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, 11 October 2014 00:00
Audition Hosts: Eleanor Rigby’s Restauant, Mineola Village Hall, Piccola Bussola and Plum Tomatoes
Audition Team: Master Performance Artist Ed Dennehy of Huntington/ formerly of Mineola
Robert Busch, Little Neck and Melville Fire Department, Adrian Gaeckler: Oyster Bay/ Nassau Coliseum Staff, Nigel Gretton: Hempstead/ St John’s University Performing Arts Chair Lady Laura, Hempstead/ Global Performing Artist, Ralph DeSalvo: Williston Park, Musician/ Band Leader.
Al Trompeter, Entertainment Promoter
Special Touches: Bagelman of Mineola ( Entertainment Committee Host)
Creations de Belle of Mineola (Street Decorations/ Balloons)
Friday, 10 October 2014 00:00
Tom Hayden has been a member of Mineola Golden Age for nearly 20 years.
Growing up in Flushing, Queens, he has lived in Mineola for about 40 years. Hayden has five children—two on Long Island, two in Florida, and one in Maryland—and 13 grand-children, all girls.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs ended last year’s playoff run in a 34-6 drubbing from the West Hempstead Rams. Mineola was poised for another post season push in 2014 and it showed last week, with a 15-14 victory over the Rams in homecoming weekend.
With a slow start in the first half, Mineola (4-1) put their first points on the board in the second quarter with a field goal by senior Robert Lang. After a touchdown by the Rams (2-3), they headed into halftime 7-3.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00
Despite two goals from Liam Going, the BU11 Mineola FC squad fell to a relentless and talented Hota Panthers team at Soccer Park in Plainview on Sept. 6. Hota jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Going connected on his first tally, launching a 30-yard free kick that dropped over the Hota keeper. The Mineola striker’s second goal brought his team to within two goals of their opponent, but Hota scored several more goals in the second half in a strong performance. Mineola’s Nicholas Buffolino and Luke Sommese gave solid efforts for Mineola in the season-opener for both teams.