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Shimansky A Key In Sewanhaka Lacrosse Attack

Sewanhaka High School’s girls lacrosse coach Erica Brennan knows something good is going to happen when attacker Skylar Shimansky is sprinting down the field. 

 

“When she’s on the move, shooting, 90 percent of the time, it’s going in,” Brennan said. 

 

The goals have been going in for Shimansky on a consistent basis so far this season. She leads the Indians with eight goals and has scored in each of the team’s first six games.

 

“She has a pretty quick shot,” said Brennan. “There’s no doubt in my mind that she’s going to score 2-3 goals every game.”

 

Shimansky knew she would be a focal point of the offense following the departure of last year’s leading goal scorer, Kaitlyn Dempsey. Shimansky, who was second in goals last year, admits to feeling some of the pressure. 

 

“I definitely did feel that (pressure) in the beginning,” Shimansky said. “It’s very hard to try to live up to Kaitlyn because she’s such a great player. But I felt like I learned a lot from her.”

 

Shimansky is also optimistic of the 2014 season for Sewanhaka, despite its 0-6 start. 

 

“We moved up to a higher conference this year so we’re playing teams better than us, but it’s making us better in the process,” said Shimansky.”

 

Shimansky, a senior, plans on attending Hunter College, where she wants to study psychology. The school does not have a lacrosse team, but Shimansky is hoping to start a lacrosse club there.

 

Shimansky and the Indians are planning for a big second half. 

 

“Daniella Ford and Michelle Niles hold our defense together,” said Shimansky “We have a goalie (Nicole Santoli) who has been on varsity for three years now.”

 

Said Brennan, “We expect the team to live up to our expectations.”

 

Brennan also wants Shimansky to get warmed up by the end of the season, which would be a scary thought for Sewanhaka’s opponents. 

 

 “It’s a comfort knowing that you have somebody that can score like she can,” she said.

News

When it comes to fitness, getting off the couch is half the battle.

 

Plenty of people start each day with the best of intentions, but plans to eat healthy and get to the gym often fall by the wayside with even the most shoddy of excuses. But a New

Hyde Park native is bringing physical fitness to the front door with a mobile, personal traning regimen focusing on individualized one-on-one fitness, group sessions and corporate fitness. 

The Herricks School District recently concluded a series of contract negotiations with the administrators and teachers of the district. Though talks were reportedly difficult, both sides were able to come to an agreement.

 

However, at the Nov. 20 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Board President James Gounaris revealed that another bout of negotiations taking place with teaching assistants, which have taken an unfortunate turn for the worse.


Sports

The students of Herricks High School were treated to a “Blast from the Past” as the Herricks High School Class of 1964 during this year’s Homecoming celebration.  Approximately 60 members of the class of 1964 arrived at the high school on homecoming day for a tour of their alma mater.  Most of these alumni had not been back to the high school since graduating 50 years ago.

 

All were impressed with the changes that have taken place and with the friendly demeanor of our high school students. One alumnus became teary eyed when he ventured out into the courtyard.

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. 


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