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Sewanhaka Standout Ready For Primetime

The Sewanhaka Indians boys basketball team does not only count on Carlos Bodden to lead them in scoring, but also to lead them on and off the court. 

 

This is evident as Bodden, the teams starting small forward, is only a junior but is already a team captain. 

 

“He really is a role model for us on the court, specifically with how hard he plays,” said Indians head coach Jason Allen. “He sets a great example around school, he’s a great kid.”

 

Bodden ranks 14th in Nassau County, averaging 18.1 points-per-game. Both Bodden and Allen still see ways he can improve, which should only scare teams in the Indians conference even more. 

 

“He can be more consistent with his free throws,” says Allen. “He can improve upon his range too. But fortunately for us he is so good in the post, close to the basket that we keep him down there a lot. He does have outside skills and is good in transition too.” 

 

Not only did Bodden play on the varsity squad as a sophomore, he also started. Bodden believes this is an area he can improve on as well. 

 

“I’m going to work on my shot in the offseason and try to expand my range,” he said. 

 

Bodden began playing basketball in the fifth grade. When he was younger, he was bigger then all the other kids and now standing at 6-foot-3, he has had to make the transition to being a small forward. 

 

This is a move he may have to continue to work on, as he inspires to play at a higher level. 

 

“After the season I’m going to be in the gym trying to get better for next season,” Bodden says.

 

His coach certainly believes he can. 

 

“He has the right kind of work ethic and charisma. He’s got good size and is one of those players I believe can play at a higher level,” said Allen. 

 

For now Bodden is all in on the Indians as they make a push towards the postseason. 

 

“My goal for the rest of the season is to make the playoffs, which we are more then capable of doing,” he said. 


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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