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Syosset Muscle Over Hicksville In Semifinals

The Syosset Braves lacrosse team saw the scoreboard light up early and often in the goals column in a Tuesday afternoon Class A semifinal clash with the Hicksville Comets.

By the time it was midway through the first half, the Braves had already jumped out to a 10-1 lead. Sophomore Mac O’Keefe found the net five times adding two assists and junior Alex Concannon tallied four times to lead Syosset. The Braves finished with a big 21-9 win to advance to the final.

Syosset, who hadn’t been getting out to fast starts in recent games, knew it was an important factor coming into the semifinal match against Hicksville.

“The last five or six games we haven’t had a quick start so we’ve been working on that all week. We kind of had a repertoire of giving them a lot of rest this week in practice so they’d be fresh for this game,” said head coach John Calabria.

Throughout the day, O’Keefe was able to maneuver in tight spaces, as well as flashing strong stick work with behind-the-back and no-look passes and shots. O’Keefe credited his time playing box lacrosse- the game’s indoor version that originated in Canada- where he honed those skills.

“I play box lacrosse and it’s all in tight spaces so I try to work myself in the crease and get open and I got opportunities today,” said O’Keefe on his goals.

The Comets didn’t go down quietly though. From the end of the second quarter until just past the halfway point of the third, the Comets cut the lead to four goals on three separate occasions, led by senior Pat McCormick’s three goals.

“We just made a couple of adjustments and kids started finishing plays in front of goal, defensively, everybody just stepped it up a bit,” said Hicksville head coach Chuck Arnone.

However, the Comets weren’t able to close the gap any further as their last goal came with 5:43 remaining through McCormick’s extra man offense finish.

In the end, Syosset was too strong, closing the game out with eight unanswered goals. A lot of Syosset’s strong play on the attacking end can be owed to the strong chemistry of O’Keefe and Concannon.

“I love playing with him [O’Keefe]. We’ve really become really good friends and evolved this year. Last year he was on and off with another kid, this year being on the field is a big help for us,” said Concannon.

Hicksville will be left to rue their semifinal struggles. However, the Comets can take pride in a strong overall season, even if it came up a bit short.

“The kids played very good, we finished in the final four. Our goal was to get here and see how we’d do,” said Arnone.

For Syosset it’s getting exactly where they wanted to be.

“Last year we didn’t make it to the county final and the season didn’t go as planned, so this year has been all about getting to this point,” O’Keefe said.

News

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.

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.  


Sports

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.”

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday, July 17. We had 34 golfers and only three who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by Charlie Hong with an impressive 34. Joe Sander scored a solid 49 and won low overall net with a 31.

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.


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