Written by Hyram Landers Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00
The Davenport Press Restaurant o n Main Street in Mineola hosted the Herricks Wrestling Team, this time for the team’s 37th Annual Wrestling Awards Dinner. High School Highlanders and Middle School Soaring Eagles resplendent in jacket and tie together with family, friends, and Highlander Wrestling alumni shared a festive evening’s celebration of this year’s wrestling endeavors.
Varsity Head Coach Cliff Forziat together with his staff consisting of Mike Miller, Eric Goldberg, Leo Kouroupos, and Seth Cook, introduced each team member and distributed certificates of participation and letter awards. Special clinicians Fred Holle and Clint Bodo were also on hand, having contributed substantially to the success that the young wrestlers achieved during the season as well as adding to the spirited banter.
Seven Highlander team members received Herricks Scholar Wrestler Certificates for academic excellence during the season. Freshman Anthony Polo, sophomore Krish Shethia, junior Christopher Woska, and seniors Corey Iuculano, Paul Tantillo, and Michael Vespe were joined by sophomore team manager/scorekeeper Michelle Golyan, proving once again that “it is possible to walk and chew gum at the same time.”
As a team, the Highlander Varsity finished up 8-5 and they were 8-4 on the Second Man mats. Two Highlanders, seniors Mike Vespe and Andrew Farrell, won All-County honors in the Nassau County Division I Wrestling Championship Tournament. Farrell and senior John Temperino both won Conference Championships in the Qualifying Tournament held prior to the County’s. Teammates Vespe, Iuculano, senior Mike Lopez, junior Joe DeVito, and freshman Matt Mach also won All-Conference honors in that event.
“There’s no politics or coaches’ favoritism involved in these honors,” Forziat said. “You win on the mat or you don’t,” he continued. “We were in with some very tough teams including Wantagh ranked number one in New York State, and our kids did a great job.”
Numerous awards were presented to various statistical category leaders: Wins – Mike Vespe (36), Pins – Andrew Farrell (22), Team Points – Farrell (194.5), Technical Falls – Corey Iuculano (3), Major Decisions – Vespe (4), Fastest Pin – Jason Liarikos (15 seconds), Takedowns – Vespe (55), Reversals – Matt mach (26), Escapes – John Temperino (27), and Nearfalls – Iuculano (35).
Five Middle School Soaring Eagles were recognized for their superior performances. Eighth graders Michael Chase, Luke Esposito, and Brian Ginter plus seventh grader Michael Marcy each received Coaches’ Recognition Awards. Eighth grader Anthony Bartolotta was awarded the Outstanding Wrestler Award. He finished the season at 12-1 losing a hard-fought 5-10 decision in his first match at Great Neck North, then reeling off 12 straight victories, 11 of them by pin, against some very tough opponents. The team finished 6-6-2 and showed steady improvement throughout the season.
Highlander freshman Anthony Polo was the well-deserved recipient of the High School Coaches’ Recognition Award. Anthony A.K.A. Canis Furiosus Minor, (and more recently as “the incredible shrinking man”) is a fearless competitor whose intensity both everyday in practice and on the mat in competition is peerless. He finished up the season at 29-13 overall and was on his way to All-Conference honors in the Qualifying Tournament, when he was derailed by an accidental head butt that almost immediately swelled his right eye shut. “Popeye” wanted to continue, but the coaches pulled him from the competition. Nevertheless the next week he came every day to the county tournament practices and scrimmages and worked out even though the coaches would not let him have any contact.
John Temperino was presented the 24th Annual Highland Wrestler Award. The inscription reads “in grateful appreciation to John Temperino whose devotion to the team, and whose support of Herricks Wrestling, and whose good sportsmanship are of the highest caliber.” John White (1990) was the first recipient of this distinction. Over the decades this award has been presented to wrestlers, parents, and faculty supporters of the wrestling program. John C.P. [Compact Power] Temperino has done an admirable job filling in the upper middle weights for the team frequently giving up pretty much height in his matches. He finished this season with 29 varsity victories and a Conference Championship. He has served as the team treasurer for the past two years, and as Coach Forziat says, he bleeds blue and gray.
Andrew Farrell finished the season with 33 victories giving him 110 over his career, good enough for fifth place on Herricks’ all-time records charts in wins. He is also ranked fifth in career team points, and this year Andrew established a new Herricks Career Pin school record with 66 getting the last three pins in the grueling County Championships.
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It’s a family affair for the Winters of Port Washington when they make pilgrimages to Bobb Howard’s General Store in New Hyde Park. “There’s something in that store for everyone,” says Tracy Winters, who has been a customer of this retro candy and toy store for eight years. Tracy goes for the Astro Pops, husband Michael gets Marshmallow Twists and Tracy’s mother, Phyllis Heller of Bellmore, can’t resist the Goldenberg Peanut Chews. Jake, Tracy’s older son, isn’t a candy lover so he gravitates to the old-time toys and nostalgia posters.
Jamie Waller of Queens says it made him feel like a kid again when he saw the wall of candy with treats from the 1990s and 1950s sitting next to each other. “Anything you can possibly want is there,” he says. For Jamie, a big treat is Circus Peanuts, peanut-shaped marshmallows. “My dad used to love them when he was a kid,” he says.
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One fortunate New Hyde Park resident was rescued from the freezing cold on Tuesday, Feb. 25 thanks to Dr. Julia Harmon, DVM, of the New Hyde Park Animal Hospital. That night, at approximately 8 p.m., Harmon was going to her car after work when she saw Spike, a wandering bulldog near Brooklyn Avenue, one block from the vet’s office on Jericho Turnpike.
Harmon immediately brought Spike, who was not wearing a collar and did not have a microchip implanted for identification, back to the vet’s office. The temperature outside was already at 31 degrees, but felt like 20 degrees with the windchill. Luckily Spike was
brought in from the cold early; temperatures dropped down to 25 degrees that night.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
New Hyde Park Michael Castelli recently participated in the 32nd Black Belt Graduation at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park. He graduated to first-degree black belt.
“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others,” says Grandmaster Charles Water, owner and director of the school.
Students tested in October, successfully passed their exam recently and received their black belt certificates. “Who says that the youth of America are not committed? A healthy life style at the karate studio, mentally and physically is alive, well and working,” said Water.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
After missing the playoffs two straight years, the Sewanhaka Indians Boys lacrosse team will face tougher odds if it hopes to advance to postseason play in 2014.
The Indians, who start their season March 24 at Oyster Bay, will be playing out of Section 8, Nassau Conference II (Class B) this year; a bump up from their usual spot in Nassau Conference III (Class C). Typically, the schools are divided by enrollment.
“There are no gimmies in this league,” said nine-year coach Peter Burgess. “We were the last team to make this league in terms of population. They kind of drew the line below us. So we’re the smallest school in the league.”
Burgess said another obstacle for the Indians will be facing teams that they have no experience playing before.