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Bulldogs Take Playoff Opener

Gjonlekaj comes up big in win over Bethpage 

For the Roslyn Bulldogs, the 2012-13 regular season ended in disappointment with a tough 50-47 loss to archrival Jericho. However, the mighty Bulldogs bounced back last Friday, defeating Bethpage, 52-39 in the first round of the Class A playoffs. In the post season, the top stars always come through and for Roslyn that means turning to Mark Gjonlekaj. In the win, Mark had a triple-double, scoring 10 points, pulling down 14 rebounds and most impressively, blocking 10 shots. In recent contests, Terrence Pierce has complimented Gjonlekaj on offense and the Friday win was no different as the senior guard came up huge in the final frame, scoring 10 of Roslyn’s 14 points as the Bulldogs pulled away for the road win. Andrew Slutsky chipped in with 10 points. Next for Roslyn was a quarterfinal game against Mineola, which The Roslyn News will report on in its next issue. 

In the Jericho game, Roslyn fell behind 18-8 in the first quarter before turning the tables in the second frame, outscoring Jericho, 18-10. In the second half, the two teams matched goals, with Jericho slightly outscoring the Bulldogs, 22-21 to escape with the win. Pierce and Gjonlekaj both scored in double digits. 

Prior to the loss to Jericho, the Bulldogs took methodical wins over South Side (50-40) and New Hyde Park (61-49). In the latter contest, Terrence Pierce had his biggest game of the season, scoring 23 points. Pierce (12 points), Mark Gjonlekaj (18 points) and Harris Silverstein (10 points) also scored in double figures. 


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


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