North Shore Viking wrestlers started the 2011-12 season with a trip to Bethpage for the Bethpage Dad’s club wrestling tournament. With 15 teams in the competition including, Suffolk powerhouse John Glenn and Westchester’s Yorktown cornhuskers, the Vikings had plenty of top level opponents. The team was led by junior Dan Grabher who placed 2nd at 160 lbs. losing a close match to county place winner Chris Koo from Great Neck South. Taking 4th place was senior Mike Mendolsohn at 152 lbs. and sophomore Hunter Sharf at 120 lbs. Other wrestlers advancing but eliminated going into the medal round were senior Jake Alverson (152 lbs.), Juniors Wil Blackburn (170 lbs.) and Wil Grogan (220 lbs).
The Glen Cove School District Athletics Department, Booster Club, varsity coaches and student-athletes from Glen Cove High School came together to recognize distinguished members of the varsity squads during this year’s Fall Athletics Awards Ceremony. The evening was highlighted by the presentation of the coveted Superintendent’s Award, which recognizes one student-athlete every athletic season who demonstrates the highest level of scholarship, leadership, and sportsmanship. This fall’s winner is senior Varsity Football player Nicholas Manzione.
Additional nominees for the Superintendent’s Award were Alison Abrams (Cross-Country), Alison Baade (Volleyball), Ariana Cavallone (Girls Soccer), Alexandra Gerin (Girls Tennis), and Erick Pajuelo (Boys Soccer).
North Shore Boys Cross Country is back. After a disappointing 2010 season the Vikings finished their regular season with 12 wins and 1 loss. The only loss was to rival Valley Stream South on Oct. 11. Both teams were undefeated going into the race. The Spartans of Valley Stream edged the squad from North Shore by only one point, handing the Vikings what would be their only loss for the 2011 season.
Putting the loss behind them, the North Shore boys set their goal toward the Conference Championship meet and the chance to beat Valley Stream. The October snowstorm postponed the race, but the boys were ready to go the following Sunday morning.
Director of Athletics Don Lang proudly announced that two North Shore High School senior athletes signed National Letters of Intent (NLI). A Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an institution. Once signed, the institution agrees to provide that student with financial aid (if eligible under the NCAA rules) for one academic year in exchange for that student’s agreement to attend the institution for one academic year. Additionally, all colleges and universities that participate in the NLI program agree to not recruit these student athletes once he or she signs the NLI.
The KappaSigma fraternity of Adelphi University hosted the Nassau County PAL Special Needs Unit’s Flag Football team for a game on Monday night, November 28. It was the last game of the fall season for the PAL team.
The weather was crisp and clear, the lights were bright and the turf was perfect. With their offence and defense playing for keeps, the 18 athletes held their own against a very fast fraternity team. The game was a seesaw battle and was tied at 19-all when, with only 56 seconds left, a long run off a handoff put the PAL team up by 6.
Operation Baggataway was started two years ago by members of the North Shore Lacrosse Club to address the recreational needs of our soldiers abroad. Club President Kevin Kaffl read an article in Lacrosse Magazine about a group of soldiers in Iraq who were looking to start a lacrosse team for recreational purposes. Kevin reached out to the Embassy and helped start the program of supplying new and used adult lacrosse equipment to the soldiers abroad.
The 11-u Glen Cove Comanchees travel baseball team played in last month’s inaugural Nassau County Fall Baseball Tournament at the Mitchell Field Complex in Uniondale. In this tournament, the two top teams from each division play for the championship, so winning our opening games was imperative.
In game 1 vs. the Mudhens, Christopher Capobianco took the mound, pitching three strong innings, giving up only two runs on three hits, while striking out six batters. Peter Nikolis came on in relief, yielding only one run and one hit with three strikeouts to pick up the save.
From the start of this year’s season, the Friends Academy Field Hockey team has had just one goal – to win the sought-after Long Island Championship. Bested four years in a row, the Quakers cannot only check off that accomplishment, but now look to a new goal – the State Championships.
In early fall, the road to the NY State Championship seemed like a long one as this Cinderella team logged its slowest start in years with a 0-5 record. “The girls knew that with hard work, patience and determination, things would turn around,” said Coach Christine Botti.
The Glen Cove Midget Red defeated Levittown 39-26 to win the Conference Championship game and proceed to the “Super Bowl” against Plainedge on Nov. 27.
The Cardinals played their best game of the season in this second round playoff game on the road at Levittown. The Cardinals’ offense, led by Forrest Demetri(QB), struck early on the opening drive which set the stage for their offensive dominance the rest of the game. Dominick Genzale(RB) was on fire all game, running for 4 touchdowns behind an offensive line led by Lorenzo Recine and Kevin Napier, who dominated Levittown at the line of scrimmage. Mario Fischetti (RB) added 2 long touchdown runs, and Gianni Aboulehassan (FB) pounded Levittown’s defense on the ground.
The Girls Varsity Tennis Team completed this 2011 season as Conference IIIA’s Division Champions. What an exciting time it was! At the same time, a bittersweet one, since 11 members of the team are seniors and will be off to college next year.
Glen Cove finished the season with a 9-3 record. As the #1 seed, Glen Cove’s playoff game was against Conference IIIB’s Carle Place. Carle Place was really on their game and was victorious. Still, Glen Cove should be proud of their first-place finish, since it has been more than 15 years since Glen Cove has achieved that level of success.
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