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SPORTS

Long Beach Pulls Out Ahead at Battle at the Beach By Crystle Wenz

Going into the season undefeated head Coach Ray Adams and assistant coach Leo Palacio believe that the team will go far this year. Their goal is to win the Nassau Championship two years in a row. Mr. Adams believes the team has worked hard during the off season, so he believes that the team will make it far. Mr. Adams believes that the only challenges the team will face this year are McArthur, Massapequa, and Wantagh. The team has eight returning All County Champions, including juniors Mark Raghunandan, Krishna Sewkumar, Matthew Gray, Oral Allen and Dylan Palacio. Returning senior s are Edisson Tigre-Borja, Nicholas Khoury, and Adam Dejesus. During the Battle of the Beach tournament on December 4th the team came out ahead, with five first place winners for the school, including sophomore Steven Sewkumar, junior Matthew Sheehan, and seniors Edisson Tigre-Borja, and Adam DeJesus. Mr. Palacio said that going into the tournament they had their hands full with Wantagh. “We wanted a good showing. We pulled together as a team to beat them.” Junior Anthony Posada participated through most of the tournament Posada believed that everyone performed to the best of their abilities and was happy that Long Beach came in first during the Battle of the Beach.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Akbari

Steven Sewkumar takes on a competitor from Wantagah. Sewkumar went on to win the match.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Akbari

Senior Edison Tigre-Borja speaks to Coach Leo Palacio between matches

Photo courtesy of Michelle Akbari

Long Beach’s opponent is going down!

Gymnastics Ready for Upcoming Season By Jesse Adler

Senior Megan Cabasino practices for an upcoming routine on the balance beam.

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The girl’s varsity gymnastics team is gearing up for the 2010-2011 season. After a winter plagued by numerous injuries, the team has dropped down from Conference I to Conference II, according to Coach Muirhead. Despite their demotion, the team works and plays hard. “Last year we were in conference I so we were very competitive”, said senior Megan Cabasino. “Four girls went to counties and one made the state championships.” Senior Jenny Kaufman, who was ranked 3rd in the state last season, will not be returning to the team due to other commitments. “We’re pretty solid this year”, claimed senior Danielle Rueda, “but Jenny won’t be doing it this year which is really unfortunate.” This will be Rueda’s fifth season on the varsity team, who joined when she was in 8th grade. Although the team is aging, she believes the younger gymnasts are will lead the team to success in the future. According to Rueda, an 8th grader by the name of Tara Murphy made it to the team this year. “She is both hardworking and determined.” During the off season, Cabasino along with other members of the varsity team attend open house gym sessions where they train and prepare to compete in the winter. “I’m hopeful for the team this year”, she said. “Everybody works hard.” The team’s first home match is on Wednesday, December 22nd, against Great Neck South and Massapequa.

Basketball Looks Foward By: Joseph La Rosa Following a season filled with frustration and a 0-12 record, things can only get better for the boys basketball team. Head coach T.J. Burke and senior Jaymen Teemer, a returning all-conference player, will both have to step up their game if they want things to turn out better. Assisting Teemer are Cedrick Coad and Josh Trone. Both of them played a lot of minutes last year; they have both developed their shots and are looking forward to a promising season. According to the players, last year the issue was coming together as a team. This, year, they are looking forward to doing just that because of the six returning seniors they have. With all of the athleticism that the team has, they are looking to run a lot of set offenses and putting pressure on teams all throughout the game. With a lot of talent and players that play more then two sports, this shouldn’t be hard at all. Incoming players such as Tariq Cole who is a freshman will also have a big impact. At 6’6 and 340 pounds, Tariq is a three sport athlete, and is a key player when they are looking for some easy points in the paint. Other players that have an impact on the way the game turns out are seniors Farrell Gordon, Damon Whitfield, and Jalen Merrit. All with plenty of minutes played last year, they have the experience needed to assist the team to winning games.


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Senior Edison Tigre-Borja speaks to Coach Leo Palacio between matches Steven Sewkumar takes on a competitor from Wantagah. Sewkumar went on...

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