Written by Michael Florio Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.
Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.
“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”
Regnier, a two-year captain and four-year varsity player, certainly made his impact on the Indians. Head Coach Pete Burgess said he was the key to the program.
Burgess will have a tough time replacing him as Regnier’s versatility allowed the Indians to use him all over the field.
“He is big and physical and always looks to shut down the opposing teams best scorer,” Burgess said. “More then that he was a leader on and off the field.”
The Indians went 6-9 this past season, missing the playoffs by one game. Despite that, Regnier was named All-County, the highest honor besides All-American, for a second straight season.
“Tyler was a huge reason why we won six games,” said Burgess. He said the Indians “had a very tough schedule this season” and had to “play some of the toughest teams in Long Island.”
Regnier earned academic all-county honors as well his coach said.
“When I visited (Rutgers), it was just the atmosphere, it felt like home, it was perfect,” said Regnier, who will be studying criminal law and justice. “Signing there has been my biggest accomplishment so far.”
Burgess believes Regnier will succeed at the college level, but thinks he has to continue to work on his footwork and his foot speed. However, he said Regnier is so big that he can make up ground quickly with his long strides.
“The biggest difference between high school lacrosse and college is the speed,” he said. “I think he will adapt and hopefully have a nice college career.”
Burgess knows Regnier will put the work in, stating that he is always in the weight room or on the field perfecting his game. He says there is no questioning his dedication.
Burgess said Regnier is good at fielding ground balls as well as taking the ball away from the opponents and leading the offense into transition.
“Even though he plays defense he would get the ball down field and give our offense plenty of opportunities,” he said.
Regnier finished the year with four goals and three assist.
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Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV- D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.
The disease disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.
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New Hyde Park Village Mayor Robert Lofaro gave a local laundromat until Wednesday, Oct. 15 to appear in village court to address property issues, mainly appearance and a lack of signage, or face arrest.
A final letter was sent to the tenant, Lofaro said.
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.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00
The Sewanhaka Indians relied heavily on its offense in the first two victories and head coach George Kasimatis relies on one player to set the tone for his group; senior, running back Brenton Mighty.
Mighty is versatile as a running back, as he possesses the ability to run hard between the tackles, lower his shoulder and run into the defender, or run to the outside and break one deep. He also has good hands and is utilized by quarterback Elijah Tracey, as a receiver out of the backfield.
“He makes such a difference in the run game,” said Kasimatis. “Teams have to respect that and it opens up the pass and the possibility for a lot of play action passes.”