It is often said that adversity can make or break you. With Herricks tennis player Mia Vecchio, it appears that adversity has fueled her. Nine months ago, Mia (now 16 years old) blew out her ACL and is on the fast track to return to the team this coming season.
As a young and upcoming tennis phenom, something like this could have ruined her dreams, but with perseverance and support from her family, this talented young tennis star is back on track.
Just prior to the injury, Vecchio was in a transition period. She had complained of knee pain, in the midst of new coaching and new management. Then the injury occurred.
Sewanhaka High School Indians’ varsity football head coach, George Kasimatis, entered his fifth year with the program with a .500 record. Which could be interpreted a few different ways, if the statistics were all that mattered.
But Katsimatis is strives to do more than score points. Kasimatis believes in showing kids how hard work pays dividends—on and off the field.
“As an athlete you go out there and grind something and when you finally accomplish it, you learn how to do it,” he said. “Now if you don’t get something in one of your classes, you grind it out. You study, study and study until you get it.”
Representing Team USA is a tremendous honor, even for athletes and coaches who have had illustrious careers in their respective sports. For Bill Jaffe, it was extra special, coming full circle.
A former standout hockey player at the University of Michigan in the late 1980s, Jaffe had the honor of coaching the USA men’s ice hockey team to a silver medal in the Maccabiah tournament in Israel last month. It was the first time that ice hockey was a part of the tournament since 1997, when Jaffe was team captain.
Sewanhaka High School Indians’ varsity football head coach, George Kasimatis, has one expectation this season: get better every week.
“We have to improve on our skill sets,” said Kasimatis. “Every practice, every rep, will make us better. If you get better every time, things should take care of themselves.”
The strength of the team lies in the wide receiver positions, led by seniors Mahlik Elliott and Jacques Francois. However, this season Kasimatis wants to the Indians to become more versatile.
Local students in Karatatot, a unique program offered by Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, recently received balance tips through a series of tests. Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4 and up. In a fun filled and nurturing setting your children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level.
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently participated in the studios 33rd Black Belt Graduation.
“Our goal at Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Grandmaster Charles Water owner and director of the school.
The New Hyde Park Fire Department recently held a pool rescue drill. After a classroom presentation at headquarters, lifeguards Elizabeth Duke, Nicole Caccamo and Alexa Brown from the Town of North Hempstead’s Clinton G. Martin pool shared their expertise with NHPFD firefighters and EMTs. They were able to practice rescue of an injured person from the water using proper techniques including transfer onto a backboard and safe removal from the water.
The Town of North Hempstead honored the Long Island Champion Wheatley High School Baseball team at its recent town board meeting. Councilman Tom Dwyer presented certificates to 12 members of the team who attended the ceremony, along with coaches Paul Paino and Matt Haig.
Wheatley won the Nassau County and Long Island Championships back in June, as well as the Southeast Regional Championship, before losing in the New York State Championship of Class B. Dwyer was honored by Coach Paino with a commemorative championship shirt in recognition of the Councilman’s support of the Wheatley High School Baseball Program, and the fact that he played for Coach Paino back in the early 1980s.
New Hyde Park Runner’s Club President Harold Axelrod and Stephen Cipot thanked the management and staff of Mineola Bicycle for their support of the its recent 8K-race and community event. Mineola Bicycle has been a generous supporter of this annual event for many years.
With all the great moments that accompany high school athletics, unfortunately injuries can happen. Winthrop-University Hospital has created a Saturday Sports Injury Clinic primarily geared at providing game day care to high school and middle school athletes. It is the first program of this nature on Long Island.
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