Written by Robert B. Bonaparte Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00
Dominick Roberge believes it’s his size that makes him a top-notch faceoff man for Sewanhaka’s boys lacrosse team.
“I have a size advantage,” said Roberge, a senior captain. “And I’m pretty much stronger than anyone I face.”
Sewanhaka coach Peter Burgess agrees.
“He’s the strongest kid in the school, he’s always in the weight room” said Burgess. “He’s about 200 pounds but it’s all muscle, you can’t teach that.”
Roberge also got tagged with a nickname to represent his strength.
“They call me ‘universe,’” Roberge said. “Because I’m the strongest guy in the universe my [basketball[ coach says.”
Through the first 13 games of the 2014 lacrosse season, “Universe” has seven goals and eight assists and has impressed coaches with his faceoff skills.
“A lot of kids, when they face off, they push the ball forward and pick it up and it leads to a fast break,” said Burgess. “He does that a lot for us and it creates offense. But defensively, he’s also preventing that from happening to our team.”
Burgess believes faceoffs are one of the more important aspects of the game for Sewanhaka.
“If you can’t win faceoff, you can’t take possession,” said Burgess. “The other team gets the ball and they now have more opportunities to score.
“If you’re a good faceoff guy, you can really control the game.”
Roberge had a strong showing in an April 1 game against Garden City, the two-time defending Class B State Champions. Roberge went head-to-head with James Sullivan, a junior, who has been Garden City’s faceoff specialist since the eighth grade.
“Even if I didn’t win the faceoff, I didn’t let him go down and score,” said Roberge, who went 2-for-4 in faceoffs against Sullivan.
Burgess says he can see Roberge playing NCAA Division I lacrosse as a faceoff specialist. But lacrosse is just one of many sports where Roberge uses his chiseled frame. He plays lineman and kicker for the Indians football team, power forward for the basketball team and defender for the soccer team.
Roberge has received the highest accolades in soccer, as he was named Nassau Conference A1 Defender of the Year last fall.
He plans on playing soccer and studying business at the University of Bridgeport.
“He’s a phenomenal athlete,” said Burgess. “All year, he’s played an integral part of the sports programs here at Sewanhaka.”
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Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.
Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.
“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”
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At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.”
Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and
Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.
Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.
“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.
From New Hyde Park: Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.
From Mineola: Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.
From Williston Park: Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.
From Garden City: Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.
From Roslyn Heights: Suhani Jain to red belt.
From Uniondale: Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.