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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 debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


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