On January 21 the Varsity Women's Bowling Team's opponent was Carle Place High School. The North Shore Varsity women bowled well enough to win one of the three games. Brittany Cullum, Lexi Marshall, Megan Silka, and Danielle Zaleskie bowled for the 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. JV team members, Kim Abbondondolo, Victoria Carter, Jillian Forntunato, Karli Portnoy, and Emma Saccone also won one of the three games bowled losing one of the games by only 12 pins. Jillian's high game of 133 helped secure a win in the second game along with nice games by Kim, Victoria and Emma. January 22 was the final match of the season. This was a position round in which the Varsity squad bowled against Carle Place while the Junior Varsity bowled against Mineola. The Varsity team of Brittany Cullum, Lexi Marshall, Megan Silka, and Danielle Zaleskie won 2 out of 3 matches. Brittany had a high of 168 in the first game on the way to a 428 series. Lexi had a 161, also in her first game, on the way to a 429 series. Megan bowled with her usual consistency with 6 pins separating her lowest and highest game. Danielle also bowled with the range of her average.
The JV squad of Victoria, Emma, Kari and Jillian bowled well but came away winning only 1 of the 3 games, losing the first game by 5 pins. Emma had an excellent day bowling a personal best game of 156 on the way to a series of 419, also a personal best. Karli and Jillian rolled their best games of the afternoon during the second game, as did Emma, to propel the team to victory. Victoria's best game of the day came during the third game.
The Men's Varsity and Junior Varsity Bowling Teams concluded their seasons this week. The Varsity team ended the season with a 3-game sweep of Carle Place and a 2-1 loss to Sewanhaka. The JV team concluded the year by sweeping Carle Place twice. Both teams made a real showing this year in conference 2, each finishing in 2nd place. The coach offered several congratulations: to John Guerci on throwing the highest game in the conference for JV; a second congratulations to Kenny Zukas for carrying the highest JV average in the conference, when he was not bowling on Varsity; a third congratulations to all the members of the Men's Bowling Team for a really enjoyable season. The members not already mentioned are, Jimmy Spano. Tommy Kraft, Eric Ohman, Austin Simpson, Trevor Cannella, DJ More, Kohe Brooks-Burke and Taylor Ross.
Another week of conference play, and another nail-biter game! On January 21, the Vikings traveled to East Rockaway for their eighth road game in a row, to take on the Rocks. A physical game from the opening tip, neither offense ever really got into a flow, as every basket was contested and the referees really let the girls play. East Rockaway was determined to really pack in the defense to try and limit the North Shore height advantage. As with this team the whole year, however, if the opposing team tries to contain one or two players, someone else from North Shore steps up. This game it was Liz Sheerin (8 points, 5 rebounds), Justyne Passarelli (10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) and Amanda Johansen (8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists).
Once again, the girls from North Shore found themselves in a close game. Going into the 4th quarter North Shore was down 39-36, but one thing this team has learned is that the 4th quarter is their quarter and once again they proved it against East Rock. Down 47-46 with 30 seconds to go, the girls spread the court and found Amanda Johansen curling to the basket. She was fouled on her shot, but sunk both free throws and the girls held on for their 4th 1-point victory of the year, 48-47.
January 23 found the girls with their first home game in over a month against Hewlett. Hoping the home crowd would provide a spark, the girls instead found themselves down 8-0 four minutes into the game. After some adjustments, however, the girls closed the half on a 22-11 run to take a 22-19 halftime lead; a lead that they would never relinquish. Paced by Chloe Johnson's 17 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, Kathleen Lennon's 7 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists and Jackie Gioia (8 points), the girls held on a for a 49-38 victory. The defense against Hewlett was led by Justyne Passarelli and Liz Sheerin who held Hewlett's star guard to 10 points below her average. Finally, a huge spark was provided off the bench by Erin Sheerin and Jennie Berglin. Going into the last two weeks of the season, the North Shore Vikings find themselves 12-1 (7-1 in the conference play) sitting atop of Conference ABC-III, with four more tough league games to follow. The girls are home next on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 11:30 a.m. against East Rockaway and Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. against Roslyn. The coach said, "Come out and support the Lady Vikings!"
North Shore Wrestling is back in action. With high expectations from the coaches, North Shore is achieving them so far during this first half of the season. Newcomers to the team are Thomas Kim, John Jacome, Michael Mendelson, Mathew Abromowtiz, Jake Alverson, and Nick McGinley.
The North Shore starting line-up, and tough back-ups, are Dan Grabher, Jim Dromme, Matteo Lupo , Steve Ragusa , Charles Wahler , Dean Shmuley, Paul Wefer, Pierce Janssen, Paul Faglione , Alex Greenberg , Tom Shaw, Frank Conelly, John Rossi, Rob Grabher , Jake Hojnowski , Nick Capperelli , Cole Tornberg, Tom McCarthy, Joe Manzione and HWT Joe Denovellis.
The Vikings are very competitive with a total record of 11-3, and a conference record of 2-1. All three losses were to teams that are top 13 in the county. The close conference meet against Seaford was only lost by 3 points.
Tournament records have been 3rd at Glen Cove, 4th at Syosset, 2nd at Wheatley, and 1st at Port Washington Cup.