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Sewanhaka Looking To Take Next Step

Despite dropping some winnable games, the Sewanhaka Indians varsity boys basketball team still have high hopes heading down the stretch this season. 

 

Currently sitting at 7-5, 5-5 in conference play, the Indians control their own destiny, currently sitting in fourth place in the Nassau Conference A-II, with four conference games remaining, five in total. 

 

“We have to win two of those four conference games to get into the playoffs,” said head coach Jason Allen. “We’re in a good spot and this next game against Great Neck North is huge.”

 

While Allen believes that his team has let some winnable games slip, he thinks it has made them tougher. If they win two of their final four conference games they will make the playoffs, Allen said. If they win out they can move up to as high as the second seed. 

 

Allen believes that his team is playing their best basketball of the season now, but there are two key areas he hopes to improve: defense and free-throw shooting.

 

“The games that we did lose we had defenses lapses that hurt us tremendously,” he said. 

 

His players agree. 

 

“The big thing we been working on and can improve is our defense,” said junior forward Carlos Bodden. He leads the Indians scoring with 18.6 points-per-game

 

“It’s the simple things with us like getting back on defense and boxing out,” said senior shooting guard Phillip Repalone. 

 

This will be a focus of Allen’s down the stretch. 

 

“If we can play good defense and make our free throws I think we can beat any team that is put in front of us,” he said. 

 

The Indians are confident heading into this final stretch of the season. “We are in a great position and have a real good chance of getting in,” Allen said. 

 

“We’re definitely going to make the playoffs,” said Bodden. “That’s our main goal.”

 

“Our first goal is to make a playoff run. But then we got to keep progressing and hopefully make it to the Long Island championship,” said Repalone. “I believe in the system one hundred percent.”

 

The Indians made the playoffs in 2012, Allen’s first year on the job, but failed to make it last year. He believes making a post season run will set his franchise in the right direction moving forward. A goal of his is to be a perennial playoff team.

 

Allen is looking for his first playoff win and believes his team can accomplish that and more. 

 

“Once we get in [to the playoffs] we want to shock people,” he said. “We are going to be a dangerous team that a lot of people are not going to want to play. We want to push to be one of those final four teams.” 

 

Allen believes that this season will solidify his program and elevate them into playoff contention every season. 

 

“We have turned the corner as a program,” he said. “We have a very good junior varsity team with a lot of talent down there,” he said. 

News

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.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office confirmed it’s investigating allegations made towards a Long Island Little League coach, suggesting he kept $12,000 players raised for a trip to Cooperstown.

 

Parents were outraged and children heartbroken to find the team would not be going to Cooperstown this year. They say Merillon Sharks coach Vincent Carreca, of New Hyde Park, told kids they were ready to go a few days before the trip. Then parents, who called Dreams Park in Cooperstown to confirm meal plans, learned the Sharks were not registered for the event.

 

“This is a horrible thing that happened,” one parent said, who asked not to be identified.


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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