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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

15 Below, an alternative rock band composed of Sewanhaka High School students, rocked the William Gill Theatre in New Hyde Park Village Hall on Wednesday, July 23. The band had the crowd tossing up beach balls to energetic beats and swaying their iPhones along to slower tunes. 

 

“They were very good tonight,” said Darren Derick Polanco. “I always come to their shows.”

New Hyde Park Village trustee Donald Barbieri contends helicopters are still flying right over New Hyde Park and other residential parts of the north shore, harming citizens and the town with excessive and unlawful aircraft noise. In spite of what federal law says and in spite of what a federal court says, the noise levels are still an issue.

 

Barbieri drafted a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, apprising the entity of New Hyde Park’s situation. The FAA did not return calls for comment.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Runners and walkers from New Hyde Park are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5K courses on Long Island at the Saturday, Aug. 9 Sands Point Sprint.

 

 The run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The August 2013 edition of the Sands Point Sprint attracted 313 finishers, including top New Hyde Park finishers Michael Ringel, who scored first in the 11-14 age group and Dave Frisone, who earned first place honors in the 65-69 age group. Race organizers are looking for both Ringel and Frisone, and a host of other New Hyde Park runners, to be back next week.


Calendar

Literary Club - July 30

Boot Camp - August 2

Six Gun Concert - August 3 


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