On Jan. 14, the Varsity Women's bowling team's opponent was Oyster Bay High School. Kim Abbondondolo, Brittany Cullum, Lexi Marshall, Megan Silka, and Danielle Zaleskie bowled for the varsity squad. Megan had a high game of 177 on the way to a 447 series. Lexi had a high series of 448 for the day. The team bowled against the women from the Sewanhaka on Thursday, Jan. 15.
Brittany Cullum, Lexi Marshall, Megan Silka, and Danielle Zaleskie lost two out of three matches. After dropping the first match to this first place team, the North Shore Varsity women came back with a very strong game in which Danielle Zaleskie bowled a 192, her personal best game.
The North Shore Men's Bowling Team is occasionally guilty of bowling toward the level of its competition. The Vikings, being one of the top teams in their conference, will occasionally bowl down to the level of an opponent. This was not the case this week. This week, after sweeping a three-game match with Oyster Bay, the team matched up with the number-five-ranked team in Nassau County, Sewanhaka. Sewanhaka defeated North Shore but each of the three games came down to the final few shots and was some of the most exciting bowling of the year. The team is close to qualifying for the Nassau County Championship, but will need a very solid week of bowling to make it. Great bowling this week by Taylor Ross, DJ More, Austin Simpson, and Tommy Kraft.
Conference play is in full swing and last week saw the North Shore girls playing three road conference games against tough opponents. The first game was against the Sewanhaka Chiefs on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Looking to get back on track after their first conference defeat from the week before, the Vikings really clamped down on their defense and held Sewanhaka to 14 first half points, as they raced to a 24-14 halftime lead. Behind Kathleen Lennon's 7 third-quarter points (15 points, 15 rebounds), the girls built a 43-25 third quarter lead, en route to a 54-36 victory. Chloe Johnson finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds as 10 members of the team scored. The second game of the week was a thrilling come from behind win against the previously undefeated Lady Bulldogs of Island Trees. Playing in a hostile environment, against a very physical team, the Vikings showed their poise, especially in the fourth quarter. It was a back and forth game the entire way, with key contributions from several North Shore Vikings. Down by two with 7:30 to go in the fourth quarter, the Vikings found themselves without their leading scorer and rebounder, when Chloe Johnson fouled out. Once again the heart of this team was tested and once again they responded with ferocity. Behind the strength of Kathleen Lennon's career-high 18 points, Justyne Passarelli's 13 points, and Amanda Johansen's 11 points, the Vikings scored 23 fourth-quarter points to pull out a 65-61 victory. Key offensive and defensive contributions came from Regan Falk, Liz Sheerin and Erin Sheerin in helping the team pull out another nail-biter. The final game of the week was against the suddenly red-hot Red Devils of Plainedge. The Vikings found themselves once again in a tough conference road game. Behind the stat sheet filling performance of Chloe Johnson (22 points, 19 rebounds, 7 steals, 7 blocks and 6 assists) and Kathleen Lennon's 16 points and 14 rebounds the Vikings jumped out to a 29-22 halftime lead that they would never relinquish en route to a 58-53 victory. Next week marks the last road game of the 2008-09 season for the Vikings as they travel to East Rockaway on Wednesday, Jan. 23 and then they are home on Friday, Jan. 23 against Hewlett at 6:30 p.m. They ask that you come out and support the North Shore Vikings Women's Varsity Basketball Team.
The North Shore Men's Basketball team had two league games this week. The first one was against the Roosevelt Rough Riders. Star forward Chris Frey was back in the lineup and made his presence known by leading the Vikings to a great win. The North Shore team found themselves in a close match with the Rough Riders. The Vikings never pulled ahead by more than 10 points. Chris Frey showed his court vision by scoring 7 points and 8 assists. The two junior guards Pat Granata and Stef Sande both scored a game high 18 points. Sande was magnificent from the foul line hitting 14 out of 15 to help the Vikings stay ahead in the fourth quarter. Center Anthony Gioino dominated the paint, pulling down 11 rebounds and scoring 11 points. The Vikings held the late run by the high scoring Rough Riders to win 71-68.
The next opponent for the Vikings was the pre-season favorite Manhasset Indians. Once again the Vikings found themselves in a close contest the entire time. The Vikings were down 5 points after the first quarter. Yet forward Chris Frey who scored 4 of his 15 points in the second quarter, and Brian Leigh who scored 7 of his season high 20 points in the second quarter combined to bring the Viking back. The North Shore team held the Indians to only 8 points in the third quarter and 10 in the fourth allowing the Vikings to regain the lead late in the fourth quarter. Trailing by two with 7 seconds to go, Bobby Magnuson took the inbound pass and shot a three pointer to lead the Vikings to a 58-57 victory.