Athletics - Salina South Middle School

"Our chief interest should not lie in the great champions in sport. 
On the contrary, our concern should be first of all to widen the base, the foundation in athletic sports: to encourage in every way a healthy rivalry which shall give to the largest possible number of students the chance to take part in vigorous outdoor games." 

-Theodore Roosevelt





New York Women's Wrestling
Every year, Fargo, North Dakota welcomes the nation's top high school wrestlers for the Worlds largest wrestling tournament. Haley Gonzales (Jr.-118lb.) won the National Championship Title!
This is the biggest tournament in the world!

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  !!!!!!!!118 Pounds: Haley Gonzales---NATIONAL CHAMPION!!!!!!!!!
Not picked by anyone (including shamefully NYWN) to go all the way, the 2024 NYSPHSAA
Invitational State 4th looked the part of a Comet (Hicksville mascot), as despite being seeded 31st
(you read that right), she lit up the Dome to the tune of a 6-0 record in bringing home Long Island's
first Fargo brass ring since
the already recognized Fitzgerald in 2018!!!

Picking her spots with the precision of a seasoned veteran, the rising Nassau junior converted at an

insanely accurate rate; as it was her ability to identity the opportunity and then effectively pounce that proved to be her calling card at every step of her title-yielding, storybook fairytale!!!
Striking for four takedowns (two in each period), Gonzalez would emerge with a 9-3 decision in the
finals against #19 in the nation, Cheyenne Frank (2x Michigan Girls State placer/2024 runner-
up; 2024 USAW Girls Folk National 16U Champion), of Michigan!

The head-to-head toppling of the Wolverine State entry being the third top-25 conquest of the
weekend for New York's breakout daughter [Gonzalez], she previously knocked off #5 Alexis
Lazar (also of Michigan) in the round of 32; and then complemented it by grabbing a 6-4 decision in
the quarters over 21st-ranked Justice Anthony (WV)...
In the bout with the 2023 Fargo 16U National Runner-up/2023 Double Women's Nationals All-
American (U15 Champion), Lazar, defense was the best offense for Gonzalez, as she twice stuffed
shot attempts and them worked her way behind for counter takedowns in the 1st period to do all the
damage necessary in the pitching the 4-0 upset goose-egg!!!

The championship round 8 affair with Anthony (2x West Virginia Girls State Champion; 2x NHCA All-

American/4th in24; 2023 Fargo 16U 8th) proved to be a tad bit more challenging as Haley found
herself trailing 4-0 at the break....However, a 4pt spear-double off the whistle to commence the 2nd period, as well as a snap + spin takedown in the final 35 ticks ultimately were saving graces in a 6-4 comeback! To put into perspective just how unbelievable today's feat was for the S8er; consider that even in matches where the opponent did not have a # adjourning their name; they were still crème de la crème competitors...

Never was this statement truer than in Gonzales's semifinal appearance where she'd allow the first TD of the scrap, but then answered back by recording one takedown apiece in each of the two
periods (including a textbook double that could have been awarded 4 w;/just over 40 seconds to go in the 2nd) to steal the 4-2 decision over 2024 UWW Pan-American U15 Gold medalist/2024 Women's
Nationals U15 Champion, Carolyn Geckler (Ohio)!!!  Not to be overlooked was the 7-0 dub in the round of 16 versus Illinois; Sydney Cannon (2x Girls


The following Boys Lacrosse Players earned (through a tryout process) the opportunity to participated
in the “Long Island Lacrosse Showcase” – Nassau vs. Suffolk County. This is a tremendous honor to
make the team and participate. Only the best are selected for this event.
Sean Kelly- Alternate for the “Rising 9 th Grade Team”
*Douglas Cristales -Made the “Rising 9 th Grade” Team and participated
Brendan Dalton – Alternate for the “Rising Seniors Team”


The Hicksville Comets Classic Wrestling Invitational was held on December 9, 2023. Hicksville had a tremendous showing at their tournament.  Hicksville had 12 wrestlers medal (Top 3) and finished with two of our athletes earning the only two individual awards presented at tournament. 
Thank you to the Booster Club who provided food for everyone!
The day was a tremendous success!

Haley Gonzales
1st Place - 116lb

Most Valuable Wrestler
Hicksville Comet Invitational


Muhammad Nassar
1st Place  - 138lb
Most Pins in Fewest Time Award
Hicksville Comet Invitational Tournament

                             Stefano Sabatino 3rd - 170lb.                         
                 William Cataldo (8thGrade) -1st - 101 lb.            
 Adrian Gestiada 1st - 152 lb.
                   Alex Georgina- 3rd- 101 lb.                        
          Anthony Reyes - 2nd -152 lb.
                                             Sehaj Pannu - 1st - 124 lb.                                           
Gustavo Cocuyo- 1s -190lb.    
     Lakshay Singh Bala -1st -131 lb.

