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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

Linda Doyle knows how to make a good hot dog. And she doesn’t need a big fancy kitchen or shiny barbeque grill to do it. Rather, Doyle’s famous franks are served out of a small trailer on the side of S. Broadway.

For the past 16 years, passers-by coming along S. Broadway looking for a delicious, cheap bite to eat for lunch or a pre-dinner snack have been stopping by Linda’s Hot Dog Boutique, a simple white trailer adorned by a flag, yellow umbrella and two signs.

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”


Sports

Hicksville High School senior Kyle Carroll recently participated in the prestigious Blue Grey Super Combine in Canton OH. Over 7,000 high school football players are invited to combines sponsored by Blue Grey Football throughout the country. Carroll was recognized for his overall scores and abilities during the one on one drills and was honored to have been chosen as one of 140 athletes invited to the Super Combine at the Football Hall of Fame. From there, a select few will be invited to play in the Blue Grey All-America Bowls in December in Texas and in January in Florida.  

The Super Combine in Canton took place on Fawcett Field at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The combine featured some of the top football prospects from around the country. Carroll fit seamlessly into the drills as he displayed impressive work with fast feet and hip turns as well as skilled ball handling ability.

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.


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