Written by Michael Florio Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00
Sewanhaka’s varsity girls head basketball coach Alexander Soupios is not worried about his team playing their best basketball now, but rather in February, when his team could potentially be in the playoffs. Making the playoffs is the overall goal for Soupios and the Indians this season.
“Like any team, our goal is to make the playoffs and peek at the best time,” he said. “We want to play our best basketball in late February, not in early December.”
Soupios believes his team will continue to get better with experience and his players will continue to develop great chemistry and confidence. He affirms that confidence is key with the Indians and the more that confidence, grows the better they will be.
“We are a brick-by-brick project this year,” he said. “Hopefully we are firing on all cylinders by late February.”
In order to reach this goal, Soupios will rely heavily on his captains. The first captain is junior point guard Daniella Ford, who will control the offense for Sewanhaka. Ford is certainly reliable, as she made the All-County team last season as a sophomore. Soupious has a great level of confidence in his floor-general.
“She is tough as nails and does all the little things to help us win,” he said. “She is the heart and sole of this team.”
Captain Michelle Niles, a junior guard, is the sharpshooter for the Indians.
“She has a great outside shot and her basketball IQ is through the roof,” Soupios said. “She helps make the offense go.”
Soupios will also rely on senior captain Jenny Pechacek at the third guard position. She is extremely athletic and a very fundamentally sound player. He can rely on Pechacek to be a leader on and off the court.
“She really stepped into a leadership role as a captain,” he said.
On the defensive end he will rely heavily on his senior captain Myeishay Brooks. She is a forward by trade, but will defend the opposing teams best player regardless of position.
“She is very versatile,” he said. “She is willing to sacrifice and try to shut down the best player on the other team.”
Lastly, he will depend heavily upon his sophomore forward Casey Hayes. She has played on the varsity level since she was in eighth-grade, is the teams presence in the paint.
Hayes always loved to grab rebounds and contest shots, but now she is being more aggressive on the offensive end and it shows, according to Soupious. She has averaged around 17 points per game and 10.5 rebounds.
The Indians do not have a set identity on offense, but they strive to be versatile.
“We take whatever the defense allows,” Soupious said. “We are capable of running the fast-break all day, but against better teams we need to be able to play in the half court.”
The Indians certainly look to have a balanced attack and are not a one-superstar team. The coach believes that any of his players can be the leading scorer on any given night.
The Indians will only get better as their young bench, which sports three eighth graders, gets experience. Soupious thinks once they develop confidence, the sky is the limit for them.
The Indians currently sport a 2-2 but sit at 1-1 in Conference A2.
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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.