History was made recently when the Glen Cove girls junior varsity basketball team soundly beat Valley Stream North 31-19.
A quote that has been brandished around the sidelines of the Glen Cove girls JV basketball team: "...the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They're there to stop the other people." Randy Pausch.
The brick wall for the Glen Cove girls junior varsity basketball team was the losing streak that has haunted the program for 10 years. From the beginning of the year the girls knew the challenge that they faced. Coach Rotolo also knew the challenge they faced which is one of the reasons why he chose to accept the position on Coach Sirakis's staff.
In what was most definitely the best performance of the year, the girls stepped up and played with a purpose. Their attitudes toward competing have changed dramatically and the girls are focused on getting better each and every game. They finally played with conviction. They played on a mission. On this one Saturday, it finally clicked for them. It was truly a monumental day for the Glen Cove JV girls basketball team.
Saturday was not all about winning. It was about the potential of 10 hardworking young women shining through. That is more than any victory in basketball to their coach.
"This is one of those special moments in sports that will always be imprinted in the minds of the team that broke down the walls," he said.
Coach Rotolo has no doubt that this will serve as a vital experience for the girls when they encounter tougher waters in the game of life.
Coach Rotolo is extremely happy to be a part of this historic win and attributes it to the great community of Glen Cove, which includes the parents and guardians of his players, the great teachers and coaches and everyone that supports Glen Cove athletics.
Coach Rotolo believes that he has taught his girls to go at life aggressively.
"Whatever you do, just do it hard," he said. "Do it with passion and vigor. If you approach life with that attitude, the walls will crumble."