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Dluginski Picks Adelphi As College Spot

New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior Mathew Dluginski admits he doesn’t convert on all his shots.

But warning to lacrosse goalies: he never gives up on the play.

“I feel like I don’t stop trying,” said Dluginski. “When I miss, I make it a point to score the next time.”

Dluginski has been doing plenty of scoring for the New Hyde Park Gladiators since 2012. He scored 15 goals as a sophomore, 38 as a junior and a school-record 55 goals this season. Dluginski ended up scoring three or more goals in 13 of 15 games in 2014.

New Hyde Park coach Michael Milio credits Dluginski’s relentless motor for his scoring prowess.

“He’s a scrappy player,” said Milio, coach of New Hyde Park for 12 years. “If it doesn’t happen the first time, he’ll keep going at it. The team makes the first save and they think he’s going to give up and he never does.

“His work ethic is tremendous.”

Dluginski made news in May when he announced he accepted a scholarship to play men’s lacrosse for Adelphi University, a NCAA Division II school.

Dluginski said he wasn’t sure if he would get a scholarship to play lacrosse, but ended up signing with Adelphi, after impressing coaches in a lacrosse showcase tournament at St. John’s University.

“I ended up scoring three goals and one assists and I played half of a 20-minute game,” Dluginski said. “Right then and there, they offered me a package. When I signed that paper, it was probably one of the best moments of my life.”

Dluginski , who plans to study either nursing or sports management, was also considering Limestone College in South Carolina, Post University in Connecticut, and Assumption College in Massachusetts.

But it was the school closest to home that appealed to Dluginski.

“The atmosphere was welcoming, just walk right in and be part of that family,” Dluginski said. “Coach

(Gordon Purdie) has a real love for the game and it’s shared by his players.”

Adelphi is coming off a successful 2014 season with a 17-2 record. Dluginski hopes to contribute to another winning campaign next year.

“I’m ready to fit a role on this team,” said Dluginski. “I know I’m not going to be a superstar right away. I just want to get there and play lacrosse at a good level.”

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. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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