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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 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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