Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
Last season was the first year that Manhasset boys soccer did not reach postseason play during Head Coach Nole Gish’s tenure. He had previously led the Indians to the county semifinals in 2010 and a postseason berth the following year.
He’s hoping that last year was a mere blip on the radar.
“I look at last year as a rebuilding year,” said the fourth year Head Coach. “We had a bunch of younger players that can now use that as experience,” he added.
Even in a so-called rebuilding year, the Indians still only missed the playoffs by one point. After a dismal start, losing their first six games, they roared back by finishing 4-1-1 in the latter half of the schedule.
The team will be led by senior captains Chris Ferraro and Gabe Mielefzko as well as Will McNamara, who is also a captain. Despite having only two seniors, the team will be returning “six or seven starters depending on how you look at it,” said Gish.
They will be relying on some steady goaltending by Tyler Dunn, who is playing his second year of varsity ball. Gish noted that he has been more known as a lacrosse player during his high school playing days, but will play a pivotal role on this squad. Devin Smith and Kurt Wesch will also play key roles. The latter played Varsity as a freshman this year, and will certainly be more comfortable in his second season.
One challenge that Gish pointed to is the new alignment of the conference, which features 12 teams. The Indians will play each team only one time now, which could pose a challenge with the depth of talent in the conference.
The team will open up their schedule on September 9, at home against Port Washington.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:48
Preparations are underway for the Annual Christmas Tree lighting to be held this Friday, Dec. 6 at Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Workers have been busy decorating the gazebo with garland and lights to make the this year’s celebration the best yet. Sponsored by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, The Town of North Hempstead and the Manhasset Park District, the event will feature holiday music performed by the Manhasset High School Brass Choir.
The program will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the blessing offered by Rev. Dr. Steven D. Pierce of the Community Reformed Church. The winners of the poster contest will be announced during the ceremony followed by the anticipated lighting of the Manhasset Christmas tree. The Manhasset Parks Department will be dispensing hot chocolate and treats, too.Santa Claus will make a ‘surprise’ appearance on Manhasset-Lakeville’s Fire truck and volunteer firefighters will be handing out candy canes to girls and boys. Come on down and celebrate the beginning of the season.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
It seems as though the real estate market is not the only thing hot in Manhasset. A number of new stores are popping up throughout the community making Manhasset the go-to location for business. On Plandome Road, facades are being renovated to add a fresh new look. The change is updating the appearance of the existing storefronts and causing the opening of new businesses. The exterior facade of Vincents Cleaners, Tony’s Shoe Repair and Manhasset Hair Stylists are brand new both front and back. The renovation beckons customers to come in to shop on a new trendy main street.
Last week a new tenant moved into the space that adorns the renovated new storefront called ivivva. ivivva is a new store from lululemon featuring clothing for young girls age 4 to 14. And the trend continues. Just this weekend, two new businesses, Adelina Boutique and Barrel Grapes, and new members of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce opened their doors here. They held grand opening events on Friday and Saturday night.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.
In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.