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Smith Chooses Monroe For Football

Sewanhaka High School’s football standout Elijah Smith is taking his talents to Monroe College after receiving a partial scholarship for this coming fall.  

 

Smith’s electric speed and versatile play as a slot wide receiver and defensive back for the Indians, as well as punter and punt returner, helped catch the eye of those at Monroe College. 

 

To succeed at the college level, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Smith says he has to continue to hit the weight room in order to get bigger and “put more meat on my bones.” 

 

Head Coach George Kasimatis believes Smith’s explosive style of play will translate to the college level. 

 

“He’s going to get bigger, faster and stronger and his new coach is very excited to have him,” he said. “They love his versatility and that they could potentially use him on either side of the ball.” 

 

Smith, who won All-Conference and All-County for his play this season, is excited to be joining Monroe College and while he does not have a preference, he plans to be used as a receiver in the slot. 

 

“I spoke to my new coach and he said he loves what I can do with the ball in my hands,” he said. 

 

Smith, a natural defensive back, says he would like to play both sides of the ball, as well as special teams, to do whatever it takes to help his team win. As a defensive back, Smith is physical and looks to intimidate opposing receivers with his style of play. As a receiver, Smith has good hands and the speed to take one the distance at any moment, Kasimatis said. 

 

Kasimatis will certainly miss Smith’s help both on the field and as a leader in the locker room. Players don’t always want to tell the coach if they are having an issue or don’t understand something, but they knew they could go to Smith, he said. 

 

“He’s a good kid and a good leader,” Kasimatis said. “He served as our captain and was a leader to the boys.”  

 

While Smith is excited to be playing at Monroe College this upcoming season, this is just another stepping stone in his football career. Smith plans on attending Monroe for a year or two, to hone his skills and grades, before transferring to a bigger program. Smith plans to follow in the steps of one of Kasimatis’ former players, Kareem Are. Are, a 2012 Sewanhaka graduate, played at Fort Scott Community

College in Kansas, before transferring in January to the defending national champions, Florida State University. 

 

It’s not clear Smith’s path will go in a similar direction, but his father is plenty proud already. 

 

“He has been playing football since he’s seven years old and has worked so hard and progressed so well, I am extremely proud,” said Paul Smith. 


News

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.

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.”


Sports

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.

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.”


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