HALF HOLLOW HILLS, New York, April 2
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Winter has finally come to an end – but for the athletes and coaches throughout the Half Hollow Hills area, the leftovers of winter were still hindering local sports teams from getting out onto the fields of high schools East and West.
“I think we’ve all experienced quite a winter,” Eric Geringswald, school board president, said during a March 23 board meeting. “The winter yielded lots and lots of snow and, unfortunately, the snow didn’t disappear before the spring sports season started.”
The district’s answer to what Geringswald said was more than 2 feet of snow sticking around on the turf fields of the high schools came in the form of a donation.
Together, two local youth sports groups – the Dix Hills Soccer Club and Hills Youth Lacrosse – donated a “turf snow pusher,” a piece of equipment that Half Hollow Hills officials have used in combination with other machinery to clear out the lingering snow. A reimbursement donation – of about $7,000, Geringswald said – for the equipment was accepted by the school board on March 23.
“To me, this is just a great instance of everybody trying to figure out, ‘How can we have our kids have the best situation possible?’” Geringswald, who is also the executive director of Hills Youth Lacrosse, said. “Now that plow is an asset for the school district for all the years going forward.”
Utilized district-wide, the plow will now allow Hills to clear up any snow that could potentially hinder outdoor sporting events in the spring and even fall seasons. The snow pusher does not damage the turf fields, nor does it affect any of the warranties the district has with them, Geringswald said. It helped the spring sports teams around Half Hollow Hills access the fields “much, much earlier” than expected.
“The district is extremely grateful to both youth groups for the donation of the plow to assist our athletic program,” Superintendent Kelly Fallon said during the board meeting. “[The snow pusher] was very well received by all of the players as well as our coaches.”
Fallon added that she looks forward to working alongside the two youth groups in the future.
Martin Targett, president of the Dix Hills Soccer Club, echoed both Geringswald and Fallon’s sentiments. He said the donation aims to help all of the teams around the Half Hollow Hills area utilize the district’s fields as soon as possible – no matter how much snow hits the turf.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, April 2, 2015; A7)