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Girls Basketball Finding Its Stride

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.  

News

Five New Hyde Park Memorial High School students won $5,000 cash and will share a $10,000 college scholarship after winning Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge on April 9 to conceive the best business plan to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum.

 

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all.

Two New Hyde Park business men were arrested on Tuesday, April 8 for underreporting gross sales, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced. 

 

DA Rice said Gerard Losquadro, 61 of Garden City and Charles DiMarino, 48, of East Norwich, as the former and current owner, respectively, of New Hyde Park Auto Body Works, failed to remit $149,936.65 in sales tax collected from customers to the New York State

Department of Taxation and Finance from Sept. 1, 2009 to May 31, 2013, according to the DA’s office. 


Sports

Sewanhaka’s boys lacrosse coach Peter Burgess has one rule when it comes to his goalies: make the saves that you’re supposed to make. 

 

Luckily for Burgess, senior Jake Mellen does that and more. 

 

“Once or twice a game he’ll make a save that no one’s supposed to make,” Burgess said. “I’ll look over to my assistant coach and say, ‘Wow, that was a special play right there’”

 

For three years, Mellen has been making those kind of spectacular saves for the Indians as the starting goalie. Before his senior season started, he was voted captain by his teammates and coaches. 

Coaching to some can be measured by wins and losses. But New Hyde Park’s head baseball coach Doug Robins measures his success through the success of his players, on and off the field. 

 

Robins has coached the Gladiators varsity baseball team since 1999 and made the playoffs 10 out of those 15 seasons. His teams have finished in second place in their league twice. 

 

Despite his teams on field success, Robins goal is to help his players succeed and receive the opportunity to play college ball. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - April 16

Kids Eat Free At Applebees - April 20

School Board Meeting - April 22


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