Friday, Oct. 23 was a bitter sweet day for the North Shore Vikings football team. The Vikings defeated Westbury by a score of 28-6 at night, however the team had to say goodbye to their longtime coach Frank Rossi. Coach Rossi passed away last Monday after a year-long battle- with cancer. Coach Rossi unselfishly coached his players until about two weeks before his passing. The entire team attended his funeral mass in the morning, which inspired them to play like champions at night in coach Rossi’s honor. Linebacker Lou Mastellone intercepted a Westbury pass on the first play from scrimmage and dashed 30 yards to the end zone. On the extra point Mastellone scored again by catching a pass by Pierce Jansen. Nick Capparelli had two touchdowns on the day and Evan Vandaros sealed the victory with a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The North Shore running backs comprised of Billy Johansen, Nick Capparelli, Evan Vandaros, Steve Ragussa and Jed Ziens had over 234 yards rushing. Johansen was the team leader with 81 yards. The Vikings next game is Saturday at Valley Stream South.
The Vikings began this final week of the season knowing that the play-offs were not possible. This did not deter them from giving their all in the final two games to be played. On Wednesday night under the lights, North Shore visited Seaford on their new turf grass field. Seaford came out fired up and, with nothing to lose; they jumped out to a lead by scoring early in the first half. Moments later, on a corner kick, Viking keeper Gavin Esernio collided with on onrushing forward and sustained a head laceration which forced him out of the game. Reserve keeper Ryan Kianofsky was brought into the game for only his third appearance this season. The Vikings quickly responded and leading scorer, Greg Puskuldjian fired home the tying goal to put North Shore back in the game. Just before halftime, Matt Frittola gave North Shore the lead on a fine pass from Geoffrey Shibahara, which boosted the Vikings’ confidence. The second half was nothing short of unbelievable. Seaford tied the game early, restoring the momentum to their team but John Scuderi was determined to steal it back and moments later punched home a head ball goal to give the lead back to North Shore. Alex Portela joined the surge by adding yet another goal on a through ball pass from Paul Gabriel. As if that wasn’t enough, Greg Puskuldjian added another goal on a breakaway pass from Scuderi giving the Vikings what seemed to be an insurmountable 5-2 lead with 20 minutes left to play. However, someone forgot to tell Seaford that the game was lost and in an unbelievable comeback, they struck for three quick goals to tie the game at five apiece and spoil the victory celebration for North Shore. Both teams left the field feeling pleased but disappointed at the outcome of the game.
With one last game to play, North Shore took their longest ride of the season to visit Hewlett who were in first place in the conference. The weather was overcast and the wind was blowing hard making control difficult. North Shore was hoping for a scoreless tie in the first half as they battled a determined Hewlett squad and the elements. It almost worked but in the final 20 seconds of the half, on a loose ball scramble, Hewlett found a way to sneak the ball through a maze of players with 15 seconds on the clock to take a 1-0 lead into the second half. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Hewlett struck for yet another goal just moments into the second half to increase their lead to 2-0. Jake Venditto and Giovani Grella battled ferociously on defense for the Vikings to keep things from getting worse and with 20 minutes remaining it paid off as Greg Puskuldjian headed home a throw-in from John Scuderi to cut the lead to one goal. Ryan Kianofsky in goal for North Shore rejected numerous attempts by Hewlett to regain their two goal margin and for a while it looked as though the Vikings would gain a tie. However, due to the overcast conditions and the early sunset, the officials were forced to end the game 13 minutes early as light became a safety issue. And so, North Shore ended the season with a 3-6-3 record.
North Shore Volleyball finished off their regular season schedule with three tough wins. The girls really came together and put an amazing effort forward to wrap up their season. Monday Mepham came to town, which earlier in the season beat North Shore in four games. This time the Vikings were ready, and put Mepham away in five games. The scores were 16-25, 25-19, 26-24, 16-25 and 25-20. Strong offensive games by Liz Sheerin (11 kills), Elizabeth Tierney (22 kills) and Megan Silka (31 assists). Alley Grande kept her passing on target and finished with 11 digs. Dominique Corozzo had a strong game defensively with great coverage on attacks and blocks.
