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Seniors Lead Hicksville Lax To Victory

Hicksville’s varsity lacrosse team held their annual Senior Day last Wednesday afternoon. It always presents a chance to reflect as a four-year career winds down. For Pat McCormick and T.J. Kilmetis, they left quite an impression in their penultimate home game in the regular season.

The two seniors combined for eight goals and two assists (McCormick— five goals, two assists, Kilmetis—three goals) in a 15-4 rout of Mepham.

“We knew this was an important game, coming down towards playoffs. We knew we had to get on a roll fast and it would really help us,” said McCormick.

The senior attacker started the scoring for the Comets with less than two minutes into the first quarter. After the Pirates made it even, McCormick and Kilmetis combined for three of the next four goals to push the lead to 5-1.

The chemistry of the team, particularly of Kilmetis and McCormick continues to play a pivotal role.

“I’ve been playing with Pat since I started playing lacrosse so the chemistry is definitely strong. Brian Lang coming over from Holy Trinity helped our offense even more,” said Kilmetis.

When the Pirates began to settle down in the second quarter, scoring their second goal of the game, McCormick and Kilmetis again combined to squander any potential run. McCormick scored three of the Comets’ second quarter goals. Kilmetis put an exclamation mark on the opening half with his third of the game with 1:01 remaining.

“It wasn’t really anything special,” said McCormick on his five-goal performance. “I just took what the defense gave me and I had a good shooting day today.”

Head coach Chuck Arnone noted that his team was the better team on the day as he continues to be happy with his team’s performances throughout the season.

“We’ve played well the whole year. I’m happy with the performance and the consistency,” he said.

With the regular season winding down, the team could be hitting another gear right before playoffs.

“After the ‘Pequa loss, we kind of meshed together and realized there was only three games left before playoffs so we’re making the most of every single day. We’re just going to keep on trucking,” said McCormick.

Kilmetis has certainly found his stride offensively over the last few games after a slow start offensively from the middle.  

“I’ve had a slow season at the beginning, but I’ve had to pick it up going into playoffs. I know we need more offensive production,” Kilmetis said.

Not only was it a big win on the scoreboard for the Comets, it’s a game that’s always special to win. With such a comfortable lead, every senior was able to take the field.

“It’s really important,” said McCormick. “As a group, as seniors we really want to make this last year really memorable for us, I wouldn’t want to play with any other guys."

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.


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November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

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