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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

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

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October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

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