Glen Cove High School has had a new addition at its athletic events this school year, and it’s a completely student-run and supported group. The Red Army, as they so affectionately call themselves in honor of the Big Red teams they support, was just an idea a little less than a year ago. That was when current senior Adam Ramadan first began to give thought to an organized student section. This mainly stemmed from his concern about the lack of school spirit among his peers. Once his senior year approached and the summer days began to shorten, Adam met with a group of 10 other seniors, and The Red Army was born. After the first football game, certain Red Army members approached Athletic Director Dr. Silverman and High School Principal Schenker, in order to make sure they were within boundaries.
After some basic rules and regulations were ironed out, the group was off and running. The first organized student section to patrol the athletic events at Glen Cove High School since ‘Section 33’ in the 1980s, the seniors of 2010 hope it’s here to stay. Today, the Army boasts a Facebook group of more than 170 students and has placed three separate orders for the group’s T-shirts totaling 150+ shirts. Spirit has returned to the high school in ways far beyond athletic events, and many attribute it to The Red Army and the energy they carry with themselves wherever they go. Whether the game destination is right here at Glen Cove High’s gymnasium or a high school on the South Shore, the Army finds a way to support its teams, and other schools have noticed. Manhasset High School received a visit from The Red Army during football season and complimented Glen Cove parents, Red Army members, and security personnel on a job well done. Parents from neighbor and rival North Shore made a concerted effort to stay behind after the 14-point victory for the Big Red on Jan. 15 to say job well done.
Still not convinced? Glen Cove High School finished second in a recent survey across Long Island of most school spirited high schools. While the winter athletics season is nearing an end, if you listen closely enough inside of the Glen Cove High School gym, you just might be able to still hear The Red Army supporting the Big Red or see them participating in their famous ‘Rollercoaster’ cheer. Just in case you can’t, lucky for you they’re on YouTube.
Runners and walkers of all ages and levels of ability from Glen Cove and surrounding communities are invited to test their training and endurance levels by being a part of the 13th annual Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run. The Run will take place on Saturday, March 13 starting at 9 a.m. at the New Discovery Elementary School on Lawrence Road in Kings Park. (Additional parking is available 3/8 mile away at Kings Park High School).
The prestigious law firm of Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C. has stepped forward to be the title sponsor of this 13th edition of the Run once again, and several of the partners in the firm will themselves once again be taking the challenge of the hills of Kings Park.
John Wooden once said, “Sports do not build character, they reveal it.” Throughout this up and down year of North Shore Women’s Varsity Basketball, a team of lesser character would have quit. During a 1-7 stretch a team with less heart, integrity and will would have pointed fingers and complained. How did the girls of North Shore respond? By winning four in a row and climbing from last place to second. Two games and two wins this week continued the active streak. In the first game, the Vikings traveled to Oyster Bay and pulled away early. Behind Kathleen Lennon’s 12 first quarter points, the girls jumped to an early lead. With a career high in points from Liz Sheerin (12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals) and the third triple double of the season for Amanda Johansen (13 points, 13 rebounds, 10 steals and 5 assists), the girls cruised to a 72-47 victory. Next up was a rematch with Roslyn, in what was the most physical game of the year. Unofficially there were over 10 elbows thrown by Roslyn at least 15 bodies that hit the floor at some point. In the game, North Shore displayed their customary intense, full-court pressure and balanced scoring. The offense was led by Kathleen Lennon (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Erin Sheerin (10 points on 4-5 shooting). The defense was sparked by Liz Sheerin, Amanda Johansen and Christine Castiglione who each received 3 “Hustle Points” from their teammates. “Hustle Points” are rewarded by the girls on the bench for going above and beyond on defense. The Castiglione family, in fact, led the way with 4 total points, as Mr. Castiglione was awarded one by the girls for his spirited cheering. A back and forth game, it was sealed at the free throw line by Bridget Lincoln as North Shore won 61-59 to move to 6-5 and into a tie for second place in ABC-II. In the game, North Shore hit their 100th 3-point shot of the season when senior Elle Hoffman, fittingly drained one from downtown with 5:00 to go in the game on Senior Night. Before the game the team celebrated the careers of their four seniors: Regan Falk, Elle Hoffman, Kathleen Lennon and Jen Melgar. North Shore has no more home games, but are currently preparing for the playoffs.
