Written by Michael Florio, email@example.com Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00
The Sewanhaka High School Indians can count on their senior captain Elijah Smith to bring the toughness to the team.
Smith is a slot receiver and cornerback for the Indians.
“He is one of our two way players and an all around athlete,” said Indians head coach George Kasimatis.
Smith has been playing football since he was seven years old. He came into Sewanhaka primarily as a defensive player. He played cornerback his first two years on junior varsity, but in 11th-grade, when he moved up to varsity, Smith made the transition to slot receiver.
“I like playing cornerback cause I like the contact,” said Smith.
He looks to shut down opposing receivesr both physically and mentally. “I like to get in the guys face, play physical so he can be intimidated when he goes against me,” Smith said with a stern look.
He missed the first three games as a freshman and made his debut off the bench in the teams fourth game. “I came in caught an interception against Southside and have been a starter ever since,” Smith said.
As a receiver, Smith’s intentions are much simpler. “Catch the ball and run up the field,” he said.
He may be intimidating on the field, but he is not like that off the field with his teammates.
“Smith is more of a prankster he likes to keep things lose with the team,” said Kasimatis.
He looks to leave it on all the field this season and has high hopes for his team.
“Take it home and play full tail every time,” said Smith. If the team does this, the sky is the limit, he believes.
“After the season my goal is to obviously go into the weight room, get bigger, run track and make myself a success,” said Smith. He plans on playing football after his time at Sewanhaka.
Kasimatis speaks highly of all his captains and said he doesn’t know what he is going to do without them next year. But he believes all of them, especially Smith, are good enough athletes to play football at a higher level.
Smith will never be one his teammates cannot count on to give it his all.
“I look to do it all,” Smith said. “Whatever I can do to help my team win.”
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Sewanhaka Central High School District voters rejected a $99.5 million bond on Wednesday, Dec. 4 that would have funded extensive repairs and upgrades to the district’s five high schools. District residents voted against the plan, 2,705-2,412.
Forty percent of the bond would have been covered by state aid. The bond would have cost every taxpayer $144.26 annually.
“There’s not a whole lot you can say at this point,” said Joan Romagnoli, the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park representative on the Sewanhaka school board. “I’m disappointed. The administration worked tirelessly. Their outreach in the community was solid.”
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Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently participated in the studios 33nd Black Belt Graduation.
“Our goal at Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Grandmaster Charles Water owner and director of the school. “Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”
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The foundation for character building and success starts at home. The schools and role models that impact your child’s life assist in reinforcing the aspirations that you have for your child’s development and future.
Children learn this is Karatatot, a unique program offered by Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4½ and up. In a fun filled and nurturing setting your children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level. Children learn child safety and stranger training. They are becoming better students at school and better listeners at home.