Written by Geoffrey Walter Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
Jimmy Regan was a perfect man in that he put others before himself and made sacrifices—both for his country and in ultimately his life as an Army Ranger. Chaminade High School lacrosse star Jack Brennan, who grew up knowing Regan and who now plays for his alma mater, would be the first to admit that he is not a perfect man, but did put on a perfect performance this past Saturday night on the lacrosse field, scoring a hat trick in a 10-5 win against the Manhasset Indians and giving the Flyers the overall edge 4-3 in the annual charity game held in Regan’s name.
“I didn’t really do much, it was just a lot of feeds on the crease and I just finished and I got lucky,” Brennan said of his on-field performance, especially considering the significant amount of playing time as a junior on the team.
“The main thing is Jimmy and that’s kind of what we’re all here for; I’ve looked up to Jimmy ever since I was a kid, ever since the tragic incident but obviously it’s a sad story but it also serves as great motivation for the team and just obviously a great story and we
love to play for that purpose,” said Brennan.
“He’s coming into his own,” said Flyer head coach Jack Moran.
His family had been friends with the Regans and although he recalled meeting the future Ranger a few times, Brennan mostly only grew up hearing about Jimmy from afar, through the legacy that continues to influence both schools.
“We have a number of Manhasset kids on our team,” said Moran. “They know the Regans, they know the history of Jimmy playing all-PAL here and going to Manhasset School District until he made the decision to come to Chaminade and a lot of them, it’s developed into a really healthy rivalry. The kids know each other and I think they all know this is one of their guys who really went out and is an American hero. Jimmy coached with us one year before he went into the Army because he left Wall Street. It’s an honor to play in this game and the Manhasset kids know it too.”
Regan, a Duke University graduate and championship lacrosse player for the Tar Heels, forwent a career on Wall Street and instead enlisted in the armed services, becoming an Army Ranger in the 3rd Battalion who perished while fighting in Iraq in 2007.
“Our whole school knows (what Jimmy did), Manhasset knows it, so we know what we had to do,” said Chaminade captain Sean Cerrone, who had a goal in the contest and was picked at the beginning of the season to wear No. 19, the same jersey that Regan himself wore when he was a student.
“Sean is first on, last off, first in every drill, very tolerant of other kids that make mistakes and he’s got a special quality; he’s got ‘it,’ he’s got that quality that can rally other people and he can make (plays),” Moran said of Cerrone, who made a shorthanded goal late in the game.
“I feel like I’ve got some big shoes to fill,” Cerrone said.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00
Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.
“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”
After graduating Hicksville High School in 1998, Demas, 34, attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., majoring in mass communications, specifying in film and television production.
Saturday, 19 July 2014 00:00
In recognition of the superior care her daughter Marjorie Levine of Albertson, received, the late Elsie Levine, formerly of Great Neck, has bequeathed $100,000 to Life’s WORC. The recently deceased
Levine was an ardent advocate for those suffering from developmental disabilities. According to her daughter Cathy Levine, Elsie Levine turned her grief and pain into action and this gift demonstrates the gratitude and peace of mind Life’s WORC provided for her entire family.
“My mother had overwhelmingly positive feelings about the care my sister received through Life’s WORC,” added Cathy Levine. “Life’s WORC represented the dawn of giving those with special needs a life and an opportunity to reach their potential.”
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
The Mineola 12U intramural team opened its summer season against the East Williston Wildcats at the Willis Avenue field complex in Mineola on Monday, July 7.
East Williston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead due to some Mineola miscues and timely hitting. Mineola starting pitcher Kenny Solosky was strong, allowing only two hits, four strikeouts and one walk.
Mineola began their push back when Zach Buongiovanni crushed a solo home run onto the railroad tracks, just missing a passing train.
Solosky, Jordan Sandler (game winning walk-off single), Phil LaPierre, Kieran O’Gara, Patrick Solosky, Zach Buongiovanni (2 RBIs) and Vin Othman all contributed an RBI in a balanced hitting attack.
Andrew Geagher made a nice defensive play in the shortstop hole at short throwing out the runner by a step. Matt Pardo also made a nice grab off the centerfield wall holding the East Williston player to a double.