Written by Robert Bonaparte Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00
Newton Tsang didn’t have the United States Military Academy at West Point on his radar until March 2013.
That’s when Tsang, of New Hyde Park, was informed by his South Kent School guidance counselor that West Point men’s soccer head coach Russell Payne was interested in recruiting him. A few weeks passed, and Tsang set up an unofficial visit to the campus where he was captivated by West Point’s academics.
“The students were just extremely focused,” said Tsang. “They were really role models at what they do. Their determination is what really caught my attention.”
Tsang made it official in May, when he announced that he will be playing men’s soccer next fall for the United States Military Academy at West Point, a NCAA-Division 1 program.
Tsang, a midfielder, was also considering Loyola University in Maryland, Stony Brook University, Binghamton University and the University at Buffalo.
Tsang will join an Army team that went 12-3-3 last season, which was its highest win total since winning 13 games in 1993. He says the soccer program is just a small reason on why he chose West Point.
“I’m mostly concerned with the quality of education, and the challenges and opportunities that I will be presented with,” said Tsang, who plans on studying psychology at West Point. “Soccer would be a stepping stone to a greater opportunity.”
At South Kent School in Connecticut, Tsang had his most memorable moment in the 2013 New England Class B title game against Lawrence Academy.
After a scoreless tie through overtime, the game went to penalty kicks and each team converted three goals on four attempts. On the fifth and final kicks, Lawrence missed and Tsang converted on the game-winning kick that went to the left bottom of the net while the goalie went the other way. It was South Kent’s sixth New England Championship in the last eight years.
“I hadn’t scored a goal all season, but my coach (Owen Finberg) entrusted me to be the fifth kicker, I was last in line,” said Tsang. “Everyone went crazy and attacked me.”
Tsang attended Lakeville Elementary School and Great Neck South Middle School before attending South Kent School.
Tsang cited the Albertson Soccer Club for honing his soccer skills as he played there when he was 14.
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Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.
Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.
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The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.
“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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.”