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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 Village of New Hyde Park Board of Trustees held their 2014-15 tentative budget hearing on Monday, April 7, where a proposed budget of $6 million was presented.

 

The appropriation represents an increase of $160,512 from the 2013-14 budget and a tentative tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.8 percent increase from last year.

 

“Working on this year’s budget was one of the hardest we’ve ever done,” Village Mayor Robert Lofaro said.

Following her uncontested election last month, trustee Donna Squicciarino was officially sworn in by Mayor Robert Lofaro for a one year term on Monday, April 7. 

 

Squicciarino is the second woman in New Hyde Park’s 86-year history to serve as trustee. Florence Lisanti was the first woman to serve on the board, whose term expired in 2001.

 

“I think it’s great,” said Squicciarino. “We needed a woman at the table with a different point of view. We have a lot of different perspectives that guide the village in the right direction.”


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. 


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School Board Meeting - April 22


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