The new Friends Academy Upper School ice hockey team took to the ice on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Syosset against Birch Wathen Lenox School. They not only made the ice their own – they made history, winning their first game in 21 years.
Friends roared out to a 5-0 lead after the first period. Freshman Perry Gordon (Sands Point) opened the scoring as he slid in a wrist shot from the slot; junior Joseph Macy (Huntington) followed with a high shot from down low. Macy also added a breakaway goal later in the game.
Gordon knocked in one more goal, with sophomore Jack Viener (Upper Brookville) and freshman Struan Coleman (Locust Valley) each contributing a goal.
The Friends Academy Girls Winter Track team decisively won its first Conference Championship after beating second-place Cold Spring Harbor High School by 20 points and third-place Mineola High School by 53 points. The Lady Quakers dominated the 55-meter race, finishing first, second and third.
As the second half of the basketball season began last week, the Glen Cove Boys Varsity team was sitting in first place with a 10 to 1 record in Conference A-3.
“The boys are 6-0 in their conference and are playing with a purpose,” said Varsity Coach Peter Falen. “This year’s team is dedicated, hardworking and have bought in to what myself and Coach Paulino have asked for to be successful.”
The team has six seniors and five underclassmen to fill out the roster. Seniors Mauro Carignano, Dahkeem Williams, Johnny Fiorino, Chris Theodorou, Yadiyah Letellier, and Nick Basile have led by example with help of returning starts Frankie Mickens, Mike Acerra, Tommy Ziegen and Brandon Deloatch.
The Glen Cove Big Red wrestling team won its conference for the first time since 1999. After winning four consecutive dual meets over the course of two weeks, Glen Cove took the title of conference champion. The last conference dual meet was held at Glen Cove, where the team defeated Manhasset 45 to 29 to secure the conference title. Glen Cove will be wrestling in the Nassau County Dual Meet Championships on Friday, where they will be competing with the top teams in the county.
Coach Chris MacDonald told the Record Pilot that the season started off strong, with the team winning the first tournament of the season held at Mamaroneck and they placed in second at the inaugural Charles McCullough Memorial Wrestling Tournament in Glen Cove; in the dual meet against North Shore, he said they battled hard and won it outright 4-1 to take first place. He said he has seen all of the team members working hard throughout the season, and that they have been mentally prepared and tough at every meet.
With a record of eight wins and three losses the Glen Cove Girl’s Junior Varsity Basketball team has been surprisingly competitive in every minute of every game thus far in the 2011-12 season. If their strong start is any indication, this year’s team may well be a window into the future of Glen Cove Girls Basketball.
Beginning with their first game 32-27 win over Sewanhaka up until their most recent 55-33 victory over Valley Stream South, one of the more remarkable aspects of this team’s success has been the coalescence of the past, the present and the future of Glen Cove Basketball. The team features four seventh-grade starters at the very beginning of their high school basketball experience and a young, dynamic, hometown hero, first-year coach. While their enthusiasm has been infectious, the impulsivity of the younger players has benefited from being tempered by the consistency of effort and focus of the older, more mature, freshmen and sophomores. Up to this point, the season has been a working combination of trial by fire on the part of the seventh-graders, hard work, perseverance and determination by the ninth- and tenth-graders and a very successful homecoming of sorts for the new coach.
Owen and Kendall Grennan, of Glen Cove, raced once again this year as members of the East End Kart Racing (EEKR) Club in Riverhead. The racing season stretches from March through November with sporadic races on Sundays. After traveling the East Coast National Circuit from South Carolina, North Carolina to Buffalo, Owen and Kendall both came home to win the Long Island Championships.
Kendall, age 9 and one of two girls in her division of 13 competitors, had a substantial point lead throughout the season. Kendall won her first championship in the Sportsman Champ I division.
Glen Cove Junior Soccer League had a very successful season in 2011, with full participation from Kindergarteners up to tenth-graders. The season culminated on a beautiful Saturday in Glen Cove for the annual Soccerfest. Political dignitaries from the community were present to help cheer and support the children. Food, fun and competition were the order of the day. The Glen Cove Junior Soccer League board would like to thank all that helped make this a successful season, especially the children and the parents who participated. Anyone interested in learning more about the league’s programs can go to the website www.gcjsl.com.
On Dec. 28, 2011, the Glen Cove Varsity Girls Basketball Team competed against Friends Academy during the Bethpage Dad’s Tournament. Throughout the game, the lead kept fluctuating between both teams. With only one minute left in the 4th quarter, Glen Cove was down by five points. Nicole Alexander (23 points, 18 rebounds and 3 block shots) hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 2 points and Victoria Durso (15 points, 6 assists, 7 steals) made a shot in the closing seconds to tie the game and send the game into overtime. Even under pressure, our team showed heart, determination, poise and character. In the first overtime, it was a defensive battle; each team scoring 2 points to send in to a second overtime.
The North Shore girls’ varsity season tipped off against Lynbrook in the opening round of the Wantagh Booster Club Invitational Tournament. This was a game that the team had been looking forward to for quite some time as Lynbrook knocked North Shore out of the playoffs last year 69-68.
This game was eerily similar to last year’s game, with North Shore’s defense, led by Alex Cantwell and Erin Sheerin, sparking an 8-0 run to end the first quarter with the Vikings up 23-19, en route to a 41-34 halftime. In the third quarter, the Vikings went ice-cold and found themselves down 52-50 to start the fourth quarter. When North Shore needed a spark it turned to its defense, led by Christine Castiglione, Micaela Dussel, Tara Feehan and Caroline Robertson (5 steals), the team did a tremendous job frustrating Lynbrook and with Amanda Johansen leading the offense with 13 of her 23 points in the fourth quarter the Vikings came back for a 69-63 victory. Johansen finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals.
The eighth-grade girls are really into the heart of the season having a record of 5 wins and 3 losses. This has been an outstanding season so far. This year the girls have their own grade level team as they were combined last season hence began with 6 returning players and 10 beginner players. They have blended together so well both on and off the court. The athleticism and coach ability of this team has been outstanding hence the good level of play. Many of our matches have gone to the fifth game where we have come out on top. The team is led by returning players: Alex Casale, Dani Dratch, Anna Kassar, Larissa Ketcham, Sabrina Magrini, and Sara Tenke. Newcomers to the team this year are: Grace Blinkoff, Tea Grasnoff, Catherine Hatala, Amanda Heavey, Natasha Hargrove, Maria Krisch, Kayla Monahan, Gabby Morales, Adriana Vertiz and Leticia Yanes.
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