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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 adopted its 2014-15 operating budget Tuesday, April 14. The new budget totals $6 million. Last year’s budget topped off at $5.8 million. 

 

The adopted budget holds a final tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.65 percent increase from last year. It’s estimated that residents will need to pay an additional $18 per year in village taxes.

The Village of New Hyde Park held off on its decision regarding the possible reopening of the Angry Gnome Pub. New Hyde Park resident John Murnane is looking to reestablish the bar and its two upstairs apartments at 1217 Jericho Tpke.

 

The pub was devastated because of Hurricane Sandy two years ago. According to village officials, tenants were using “alternative means of heat and air conditioning” which caused a fire in October 2012 after the storm, resulting in two deaths.

 

“It’s a neighborhood bar,” said Murnane. “It’s been a fixture in New Hyde Park for a long time.”


Sports

Sewanhaka High School’s girls lacrosse coach Erica Brennan knows something good is going to happen when attacker Skylar Shimansky is sprinting down the field. 

 

“When she’s on the move, shooting, 90 percent of the time, it’s going in,” Brennan said. 

 

The goals have been going in for Shimansky on a consistent basis so far this season. She leads the Indians with eight goals and has scored in each of the team’s first six games.

For Ariana Bruschi, winning the school award in the national Wendy’s High School Heisman competition is about hard work. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior is a standout Gladiators field hockey, lacrosse player and an avid volunteer.

 

“It really helped me and showed how hard work paid off,” she said. “I thank all my coaches and my guidance counselor Mary Beth Healy. They really helped me.”

 

The Wendy’s competition measured three parts: academics, athletics and leadership. These categories were strengths for Bruschi.


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