Written by Michael Florio, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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.”
However, Kasimatis’ goal remains unchanged; to make the playoffs.
To do so, he will be relying on a lot of players to step up and fill the void left behind by last year’s seniors. On last years team, the starting quarterback, running back, and three of the four receivers were all graduating seniors.
While many of his players this year are seniors with varsity experience, they will be relied on to fill a much bigger role than in the past.
Kasimatis believes that the offense will be a more balanced attack, after relying on the pass a lot last season. This season, new quarterback, junior, Elijah Tracey, is very mobile, flashing his athleticism last season as a wide receiver for the Indians. He may even play corner back for the Indians, which is very rare for a quarterback.
To help establish the run game the Indians will rely on Breton Mighty, the teams senior running back. To do so the offensive line must step up, and he will be relying heavily on seniors, Danny Gianotti and Louie Segarra, two returning starters, as well as Adrian Gonzalez.
Filling the void at wide receiver will be Mike Parasconda and Xzavier Anderson.
Anderson originally planned to fill the role of backup running back, but worked so hard all offseason on his hands it makes him hard to take him off the field, Kasimatis said. He will now be used as the teams slot receiver.
On defense, the focus will be to stop the run. To accomplish this Kasimatis will rely on senior linebackers Peter Latorre and Pete Militano, along with his senior defensive ends, Justin Alexandre and Danorei Williams.
“When you look at our defensive ends, they are very tall, muscular, athletic kids,” he said. “If they live up to the potential it will help us greatly.”
He also expects senior, safety Adrian Harris, to be a big factor on the defense.
Kasimatis said the team is looking forward to taking on their new conference foes such as Elmont Memorial and Carey along with returning foe New Hyde Park Memorial, which is always a big game on the schedule.
“With all these schools being so close a lot of the kids know each other,” he said. “They are very excited to play these teams.”
Kasimatis said the team has to work on unifying. He said currently they are all competing for jobs, which is normal at camp, but as the season goes on they will start to gel.
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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.
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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.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
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.