Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00
His first season as head basketball coach at Roslyn High School was a smashing success, but Craig Murphy wasn’t satisfied with his team’s second place finish in Conference A-I play.
“We were one game short of what we set out as our goal,” Murphy told The Roslyn News a few days after the Bulldogs fell short in their championship game with Jericho High School. Winning conference titles, Murphy asserted, “will always be” the goal of any Roslyn team.
For the 2012-13 season, Roslyn finished with a 15 and 5 mark overall and a 8 and 3 record in conference play. Murphy praised his graduating seniors—-Mark Gjonkelaj, Terrence Pierce, Harris Silverstein, Andrew Slutsky, Neil Cohen and Mark Miller—-for setting the tone for the winning season. “They played unselfishly,” Murphy said. “They did whatever we needed to do to win.”
Despite losing so many great players, Murphy is optimistic about the future. At most every game, Roslyn had at least 10 players in the contest, meaning that the rising underclassmen have seen plenty of action.
Prior to coming to Roslyn, Murphy coached basketball at Plainedge for six years. Needless to say, he is glad to be in Roslyn, where there is a long tradition of basketball excellence. “The fans were very supportive,” he said. “It’s great to be in a place where basketball is a passion.”
Murphy was especially effusive in his praise of Gjonkelaj, the senior center who led the team in scoring and rebounding all year.
“Some school is going to be very happy when he walks into their gym next fall,” Murphy said. “He does things players his size can’t do,” the coach added, referring to Gjonkelaj’s shooting and driving ability.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The mourning period after the death of a loved one can be a difficult period for any family. Roslyn resident Elissa Zodipoff, along with her business partner, Old Westbury resident Gayle Gelbard, are offering a new service, Shiva On Call, to help families of the Jewish faith deal with such sad situations.
The business, Zodipoff said, has been in existence for eight months now. It is being run out of her home in Roslyn, but Zodipoff hopes to expand it to a business center somewhere in the Garden City or Mineola area.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Don’t forget: The vote on the budget for the 2013-2014 school year will take place this Tuesday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Roslyn High School.
Residents of the Roslyn School District will be voting on the 2013-2014 budget, three seats on the Roslyn Board of Education, the Bryant Library budget and two propositions, one concerning capital projects and the other on transportation vehicles.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Fifteen members of the Green Vale Pacers, a girls’ running club, ran the 5K Race of the Long Island Marathon held at Eisenhower Park on May 4. All fifteen finished the race and a few finished at the top of their age divisions and within the top ten for all 354 female racers.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Fifteen Wheatley High School students have been recognized by the Nassau County Interscholastic Athletic Association for their exceptional performance in athletics, scholarship and leadership qualities for the winter 2012-2013 season. All winter teams were recognized as NYS Scholar/Athlete Team Award winners. The Boys Indoor Track team was crowned NYS State Scholar Athlete Team Champions. The Boys Varsity Basketball team won the Nassau County Class B Championship.