Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
The Westbury varsity football team opened their season in an opening home matchup against Elmont to a disappointing 35-6 loss. The team is coming off last year’s 2-6 season, but Head Coach Savalis Charles welcomes the role of underdog.
“Nobody expected us to win a game last season,” said Charles, who is entering his second year with the team. “They’re not expecting us to win a game this year either, but we could surprise a lot of people,” he added.
The team will have the tough task of returning only six starting players from last season. They are relying on a lot of young players who are inexperienced but that is not necessarily a bad thing if they are able to avoid a steep learning curve.
“We may be young, but we’re hungry. And all hard workers,” said Charles. The Head Coach knows what it takes to win, and possesses a no-nonsense type of approach to the game which dates back to his playing days at C.W. Post.
Running the offense will be first-year quarterback Raeco Jackson, who has showcased his ability as an All-County wrestler and will look to transition that onto the gridiron. He is small in stature but Charles stated that he has a “heart like no other” on the field. He will be relying on David Demesyeux, who will be a two-way starter at tight end and defensive end. The Head Coach is relying on him to play a pivotal role in the offense, due to his size and playmaking ability.
Another key playmaker will be Shalike Merchant, who opened many eyes last year with his performance as a freshman on varsity, an admirable achievement. On their victory last September 14 against Calhoun, he rushed for 73 yards on only five carries and scored a touchdown which was the difference in the 25-23 win.
The defense will be led by Herfy Jodesty, a junior defensive tackle who can cause some disruption in the backfield. He will be joined by Demesyeux, who had two sacks in one game last season.
Westbury might not be favored to win the division, but they possess a number of hungry and athletic players that most teams do not. Look for them to surprise the conference this season.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00
Thanks to a grant from the Early Years Institute (EYI), several area daycares and early childhood organizations will be able to expand their services and continue to help Westbury youngsters learn valuable skills they need to succeed in school and life.
Eleven groups applied for the Ready Set Achieve grant, which was donated to the EYI by The Rauch Foundation. Grants were awarded to nine groups in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
The grants will go toward a variety of community agencies dedicated to helping improve school readiness for children ages one to five. Many applicants wanted to use the money to expand their daycare programs, while others wanted to use the funding to increase literacy or create educational workshops for parents. The LIFE Lutheran Church is one such group that received a grant for $7,500, which will help them continue their free ESL program.
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Got a pooch that won’t sit still, climbs the furniture, or jumps on the neighbors? A dog imbued with limitless energy that has you at your wits’ end? Perhaps it’s time you school your out-of-control canine with the discipline and control of the “Martial Arfs.”
Martial Arfs, a new dog training facility in Carle Place is set to prove the old adage that “a good dog is a tired dog.” Run by Jeris Pugh, Martial Arfs takes a novel idea to working with our four-legged friends that has proven to be very successful; combining unorthodox exercises and equipment with the principles of the Asian fighting arts.
“We work primarily with incorporating physical activity into improving behavior. But we’ve created a facility where we don’t just tire your dog out, we teach it how to behave while at the same time tiring it out,” he said. “There’s a huge obesity problem right now, about 54 percent of all dogs are overweight, and just because you let your dog out in the year once or twice a day doesn’t mean he’s actually getting proper exercise.”
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.