Written by Robert B. Bonaparte Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00
Sewanhaka’s boys basketball team stepped onto its court Friday night, knowing its playoff hopes would be ruined with one more loss.
So the Indians left nothing to chance.
Junior Carlos Bodden scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. Sewanhaka scored the game’s first 18 points en route to a 77-39 victory over Plainedge in a Nassau Conference A-II game on Feb. 7.
“As long as we have good energy, no team can guard us,” said senior Jabryl Chin, who added 13 points. “It’s all about our energy and heart. If we don’t have that than our skills won’t do the trick.”
As of press time. Sewanhaka (9-7 overall, 6-7 league) needed to win its season-finale on Monday, Feb. 10 at Roslyn in order to make the playoffs for the second time in three years.
“We don’t feel pressure at all,” said senior Phil Repalone, who scored nine points. “We’re ready.”
The Indians stormed out to an 18-0 run in the first quarter using a tenacious full-court press that caused four Plainedge turnovers. Bodden scored six points in the run including two put-back buckets. The Red Devils (4-11, 1-11) were held scoreless until Tyler
Audette converted on a layup with 1:23 remaining in the first quarter to make it 18-2.
Sewankaha scored 18 unanswered points again to start the second quarter. The run was highlighted by consecutive 3-pointers by Chin and Danori Williams and capped by a Jemil Are bucket to make it 40-6 with less than two minutes remaining in the second.
“The guys just came out with so much intensity and set the tone right from the bat, “ said Sewanhaka’s third-year coach Jason Allen. “It was the defense that set the tone for us.”
John Danielo led Plainedge with 14 points. Pat Reilly added seven points and Billy Keenan six points. Audette netted five points including a 3-pointer before time expired in the third quarter to cut the lead to 61-27.
For Sewanhaka, Dominick Roberge scored four points with nine rebounds and Malik Elliot six points and eight rebounds.
The Indians were once again led by Bodden, a forward, who scored 23 points in Sewanhaka’s first victory over Plainedge, a 77-62 win on Jan. 11.
“He gets the ball anywhere around the paint,” said Plainedge coach Brian Buckley. Before their final home game, the Indians honored their six seniors, which included: Repalone, Chin, Are, Roberge, Elliot and Jacques Francois.
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The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future.
At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district.
The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments.
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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.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
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.