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Experience Will Aid Indians Next Year

The Sewanhaka Indians boys’ basketball team dropped a win-and-in game on Monday, Feb. 10 to Roslyn High School, 70-69, which officially knocked the Indians out of the playoffs. The team  finished over .500 for the 

first time under head coach Jason Allen. 

 

The Indians had the ball, down by three with 15 seconds left, looking to score and force Roslyn to make free throws. They missed two shots but kept getting the rebounds and were finally able to score to cut the deficit down to one as time expired. 

 

Despite not making the playoffs, the Indians still finished 9-8 (6-8 in conference play). It was the most games the program has won under Allen and they are taking a step in the right direction. 

 

The Indians last made the playoffs since 2011, Allen’s first year on the job, despite only winning four games. 

 

“There's an old saying with basketball that sometimes you have to lose before you win and I think that applies to this team,” said Allen. “The team should be hungry for next year cause we were right on the cusp of where we needed to be. 

 

“We had a moderately successful season but we didn’t get where we want to be, so that alone should be enough motivation for those returning,” Allen said. 

 

The Indians have more returning players next year, as they only had six seniors, two of which were starters this year. Only four of the seniors played significant minutes, according to Allen. 

 

He believes that the seasoning will help his young team improve, especially in close games, which were a big struggle for the Indians this year. 

 

Allen feels a player that will improve the most from the seasoning is freshman point guard Kamoy Silvera. 

 

“He was new to the school so not only did he have to adjust to varsity basketball, but he had to adjust socially,” he said.  “This was my first year as coach having a true point guard. He can score if he wanted, but he is so unselfish.” 

 

Allen believes Silvera can grow to be the Indians’ best player in a year or two. 

 

The best player currently on the Indians, Carlos Bodden, will be returning for his senior year next season. Bodden established himself this season as not only the Indians best player, but as one of the best players in Nassau, earning All-County honors. 

 

He led the team in scoring this season averaging just around 19 points per game and surprised his coach with his rebounding ability, grabbing 23 in a game against Hewlett. 

 

Allen speaks very highly of Bodden. He will run his offense through Bodden next season and doesn’t think teams will have the ability to stop him. 

 

“We have other guys that can score but [the game plan ] will be about him,” Allen said. “A lot of his points come just off his effort.” 

 

Even though the Indians season ended shorter than Allen had hoped, he feels confident with his team going forward. 

 

“We fought hard this year, we were on the brink,” he said. 


News

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. 

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.


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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