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.
Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:00
A few months ago, while returning to my car after attending a wake, I was surprised to catch a glimpse of something that immediately brought me back to my elementary school days. Directly in front of me stood a portion of the original concrete wall that had surrounded my alma mater.
In 1922, Corpus Christi Church purchased the Robert Graves estate on Searing Avenue and transformed its building into a parish school. It was a beautiful structure of Spanish-style architecture surrounded by the concrete wall, sporting huge ornate iron gates.
Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner last week stood fast against paying an “excessive” water bill from neighboring village and supplier Williston Park, following a loss in a second round of legal battles.
Tanner said Williston Park sent East Williston a bill for $600,000 last week based on water rate increases East Williston refused to pay while pursuing two lawsuits that contested the rate hikes.
Williston Park is seeking $300,000 in interest and penalties following a recent state Appellate Court decision upholding the second of two water rate increases imposed on East Williston. Tanner said East
Williston will only pay approximately $250,000 of the $300,000 Williston Park seeking to recover in unpaid fees based on the two increases.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Mineola runners PJ Diskin, Kaitlin Phelps, and Yuri Karasz were award winners in the Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
The Mineola 9U Hurricanes recently completed its summer baseball season as the NJBL 9U Central Division Champions, finishing 10-2-1 on the year and secured a second place spot entering the playoffs.
The Hurricanes beat the North Shore Spartans for the fourth time this season in a playoff win in walk-off fashion as they came from behind to win 4-3 earning the Hurricanes a berth into the championship series.