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Lacrosse Clinic Kicks Off Next Week

Dina Nicastro and Melissa Montreuil are best friends who have been playing lacrosse together since third grade. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School graduates developed their talents early on, participating in PAL lacrosse clinics and taking those talents to college where they excelled in the sport. Now, the two want to help other local girls succeed  by hosting a girl’s lacrosse clinic at Memorial Park for three Sunday’s in September.

 

Nicastro got the idea for the clinic when she was working as camp director for the New Hyde Park Village Summer Program this year. She previously worked as a counselor for six years.

 

“There haven’t been any girl’s lacrosse clinics for a few years in the village and Melissa and I thought it would be a good idea to start one up,” said Nicastro.

“We know that there is a strong interest in the sport here.”

 

After graduating New Hyde Park Memorial, Nicastro went to Mount St. Mary’s College to play lacrosse. She ended up transferring to Adelphi University where she graduated in 2013. She is now a teacher’s assistant in Richmond Hill, Queens.

 

Montreuil played lacrosse at Queens College where she was the team leader in assists. She is currently in grad school, studying nutrition. 

 

“We love the sport so much that after college we wanted to continue to be involved with it,” said Montreuil. “Originally we looked into programs for ourselves so we could continue playing but it is hard to do especially now that we are in the working world.”

 

The clinics will be held in three sessions on Sept. 14, 21 and 28. The sessions will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New Hyde Park Memorial Park at 610 Albert

St.

 

The cost will be $30 per session or $85 for all three sessions. A registration and liability form is included in the sign-up. Bring your own equipment.

 

In the clinics which are for girls age 7-12 years old, Nicastro and Montreuil will teach the fundamentals of the sport, including catching, throwing and cradling the ball. They will concentrate on offensive, defensive and individual skills with a focus on scoring, feeding, off-ball movement and end with a scrimmage on the third day.

News

When it comes to fitness, getting off the couch is half the battle.

 

Plenty of people start each day with the best of intentions, but plans to eat healthy and get to the gym often fall by the wayside with even the most shoddy of excuses. But a New

Hyde Park native is bringing physical fitness to the front door with a mobile, personal traning regimen focusing on individualized one-on-one fitness, group sessions and corporate fitness. 

The Herricks School District recently concluded a series of contract negotiations with the administrators and teachers of the district. Though talks were reportedly difficult, both sides were able to come to an agreement.

 

However, at the Nov. 20 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Board President James Gounaris revealed that another bout of negotiations taking place with teaching assistants, which have taken an unfortunate turn for the worse.


Sports

The students of Herricks High School were treated to a “Blast from the Past” as the Herricks High School Class of 1964 during this year’s Homecoming celebration.  Approximately 60 members of the class of 1964 arrived at the high school on homecoming day for a tour of their alma mater.  Most of these alumni had not been back to the high school since graduating 50 years ago.

 

All were impressed with the changes that have taken place and with the friendly demeanor of our high school students. One alumnus became teary eyed when he ventured out into the courtyard.

Despite a disappointing playoff loss against the Wantagh Warriors, Sewanhaka Indians Head Coach George Kasimatis, is pleased with his football team’s season. 

“I’m proud of my team,” he said. “But you are never satisfied unless you win the whole thing.”

 

The Indians faced a big challenge this year, moving up into Conference II left them as the new kids on the block, unfamiliar with the teams they would be going against. 

Kasimatis will have a tall task next year replacing graduating seniors, which made up most of his starting lineup. Kasimatis said most of the offensive line, such as Danny Gianotti, Adrian Gonzalez and Louis Segarra III, and the defensive line, such as Justin Alexandre, Peter LaTorre and Peter Militano are seniors, many of which have started multiple years for him. 


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