On Wednesday, Division High School came for a visit, and the Vikings once again stepped up to the challenge of one of the top teams in the conference. The Vikings were victorious in five games again, 25-12, 25-14, 23-25, 22-25 and 25-18. Liz Sheerin and Elizabeth Tierney combined for 37 kills and Megan Silka rounded it off with 30 assists. Dominique Troy played well with great passing and 2 kills. Imani troy kept her serving rolling with 6 aces. The week ended with the final home game and senior day. Island Trees who is a rival of North Shore came in vying for a playoff spot. North Shore came through with a solid all the around performance. Besting Island Trees 25-9, 25-7, 25-11. All of the girls contributed to the win with great passing/defense and a powerful offensive showing. Tracy Vlasak had a great game with 2 blocks and 2 kills. Regan Falk came in and added 2 more kills. Eleni Efstathiadis and Christie Brala played well in closing out our season. Liz Sheerin (7 kills, 5 aces), Elizabeth Tierney (13 kills) Megan Silka (18 assists), Alley Grande (10 digs), Imani Troy (8 aces) and Dominique Troy and Corozzo combined for 4 kills and excellent net work. The playoffs begin the first week of November. The seniors honored at the game Elizabeth Tierney, Dominique Troy, Dominique Corozzo, Regan Falk and Megan Silka. “They have been such a huge part of our program for years,” said a coach. “They are a pleasure coaching and being around. We will miss them next year, but wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”
The North Shore Girls Cross-Country Program finished another regular season by remaining undefeated. This past week the team shutout Manhasset by placing 9 runners before Manhasset’s first. As a result the team finished the regular season with a 13-0 record. This marks a 26-0 record over the past two years. Personal bests were achieved by Freshman Jessica Donahue and Senior Courtney Morris. Also running well were Freshman Gillian McGovern, Sara Ianovic and Monica Winski. As the playoffs begin, the team looks to win its fourth consecutive county “B” championship and its 2nd consecutive overall Nassau County title. But first, the team has to compete in the conference championship next Saturday at Bethpage Park.
The girl’s varsity volleyball team’s season is coming to an end. Their last home game is this Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Malverne. The girls participated in a breast cancer benefit tournament this past weekend at Hofstra University. The team played some very tough opponents such as Massapequa, South Side and East Rockaway to name a few. Although they did not come out victorious, they put up a really good fight. Come support the girls this Friday!
This is the first year that North Shore has fielded a girls swimming team. When more than three girls come forward to swim they automatically have to become a team. The 2009 team members are: Erin Sheerin, ninth-grade, Erica Palladino, tenth grade, Allison Schefer, tenth grade and Alex Betzios, eighth grade. At the first-ever meet against Freeport, the team won 43 – 36. Individually, they have taken first-place in every race. Preparing for counties, they will swim three relays, 200 Individual Medley, 200 Freestyle, and the 400 Freestyle.
The Glen Cove Girl’s Varsity Tennis Team is nearly done with what has turned out to be a fantastic season. With only four upperclassmen on the
team, it seemed unlikely that the girls would fare so well. As of Friday’s victory over Bethpage H.S., the Glen Cove record stands at 7-5. Just two contests remain and the girls are excited about the possibility of finishing strong. The leaders at this time are clearly the singles players. Out at front is tenth-grader Alexandra Gerin. At first singles, she is on her way to an all-conference title. Right behind her are second singles junior, Viola Sawyer and third singles sophomore, Kelly Ng. Needless to say, the record could not be what it is without the competitive strength of the doubles players. At first doubles, seniors Marjorie Tabori and Jessica Pearsall are certainly a powerful pair. At second doubles, senior Anne Seo and sophomore Sarah Farnan had their very best match against a very strong Farmingdale pair. The best word for third doubles is consistency. Sophomore Kelly Williams and freshman Justine Sawyer, are the teams go-to players. With the best doubles record, these two girls will go far in coming years. In fourth doubles, and often the deciding match for several of our contests, are sophomores Catherine Liang and Emily Natale. The team also welcomes back sophomore Megan Pemberton, a real impact player, who returned after a bout with mononucleosis. “It has really been a truly enjoyable season with this very young team. We expect nothing but super-stuff in future years,” said their coach.
We have all seen athletes who lose their composure. It’s safe to say with the exception of a John McEnroe or a few others, anger does little to help one’s performance. For many athletes controlling emotions are a difficult task. Take the pitcher who throws at a batter’s head, the hockey player who draws a senseless penalty or the football player who gets unnecessary roughness calls. All in all, controlling one’s emotions can prove valuable in one’s athletic performance.
Controlling your emotions begins with a deliberate decision to keep composure and emotional restraint at all times. You should be very mindful of your feelings in every situation whether it is euphoric or sorrowful. You should avoid the belief that people are entitled to lose control in special occasions or that people have the right to let out their emotions in specific circumstances. You should stop adhering to the belief that athletes are just humans that are entitled to lose composure.
The North Shore Vikings Football Team was defeated in tough losses their last two games to Plainedge and Sewhanaka High Schools. The Vikings did have some bright spots with quarterback Lou Mastellone connecting several times to his receiver core of Denis Hickey, Pierce Janssen, Stefan Schwartz and Frank Scaturro. The Vikings offensive line was led by Anthony Croce and Dan Broker. Against Plainedge, linebacker Kevin Victoria ripped the ball out of the Plainedge running back’s hand and sprinted to the end zone for a touchdown. John Scuderi had the extra point. Against Sewanahaka the defense was led by linebackers Nicholas Capparelli and William Johansen. Frank Scaturro had a key interception in the game as well. The Vikings hope to get back to their winning ways when they host South Side High school this Saturday. Kick-off is 3 p.m.
North Shore finished the week with a 4-4 record. The Vikings lost two matches to Herricks and Great Neck South. The bright spot for the Vikings was the play of eighth-grader Sunaina Vohra. She improved her overall record to 8-0 this season at the second singles. On Friday, North Shore reverted back to their winning ways by defeating Locust Valley 5-2. Marissa Moshell and Liz Hamberger clinched the match with a three set victory at third doubles. Next up for the Vikings is Manhasset and Oyster Bay.
