Once again this year, the Long Island Thunderbolts Softball Team will be hosting a five-week training session for young softball players at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, located at 25 Country Drive in Plainview. This clinic allows the Thunderbolts to raise necessary team funds, while teaching girls the skills they need to be ready to hit it out of the park during softball season in the spring. The “2013 Winter Work Out” will feature lessons on hitting, bunting and fielding.
The Glen Cove Junior Football & Cheerleading program held its annual awards ceremony on Friday, Jan. 25 at Glen Cove High School. The more than 200 junior football players and cheerleaders who took part in the program during the 2012 season received trophies or medals and a commemorative yearbook.
Six football players were honored with the prestigious Ironman Award for their commitment to the program. This year’s 8 Year Ironmen are Quadir Akines, Thairese Farr, Zachary Hasbrouck and Austin Maccarone. The 7 Year Ironmen are Jared Jackson and Michael Poncet. Pony Cheer coach, Sue Payton, also honored Jessica Bellomo with the Golden Megaphone award for her dedication and hard work. Jessica has been cheering on the junior football players for nine consecutive seasons.
It’s time to sign up your young football players and cheerleaders (ages 5-14). Registration for the 2013 season will be held on Saturday, March 9 and Saturday, March 16 at Glen Cove City Hall from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Two games and two more wins for the North Shore Vikings women’s varsity basketball team. In the first game, the girls traveled to Lynbrook and put on a clinic in the first quarter as they shredded the Lynbrook defense to take a 26-4 lead, with all 26 points coming on lay-ups. With junior Caroline Robertson (10 points in the quarter), sophomore Alexandra Cantwell (eight in the quarter) and seventh-grader Gabrielle Zaffiro (six points in the quarter), doing the vast majority of the first quarter scoring, the girls looked unstoppable.
Three members of the Glen Cove High School Varsity Softball team have announced that they are college bound and will be showcasing their on-the-field talents at their school of selection next spring. Pitcher Carina Zupa, centerfielder Kayla Morrissey, and shortstop Brianna Leon will all be playing softball, with Carina receiving a full scholarship (academic and athletic) to Sacred Heart University. Kayla, who also received a scholarship, will attend Queens College while Brianna has her sights set on SUNY Purchase. Dressed in attire from their future schools, Kayla, Brianna, and Carina are seated left to right, as they are congratulated by (standing, L-R) guidance counselor Margie Tockman (for Carina and Kayla), Varsity Softball head coach Valerie Amilicia, Director of Physical Education, Athletics and Health Denise Kiernan, Varsity Softball assistant coach (and Carina’s mom) Angela Zupa, GCHS Principal Dr. Joseph Hinton and guidance counselor Jeannette Alomia (for Brianna).
More than $414,000 was raised in the fight against ALS at the Ninth Annual “A Midwinter Night’s Dream” recently at Oheka Castle in Huntington. That money adds to the $2.5-plus million already raised in the effort to find a cure for what is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
AMND, run by a committee of Northport High School students, was born after two Northport teachers were diagnosed with the illness.
This season, the seventh grade girls playing volleyball for the first time had a very exciting and rewarding season. They were always at every practice and game giving their all and the games were so enjoyable to coach. We began the season losing our first game by three games to two and then we went on a roll winning our next nine games against very tough opponents, and then lost a very closely contested last match losing again by three games to two. Our final record was nine wins and two losses; this certainly puts a smile on all of our faces. Congratulations to every player.
The players were, Nafeesah Ali, Genesis Benitez, Gabrielle Ermmarino, Karla Fernandez, Thalia Henderson, Amanda Ieracci, Monika Jagustyn, Eva Lamere, Sienna Nicholich, Abigail Ortiz, Sandra Pajovic, Dominique Pawul, Zoe Rosado, Grace Tenke, Kayann Wilkinson, Rosibel Yanes.
Senior Dan Grabher had plenty to celebrate on Jan. 5 at the Syosset Wrestling tournament that showcases some of Nassau and Suffolk’s top wrestling talent. After fighting his way to the finals, Dan was able to celebrate his 150th varsity wrestling win by beating Suffolk counties third ranked wrestler at 170 pounds. Grabher, a two-time All County wrestler now holds the school record for wrestling wins after jumping ahead of his brother Rob Grabher, a 2009 graduate and 160 lb County Champion, who had the previous school record of 135 wins. Junior Hunter Sharf took third place at the 126 lb weight class after losing a tight semifinal match 6-4. Senior Wil Blackburn (160 lb.) and Sophmore Georgio Recine (285 lb.) both wrestled hard for sixth place recognition. Sophomore Tristian Vitale fough back for sixth place also.
The Viking team now heads to the county qualifying matches on Saturday, Feb. 2. Each wrestler who places in the top four at that event earns a chance to wrestle in the Nassau County Championships at Hofstra University on Feb. 8 and 9.
Registration for the Rob Kormoski Junior Baseball and Softball League of Glen Cove will be held at Glen Cove City Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. Please note the following: a parent or guardian must register child; new applicants must show birth certificate; the child should be at registration to allow for correct uniform sizing.
The North Shore High School wrestling team had an outstanding performance at this year’s Charles McCullough Annual Holiday wrestling tournament at Glen Cove. Junior Hunter Sharf took home the 126-pound championship after defeating his Garden City opponent 6 to 5 in a tight finals match. At 170 pounds, senior Dan Grabher outscored his three opponents a combined 39 to 4 total points to walk though to another championship. Dan won this tournament last year at 160 pounds and has placed in it every year since seventh grade.
At 120 pounds, sophomore Tristain Vitale battled for his first medal taking second place. Teammate Wil Grogan, a 220-pound senior, also took home his first medal placing second. Senior Wil Blackburn wrestled hard at 160 pounds. His mettle was tested in the semis in a tight semifinals match that he lost 5-4 and went to four overtimes. Unbroken, he returned to win his third match of the day and take third place. Junior Brandon Sirlion placed at his first tournament at 182 taking home the fourth place trophy. Congratulations to all the wrestlers.
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