By Carol Griffin
Longtime, North Shore Schools wrestling coach and physical education teacher Fred Recher will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Downstate New York Chapter on April 29 along with five other wrestling greats. The 17th Annual Awards Banquet will be held at the Melville Marriott Hotel. Fred is receiving the award for his “Lifetime of Service to Wrestling.” For information on the awards banquet contact The Friends of Long Island Wrestling by calling 804-8676, or log on to www.friendsoflongislandwrestling.com (www.foliw.com).
The U9 girls finished in first place at East Meadow’s 19th annual indoor intramural tournament. The girls played four awesome games scoring nine goals and only allowing two goals throughout the entire tournament. The girls finished with a record of 3 wins, no losses and 1 draw.
The first game played was against Plainedge Red, with a score of 4-1 Wildcats. The Wildcats came out strong, passing and controlling the flow of the game. Eve Fine scored one goal; Julianna Cavallone scored two goals, and Macy Lewis scored one goal.
No one voted for these wrestlers to be named All County. Not one coach could argue his wrestler was better or more deserving. It comes down to proving yourself on the mat in front of hundreds of spectators and earning your distinction by beating the best wrestlers in the county head to head, one at a time. Three North Shore wrestlers did just that and earned the “All County ” title by placing in the Nassau County Division 1 Wrestling Tournament held this past Saturday and Sunday at Hofstra University.
The Portledge Lady Panthers, who have a mark of 14 wins and 4 losses overall, won 12 consecutive IPPSAL Varsity Girls Basketball games in route to capturing their second straight league championship. Portledge earned the top seed in championship play by winning all 10 of their IPPSAL regular season match ups, and then went on to defeat Lawrence Woodmere Academy in the semifinals and the Waldorf School of Garden City in the IPPSAL Championship game.
The North Shore Girls Varsity Gymnastics team ended their team season on Monday, Feb. 7. North Shore won the meet against Valley Stream Central with a score of 132.15 to 124. This set their final conference record at 8 and 1. North Shores high scores were received from Sabrina Swenson on the floor exercise (8.6), Talia Morales on the balance beam (7.5) and Minnie Hou on the vault (7.8). A beautiful ending to a remarkable season.
Glen Cove High School defeated North Shore High School for the third time this season on Friday, February 11. With both teams struggling lately, neither wanted to be the one to drop the Friday night rivalry rematch, as the two teams last met back on January 14.
The gym was again packed (though with a majority of Glen Cove’s Red Army back at college after the holidays the atmosphere wasn’t quite as crazy as the previous game), but the bleachers were filled with parents and students from both districts rooting on their team and taunting the opposing school’s fans.
The Glen Cove boys’ basketball team will be looking to put a stop to its four-game losing streak on Tuesday with a must-win game against Valley Stream South, which currently sits one spot ahead of them in the conference standings.
Valley Stream is currently 3-7 while Glen Cove is 3-6 in league play. The Big Red defeated Valley Stream the first time the two teams met by a score of 71-67, and is hoping for another repeat performance on Tuesday. However, that was at a time when the team was scoring 50-60 points per game; the past few games they have only managed to put up 40 some odd points per game.
At the county qualifying tournament held Saturday at Division Ave. High School, four Viking wrestlers qualified to attend the Nassau County Tournament held at Hofstra University Saturday, Feb. 12. Placing first was senior captain Dean Shmuley at 145 lbs. Dean, a 2009 All County wrestler, walked through the tournament finishing with a 10-6 win in the finals. This caps two other first-place finishes at the Glen Cove tournament and the Syosset invitational. Dean has only one loss this year.
Taking second were the other two team captains: Senior Nick “Panini” Capparelli at 189 lbs. and Sophomore Dan Grabher at 135 lbs. Capparelli, a 2010 All County wrestler, lost only the third time this year in a close finals match in the final seconds. Nick also won the Glen Cove tournament and took second at the Syosset invitational. Dan Grabher, the other second-place finisher, is a 4 time All Conference wrestler and only in his sophomore year. He finished second at the Glen Cove tournament and fourth at Syosset. All three wrestlers are returning to the counties for their third time.
Finishing the list is Junior Jake Alverson. A tough 152 lb. junior, Jake is joining the team Captains for his first trip to the Counties. In December, Jake finished fourth at the Glen Cove tournament.
Earning his second All Conference but not advancing is freshman Hunter Sharf at 112 lbs. Wil Blackburn grabbed his first All conference at 160 lbs. and senior Jimmy Dromm earned his second All conference 135 lbs. Also earning wins in the tournament for the team were Juniors John Jacome (112) and Mike Mendolsohn (145), sophomores Wil Grogan (189), Ashur Wrez (130), and Raunaq Singh(145), and Freshman Chris Inzerillo (140).
For the first time in almost a decade, the North Shore girls’ bowling team has qualified for the county finals. The season began strong as the girls’ jumped out to an early conference lead. As the season progressed, their confidence improved along with their averages. Every single member of the team improved their game throughout the course of the season. As the regular season came to an end, the team finished with a winning record in third place in their conference.
The North Shore Girls’ Varsity Bowling team is led by the high averages of Lexi Marshall and Emma Saccone. Danielle Zaleskie and Liz Koslow have both improved tremendously this season, and have been extremely reliable. Kim Abbondondolo and Meghan Henneberger have helped the team greatly when they have been needed the most to step up to the challenge. According to coach Granieri, the team has been successful this season because when one teammate is not doing well, there is always at least one or two others who step up to help each other out.
The county finals will take place this Saturday morning at Garden City. Please come out to support the team!
On Friday, March 11, the 84th anniversary of the New York Daily News Golden Gloves Boxing competition will be held in the Glen Cove High School Gymnasium. At least eight semifinal bouts will be held in the open and novice divisions of this historic tournament. Winners of these bouts advance to the championship round, which will be held at Madison Square Garden on April 8-9.
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