Only one game on the schedule but it was a big one, a rematch of the Vikings worst defeat of the year. In early January, North Shore traveled to Seaford and lost 76-35. The 41 points were tough to swallow and the Vikings were eager to play their south shore foes again. The game started as all of them have, with a fast pace and every Viking contributing. Despite 5 points by Kathleen Lennon and 2 steals by Christina DeMeo in the quarter, the Vikings found themselves down 15-12 to start the second frame. In the second quarter, behind Christine Castiglione’s 6 points, the North Shore offense really began to click as they scored 21 points to take a 33-30 lead at the half. The second half was more of the same as the two teams traded baskets. The score was tied at 41 with 4:00 to go in the third quarter, when the Vikings went on their trademark run. The constant pressure defense and the up-tempo pace began to wear down their opponents. And behind Jacki Gioia’s (10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals) 6 points in the 4th quarter North Shore closed the game on a 22-7 run to win 63-48. In the game the Vikings were led by Kathleen Lennon (20 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals) and Amanda Johansen’s third triple-double of the season (14 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals) to avenge their earlier loss. The turnaround accounted for a 56 point swing from the last time these two teams played. The win finds the girls tied for 4th place in conference ABC-II with one week to play. The next and final home game for the Vikings is Friday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. Come out and support the Vikings as they prepare for the playoffs and congratulate their seniors (Regan Falk, Elle Hoffman, Kathleen Lennon and Jen Melgar) on Senior Night!
Peter Zientara and Martin Carmody both swam amazing races recently at the Eastern Invitational meet. They competed against swimmers from both NY and NJ. Martin Carmody swam a flawless 100-yard backstroke and an exciting 50-yard freestyle. Peter Zientara swam two very strong races and ultimately qualified for Nassau County championships in both the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle. Peter will compete in the Nassau County Championships Friday evening, where he will swim against Nassau County’s best swimmers. Coaches congratulated both swimmers on an excellent season.
The seventh-grade girls’ volleyball team had a terrific season culminating in an away victory against Manhasset. The girls mastered the difficult skills of the bump (forearm pass), the set and the serve. Even more exciting was the way they played the whole court diving or sliding to get to a ball. Very few balls landed between players.
“As a coach, it was my pleasure to see how these girls pulled together and formed a cohesive unit who played together so well and made new friends within the team. They were ably led by the captains: Selena Guastella, Sara Testa, Dana Congero and Luz Machaca.”
They ended the season with an impressive record of 7 wins and 4 losses. They were a wonderful group of girls who made Glen Cove Schools very proud every time they set foot on the court. “I thoroughly enjoyed coaching them every day,” said their coach.
A Jan. 20 bye for the basketball team, meant only one game this week, a showdown with the first place Rough Riders of Roosevelt. This game was a rematch of a previous conference game; a game in which the Vikings lost to the Rough Riders 70-52 and they were looking for a little revenge. In the first quarter, the Vikings started with their trademark run, trap, sub and run style and despite some missed opportunities by the Vikings the pace favored North Shore as Roosevelt opened up a 14-9 lead. In the second quarter, however, the pressure really began to bother the much taller Roosevelt and behind the three-point shooting of Elle Hoffman and Jackie Gioia, the girls won the quarter 21-13 to take a 30-27 halftime lead. Basketball is a game of runs, though, and Roosevelt went on theirs to stake a 45-41 lead entering the fourth quarter. The teams traded baskets for the first 6 minutes of the fourth quarter, until the pressure of the Vikings full court press finally broke down the Rough Riders and the Vikings went on their run. Down 52-49 with under 2 minutes to play, the scoring blitz began. With 1:35 left on the clock Jackie Gioia hit her third 3-pointer of the game to tie the score at 52. After a Roosevelt basket, Erin Sheerin drove to her left and hit Elle Hoffman (16 points) who sank her fourth 3-pointer of the game to take over the lead 55-54. After a North Shore steal, Kathleen Lennon, who scored a career high 22 points, hit her second 3-pointer of her career to put North Shore up 58-54 with 24 seconds to go. After a Roosevelt basket, Amanda Johansen hit four straight free throws to seal the 62-56 win. Amanda, a sophomore, finished with 8 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals, just barely missing her third triple-double of the season. In JV news, it was more of the same, as the girls improved to 12-1 on the year with a 40-17 victory over Roosevelt. The next home game for both teams is Friday, Jan. 30 against the Vikings of Seaford. Come out and support both teams!
