The Sewanhaka Indians topped the New Hyde Park Memorial Gladiators by a score of 53-28 on Saturday, Oct. 12.
The game was close in the first quarter; with the Gladiators evening scoring first on a 8-yard touchdown catch by Matt Dluglinski.
The Indians responded and led 18-7 behind a strong run game, after the first quarter. Midway through the second, the Indians faced a long 2nd-and-26. Indians QB Jake Mellen threw a quick slot pass to wide receiver Elijah Smith who broke a tackle and took it 70 yards for another score.
Despite starting off 1-3, the goal for the Sewanhaka Indians’ goal remains the same: making the playoffs.
“We are absolutely in the playoff hunt,” said head coach George Kasimatis.
The Indians are coming fresh off of a shootout against Bethpage that they lost 48-40.
“We haven’t played to our fullest potential,” Kasimatis said. “We let a lot of teams escape.”
The Sewanhaka High School Indians can count on their senior captain Elijah Smith to bring the toughness to the team.
Smith is a slot receiver and cornerback for the Indians.
“He is one of our two way players and an all around athlete,” said Indians head coach George Kasimatis.
The New Hyde Park 15U Bluedevils capped off a very successful season sweeping the Queens Eagles 3-1 and 19-4 to win the championship. For the season, the Bluedevils finished 23-4. In the championship series, the Bluedevils followed the strong pitching of their ace-Kyle Cajigas.
Cajigas shut down the Eagles pitching a complete game, giving up one run and striking out 10. The Bluedevils scored in the bottom of the first. Dylan Savarese started it with a double, after Anthony Millan reached on a fielders choice,Mike Greene followed with a walk to put runners on second and third.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School varsity football head coach Kevin Dolan has a tough task of trying to win games while also guiding an inexperienced team. Dolan hopes to improve this year, coming off a 2012 season that saw the Gladiators go 1-7.
“We have two players that have any varsity football experience. Everyone else did not get on the field last year with anything significant, or they are new to football or just up from JV,” said Dolan. “Expectations I have for the team this season is improvement.”
New Hyde Park Memorial High School kick started the weekend holding its annual homecoming parade on Saturday, Sept. 28 right before the big game against Manhasset High School.
The parade started at the intersection of Lakeville Road and Jericho Turnpike, then made its way toward the high school on Leonard Boulevard. It consisted of floats, fire trucks, sports cars, cheerleaders, with the marching band and many students lining the streets with school pride. The floats made were a part of the competition between the graduating classes from the seventh-to 12th grade.
Local karate students children attained discipline tips in Karatatot, a program offered by Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park. Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4½ and up. Children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level. Below are local discipline tip winners:
The quarterback competition for the Sewanhaka Indians was tight all summer, but experience trumped youth.
Jake Mellen won the job for the Sewanhaka High School’s varsity football team. Mellen, a senior, was battling sophomore Elijah Tracy.
“Jake had a better summer and performed better in the scrimmages,” said Indians head coach George Kasimatis. “He has a better grasp of the offense and he has a leadership role. Being a leader, he has more invested.”
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.”
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