The North Shore High School held its much anticipated annual Sports Night on Feb. 27. Through healthy competition, students from each of the four classes competed in relays and activities to declare which class is “the best” in the school. Each class chose a holiday as a theme for night and filled the gymnasium’s walls and bleachers with colorful decorations. The freshmen chose Halloween, the sophomores Valentine’s Day, the juniors the Fourth of July, and the seniors chose New Year’s Eve.
Since spaces were limited, some seniors arrived at school as early as 3 a.m. on a cold day in January to register for this school spirit event and secure spots in different relays. In the week leading up to Sports Night, the student participants worked hard after each school day to prepare their entrances and dances, create cleverly themed decorations, and practice the relay events. Some of the relays and activities included the scooter race, obstacle course, tug of war, and a student choreographed exercise/dance. During each relay, the energy could be felt through the cheering and chanting from the audience and student participants. Many parents and classmates came to support the participants and display their North Shore Viking pride.
Glen Cove High School varsity football standout Mike Burrell has signed a letter of intent to play football at Bryant University in Rhode Island. Burrell will don the Black and Gold for the Division 1 Bryant Bulldogs next season, playing at the highest level of college athletics.
More than 50 students and faculty members volunteered their time to raise money for Glen Cove High School junior Luis Torres, who was involved in a serious car accident two months ago. The GCHS Key Club sponsored a student vs. faculty basketball game on the gym floor of GCHS on Friday, Feb. 28. Proceeds from the game will go to the Torres family.
Close to 30 students and 15 faculty members laced up the sneakers and hit the hardwood for this spirited event. Several other students volunteered their time as referees, announcers and scorekeepers. The GCHS Heroes Club also donated funds to the Torres family raised through a charity bake sale.
In total, the collective efforts of students and staff have raised close to $2,000.
It’s time again to learn to play tackle football or cheerlead with the Glen Cove Jr. Football and Cheerleading Association. Registration for the 2014 season is for children ages 5 through 13 and will be held in the main chambers of Glen Cove City Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 15.
Divisions for football players only are as follows: Peanut: 5- and 6-year-olds, maximum weight (football players only) 85 lbs.; Pee Wee: 7- and 8-year-olds, 105 lbs.; Midget: 9- and 10-year-olds, 125 lbs.; Pony: 11- and 12-year-olds, 145 lbs.; Senior:13-year-olds, 161 lbs.
Portledge School Girls Varsity Basketball culminated their successful 2014 season by winning the Independent Private and Parochial Schools Athletic League title by defeating the Waldorf School of Garden City 43-37. This is the fifth consecutive year Portledge School has claimed this title, and it is significant because next year Portledge will move on to the Private School Athletic Association League.
Star Portledge point guard Tamara Simpson also passed a personal milestone during the championship game, marking her 2,000th point. Simpson plans to attend Yale University in the fall.
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.
Glen Cove’s Taylah Hudson proved to be too much for Sewanhaka’s girls basketball team to handle on Friday, Feb. 14.
Hudson scored 10 of her game-high 19 points in the second quarter to lift the Big Red to a 49-39 victory over the Indians in a Nassau Conference Class A first-round playoff game.
The Big Red outscored Sewanhaka 26-4 in the second quarter turning a five-point deficit into a 17-point halftime lead.
This winter has been brutal, hitting Long Island with colder temperatures and more snow than we have seen in recent years, but this has not stopped Toniann Lordi from driving all the way from Centereach to Glen Cove each week to play kickball in LI-Kick’s innovative co-ed adult indoor kickball league.
Innovation is nothing new to Glen Cove resident Sal Farruggia. When he founded LI-Kick in the spring of 2013, it was the first co-ed adult kickball league on Long Island. Now it is the first to bring the game indoors for the winter months.
Senior Caroline Robertson will be representing the North Shore Vikings as a college basketball player at the school of her choice. Although she has yet to decide, she plans to pick the college that best suits her needs, academically and athletically.
“All of the schools I am looking at have well-respected basketball programs,” Robertson says. “I am looking for a well-rounded school that has commendable academics, a good basketball program, and will be able to give me the college experience I am looking for.”
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