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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

The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.

 

“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”

The Sept. 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education covered a range of issues, from the district’s overall performance to the sudden death of a student to fiscal and personnel issues—even to the loss of maple trees. 

 

National Ranking 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth announced that the district’s high school had achieved an impressive level of distinction in a recent national survey that measured scholastic achievement; in fact, a great deal of Long Island made the cut, he said.


Sports

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”

The Sewanhaka Indians continue to let their presence be felt in Nassau Conference II. 

 

The Indians played their second game as members of the conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Long Beach Marines, topping the south shore squad 51-30. 

 

On the opening drive, the Indians relied on running back Brenton Mighty’s legs to get them into the red zone. On first and goal from the 15-yard line, quarterback Elijah Tracey hit

Michael Parasconda on a screen pass for the first score. 


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