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Plainview Looks To Improve With New Coach

The Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School baseball team is coming off a poor 2013 season in which it finished at 5-12. But after that below-.500 showing, the program now looks to enter a period of prosperity with a new era under first-year head coach John Givargidze.

The team’s assistant coach from 2005-09, Givargidze is optimistic that the team is headed in the right direction.

“Just from talking to the players for the past couple months I can tell that they are buying into my philosophy and serious about the season,” said Givargidze, who was a three-year captain at Molloy College during his playing days and went on to play in the Frontier League. “That is generally the first obstacle in uniting a team that is not coming off a great year. I guess when you finish 5-12 there’s nowhere to go but up.”

The head coach is still getting acclimated to his team, but he is bullish on the outlook to the season.

“The head coaches in the league picked us to finish in second place,” he said, adding that the fact that the coaches think so highly of the team in the first year of a new coach speaks volumes about his reputation as it does about the talent on the team.

Givargidze has his own thoughts on how this coming season will shape up.

“MacArthur is probably going to win the conference,” he conceded, but noted that his team may have the potential to surprise. “We will have our number one pitcher, Charlie Basedow, who was out most of last season with an arm injury, who’s healthy now.”

Basedow will lead the staff, but will be joined by Vinny Ruggierio, who will play first base when he’s not on the mound. He tossed a complete game in the final game of 2013 against East Meadow, which certainly ended the season on a positive note.

On the offensive side of the ball, Givargidze will be relying on senior catcher Chris Tracz, who will be heading to Marist on a baseball scholarship upon graduation. The highly regarded backstop will be joined in the lineup by shortstop Dom Polumbo and Spencer Pokorny. This group of arms and bats will be a big reason that the team sees an improvement in 2014.

Givargidze noted that he has an experienced team packed with seniors. He expects this group of high school veterans to act as leaders both on and off the field.

The team will open up its season on March 27 in a non-league crossover game against Carle Place.

News

Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education President Ginger Lieberman was honored by more 350 of Long Island’s most ardent public education supporters recently, as one of 16 honorees to receive the 2014 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award at the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation’s annual gala. The distinction is bestowed on those individuals or organizations that have made a substantial impact on public education in Nassau County.  

Nassau BOCES created the awards program to recognize those who share its mission of ensuring a successful, challenging, caring and safe environment that enables students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential.  

The wife of a Plainview man traveled all the way from Uganda to Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola to give birth the way she wished.

Chanda Ginsberg, whose Plainview native husband works for the United Nations and is currently posted in Uganda, was determined to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). And when the time came, she and her husband chose Winthrop. While researching labor and delivery options, the couple was uncomfortable with the medical providers in Uganda and regional hospitals in East Africa. Her husband’s family lives in Melville with connections to Winthrop; his mother is a nurse practitioner who has worked with Winthrop, and his brother’s children were born at the Hospital as well. She also had her first child there three years ago, when they were back in the U.S. between posts.


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