The varsity squad this year is full of enthusiasm, drive, aggression and speed and is ready to move forward from last year’s success. There are 20 girls on the squad and Lauren Portnoy is the new assistant coach. Portnoy was the junior varsity coach last season and is a wonderful addition to the team.
The 20 player squad is led by 12 returning players: Seniors Ariana Cavallone, Alex Gerin, Tori Durso, Emily Durso, Ali Durso, Alison Abrams, Meghan O’Connell, Briana Moglia, Remi Farnan. Juniors: Gabby Morrocu, Lauren Dwyer, Angelica Morra. Newcomers to the squad are seniors: Meghan Peet, Delia Trainor. Juniors: Jennifer Ingegno, Emily Asip. Sophmores: Samantha DiPaola, Gillian Farnan, Christina DelGrosso. Freshman: Selena Guastella.
The Big Red Varsity Lacrosse Team is ready to open their 2012 season. Coach Steve Tripp enters his 25th season at the helm of Glen Cove and said, “We have had a lot of success over the past four years, and I feel this group can pick up where last year’s team left off.”
The 2011 season ended in the playoffs, and this year’s team is looking to continue the momentum. For that to happen, the Big Red will rely on their senior class to provide the leadership that all good teams have. Captains Dennis Ramadan and Chris Saperstein are playing their third season on the varsity. Ramadan’s shooting will play a big factor in the 2012 season. Saperstein, the Big Red’s faceoff specialist, is on the sidelines right now, rehabbing off-season knee surgery. GC’s other two captains will play two vital roles for the Big Red. Scott Nicolich is the Big Red’s playmaker and the team’s leading returning scorer. Goalie Nick Manzione proved to be a more than capable goaltender as he garnered Honorable-Mention All-County honors in 2011.
On March 3, the North Shore Girls’ Varsity Basketball team experienced an impressive win against Garden City in the Nassau County Championship game. It was the program’s first title. But the season didn’t stop there. The girls trained every day after school before participating in the Long Island Championship game at SUNY Farmingdale Friday, March 9. Many of the girls on the team have been playing together since middle school, so they knew Friday’s game would be emotional, no matter what the outcome was.
The North Shore Varsity Girls Basketball Team completed their last week of play in the Nassau County season on February 29 at Freeport High School in the Nassau County Semifinals and on March 3, at C.W. Post campus in the Nassau County Class “A” Championship.
In the first game the Vikings took on the Knights of Floral Park. The Vikings came out very flat offensively in the game and found themselves down 26-25 at the half, despite the outstanding defensive pressure of Christine Castiglione, Micaela Dussel, Tara Feehan, Nicole Scuderi and Ashleigh Sheerin.
On Friday, Feb. 17, The Glen Cove Junior Football and Cheerleading Association held their annual awards night at the Glen Cove High School. Football players and cheerleaders who took part in the 2011 season received trophies and commemorative yearbooks. Seven football players were honored with the prestigious Iron Man Awards for their commitment to the program. This year’s Iron Men are Elijah Ambles, Michael Payton, Robbie Poncet, Fernando Aguilar, Nick Kiaer, Corey Dinkins and Ryan Porteus. These young men have all played in the program for several consecutive years showing their true dedication to the program and the sport.
The North Shore Girls Varsity Basketball ended their regular season undefeated in conference play and entered the post-season as the #1 seat in the Class A playoffs.
In their first round game, the Vikings hosted the Red Devils of Plainedge on Thursday, Feb. 16. The Vikings overwhelmed the Red Devils from the opening tip, as they raced to a 20-10 lead after one quarter, despite shooting 0-12 from the three-point line in the opening frame.
In the fourth quarter of a playoff game against powerhouse South Side, North Shore’s Justin Bell stood at the foul line, took a deep breath and made the last basket of his high school career. In his three years as a varsity player for the North Shore Schools, Justin scored 1,168 points, a school record, and finished his senior year as Long Island’s top scorer. He was selected as an All-county player for the second consecutive year and was chosen Conference Player of the Year by the coaches of Conference A-4. Bell will be playing basketball at the collegiate level next year.
On Saturday, Feb. 4 , 12 North Shore wrestlers earned Division 1 “All Conference” honors after placing in the Freeport County Qualifying Tournament.
In addition to earning “All Conference,” these wrestlers earned the golden ticket to advance to the county tournament at Hofstra. Freshman Giorgo Recne was not intimidated by larger and older wrestlers and brought his football skills to the tournament, finishing with a pin for third place. Sophomore Hunter Sharf had a barn burner of a semi-final getting pinned while ahead of the number two seeded wrestler 8-4. He fought back hard for 4th place and earned his second trip to the counties. Senior John Jacome finally made his way to the counties after four years on the varsity squad.
To help raise awareness and funds for the Red Cross, the New York Islanders will salute American Red Cross Month in March by offering discounted tickets when the team takes on the New Jersey Devils, Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the disaster relief and lifesaving services of the nonprofit.
The North Shore High School gymnasium was filled with the girls’ varsity basketball team, coaches, teachers, friends and families on Friday, Feb. 10. Not only did the girls play a terrific, fast-paced game, but also one of the players - senior point guard Amanda Johansen - had 20 points, 13 rebounds and scored her 1,000th career point that night.
There were only 40 seconds left of the second quarter when Johansen shot a free throw, bringing the team up to 44 points. When the ball went through the hoop, the fans roared, and confetti flew from the bleachers. By the end of the game the girls experienced an 85-55 win over Valley Stream North in Conference A-IV.
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