                                      Muhammad Nassar- 1st  - 138 lb.                               
                                  Haley Gonzales- 1st -116 lb.                             
                 Lincoln Guida- 3rd - 138 lb.          
      Steven Ruiz - 3rd- 152 lb.



Girls Soccer reached the post season and played a tough playoff game vs. Massapequa (#2 in NYS) losing 3-0.  Marissa Price finished the season second on Long Island (according to Newsday) in saves. Captains Olivia Debattista, Olivia Hoffmann, and Christine DiGilio did a great job leading this team through Homecoming, games, Senior day, and our playoff matchup.
Conference Goalie of the Year- Marissa Price

All County- Marissa Price
All County- Olivia Debattista
All County Honorable Mention - Nicole Casper
All County Honorable Mention - Olivia Hoffmann
All Conference - Kalliopi Vangelatos
Senior Scholar Athlete- Christine DiGilio
MVP - Marissa Price
Spirit  -Christine DiGilio
Coaches award-  Olivia Hoffman
Most Improved - Maria OConnell
Sportsmanship-  Olivia Debattista
Senior All Star Game Participants: Olivia Hoffman, Marisa Price, Nicole Casper, Maya Villatoro

The Girls Cross Country had a slow start to the season but turned things around the second half of the season with a 3/3 record which put us 4th in the Division. Our highlights are: Allison Chun finished top 10 with her 7th place finish at the Suffolk Coaches Invitational. The Girls Varsity Cross Country team stepped up at the County Championships.  They earned a spot in the NY State Qualifiers meet, finishing 8th out of 19 schools in Conference 1.   Our top runners were Allison Chun who earned All County Honors this weekend. Ashley Xu, Marwa Yasar, Jen Jaco, Kelly Farrell, and Mayuri Kumar were the top Varsity runners who have moved on to the State Qualifiers

All County -Allison Chun
All Conference- Eva Mathew
MVP -    Eva Mathew
Most Improved Player - Marwa Yasar 
Sportsmanship Award- Suchary Subedi
Coaches Award- Allison Chun 
Spirit Award- Mayuri Kumar
MS GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY: The HMS Girls Cross Country Team had a very successful and competitive season this fall. Top five finishers across multiple races included Adrianna White, Emma Beauzil, Princhelle Poe, Agape Mojica, Julissa Amaya, Emily Pepitone, and Mira Kulkarni. The team had a great work ethic, and competed well in all races. Improvement was seen by all.

The boys cross-country
earned a spot in the NY State Qualifiers meet as a team, which they havent done in the last 4 years.  The team have made tremendous strides in our rankings in the county. We had a five-man average for the 5K of 18:33, which is a huge improvement from last year. We have established ourselves as a competitive and hard to beat team. I am very pleased and excited about our prospects for next year.
MVP -    Jason Mathew 
Most Improved Player - Manveer Sahansra 
Sportsmanship Award- Mukarram Mehta
Coaches Award- Garrett Viola 
Spirit Award- Mahboob Mian
MS BOYS CROSS COUNTRY - The MS Cross Country started off the year coming in 4th in most of the races, but by the end of the season we were finishing in 2nd place consistently.  8th graders Andrew Giron and Christian Vargas were consistently finishing in the top 10 out of 80-100 boys and in their final race they finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  Great work by this team!!!

The boys soccer team had a tough season finishing 5-7-2.  This is only the third time in 16 years the team has not reached the playoffs. Sean Torlincasi was honored by Newsday as a Top 100 Player on Long Island.
All County - Chris Costa Connors 
All County Honorable Mention - Sean Torlincasi
All Conference - Landon Rasidakis

All Conference - Pedro Escobar
MVP -Pedro Escobar
Spirit - Armaan Mashriqi
Coaches award - Sean Torlincasi
Most Improved - Marc Loredo
Sportsmanship - Malik Mashriqi
Teamwork was the key to our success this season. Everyone worked together, communicated effectively, and played off each other's strengths. It was incredible to see how we all came together as a team. The effort put in by each player was outstanding. Everyone gave their all on the field, and it really showed in our performance. Hard work and dedication paid off for our team! The great team morale played a huge role in our success. Everyone's positive energy and support for each other made a difference on and off the field. Our 10-1-1 record was well deserved.

7th SOCCER: 3-3-3:
The season went well.  We played against very difficult teams this year but we fought strong and ended up with 3 draws.  
8th SOCCER: Finished 7-0-1.  This team will finish their MS career (7th and 8th) 15-0-1.  We are looking forward to the players from this team competing at the HS.

