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Roberge Focuses On Strength

Focusing entirely on having the perfect swing is not always the most important aspect to becoming a great ballplayer. Monique Roberge, star softball player for Queens College, found that out early in her college career.

 

“I feel that my mental focus has been the biggest improvement for me,” said the junior from New Hyde Park. “I’m big into sports psychology. In high school I didn’t have the same mentality that I do now. I’m able to tame myself.”

 

Roberge’s exceptional mental focus has translated into success on the field. She was recently an honorable mention for the East Coast Conference (ECC) Player of the Week.

 

Thus far, her 2014 season has been deserving of far greater. Roberge has led her team to an 11-5 record which puts them in the thick of contention in the ECC. Her .455 batting average is the best on the team. She has 20 hits, 14 runs scored to go along with four home runs and 20 RBI.

 

Roberge’s terrific plate discipline can be seen by her 11 walks against only three strikeouts, reminiscent of her favorite athlete—Derek Jeter.

 

“I would definitely like to keep up the numbers,” she said. “But I try not to focus on them. I would rather focus on having three or four quality at bats per game,” she added, showing her maturity beyond her years.

 

Expecting such greatness often leads to disappointment and prolonged slumps. Roberge’s philosophy is more conducive to continued success because it is not reliant on unsustainable results. 

 

Although she has improved this season, the fact is that Roberge has been a threat in the lineup since her first day as a collegiate player. She hit .370 as a freshman and .358 as a sophomore. It’s hard to improve from those numbers, but Roberge has.

 

“My work ethic has grown,” she said. “I find that fundamental work is important because it translates into the games.”

 

Roberge has been named an All-Conference player in her first two seasons in Queens and is well on her way to a third, and possibly an All-Region accolade.

 

In high school, Roberge also garnered All-County honors as a sophomore, junior and senior at Sewanhaka High School. She was a multi-sport athlete that also dabbled with soccer and basketball before ultimately deciding that softball was her true love. 

 

The Roberge family is predicated on athletics. Both of her parents, Denis and Lucille, are athletic trainers. Her brother, Dominick, is also a multi-sport athlete. 

 

Roberge plans on continuing down that path after graduation. The junior, who is currently majoring in exercise science, has lofty goals.

 

“I would like to get into strength and conditioning,” she said. Does she plan on giving up the game of softball? Not exactly.

 

“I want to get into coaching at the collegiate level as well,” Roberge stated.

 

She certainly possesses the prerequisite traits of on-field success and an affable personality. Before then, however, she has business on the field.

 

The Queens Knights are competing for a playoff berth. They were fortunate to overcome losing the first two games of the season to Georgian Court and Post University in Clermont, Fla. They have rolled off 11 wins in 14 games, thanks in large part to an eight-game winning streak.

 

They still have crucial matchups against familiar foes in Dowling, NYIT, Pace and AIC to name a few. 

 

“The goal is to finish above .500,” she said. “Every game on the schedule is winnable.”

 

The team has the potential for much more than winning more games than losing but it would represent a substantial increase over last year’s 14-25 season.

News

The summer wind—a constant and welcome companion for the members of the Herricks Leisure Club as they cope with the soaring temps and heightened humidity, will gave way to fall in the coming weeks.

 

As the sultry days waft into cooling eves, members reminisce about the waning weeks of the club’s spring experience.

 

The May 22 meeting boasted a patriotic flair in anticipation of Memorial Day.  Stars and stripes decorated the dais as the board congratulated Director Frances Kivatisky on being honored as a Senior Citizen of the Year the previous day. Roses and accolades were presented by Vice President Jo Jozef who chaired this extraordinary Harbor Links event.

The tax levy for the 2014-15 school year was set at the Aug. 14 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, and district residents may be surprised that it’s coming in a bit lower than the amount voters had previously approved.

 

Assistant Superintendent for Business Helen Costigan initially revealed the Herricks’ tax levy for the coming school year was a 1.73 percent increase. However, she noted that a surplus in the budget could allow the district to establish a lower levy than previously anticipated. The board adopted the new levy, 1.3 percent or $93,325,352.


Sports

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park, recently participated in a talent show at the school. This was a great way to not only show their talent but to go out of their every day comfort zone and perform in front of an audience. 

 

Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is a full-time, professional martial arts school, with classes for children, adults and teenagers. 

The New Hyde Park Firecats defeated Huntington’s HBC Sudden Impact in a shootout in the Girls-Under-13 State Open Cup final recently. After tying 1-1 in regulation, New Hyde Park advanced from the shootout, 3-1. 

 

New Hyde Park’s Izzy Glennon beat three defenders and chipped the HBC keeper to equalize after HBC’s Ryan Conway scored in the first half. 


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