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Sewanhaka LAX Looks To Start Season Strong

After missing the playoffs two straight years, the Sewanhaka Indians Boys lacrosse team will face tougher odds if it hopes to advance to postseason play in 2014. 

 

The Indians, who start their season March 24 at Oyster Bay, will be playing out of Section 8, Nassau Conference II (Class B) this year; a bump up from their usual spot in Nassau Conference III (Class C).  Typically, the schools are divided by enrollment. 

 

 “There are no gimmies in this league,” said nine-year coach Peter Burgess. “We were the last team to make this league in terms of population. They kind of drew the line below us. So we’re the smallest school in the league.”

Burgess said another obstacle for the Indians will be facing teams that they have no experience playing before. 

 

“You become familiar with teams that you usually play, like a Beth Page, like a Lynbrook, a Great Neck North,” he said. “We would’ve preferred our other (Class C) division. But we can’t do anything about that now.” 

 

The Indians are returning seven starters from last year’s team that finished 7-8. One of them includes senior defender Tyler Reginer, who has committed to play lacrosse at Rutgers University next year. 

 

“He’s probably our focal point,” Burgess said. “He’s just a student of the game, loves playing, tough kid and a phenomenal defenseman.”

 

Senior goalie Jake Mellen will be entering his third season as starter. 

 

“He makes some saves that no one should be making,” said Burgess. “He has the potential to carry the team one way or another.”

 

Other returning members include juniors Brenton Mighty, a midfielder and Peter Militano, an attackmen. Militano led the team in goals scored for the past two seasons. Also playing attack, is Reginer’s younger brother, Trevor, a sophomore, who led the team in assists a year ago. 

 

“Once he gains more experience and confidence, sky is the limit for him,” said Burgess of Trevor. “He’s going to be a really really good player.”

 

Burgess said that although the starters are skilled and experienced; his team does lack depth. 

 

“We have some holes in midfield, attack and defense,” said Burgess. “We’re going to have to put some pieces together.”

 

The Indians begin the league part of the schedule April 1 at home against Garden City, the two-time defending Class B state champions. 

 

“Garden City is the probably the favorite again this year,” said Burgess. “But there are a lot of really good teams, Long Beach, Southside, Wantagh, really everyone.”


News

The Sewanhaka Central High School District renewed Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie’s contract for the next five years at a recent board meeting. Ferrie will receive no pay increase in 2014-15 at a $238,000 salary. The contract expires on June 30, 2019.

 

“You can’t get [work] done without a unanimous board,” Ferrie said. “This board took a leap of faith with the program plans for the district. We also have an excellent team [of administrators]. That’s an awesome team.”

New Hyde Park resident Tom Madera, of 7th Avenue, doesn’t want another car crashing into his house and hopes a Nassau County plan to install traffic calming features along Covert Avenue will prevent another incident.

 

“Anything would help, even if it makes noise like rubber strips along the road,” he said. “I can assure that it doesn’t make as much noise as a screeching Cadillac which has decided to reorganize the front of your house. That happened two years ago.”

 

The project would run down Covert Avenue from Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, south to Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont. The project could cost more than $250,000, according to Aryeh Lemberger, unit head for Nassau County traffic engineers. He expects the plan would begin in 2015.


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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