As classes resume at Glen Cove High School, the Big Red Varsity Football Team closed its summer camp and is ready for the 2012 season. Under head coach Peter Kopecky and assistants Steve Tripp, Tony Gallo and Mark Pnini, along with JV coaches Frank Curatolo and Brett Rubin, the football team has been in full swing since August 15.
“It has been a great summer,” said coach Kopecky, “The players and coaches have been working hard on the field, in the film room and in the weight room to make this a special year.”
The team, following its last Stanley Cup title in 1984, relocated to several different practice rinks throughout Long Island but hasn’t been able to recapture the magic of those Cantiague teams since.
On Aug. 11, 31-year-old Glen Cove speedster Lauren Jensen scored as the first woman finisher overall in the Sands Point Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, a 5 Kilometer race held on the grounds of the Sands Point Preserve. Jensen finished the run in 21 minutes, 12 seconds, which was four seconds in front of runner-up Bradie Ann Dwyer of Garden City.
A total of 300 runners and walkers successfully completed the run at the Sands Point Preserve, fighting off less-than-ideal hot and muggy conditions. The Sands Point course is not an easy course; the trail in the third mile can be tough to navigate, and the hill leading up from the trail is one of the nastiest found in any Long Island race, according to Mike Polansky of the Greater Long Island Running Club, which hosted the event.
The 12-U Boys of Summer took the team on a road trip to Cooperstown’s All Star Village the week of August 11 – 17, going 5-3-1 making it to the third round of the playoffs and beating teams from California, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois and New Jersey.
Manager Kevin Monahan and coaches Paul Casale, Glenn Rizzo and Dino Nikolis could not believe what a well-behaved group of players they have.
As pro football training camps are in full swing throughout the country and interscholastic football programs prepare to open practice, Glen Cove High School (GCHS) hosted a free evening football clinic for young aspiring players ranging from ages 5 through 12 on August 8.
Held for the second straight year under the lights of GCHS’s football field, the clinic brings Glen Cove football coaches and players together with North Shore High School football coaches to teach youngsters who participate in the Glen Cove City Junior Football League some basic skills. Six different stations were organized to teach approximately 85 youngsters on hand proper passing, receiving, blocking, and tackling techniques, with agility drills also conducted.
North Shore High School graduate Amanda Johansen finished as the leading scorer on Long Island with 102 goals and 37 assists. She led the Vikings to their second consecutive Nassau County Championship, overcoming a six- goal deficit to defeat Cold Spring Harbor 14-13 in overtime. Amanda was named All County, First Team All-Long Island, First Team All Metro and First Team All-American. She played for the Red Team in the Champion All-American Showcase at the ESPN Zone in Orlando, Florida from July 22-24. This fall, Amanda will attend the University of Southern California on a lacrosse scholarship.
A record field of 438 runners and walkers completed the ninth annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run through the streets of Plainview on July 22, and athletes from the local area did exceptionally well in what has become one of the more important summer road races in Nassau County.
The first local finisher was Kevin McBride, of Glen Head, in 22nd place overall and second in the 40-44 age group. Top local female finisher was Lauren Jensen of Glen Cove, who was the fourth woman overall to cross the finish line at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School and first in the highly competitive 30-34 age group.
The Glen Cove Red Raiders played Saturday night at Glen Cove City Stadium, beating the Long Island Lions 21-8. This Saturday, Aug. 11, they will go up against the Empire State Demon Knights at Glen Cove High School at 7 p.m. For more information on the team, visit gcredraiders.com, or for games visit fivestarfootballleague.com.
The sixth Relay for Life hosted by the North Shore School district was held on Saturday, June 2, at the North Shore Middle School.
Edward Mouradian, Jr., senior director of Relay For Life, Metro NY Eastern Division, American Cancer Society said, “Some may think that after five years it would be hard to keep the spirit and enthusiasm alive for such a successful relay event...not at North Shore! On behalf of the American Cancer Society, I would like to thank all members of the community who helped make this such an amazing event.”
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