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JV Lax Loss Provides Learning Experience

After suffering defeat to Massapequa, it could have been a game the Hicksville Junior Varsity Lacrosse team would want to soon forget. However, the game provided a good learning experience.  

The Chiefs overpowered the Cosmos for most of the affair in a 13-6 win. At the halftime whistle it was 9-1.  

“Don’t think about the scoreboard just make a good lacrosse play. Try to become a better lacrosse player from yesterday to today so by the end of the game, you’re a better lacrosse player,” head coach Mike Magee told his players.  

The Chiefs typically prove to be a tough match-up and once again they were well in front from the get-go.  

“Massapequa is an excellent club, they’re always an excellent club. Their stick skills are superior to ours and most teams in the league and we were clearly outmatched today,” said Magee. “Once they got up big on us it was tough for our kids to stay with it. At some point we got a second wind, but we made a little bit of a run to make things a little interesting.”

There was another area that helped Massapequa in the game. Assistant coach Joe Surgott noted the Chiefs were “more athletic than us. Bigger, stronger, faster.”

 Not only did the game provide lessons in the physical side of the game, Magee was happy with the resolve his players showed in the mental side of the game.

“It’s hard to keep your hop in your step when you go down 7-, 8-, 9-1 like we did,” he said. “Our mental toughness got tested today and most of them passed so that was good. These kind of games test your character,” he said.  

That run came after the halftime break, where the Comets settled down. They began to take advantage of their opportunities that they didn’t in the first half.  

“Offensively we executed well. I just felt their goalie made some good saves early. We didn’t capitalize on some early opportunities to keep us around mentally.”

For the Comets, Benjamin Burdo tallied three times, while Massapequa had three different players with three goals to their names.  

With the season winding down, the Comets now have two games remaining on the schedule. However, several players may have their season’s extended and move up to varsity.

 Although Magee didn’t give out names, about four to five players should make the jump up to Varsity when the JV season concludes.

News

Looking for a place to work on your bedside manner and start a promising new career in the process? Look no farther than your hometown.

The Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB), a division of the county that oversees educational facilities such as the Fire Service Academy and EMS Academy, recently transplanted one of its facilities — The School of Practical Nursing — into a new location right in the heart of Hicksville, where they recently held an open house to celebrate their new home.

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.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

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


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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