 overall (2-3 in division play) and will certainly have the ability to control their own destiny as the season is dwindling to its finale. They could be in much better position had it not been for an uncanny amount of misfortune. They have lost their five games by a total of six goals. Their largest defeat was 10-8 at the hands of Cold Spring Harbor.
“We’ve been in every game,” said Kinsella. “We’ve gotten better as the season has gone on. We just need to fine tune some of the mistakes we made early on. Now we’re working on implementing more kids into the rotation and getting bench players more playing time. The team has been carried by senior Pat McCormick, who has been committed to play at the University of North Carolina since sophomore year and is the first player in school history to be selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game in Baltimore, MD. He has been a force for the Comets, scoring three goals and assisted on two others in their recent victory over MacArthur.
Another key contributor to the offense is junior Brian Lang, who is committed to play at Ohio State University. Kinsella noted that he has been pleased with their leadership to this point.
The team has also benefited from the play of goalie Ryan Toomey, who is headed to Molloy in the fall. “I don’t want to jinx anything but he has performed at an All-County level so far,” said Kinsella.
On the defensive end, the team relies on Tom Brennan (committed to Molloy) and Michael Brumber (mulling scholarship offers). They have played critical roles in keeping the opposition out of the net.
The Comets have five games remaining and they are all important. “This week is very important for us,” said Kinsella. “We’ve been able to put together good quarters and good halves, but we need to put together a good full game,” he added.
“One of our best efforts was our loss to Syosset,” he said. They lost that game 8-7 in overtime. They will have a crucial matchup on May 3 against Massapequa, who Kinsella admitted is the class of the division.
“With their win over Syosset, they really put their foot down and made a statement,” he said. “If we do what we’re supposed to we can hang with them, but we know what we’re up against,” he added. It will be the 10th annual Walker Cup, named after the late John Walker. Massapequa has won eight of the nine matchups with Hicksville last winning in 2011.
The conference is very strong but Kinsella is confident in the team . Their playoff push began Friday against Baldwin.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:31
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
Thursday, 09 October 2014 08:47
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.