Written by Robert B. Bonaparte Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
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.”
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Commuting to work via train is exasperating and expensive—add on the stress of parking and the threat of tickets, it becomes madness.
“There’s a lot of parking if you get here early enough,” commuter Michelle Vernant said. “If you think you’re getting a spot after 8:30 a.m., think again.”
At the New Hyde Park Train Station, there are 340 commuter parking spaces that line the train station from New Hyde Park Road to Covert Avenue.
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In his first duty as new commander of G&E Linder VFW Post 8031, U.S. Air Force veteran Mario Obertis fired a three-volley salute to honor local military veterans who had fallen in battle or are otherwise deceased as part of the color guard during last Tuesday’s Veterans Day observance in New Hyde Park.
“I’m always proud to be a commander of the veterans group. I feel like it’s giving back,” said Obertis, a Korean War era veteran who had previously served as post commander from 2001 through 2005.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
Despite a disappointing playoff loss against the Wantagh Warriors, Sewanhaka Indians Head Coach George Kasimatis, is pleased with his football team’s season.
“I’m proud of my team,” he said. “But you are never satisfied unless you win the whole thing.”
The Indians faced a big challenge this year, moving up into Conference II left them as the new kids on the block, unfamiliar with the teams they would be going against.
Kasimatis will have a tall task next year replacing graduating seniors, which made up most of his starting lineup. Kasimatis said most of the offensive line, such as Danny Gianotti, Adrian Gonzalez and Louis Segarra III, and the defensive line, such as Justin Alexandre, Peter LaTorre and Peter Militano are seniors, many of which have started multiple years for him.
Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:00
The fifth seeded Sewanhaka Indians traveled to Wantagh to take on the fourth seeded Wantagh Warriors on Friday, Nov. 7 for its opening playoff game.
The Indians opened the game sluggish on offense, and were held in check throughout the first quarter. The Indians defense did its best to keep the team within striking distance, but field position form shaky special teams play, put them in a difficult position.
Warriors running back Dylan Beckwith, was able to punch in a 15-yard touchdown run, to give the Warriors a one score lead after the first quarter.