The team finished the season undefeated winning the Conference Championship at 14-0!!

Congratulations to Hicksville's Varsity Girls Tennis Team!  With an undefeated 14-0 season, the team won the Conference 3A Championship for the first time in recent school history. The unprecedented season matches the same accomplishment by the varsity boys tennis team last spring. 
USTA Eastern Long Island Sportsmanship Award - Misha Jain

All Conference
Kimberly Widjaja
Bianca Parlog
Alexis Christian 
All Division (75% or better winning percentage)
Valentina Tringali
Abjeet Kaur
Sruthi Nanugonda
Eliza Aamir
Brianna Atis
Crisbel Verdugo
Christina D'Costa
Yasemin Mergen
Diya Kumar
Alexis Christian
Bianca Parlog
Kimberly Widjaja
MVP - Kimberly Widjaja
Most Improved Player - Alexis Christian
Sportsmanship Award - Smantha Singh
Coaches Award - Diya Kumar 
Coaches Award - Sakshi Kalia
Spirit Award - Val Tringali              

The Comets had a tough but competitive season this year- even playing in the rain for 6 Weeks! With a challenging schedule our players fought hard every snap. No matter the challenge they stepped up and gave 100% all the time. Although the result wasnt wanted these players should be proud of themselves because of how the season molded them into disciplined young men who now fully understand how important it is to always work hard and to work together with a great attitude.  Varsity finished 2-6 which was an improvement from 2022.  
All County HM- Frank Barravechia
All Conference- Anthony Valentino
MVP - Frank Barravechia
Most Improved Player - Jalen McFarland 
Sportsmanship Award- Aidan Masterson
Coaches Award- Anthony Valentino 
Spirit Award- Brandon Valle
Senior Bowl Game Participants: Frank Barravechia 
MS FOOTBALL6-0 Undefeated!!  What a great season for the program! Congratulations to the coaches and players. 


The Varsity Boys Volleyball team had a much-improved season this year.  The team went 7-9 and won 5 more matches then in the previous season, in a higher conference- even after graduating 5 seniors that were starters on the team last year.  Led by senior Rohan Shah the Comets competed hard in every match this year and saw tremendous growth as a team.  Even though 7 seniors are graduating, the Comets are looking to come back strong next year and have a number of returning players, led by All Conference Libero, Asher Joo.
Boys JV Volleyball record was 11-5. We had a strong season due to the hard work put in by the players. Jasraj Sidhu had some great serves and kills, while Ishaan Luthra contributed with great sets.  Very proud of the team.

All Conference- Rohan Shah
All Conference - Asher Joo
MVP - Rohan Shah
MIP - Aidan Chan
Sportsmanship Award - Jack Beaudette
Coaches Award - Muhammed Cheema
Spirit Award - Sukhie Singh

This year we moved up to Conference II and we finished in third at 6-3.  We defeated some top tier programs!   Last year we were 2-7 in conference III.  We have some outstanding records that were broken as well as the majority of our girls finishing with their best times ever!  Each year we have shown incredible improvement as a program!
2019- Finished 24th in the County
2021- Finished 19th in the County
2022- Finished 12th in the County
2023  Finished 8th in the County!!

*Kayla Kulier (10th) broke the 100 free school record with a time of 54.26.  The record was originally set in 1988. 
*The girls 200 free relay of Kayla Kulier, Jennie Zhang, Melanie Unger and Samantha Taggart broke their own school record with a time of 1:48.77
Kayla Kulier also qualified for the Nassau County Championships in 7 events 100. free, 200 free, 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast stroke, 100 fly, 200 IM
Jennie Zhang. 11th grade qualified for the Nassau County Championships in 3 events 50 free, 100 free, 200 free
Melanie Unger 12th grade.  qualified for the Nassau County Championships in 5 events 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 100 breast stroke, 200 IM
Samantha Taggart 10th grade.  qualified for the Nassau County Championships in 4 events 200 free, 500 free, 100 back, 200 IM
Isabella Molina 7th grade qualified for the Nassau County Championships in 2 events 500 free, 200 IM
Alexa Danzi 10th grade qualified for the Nassau County Championships in Diving

DIVISIONAL MEET RESULTS - We finished 3rd in the Division- Highest placement since the late 80's
Isabella Molina placed- 6th in 200 IM  7th Grade student!!
Jennie Zhang -2nd in 50 free
Alexa Danzi- 3rd in Diving - Placed 8th in the Nassau County Championships.  This was just her first-year diving!
Kayla Kulier -4th in Diving
Melissa Perez Hernandez -7th in dive
Kayla Kulier -1st in 100 free
Jennie Zhang- 3rd in 100 free
Melanie Unger -7th in 100 free
Isabella Molina -6th in 500 free
Samantha Taggart -7th in 100 back
Melanie Unger -8th in 100 back
Catherine Perrucci -7th on 100 breast stroke
Angelina Kim- 7th in 100 breast stroke
200 free relay- 3rd. Jennie Zhang, Melanie Unger, Samantha Taggart and Kayla Kulier400 free Relay -3rd Jennie Zhang, Melanie Unger, Samantha Taggart and Kayla Kulier 

