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.”
The Gold Coast U8 team played the Pocono Cup on July 7 and 8, under the leadership of coaches Michael Cipriano and Tom Heimreid.
The Mill Neck Family of Organizations hosted their 6th annual Spring Swing Invitational Golf Tournament on June 14, at the North Hills Country Club in Manhasset. Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures made a perfect day to tee off and to kick-off the “Restoring Hope, Building Dreams” campaign for Mill Neck’s Early Childhood Center (ECC). Part of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, the ECC provides early and intensive assistance to children, ages 3 and 4, who may have deficits in speech, language/ communication, cognitive and gross and fine motor development. This year’s Spring Swing proceeds will assist in funding the planned $800,000 much-needed building renovation project in order to upgrade and enhance the ECC’s internal structure and functionality.
Before teeing off, golfers had an opportunity to meet with Bud Harrelson, who made an appearance during brunch. The former shortstop, who played with the New York Mets during their legendary 1969 World Series Championship, graciously signed autographs and related his personal connection to deafness. Harrelson, current co-owner of the Long Island Ducks and member of the coaching staff, explained that a cousin in his father’s family was deaf.
Athletes were honored at Glen Cove High School during the Booster Club awards night for spring sports. Approximately 35 athletes received 28 scholarships and special awards during the ceremony. Dozens of student athletes were given other awards, including Most Valuable Player and Booster Club Award, during the presentation of varsity awards.
“This program is more than competitions and sports. It is more than winning and losing. It is more than defeating an opponent. This program is basically a preparation for life because it teaches values. It teaches character and persistence, and perseverance, and determination, and overcoming adversity,” said Glen Cove Superintendent Dr. Joseph Laria while addressing the audience at the awards ceremony. “That is what this program is all about.”
The Glen Cove Junior Soccer League held their end of season games and barbecue last month. For information on summer camp or the fall season, call 676-3466 or visit gcjsl.org.
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