The first game was against Valley Stream South HS. North Shore played very well, allowing only one goal, and scoring 7. Brianna Ruane continued where she left off last year, by scoring 3 goals. Christine Convey had two assists and one goal. Sam Grabher, Amanda Johansen and Christine Castiglione each scored goals. Wheatley HS was a tough game but we prevailed by winning 4 to 3. Strong defense was played by Cara Dellvecchia, Christine DiMaio, Denise Kilderry, Jenna Solomito, and Jackie Gioia. North Shore beat West Hempstead the same week with outstanding goal tending and defense. The team’s first loss came against Seaford HS, 4-3.
At Clarke HS, North Shore went on the attack scoring eight goals and not allowing anything past Erika Oertle and Erika Sylvester. Against Bellmore/JFK, North Shore won 6-4. Brianna had four goals, Christina Convey one goal and one assist, Amanda one goal, and Christine one assist. The conference IV record is 5 -1.
After a very successful start to the first week of the season, the North Shore Vikings could find no offense in their second week and walked off the field with back to back losses. In a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream North, the only highlight was a goal by Joe Galluzzo in the 24th minute of the game, which momentarily sparked the Vikings momentum but fell short of the comeback they needed. Against Wheatley, a goal in the first two minutes for Wheatley left North Shore in a hole they could not dig out of and the game ended in an eventual 3-0 loss. In week three, the Vikings opened up the week by going down 1-0 to Seaford at home and it looked for a while like a repeat of the Wheatley game. However, Paul Gabriel punched home a header on a throw-in from John Scuderi to tie the game and that was all they needed. Tom Kraft blasted home his first goal of the season on a through ball from Stephen Grella and Alex Portela added another on a neat pass from Danny Grabher to give the Vikings a 3-1 lead at halftime. Greg Puskuldjian added the fourth at the start of the second half and Gavin Esernio kept the win in hand by making some skillful saves to close the game out with a 4-2 win for North Shore. Hoping to keep the winning going against Hewlett proved to be fruitless as the offense disappeared again and resulted in a 2-0 loss for the Vikings. However, on Saturday, North Shore met their cross-town rival Glen Cove, in a non-league contest. After a scoreless first half, Greg Puskuldjian knocked home the only goal of the game when the Glen Cove keeper lost a free ball challenge and Puskuldjian found the empty net an easy target. Gavin Esernio notched his first shut-out of the season with nine saves, many of which tested his ability. Jake Venditto continues to lead the North Shore defense with spectacular resistance to all comers.
On Monday Sept. 21, the Glen Cove Girl’s Junior Varsity Tennis Team had their first match against Mepham High School. The GC Girl’s squad pulled off an impressive come from behind victory (4-3).
At first doubles Sharon Ayiku and Reena Hernandez won their pro set 8-3. Also at third doubles Shania Wilcox and Emanuela Ambrosio found a way to come back and win their match 8-6.
The Glen Cove girls are looking to take their momentum from their first match win with upcoming opponents Farmingdale, Bethpage and Valley Stream South H.S.
Doubles led the way for another successful week for the North Shore varsity tennis team. Against Locust Valley, Jen Cisternas and Carla Sabbatini (fourth doubles), and Marissa Moshell and Liz Hamberger (third doubles) picked up wins that carried the team to a 6-1 victory over the Falcons. On Wednesday, The Vikings traveled to Oyster Bay and had their hands full. The Vikings squeaked by 4-3. Abby Schubach and Anna Berger clinched the match at second doubles earning a straight set victory. Friday, the Vikings lost to the Jayhawks of Plainview-Old Bethpage 2-5. The only highlights for North Shore were the stellar play of Claudia Ruiz and Sunaina Vohra at first and second singles. They continue to dominate their opponents. Each player is undefeated at 5-0. Both face difficult matches against tough opponents from Herricks on Tuesday. North Shore is tied for second place in Conference IIA.
The Vikings have dominated League taking two wins this past week against East Meadow and New Hyde Park. The team came out to take an early lead against East Meadow with Amanda Juhasz’s goal 11 minutes into the first half. East Meadow did not answer back and North Shore added two more goals in the second half. Kathleen Lennon scored the second goal and had an assist on Melissa Meehan’s goal with one second remaining in the game. Wednesday’s game against New Hyde Park became a challenge for the Vikings after playing two 30-minute halves and a 10-minute overtime. However, the Vikings could not be defeated in the second overtime period. Junior Jennie Berglin had a 40 yard break away, fired a shot on the keeper and Melissa Meehan deflected the ball in the cage one minute into the second overtime. The Vikings are 3-1 overall and 3-0 in League 2.
Kickline is geared up and looking forward to the 2009-10 school year with performances for Football, Pep-Rally, Basketball, Competition and this year they will travel to Miami, FL, to perform in the College Football Championship Orange Bowl Game! “The team is full of new spirit and we are excited to learn from top-notch choreographers as we prepare to perform the halftime show in the Orange Bowl,” said their coach. “We hope that you come out to support us in our performances and cheer us on in our competitions this winter.”
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