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Tsang Commits To West Point

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.


News

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

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. 

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. 


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