Written by Michael Florio Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00
One member of the New Hyde Park Gladiators varsity baseball team hopes to see a lifetime of hard work pay off this season.
Ace starting pitcher, cleanup hitter, first baseman and most of all captain are some of the many titles held by senior Cody Campson,
Campson has been playing baseball for as long as he can remember and spent years perfecting his craft. He has pitched since a young age and played first base in games when he is not on the mound.
Campson, a left-handed pitcher, possesses a fastball and a change up which he pairs with a knuckle drop. A knuckle drop is similar to a curveball, possessing a downward break with movement, without putting much pressure on his elbow.
He does not overpower hitters when he’s on the hill, rather carefully thinking out pitch by pitch with precision.
“He has great poise, throw strikes and is not afraid to challenge the hitters,” said Gladiators head coach Doug Robins. “He’s a pitch to contact kind of kid and gets the most out of his stuff.”
Campson says on the mound he has to think a lot and know how to control a situation. He prefers pitching to first base.
“Pitching gives you more control over the game. I like to set the tempo,” he said.
In his last start against Jericho, he threw a complete game, allowing six hits, two walks, while striking out three, in an 11-1 victory. Campson took a shut out into the seventh inning before giving up a run.
As the cleanup hitter, Campson is also relied upon to be the big bat in the lineup. He has delivered so far this season, batting .300 with 12 RBI.
Campson has spent years of practice on his game, now he thinks it is just a matter of growing as a team. His goal for the season is for his team to make the playoffs. Just as Campson always has, he hopes to accomplish this through hard work.
He brings experience to a lineup that starts four sophomore players. Robins relies on Campson to teach these young players what is expected from them on the varsity level, both on and off the field.
“He’s a good teammate who leads by example,” said Robins.
Campson takes his roll as captain seriously.
“Being captain means a lot,” he said. “It means that they trust me to lead the team to wins.”
Robins believes Campson can reach his aspirations to play at a higher level, it is just a matter of getting in reps at practice.
After this season he hopes to play club ball for Sacred Heart, but has considering playing for a Division III.
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Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office confirmed it’s investigating allegations made towards a Long Island Little League coach, suggesting he kept $12,000 players raised for a trip to Cooperstown.
Parents were outraged and children heartbroken to find the team would not be going to Cooperstown this year. They say Merillon Sharks coach Vincent Carreca, of New Hyde Park, told kids they were ready to go a few days before the trip. Then parents, who called Dreams Park in Cooperstown to confirm meal plans, learned the Sharks were not registered for the event.
“This is a horrible thing that happened,” one parent said, who asked not to be identified.
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Shake Shack, a burger restaurant giant which launched in New York City, is looking to establish its second Long Island location in New Hyde Park, reps told the New Hyde Park Illustrated News. The company opened its first Long Island spot in Westbury in November 2012.
“We’ve received such a warm welcome in Westbury,” said Edwin Bragg, Shake Shack’s marketing director. “We’ve had a lot of interest from Shake Shack fans in the many nearby villages and towns.”
According to Bragg, the company makes an effort to ensure each new location is tailored to the community, taking “great care to build each Shack with custom architectural design, including forward-thinking structural elements and compelling eco-friendly design.”
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
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.