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Title Bid Falls Short

A great basketball season comes to an end 

In their two previous encounters, the Roslyn Bulldogs couldn’t solve their archrivals, Jericho High School and last Saturday’s Nassau County Conference A-I championship game was no different as the Bulldogs fell, 62-45, ending a terrific season in which Roslyn compiled a superlative 15-5 record overall and an 8-3 mark in conference play.  

In the title game, played at Hofstra University, the Bulldogs grabbed an early lead, but were unable to overcome Jericho’s superior height inside. Jericho often had more than one shot on the offensive end, while generally holding the Bulldogs’ high-powered offense to only one shot on the defensive side. In addition, the Roslyn offense ran cold as the Bulldogs were unable to get star center Mark Gjonlekaj involved in the attack. Jericho held a 20-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Bulldogs stayed in the game as Jericho had its own cold streak in the second quarter. Back-to-back baskets by Gjonlekaj pulled Roslyn to within six points and a three-point basket by Harris Silverstein got the Jericho advantage down to 24-19, while also getting the large Roslyn cheering section back in the game. However, that same play also saw an offensive foul by a Roslyn player. The round of free throws extended the Jericho lead, which stood at 29-19 at halftime.

In the third quarter, senior Terrence Pierce, playing in what would be his final game, took charge of the Roslyn offense, scoring the bulk of his 15 points. With a lead and an advantage in height, Jericho had the luxury of playing an aggressive game on defense, sending Roslyn players to the free throw line all throughout the second half. Too often, the Bulldogs failed on the front end of a two-shot foul. “We’d only be six points down if we had hit all our free throws,” one fan in the cheering section said as Jericho maintained a double-digit lead in the final frame.

In addition to Pierce’s 15 points, Mark Gjonlekaj, also playing in the final game of a prolific career, scored 10 points, while Silverstein scored eight points. For Jericho, Garrett Johnson led four players in double digits with 16 points. 

The Bulldogs cruised into the finals on the heels of an easy 59-42 win over South Side. Roslyn pulled out to a 16-9 first quarter lead and then repeated that exact same score in the second quarter for a comfortable 32-18 halftime lead. South Side made a minor comeback in the third quarter, but Roslyn was never threatened. The South Side defense had no more luck than other squads in containing Mark Gjonlekaj. The senior center scored 19 points, while pulling down eight rebounds with three blocked shots. Three of Mark’s buckets came from regulation field goals, while the big man had two three-point scores. South Side’s collapsing defense resulted in numerous fouls and Gjonlekaj added seven points from the free throw line. Andrew Slutsky and Terrence Pierce also had two three-pointers apiece as both scored in double digits. Ben Rashbaum, who was one of the big stars of the quarterfinal win over Mineola added eight points on four field goals. 

The great mystery is how such a great team received such a low ranking. The Bulldogs probably didn’t need the motivation, but it had to stick in their craw that they were ranked below teams they clearly were superior to.

News

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.


Sports

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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