Portledge School Girls Varsity Basketball culminated their successful 2014 season by winning the Independent Private and Parochial Schools Athletic League title by defeating the Waldorf School of Garden City 43-37. This is the fifth consecutive year Portledge School has claimed this title, and it is significant because next year Portledge will move on to the Private School Athletic Association League.
Star Portledge point guard Tamara Simpson also passed a personal milestone during the championship game, marking her 2,000th point. Simpson plans to attend Yale University in the fall.
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.
Glen Cove’s Taylah Hudson proved to be too much for Sewanhaka’s girls basketball team to handle on Friday, Feb. 14.
Hudson scored 10 of her game-high 19 points in the second quarter to lift the Big Red to a 49-39 victory over the Indians in a Nassau Conference Class A first-round playoff game.
The Big Red outscored Sewanhaka 26-4 in the second quarter turning a five-point deficit into a 17-point halftime lead.
This winter has been brutal, hitting Long Island with colder temperatures and more snow than we have seen in recent years, but this has not stopped Toniann Lordi from driving all the way from Centereach to Glen Cove each week to play kickball in LI-Kick’s innovative co-ed adult indoor kickball league.
Innovation is nothing new to Glen Cove resident Sal Farruggia. When he founded LI-Kick in the spring of 2013, it was the first co-ed adult kickball league on Long Island. Now it is the first to bring the game indoors for the winter months.
Senior Caroline Robertson will be representing the North Shore Vikings as a college basketball player at the school of her choice. Although she has yet to decide, she plans to pick the college that best suits her needs, academically and athletically.
“All of the schools I am looking at have well-respected basketball programs,” Robertson says. “I am looking for a well-rounded school that has commendable academics, a good basketball program, and will be able to give me the college experience I am looking for.”
Last month, both the JV and Varsity Cheerleading teams attended the Lynbrook Cheerleading Competition, and both teams had outstanding performances. This was by far the most impressive execution of the Varsity routine this year, according to coaches Amy Serr and Jessica Banks. In addition, the JV team was faced with a last minute obstacle and overcame it with flare by creating a new routine only minutes before they took the mat.
The LI Blues will host the Fourth Annual Winter Classic at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center located at 1001 Stewart Avenue in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8.
“The LI Blues is a hockey program that gives children and young adults with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting,” Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto said. “Three other teams, the East Coast Jumbos, the New Jersey Dare Devils and the New Jersey Avalanche have been invited to the event and will be participating.” There will be four games played with the faceoff for the first game scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The event is expected to conclude around 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Exactly one month after junior Taylah Hudson became Glen Cove High School’s all-time leading scorer in girls basketball, head coach Greg Mayerhofer achieved a personal milestone by winning his 400th career game.
Coach Mayerhofer secured the victory against Valley Stream South High School, 57-34, and the following day, before tipping off against Locust Valley High School, the team presented him with a special game ball, signed by every one of his players. Later in the day, the girls rewarded their coach with his 401st victory.
Taylah Hudson became Glen Cove High School’s all-time leading scorer in girls basketball with her 828th point vs. Floral Park High School on Dec. 17, 2013. Since she is only a junior, Hudson is sure to provide many more memorable moments during her basketball career at GCHS. Coach Greg Mayerhofer congratulates her in the photo.
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