We finished 8th in the county!!.
We set 2 school records:
Kayla Kulier - 200 free. 1:55.23. (from 1988)
200 free relay - 1:46.92 - Jennie Zhang, Melanie Unger, Isabella Molina, Kayla Kulier
Kayla Kulier - 4th in 200 free , 6th in 100 back
Jennie Zhang - 7th in 200 free, 5th in 100 free
Alexa Dang - 8th in 1 meter dive
Samantha Taggart - 9th in 500 free
Isabella Molina - 12th in 500 free
200 free relay - 8th Jennie Zhang, Melanie Unger, Isabella Molina, Kayla Kulier
400 free relay- 4th Jennie Zhang, Samantha Taggart, Melanie Unger, Kayla Kulier
Kayla will be swimming the 200 IM and 500 free in the state meet in Rochester from November 16-18
MVP - Kayla Kulier
Most Improved - Stephanie Callan
Sportsmanship - Melanie Unger
Coaches award - Alexa Danzi
Spirit award - Catherine Perrucci                                                                           
Although the girls MS swim team only won 3 meets out of 10 meets the girls had a great season.  We only had a few returning swimmers from last year.  Every single swimmer improved dramatically.  The girls have enjoyed seeing their times drop from the first meet to the final meet.  Many swam events they never thought they were capable of, but with much hard work and trust they were able to accomplish some amazing swims.  One swimmer specifically came to tryouts barely able to swim a lap.  By the end of the season and a lot of hard work she had the second fastest 50 free time and the second fastest 100 free for our team.  The MS girls swim team had a very successful swim season and we are all looking forward to next year!

Girls Varsity Volleyball finished 9-7!  The season was very successful. We were very competitive within our conference and are looking forward to the future. The girls also participated in the Beautiful Me program. 
JV GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: had a very successful and competitive season.  We played new teams this year that led to competitive and equally matched games.  The girls made great progress in their volleyball knowledge, skills, techniques, and learned to work as a team.  The girls also participated in the Beautiful Me program.  Final record was 11-5.
Amanda Sneyd - All County Honorable Mention
Julianna Olecki- All Conference
MVP- Amanda Snyed/ Sasha Ger
Most Improved Player- Vanessa Flanagan
Sportsmanship Award- Madison Tarra
Coaches Award- Heather ManeSpirit Award- Suhani Ranu

JV & Varsity Cheer- The 2023 cheerleading season for our JV and Varsity squads has truly been a remarkable journey.  This is the largest team that we believe Hicksville has ever had (44 Cheerleaders).  We had 55 tried out for the team. This season, our talented group of cheerleaders came together in perfect harmony, and their collective efforts have yielded spectacular results that have left a lasting impression both on and off the field. They showcased exceptional skills and unwavering commitment to teamwork.  Unfortunately, the torrential rain every weekend except for two made it very difficult to perform.  We hope for sunshine next fall!
MVP - Nikki Lam
MIP - Siya Shah
Sportsmanship - Sabrina Graceffa
Coaches - Emma Kennelly
Spirit - Jillian Fields













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The Girls Varsity Cross Country team stepped up this weekend at the County Championships.  They earned a spot in the NY State Qualifiers meet, finishing 8th out of 19 schools in Conference 1.   Our top runners were Allison Chun who earned All County Honors this weekend.  Eva Mathew, Ashley Xu, Marwa Yasar, Jen Jaco, Kelly Farrell, and Mayuri Kumar were the top Varsity runners who have moved on to the State Qualifiers.

The Boy�s Cross Country stepped up this weekend at the County Championships and also earned a spot in the NY State Qualifiers meet. 
 The team has made tremendous strides this season in their rankings within the county. We had a five-man average for the 5K of 18:33, which is a huge improvement from last year. We have established ourselves as a competitive and hard to beat team within Nassau. 






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Homecoming 2023 - Arvada West High School


SEPTEMBER 30, 2023


(Sr.) Frank Barravechia
Selected by Newsday as one of  "Week Twos"

-137 yards on 22 carries.
-Scored 2 Touchdowns
-Threw 1 Touchdown Pass
-12 Tackles on Defense
-2 Fumble Recoveries
-1 Interception 


Was selected by Newsday as one of the 
ON LI FOR 2023!!!

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