The North Shore Vikings wrestling team had an outstanding season taking second in the league by only three points. The Vikings went into the dual meet playoffs with great momentum. Junior Cole Tornberg beat his opponent from behind against Bethpage to rank NS as one of the top eight teams in Nassau County. The Vikings also finished second and third at two tournaments out of 15 teams. Seniors Robert Grabher, Paul Wefer, Paul Faglione and Joe Denovellis led the way. At the Busby cup tournament, North Shore took first place scoring the most points ever in the tournament. Charlie Wahler, Pierce Janssen, Steve Ragusa and Jimmy Dromm all made all conference honors.
Eight North Shore wrestlers qualified for the county tournament this weekend at Hofstra. Dan Grabher, Tom McCarthy, Joe Denovellis, Robert Grabher, Dean Shmuly, Tom Shaw, Paul Wefer and Paul Faglione. Joe Denovellis placed sixth in the county, Dean Shmuly placed fifth in the county and Robert Grabher finished number one in the county, pinning his opponent in the finals. Robert will be representing North Shore and Nassau County in Albany at the state tournament in the Pepsi arena.
The North Shore Girls Varsity basketball season came to an end in the first round of the playoffs against the Rough Riders of Roosevelt. It was one of those games that neither team deserved to lose as both played extremely well. The first quarter saw the Vikings come out a little slow offensively. The girls had a difficult time adjusting to the small court at Roosevelt and were down 16-3 midway through the first quarter. After a timeout, however, the Vikings responded behind 6 straight points from Elle Hoffman to cut Roosevelt's lead to 18-9 at the start of the second quarter. In the second quarter, the Vikings settled down and found their offensive groove. Behind Chloe Johnson's 8 second quarter points, the Vikings went into halftime up 29-28. To start the second half, however, the Rough Riders went on a tear, scoring 12 unanswered points to go up 40-29 with four minutes remaining in the third. Once again, the Vikings did not panic and because of the leadership of Chloe Johnson (23 points, 14 rebounds), Justyne Passarelli (7 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists) and Kathleen Lennon (12 points, 13 rebounds) the Vikings found their offensive flow and went into the fourth quarter down 51-41. In the fourth, the girls dominated the game and cut the lead to 59-55 with 1:00 to go on the clock. A lack of team fouls, however, prevented them from extending the game any further with Roosevelt prevailing by the final score of 61-55.
Overall, it was an outstanding season for the Vikings of North Shore. The girls finished the year with a 15-4 record and a Conference ABC-III Championship banner to be hung up in the gym. In addition to the team awards, several girls ranked in the top 25 of Long Island or Nassau County in several statistical categories. Chloe Johnson was 14th in Nassau County in scoring at 16.8 per-game, second on Long Island in rebounding with 14.6 per-game and 11th in Nassau County in assists with 2.4 per-game. In addition, Chloe scored her 1,000th point this season. Kathleen Lennon finished fourth in Nassau County in rebounding with 12.4 per-game and 15th in assists with 2.3 per-game. Amanda Johansen finished 16th in Nassau County in rebounds at 5.6 per-game and third in assists with 3.4 per-game. In fact, she just barely beat out North Shore's own Justyne Passarelli, who came in fourth in assists with 3.3 per-game. Finally, eighth-grader Erin Sheerin finished the season with an average of 2.3 assists per-game, which was good for 14th place in Nassau County.
Finally, as NSHS says goodbye to seniors Johnson and Passarelli, the school said they wish them luck in the future as they continue their athletic careers in college playing basketball and lacrosse. However, they look optimistically towards the future of North Shore basketball. With 10 returning players from this year's team and a JV that went 13-4, in addition to strong classes in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades, North Shore girls basketball plans to be a force in Nassau County for the foreseeable future.
The team was Jennie Berglin, Cara Dellavecchia, Regan Falk, Jackie Gioia, Elle Hoffman, Chloe Johnson, Amanda Johansen, Kathleen Lennon, Jen Melgar, Justyne Passarelli, Elizabeth Sheerin and Erin Sheerin.