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Bernardi Prides Himself On Dedication

Most college coaches want a nice, long vacation after their regular season is over. 

 

Not Lou Bernardi. 

 

Just weeks after concluding his second season as pitching coach for the SUNY College at Old Westbury, the New Hyde Park resident begins his second season as head coach of the Westhampton Aviators. 

 

The Aviators, part of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, kick off their season June 1, when they play the Montauk Mustangs. 

 

Bernardi, 26, who also runs baseball camps and provides private instruction in the winter, is used to the short rest. 

 

“All I do 12 months a year is baseball,” said Bernardi, who played for Herricks High School. “I don’t call this a job, I love what I do.”

 

The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League started in 2008 and will be composed of six teams this season. It’s one of 12 summer collegiate leagues in the country that is sanctioned by Major League Baseball. Bernardi says each college player is hand-selected and recruited to play in the league as long as they have existing NCAA eligibility left in their collegiate career. 

 

Last year, Bernardi led Westhampton to a 24-16 record and it finished tied for first place in the regular-season standings. But the Aviators lost 3-2 in 12 innings of a deciding playoff game to the North Folk Ospreys that ended their season. 

 

“It was heartbreaking,” Bernardi said. “It was a series where hits came at a premium and unfortunately they got one more than us.”

 

Catcher Dan Parisi is the lone returning player from last year’s squad.  Bernardi says he’s eager to start working with some of his new players which includes power-hitting first basemen Connor Hawthorne (University of South Alabama) and Zander Anderson (Presbyterian College). 

 

“What stands out for me with this league, is getting to work with Division I, Division II programs from around the country,” said Bernardi, who coaches at a Division III school. “Not just from Long Island, not just from New York, you get to see what else is out there.

 

“It gets real competitive, and it’s real top-notch baseball in the Hamptons.”

 

One familiar player that Bernardi will face this summer will be Southampton’s Tim Ingram, who’s part of Bernardi’s pitching staff at Old Westbury. Ingram was named 2014 Skyline Conference Pitcher of the Year as he and his teammates set a school record for strikeouts thrown in a season. 

 

It’s one of many coaching highlights for Bernardi, who’s enjoying being around the game year-round. 

 

“I enjoy teaching what was taught to me,” said Bernardi. “I love the game. I’m a student of the game. I learn something new about this game every day. I just knew that it’s something that I wanted to do.”


News

The tax levy for the 2014-15 school year was set at the Aug. 14 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, and district residents may be surprised that it’s coming in a bit lower than the amount voters had previously approved.

 

Assistant Superintendent for Business Helen Costigan initially revealed the Herricks’ tax levy for the coming school year was a 1.73 percent increase. However, she noted that a surplus in the budget could allow the district to establish a lower levy than previously anticipated. The board adopted the new levy, 1.3 percent or $93,325,352.

The Sons of Italy, Cellini Lodge No. 2206 Italian Festival in New Hyde Park garnered a solid turnout during its five-day run at Michael J. Tully Park last week. According to Lodge First Vice President Alfonso Squillante, the annual festival had more 1,500 people each day, with 3,200 people on Saturday night for the fireworks display.

 

“We’ve had a great turnout, the community has responded very positively,” said Squillante. “Last year we had 12,000 people over the course of five days and this year we are looking at record-breaking numbers.”


Sports

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park, recently participated in a talent show at the school. This was a great way to not only show their talent but to go out of their every day comfort zone and perform in front of an audience. 

 

Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is a full-time, professional martial arts school, with classes for children, adults and teenagers. 

The New Hyde Park Firecats defeated Huntington’s HBC Sudden Impact in a shootout in the Girls-Under-13 State Open Cup final recently. After tying 1-1 in regulation, New Hyde Park advanced from the shootout, 3-1. 

 

New Hyde Park’s Izzy Glennon beat three defenders and chipped the HBC keeper to equalize after HBC’s Ryan Conway scored in the first half. 


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