Written by Robert Bonaparte, email@example.com Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:21
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.”
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James Sokol and Jake Leeds from Boy Scout Troop 298 recently completed their service projects.
Sokol and fellow Scouts replaced the backboards, rims and nets in the basketball court in Nuzzi Park. They also trimmed trees and repainted the court lines.
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The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season.
It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball.
Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week.
“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said.