Playing three league games in five days, the girls played toe-to-toe with the best in the county and despite three losses, played very well in all three games. In their first game of the week, the Vikings took on Roslyn. Down 18-9 at the end of the first quarter, they scored 25 points in the second period, behind Elle Hoffman’s 9 points in the frame, to cut the lead to 36-34 at the half. The fast pace of the game continued in the second half and despite a 64-50 deficit with 5 minutes to go in the game, the Vikings made a furious comeback, behind Kathleen Lennon’s 18 points and 14 rebounds, but ultimately fell 72-64. Then, two days later, the girls took on the Falcons of Locust Valley. As they entered the final period, down 52-39, the fourth quarter pace seemed to favor the Vikings as they cut into the lead behind the inspired play of Erin Sheerin and Christine Castiglione. Ultimately, their comeback fell short as Locust Valley triumphed 62-56. North Shore finished their week against the Green Dragons of Westbury. Behind Elle Hoffman’s three straight 3-pointers and Kathleen Lennon’s 11 points in the quarter, the girls cut the lead to 58-54 with 22 seconds left. A steal by Liz Sheerin on the in-bounds pass put the Vikings in the driver’s seat, but they missed three straight shots and Westbury held on for a 60-54 win. In the game, sophomore Amanda Johansen recorded her second triple-double of the year with 11 points, 14 rebounds, 10 steals and 5 assists. The girls now sit in fourth place in Conference ABC-II as they prepare for a rematch showdown with Roosevelt on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m.
The Glen Cove High School Wrestling Team has been building off early season success. The JV team continues to develop into a strong unit. First-year freshmen Jerry Ho and Dane Caufield earned their first victories of their careers in December. Freshman Chris Klimaszewski earned three wins over the break. Brian Pattison, JP Benitez, Jakub Micko and Robbie Krisch continue to pick up pins. Andrew Gescedi and Erik Dillon picked up wins at the Big Red Challenge. Harrison Smith continues to dominate the mats.
The first week of 2010 was a roller-coaster week for the North Shore Girl’s Varsity Basketball team. Entering the week 1-1 and tied for second in the very competitive Conference ABC-II, the girls traveled to Seaford to take on their southern Long Island Vikings counterparts. The game did not go how the North Shore Vikings had hoped as Seaford pounced on the girls and went up 25-8 in the first quarter. North Shore seemed out of sync offensively and one step too slow on defense as they were not able to stop the Seaford onslaught. Not much changed in the second quarter, however, as the girls were down 43-17 at the half. Seaford put North Shore away in the third quarter en route to a 76-35 defeat for North Shore.
Two bright spots for North Shore were Jen Melgar and Bridget Lincoln who hit back-to-back three-pointers in the third quarter to spark a 10-0 run for the Vikings. There was no time to wallow for the girls, however, as they had to take on a very strong team from Oyster Bay on Friday. This was part of a Varsity double-header at North Shore and the girls put on a show for the large crowd. Eager to shake off the dust of their previous game, North Shore exploded out of the gate. Using their trademark constant pressure and trapping game, the Vikings turned this one into a track meet. In the first quarter, North Shore used all 15 girls on their team and had eight different players score to take a 20-19 lead. The offensive firepower was sparked by Liz Sheerin who hit two early threes for North Shore. It was more of the same in the second quarter as both teams seemed willing and able to run and gun up the court. After constant up and down the court fast breaking, North Shore found themselves down 43-41 at the half (which is around the Nassau County point total average for a game). It was more of the same in the third, as the girls were down 62-57 to start the final quarter. This game came down to the fourth quarter, when North Shore’s pressure finally seemed to break Oyster Bay. Tremendous defense was played by Christine Castiglione and Micaela Dussel (three steals each) and the entire team, as they totaled 19 steals and over 40 forced turnovers. In the fourth, the girls were led by Amanda Johansen (8 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists), Kathleen Lennon (14 points and 14 rebounds) and Erin Sheerin who had career highs in both rebounds (10) and points (13), for her first career, double-double. The clutch performer of the game, however, was Elle Hoffman who hit a three-pointer with 45-seconds left to break a 73-73 tie and the Vikings held on for a 76-75 victory. In the game, Elle Hoffman, a three-year senior on the varsity, scored a career high 17 points, with 15 of those points coming on 5-8 shooting from 3-point range.
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