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Girls Lacrosse Looks To Compete

Coach Erica Brennan feels Sewanhaka’s girls lacrosse program is making strides to compete this year. 

 

“We just need to develop a sense of game knowledge,” said Brennan, who is entering her seventh season as varsity coach. “That’s one of the things we lack overall, we have girls who are fast and learned the skills of catching and throwing, but we need to work on our game knowledge. And that comes with experience.”

 

The Indians, who have never made the playoffs in Brennan’s tenure, will kick off their season March 14 at home against the Elmont Spartans. 

 

Sewanhaka’s roster has yet to be finalized, but Brennan said the squad will consist of mostly juniors, a couple of freshmen and one returning senior with midfielder, Cynthia Devendran.

 

Brennan said the strength of the team, will be the defense, which is anchored by junior defender Daniella Ford. 

 

“She has a great feel and game sense,” Brennan said. “She’s a (varsity) basketball player so she moves the ball well. She always wants to play on offense but I tell her ‘No, we need you on defense.’”

 

Ford will play alongside junior defender Michelle Niles, who also played varsity basketball. Brennan feels they bring their basketball chemistry onto the lacrosse field. 

 

“They communicate pretty well,” said Brennan. “They understand the concept of goal movement, you know, move, pass and cut. Sometimes it’s hard to explain that concept to kids” 

 

Junior Nicole Santoli will be the starting goalie for the third straight season. 

 

“She’s smart, clears the ball very well,” said Brennan. “She’s not afraid to direct the defense and when there big plays you can count on her to stop it.”

 

On offense, Brennan said she expects big things from junior attacker Skylar Shimansky. She is expected to fill the void left by graduate Kaitlyn Dempsey, who led the team in goals scored last year. 

 

Brennan also said she expects big things from the freshmen Kylie Woo, Sandy Padilla-Ortega and Mariah Villerreal .  She feels that these ninth-graders are the start of a new wave of Sewanhaka students, who play lacrosse all year. 

 

“We’re a fairly new program,” said Brennan, who didn’t want to disclose the names of the ninth graders since rosters haven’t been finalized. “We don’t have a strong foundation but these elementary kids are playing lacrosse all the time. These (freshmen) girls are the same girls that after practice they’re playing on the field by themselves on a Saturday morning.”


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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