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After a rough loss to Sewanhaka by 10-11 in overtime, the girls and coaches pulled together in practice and ironed out a few kinks and settled down the offense.

The team came out very strongly against Hewlett and were ahead 9-1 at the half, eventually winning 14-4.

"It was really nice to be back at full strength as we had been missing some players because of other school commitments," said the coach. "This gave us renewed energy."

They said that Kelsea Valance and Yvonne Mennuti gave the extra spark that the team needed, with Valance controlling the midfield, scoring once and assisting on five goals. Mennuti was at both ends, even picking up a dropped clear from Renee Orshan and scoring twice. Sam Basile found her mark again scoring four goals while Chelsee Marks and Meri Baade each scored three goals and Robin Godfrey scored one.

The defense, spear-headed by Sofia Christopoulos and Megan Gardrvits began to show poise and control. Renee Orshan recorded 12 saves.

"We are proud of the way the girls have come back from the one loss and we go into vacation with a league record of 4 wins and 1 loss, primed for the second half of the season," said the coach.

The Boy's Varsity Lacrosse Team headed into Spring Break on a high note, with a win over Jericho 14-11. The win puts Glen Cove at 4-1, with some very key match-ups ahead.

The Big Red jumped out early on the Jayhawks with three goals in the first three minutes of the game. Tyler Ravener was the scoring leader for Glen Cove, pumping in the first GC goal on a feed from Mike Pappachristou. Papp would score the next goal just 15 seconds later, on a give-and-go with Eric Tripp. Keeping the pattern going, Eric would score the third GC goal. The Big Red wasn't done, as Dougie Tripp scored off a feed from Adam Ramadan, followed by a Kevin Gardrvits goal after an excellent clearing pass from George Weck to close out the scoring in the first quarter.

In all, six players would score for the Big Red. Tyler led the goal brigade with a career-high five goals, Dougie Tripp had three, Mike Pappachristou and Eric Tripp had two, Kevin Gardrvits and Ryan Zupa each added one. Eric added four assists, Dougie and Papp two, Kevin Gardrvits and Adam Ramadan each had one.

Glen Cove also enjoyed a big advantage at the face-off "x". Zach Rubin, Rafael Montes, Dougie Tripp, Chris Borer and Ryan Zupa combined to win 67 percent of the day's face-offs.

Brendan Huggins continued to show solid play in the goal, making 18 saves. Defensively, Garen Spendjian, Brandon Winkler, Lewis Linares, George Weck, Phil Voegetlen, Charles Ring and Owen Valance pressured the Jayhawks into many turnovers.

Glen Cove will play two more non-league games over break, before taking on the tough competition that lies ahead in league play.

The spring track season has begun, and Glen Cove High School's track and field coaches Matt Carbone and Pete Kopecky said they are looking forward to another great season. With more than 20 team members, led by senior All County and All Division runner Kaliym Beatty and returning upperclassmen Mike Mackney, George Metskas, Danny Belfiore and Andrew Mazzeo, Glen Cove looks promising for this 2009 spring season.

The coaches' expectations are high as they anticipate the growth and development of returning team members Alex Bogdanich, Dominick Brasiello, Cristino Chavez, Steven Drayton, Raphel Garza, Phil Graziosi and Dennis Irungu. The success of the team is also dependent on those joining the team for the first time. The new team members are Julio Bonilla, Janathan Coronel, Edgar Gordillo, Tom Manzione, Jakub Micko, Edward Reyes, Mauro Santana, Even Siegal and Erik Dillon.

The team's first conference meet was held at Bethpage High School on March 23. Also participating were Great Neck North and Island Trees high schools. Despite the unseasonably cold weather, this meet was a good warm up for the team, giving Glen Cove a respectable start to the season with first place finishes by Kaliym Beatty in the 100 meter (0:12) and the long jump (20'), second place by Tom Manzione in the mile (4:57) and Daniel Belfiore in the discus, and fourth place for George Metskas the discus, Manzione in the 800, Mike Makney in the 400 and Steven Drayton in the long jump.

The team's second conference meet was held at South Side High School in Rockville Centre on March 30 and also included Valley Stream South. Kaylim Beatty racked up team points with his first place finishes in both the 200 meter (22.8) and the long jump (19'2") and his second place finish in the 100 meter (11.2). Danny Belfiore also contributed big points for the team with his first place discus throw (119') and second place shot put (39'2").

This team pulled off an impressive win (6-1) against Plainedge High School. The dominant performance was led by 1st Singles player Kieran Basra. Basra didn't waste any time, winning in straight sets (6-2, 6-1). At 3rd Singles, Miguel Vizarreta Sandoval picked up his first win of the year. Glen Cove's strong doubles teams were all able to sweep with victories. The players were: 1st Doubles: Tomasz Jasinski and Carlos Figueroa, 2nd Doubles: Andrew Mora and Raul Contreras, 3rd Doubles: Evan Ng & Jason Kim, 4th Doubles: Matthew Bellomo and Patrick Cook.

The Glen Cove Tennis squad was looking forward to practicing hard over this break to be ready for the rest of the season. Their record going into the break is 2-0.

The third/fourth-grade squad opened up their season strong but fell to New Hyde Park 8-3. Despite the loss, the coaches are optimistic since most of the kids have never played lacrosse before. Starring for the young squad was Ryan Feldmann with two goals and an assist. The assist was on a goal by Dante Cipriano. Danny Neice and Joey Grella split time in goal.

The fifth/sixth-grade team opened up on the road and lost 10-5 to a talented Hewlett team. Jack Mangan was the one offensive bright spot as he recorded a hat trick along with assists on the other goals. Nick Schneider and Geoffrey Field provided the other tallies. The goalie tandem of Adam Hamid and Phil Grella faced 21 shots but the defensive effort by the entire team was not enough.

The seventh/eighth-grade team did not fare well either, as they lost to a stacked Commack team 8-1. Jon Luc Monteforte faced a barrage of shots, recording 14 saves in goal, and the defense played well but the lack of offense kept them from being in the game. Ryan Perkins scored the lone goal with the assist coming from Nick Moretto.

Next home action is on Sunday, April 26 as the seventh/ eighth-grade team takes on Mineola at 9 a.m., followed by the fifth/ sixth-graders playing Jericho at 10:30 a.m.


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