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Girls Fall Short Of Playoff Win

Glen Cove’s Taylah Hudson proved to be too much for Sewanhaka’s girls basketball team to handle on Friday, Feb. 14. 

 

Hudson scored 10 of her game-high 19 points in the second quarter to lift the Big Red to a 49-39 victory over the Indians in a Nassau Conference Class A first-round playoff game. 

Sewanhaka finished the season 11-6. 

 

“You have to take your lumps in the beginning when you’ve got a young team like this,” said Sewanhaka coach Alexander Soupios, whose team included only two seniors. “They have to learn what it feels like to lose in order to win.”

 

Glen Cove (12-6) advances to play at top-seeded North Shore on Wednesday, Feb. 19. 

 

The Big Red outscored Sewanhaka 26-4 in the second quarter, turning a five-point deficit into a 17-point halftime lead. 

Hudson, a junior guard, had three of her seven assists in the second quarter. She also grabbed four of her eight steals in the second, including one that a led to coast-to-coast layup from Hudson to give Glen Cove a 26-15 lead. 

 

“It’s almost like they’re four of her out there,” said Glen Cove coach Greg Mayerhofer, who notched his 400th career victory earlier in the season. “I’ve coached some nice players over the years and she ranks right at the top.”

 

Sewanhaka was short-handed as junior point guard Daniella Ford sustained a neck injury earlier in that pivotal second quarter.  She wasn’t cleared to play until midway in the third quarter. 

 

“Daniella Ford makes a heck of a difference on this team,”  Soupios said. “Her court vision is just so dynamic. It’s tough to replace something like that for
a while.”

 

Ford’s return did provide a spark for the Indians, as they reeled off eight straight points to cut the lead to 42-27 early in the fourth quarter.  After trading baskets back-and-forth with Glen Cove, Ford assisted on a baseline 3-pointer to Jenny Pechacek to make it 47-35 with 3:48 remaining. On the next play though, Hudson scored on a pull-up jumper to seal it for the
Big Red. 

 

Ford and Casey Hayes had 11 points apiece for Sewanhaka. Michelle Niles added 10 points. 

News

Operation Main Street, a plan that would see a section of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park revamped with traffic calming features and aesthetic updates, is finally in the home stretch, New Hyde Park village officials say. Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises will be putting the finishing touches on the $1.46 million project this week.

 

“It’s all but finished,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Honestly, I feel good. It’s looking solid. It took forever to get it done. They’re going to put more benches in and plantings; striping the road.”

 

New Hyde Park’s department of public works will maintain the planters and medians installed for the project. Twenty-five potted plants were recently installed along the turnpike, officials stated. More than 10 benches will be available on the turnpike.

Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.

 

Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.

 

“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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