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Lefty Part Of Gladiators Early Success

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. 


News

The Village of New Hyde Park will soon hear Manhattan businessman Sam Chan’s proposal to open a 84-seat hibachi-style restaurant at 1215 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park, the former spot of the maligned Empire Billiards Hall. The hearing is set for Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

“The board will be hearing the case for restaurant usage,” Mayor Robert Lofaro said. “This will also have to go before the zoning board. They will likely hear the case.”

A fatal car accident on Tuesday, Aug. 19 that claimed the life of a 55-year-old man on Covert Avenue in New Hyde Park could fast-track a $250,000 Nassau County project announced last month to install traffic calming features along the road. The project would run north from Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, south to Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont.

“The project is already ongoing and will continue to progress,” said Nassau County Department of Public Works rep Michael Martino.


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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