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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

Twenty-three-year-old Victoria Inguanta of New Hyde Park has a unique approach to her artwork. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School and Marymount College graduate takes the human body and combines figurative and abstract work using just a pencil and her canvas.

 

“For instance I’ll take a classical rendering of a face and bring out a modern aspect of the art using lines and space in my composition,” said Inguanta. “To me, the combining of the two is a lot of fun.”

The Sewanhaka Central High School District honored five educators with the Superintendent’s Teacher of the Year Award and recognized staff members with 25 years of service to the district at its Opening Day Ceremony last week, which was highlighted by presentations and student-musician performances.

 

Held at Sewanhaka High School, the ceremony began with the New Hyde Park Memorial High School Select Choir performing the Star Spangled Banner under the direction of choir director Robert McKinnon.


Sports

Tara Notrica is your typical 49-year-old mother of two. Along with her husband Barry, she is kept busy by her 14-year-old son Jared and 10-year-old daughter Samantha. One more thing: she has been battling Mast Cell disease in addition to other autoimmune diseases for the past eight years. Josh York, the CEO and founder of GYMGUYZ, an in-home personal training company, has been working closely with Notrica to help her cope with her disease.

 

“GYMGUYZ is all about the three C’s: convenient, creative and customizable workouts,” said York. “We come to the setting of your choice from homes, offices, churches, and bring our fully loaded van, which has 365 pieces of equipment,” he continued.

Nassau County Police Activity League Special Needs Unit hosted the recent Special Olympics New York Basketball Tournament held at Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center home of Nassau County PAL (NCPAL). Thirteen basketball teams, each with up to ten players, participated in the games. NCPAL-

Special Needs Unit Knights; NCPAL New Hyde Park Knights; SCO Owls; Commack Sharks; Long Island Lions: ACDS Thunderbolts, AHRC Starz and for the first time the Oakville Skywalkers, a Canadian team, competed on the court to demonstrate their skill and spirit of sportsmanship. After the games gold, silver and bronze medals and ribbons were awarded to each of the players.


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