The North Shore varsity football team lost a tough battle against Roosevelt on Saturday. The Vikings kept the game close in the first half with tough defensive play led by Zach Falk's interception in the first quarter. Craig DeMeo, Keith Lopez and Paul Wefer led the team in tackles. On offense, the Vikings were led by Taylor McGrath who had 64 yards on 11 carries and the Vikings' only touchdown. The Vikings look to get back on track this Saturday when they take on Carle Place on homecoming. Kick-off is 2 p.m,
If there was any question whether the North Shore Vikings were ready to move up from Conference 5 to Conference 4, it was answered with a resounding yes as they opened their league season by collecting 3 of 4 available points in their first two games. On Monday they faced Sewanhaka and after a scoreless first half, found themselves down a goal eight minutes in after a brilliant direct free kick by their opponent. The question was how they would respond to a deficit for the first time this season. It was answered quickly. Within five minutes the equalizer was put home by Robbie Grabher on a breakaway after Chris Frey skillfully fed him on a through ball from 35 yards out. The goal provided the needed boost to get the Vikings going and four minutes later the go-ahead game-winning goal was scored again by Grabher on a brilliant passing combination among Grabher, Andy Lazarow and Chris Frey. This brought Robbie's goal total to five in just three games.
Not to be lost in all of this is the outstanding job of the defense once again. Led by Tucker Morgan and his four "blocks of granite" made up of Zach Venditto, Brandon Robilotti, Matt Kelly, and Frank Galluzzo, they form an almost impenetrable wall of defense.
On Wednesday, Plainedge came to visit and after once again falling behind 1-0 seven minutes into the game, the Vikings fought relentlessly to gain the equalizer. Ten minutes later Chris Dellavecchia headed a beautiful cross from Brandon Robilotti on a corner kick into the back of the net. Despite a magnificent team effort which resulted in a shot off the post by Robbie Grabher, the game ended in a tie. Jon Pavlica and Keith Salerno played exceptionally well and set up many of the second half chances, as did Chris Frey with his numerous throw-ins. Tucker Morgan made some difficult saves, a few of which were game-saving. At the end of the week, North Shore had proven its worth and ability in the new league by sitting atop the conference in first place, tied with Roosevelt.
The Lady Vikings opened the season with a smash! In its first contest in Conference II, North Shore was victorious against Locust Valley, 5-2. Shelby Talcott, Kristen Reynolds, and Ari Crane won their singles matches. In doubles action, the team of Jaclyn Batel and CeCe Bowe started where they left off last year with a win at second doubles. Lastly, Liz Sabatini and Rachel Weisman won at fourth doubles.
Later in the week, North Shore played Wheatley and Great Neck South. The Vikings lost to both teams with the identical score of 2-5. The competition in Conference II is strong. The athletes are learning to compete at a high level all the time. Individually, Shelby Talcott continued to dominate as she has lost a combined five games through her first three matches.
The North Shore Vikings field hockey team is 1-1-1. After a tie with Friends Academy, the girls played Carle Place and lost 1-0 with 40 seconds left in overtime. It was a hard loss but the Vikings came back at the next game and beat East Meadow 4-0 at the home opener. The four goals were scored by Kaela McGilloway (2) Taylor Spallone (1) and Liz Cottel (1). The defense played solid with strong sticks from Megan Scott, Lauren Koslow and Ashley Janelli.
North Shore girls had their first game against Clarke High School, away. Everyone was nervous and excited at the same time. It was a hard-fought game. Christina Convey scored with a beautiful shot just outside the box. Clarke fought back, and scored the equalizer. Then Clarke had a great opportunity to go ahead on a penalty kick, but Justyne Passarelli came up with a great save, denying them a goal. She also had 16 saves giving the Viking offense the opportunity to come up with a great goal with 45 seconds left in the game. Christina had a great shot at goal, which the goalkeeper did not gather well, giving Sam Grabher the opportunity to score the winning goal and giving North Shore a 2-1 win. The defense of Erin Tornatore, Madison Martinez, Maggie Drowica and Devon Comito kept Clarke at bay by stopping the offense. Alex Welch, Lauren Byer, Lauren Berglin, Christina Convey, Amanda Sobhy and Sam Grabher were outstanding in offense. The whole team is to be congratulated on this tough win.
On Thursday the Vikings hosted Oyster Bay at home in a tough game. Lauren Beyer scored, then Alex Welch scored, giving North Shore a 2-0 lead. This did not last very long as Oyster Bay answered back with two goals, tying the score. Oyster Bay then scored in overtime, giving North Shore its first loss.
The North Shore boys cross-country team kicked off its season at the St. Regis Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City. The meet attracted athletes from the metropolitan area. Senior Willie Schefer placed seventh in the varsity race and sophomore Mike Clausen finished an outstanding fourth place in his class. Following this event, the Vikings went head-to-head with rival Valley Stream South on September 19. North Shore, the returning County Champions, met fierce competition from the Spartans who were determined not to let North Shore defeat them again. With the loss of senior #2 runner Jake Tobol to an injury, the Vikings fell 28 to 41. Some outstanding performances helped ease the loss as Willie Schefer blazed past the other runners to win the event. Mike Clausen and Alex Talamo ran personal bests and placed seventh and eighth in the race. Matt Wefer and Mike Gerbush finished off the top five for North Shore. Newcomers Mike Treco, Eric Gruebel, and Kohe Brooks-Burke ran for the varsity squad and ran their personal best times.