DIX HILLS, New York, May 29
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Half Hollow Hills made a name for itself last Tuesday.
On the badminton court, of course.
“We had a very experienced lineup with seniors and juniors that have been on the team for a while,” Bill Davey, head coach of the badminton teams, which encompass both boys and girls from high schools East and West. “They allowed us to be very successful.”
In just Davey’s first year of taking over the program, the Thundercolts swept the boys and girls Suffolk County badminton championships. Divya Rao and Monica Chen took home the girls doubles championship for Half Hollow Hills while John Stanis and Jason Scheingold got the job done in the boys’ doubles category.
“I told the kids that it could be anybody’s tournament; that nobody is unbeatable,” Davey said. “These guys have been working hard, waiting for this opportunity, and they definitely stepped up.”
In the singles, Alfred Shim and Carly Cordano both saw success in the boys and girls championships respectively.
“He’s truly something special,” Lavey said of Shim. “He can make some of the most unbelievable badminton shots that you’ll come across, and this year he worked hard and set out on a mission.”
Lavey spoke highly of Cordano as well, calling her a great athlete that works hard.
“That’s what led her to the singles championship,” Lavey said of Cordano. “She had her mind set that this is what she wanted and she got it.”
With such talent still remaining on the Thundercolts roster after this year – as Lavey stressed the importance of his junior team members – one can only imagine what is next in store for the Half Hollow Hills badminton dynasty.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills (Thursday, May 29, 2014; A19)