Sports

On Wednesday, Jan. 7 the Varsity Women's bowling team's opponent was Locust Valley High School. North Shore Varsity women bowled well but they came up short, losing two games out of three but gaining points for total wood. Brittany Cullum, Megan Silka, Dominique Troy and Danielle Zaleskie bowled for the varsity squad. Brittany led all bowlers with a high game of 177 on the way to a 468 series. Junior Varsity team members Kim Abbondondolo, Victoria Carter, Jillian Fortunato, Karli Portnoy and Emma Saccone took part in the match against Locust Valley. The JV squad won all three matches.

Thursday, Jan. 8, the team bowled against the women from Mineola High School. The Varsity team lost 2 out of 3 matches. Brittany Cullum again paced the team with a 431 series including a high game of 187.

The North Shore Men's Bowling Team improved its record this week from 5 - 2 to 7 - 2. The Vikings did so with wins over Locust Valley and Mineola. This puts the team in 2nd place with five matches to go. With two of those matches against conference leader Sewanhaka, the Vikings are very much in the hunt for the conference title. Great bowling this week from Kenny Zukas, Taylor Ross, Kohe Brooks-Burke, and Trevor Cannella.

The first week of 2009 started with a bang for the North Shore Girls Varsity Basketball Team. Facing the Red Devils of Plainedge, the Lady Vikings came out on fire, scoring 23 first quarter points, en route to a 39-15 halftime lead that they would never relinquish in their 59-41 victory.

The Vikings offense was led by Chloe Johnson (22 points), Justyne Passarelli (11 points) and Regan Falk (7 points). It was a balanced attack, however, with 10 girls scoring at least one point. The stellar defense was led by Cara Dellavecchia and Erin Sheerin who paced North Shore with 10 rebounds each. On Friday, Jan. 9, North Shore traveled to Roslyn for a tough road contest. The Lady Vikings came out sluggish and found themselves down 36-14 at the half. Being down early, however, is something that North Shore has overcome throughout the year and the girls came out blazing in the second half trying to turn things around.

Throughout the last 16 minutes, the girls kept chipping away at the lead and found themselves down 6 with 35 seconds to go, but a 3 - pointer that would have cut the lead in half, went in and out and Roslyn held on to hand the girls their first conference loss of the year (52-44). The Lady Vikings are currently in second place in Conference III at 2-1 with more tough road games to follow. Their next home game is Friday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. against Hewlett. Come on down and support North Shore. Finally, the JV once again won both its games last week to up their record to 8-0.

This past week the Men's Varsity basketball team played their hearts out in two league games. Still missing star forward Chris Frey due to a leg injury, the team struggled to fill the void. The Vikings who started the season 3-2, unfortunately lost these last two games. The Vikings first opponent was the talented Oyster Bay Baymen. The Vikings came out firing behind the lead of senior guard Sam Bobley, who scored 10 of his season-high 31 points in the second quarter as the Vikings were behind by 7 at the half. Senior forward Bobby Magnuson scored all 14 of his points in the first half to help the Vikings stay competitive with the Baymen. Patrick Granata also shot well from the court with 12 points. The Vikings ended up running out of time and lost to the Oyster Bay Baymen 80 to 69.

The second game took place Friday night at North Shore High School in front of a jam-packed gymnasium. The Vikings found themselves up against the pre-season highly-rated West Hempstead team. Without star point guard Sam Bobley, who sustained a jaw injury early in the game, all the Viking guards (Sande, Vanderos, Granata, Schwartz) had to step up in a big way. The team rallied behind the play of junior guard Stefan Sande who scored a season high 15 points and controlled the point guard position most of the game. Junior guard Patrick Granata also took on a leadership role and scored 9 points. Senior Brian Leigh played extremely tough defense and ended up with 7 points and 12 rebounds. Senior big man Anthony Gioino prevented the tall West Hempstead team from getting many rebounds and ended up with 6 points and 7 rebounds. The Vikings were down 4 at the half in a tough, hardnosed game. The Vikings were left with only 6 eligible players by the end of the game due to fouls and injuries, and they ran out of juice losing to a great West Hempstead (4-0, 6-4) team 67 to 53.


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