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Herricks Touts Two 1,000-Point Scorers

Fellus, Ricchiuti look to take game to college level

Herricks High School’s basketball program is celebrating the accomplishments of two 1,000-point scorers, one boy and one girl, both seniors who own their school career scoring record. And both are convinced that the other one is the better player.

So who would win a 1-on-1 match between Andrew Fellus and Alison Ricchiuti?

“She would,” Fellus said.

“He would,’” Ricchiuti said.

One thing is certain. It would be a battle because these two players, who both began playing backyard basketball as youngsters and grew into varsity stars at Herricks, have a zest for the game and an ability to score baskets almost at will.

Their achievements are still sinking in on the two players, who still remember their first baskets all these points later.

“It was in the second quarter of a game in my freshman year,” Fellus said. “I had an open 3-pointer. I knocked it down. When that happens, you think to yourself, `Hey, I can do this.’ You’ve been playing all your life, since you were a little kid and then, one day, you get there.”

Ricchiuti’s first basket came in a scrimmage. “I was excited,” she said. “I didn’t expect to play or score and then I did. It was a great feeling.”

The 1,000-point plateau came later for both. “I got there first,” Ricchiuti said. Fellus followed and recalled his feelings on the accomplishment.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “It’s a dream come true. When I was a little kid, looking at older kids and thinking I want to be like them and then to get there, that’s special.”

Fellus punctuated his run to 1,000 points with a 49-point game against Calhoun. On the same night, Ricchiuti hit 34 against the same opponent.

The two Highlander stars have contrasting styles.

 Fellus is a point guard who likes to shoot 3-pointers. “I shoot a lot of them,” he said. “When you hit a big three, that’s the greatest feeling in the world.” He often draws the attention of more than one defender, allowing him to feed teammates for open shots. “I get great joy out of assists,” he said. “When they double team me, it allows me to set up teammates.”

 Ricchiuti drives to the basket more but appreciates the big three, as well.

Both have scholarship offers and plan to play college ball. Fellus plans to study business. Ricchiuti is looking for a major in physical or occupational therapy. Each maintains a 3.3 academic average and both have learned to budget their time.

“Balancing school work and basketball helps me stay organized,” said Ricchiuti, who also plays soccer. “We all know that if you don’t do well in school, you don’t play. And we want to play.”

“You’re motivated,” Fellus said. “You want to do well at basketball and you want to do well in class. You want to go to a good college and play there. That’s the motivation.”

The next stop for each will be to take their game to the next level in college. But if they want to try a little intramural 1-on-1 beforehand, well, they’d better bring their game face to the court because they’ll be facing a record-breaking opponent.

News

The Village of New Hyde Park will soon hear Manhattan businessman Sam Chan’s proposal to open a 84-seat hibachi-style restaurant at 1215 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park, the former spot of the maligned Empire Billiards Hall. The hearing is set for Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

“The board will be hearing the case for restaurant usage,” Mayor Robert Lofaro said. “This will also have to go before the zoning board. They will likely hear the case.”

A fatal car accident on Tuesday, Aug. 19 that claimed the life of a 55-year-old man on Covert Avenue in New Hyde Park could fast-track a $250,000 Nassau County project announced last month to install traffic calming features along the road. The project would run north from Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, south to Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont.

“The project is already ongoing and will continue to progress,” said Nassau County Department of Public Works rep Michael Martino.


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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