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Manhasset Tops Sewanhaka

After coming off a win against Great Neck North, the Manhasset Indians (2-1) beat the previously unbeaten Sewanhaka Indians (3-1) for their first home game on Friday, Dec. 27. With a high-powered offense scoring 93 points against Division on Tuesday in

Sewanhaka, Manhasset was going to have to play stellar defense.

 

Manhasset put all their focus in defense but still had great solid performances from the offensive side of the ball. Jawaun Gillespie led the team in scoring with 16 points.

 

He provided the offense with a reliable scoring opportunity and came up with huge baskets as the game was getting closer to the final buzzer. Michael Bellucci came off the bench and scored 11 points for the Indians.

 

He was the second leading scorer and gave a spark to the offense when it was needed. With 2.7 seconds left in the game, Bellucci came to the free throw line. Manhasset was up by one point and needed both free throws to put distances between them and Sewanhaka. Bellucci sank both.

 

Keyshawn Johnson and Thomas Duran were banging on the backboards on defense. Johnson played incredible defense in the interior, allowing no easy baskets when coming into the paint. Chris DeMatteis played solid defense on a great shooter for Sewanhaka, forcing him to take extremely difficult shots and no open jump shots.

News

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


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Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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