As more news of a difficult economy presents itself to us daily, I have recently been reflecting on the current state of our PE, Health and Athletics Department at Glen Cove.
I have always been something of a cups half-full type of person. If a challenge presents itself, rather than focus on things that are amiss, why not just take the situation and figure out how to make it better? As the A.D. at Glen Cove I strive to give our students the best possible experiences during their school years. If one focuses on what needs to get done, rather than what can’t get done, progress occurs. As someone who lives the life of an A.D. on a daily basis, I can soundly say, we are doing very well in Glen Cove. You have my word, that in these potentially tough economic years ahead, I will continue to strive to bring in the various donations, grants and free programs that have put our PE, health and athletics programs on the map!
After Saturday’s qualifying tournament was cancelled due the threat of a snow storm, North Shore wrestlers headed over to Mepham High school Monday afternoon for the county Qualifying Tournament. The wrestling continued late into the night and when the mats cleared at 1:45 in the morning, 11 Viking wrestlers had placed earning “All Conference” honors. Seven of them placed high enough to gain entry into the County Tournament which is held at Hofstra University There they get a chance to place “All County”. Junior Nick Capparelli led the Vikings, taking 1st place in the 189 lb weight class. This will be Nick.s first trip to the counties. Taking 3rd place was 8th grader Hunter Sharf at 96 lbs and freshman Dan Grabher at 125 lbs. as well as senior Tom Shaw at 140 lbs. Shaw and Grabher both are earning their second trip to the counties. Taking 4th place are: freshman Travis Bobley at 96 lbs., junior Dean Shmuley at 135 lbs. and Pierce Janssen at 145 Lbs. Shmuley returns to see if he can improve on last year’s 5th place “All County “ run. Janssen, along with Bobley both arrives at the counties for their first time. Narrowly missing the cut but still placing were Sophomore Michael Mendelssohn at 130 lbs., as well as freshman Adam Lavander at 103 lbs. and Wil Grogan at 215 lbs., all taking 5th place. John Jacome wrestled the best he has all year finishing in 6th place.The coaching staff made up of Mike Emmert, Craig DeNicola and Alex Hojanowski was very pleased with the hard work the entire team put in all year. With a lineup of mostly underclassman, the Vikings look to be in very good shape for the near future. Good Luck to the Vikings at Hofstra.
On Jan. 16, the North Shore girls’ basketball team was 2-5 and in last place in Conference ABC-II. On Feb. 8, the Vikings had a re-match with Locust Valley and a second place finish in their grasp. With a win the girls would finish 7-5 and would lock up the 9 seed in the playoffs. Using their patented pressure and behind Kathleen Lennon’s 8 first quarter points, the girls jumped out to a 20-14 lead to start the second period. It was more of the same in the second, as the girls raced to a 37-23 halftime lead en route to a 68-58 win. In the game, four different girls hit 3-pointers (Elle Hoffman 3, Liz Sheerin 2, Nikki Scuderi 2 and Jackie Gioia 1) as the Vikings continued their hot shooting. The offense was led by Kathleen Lennon (20 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists), Amanda Johansen (10 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 8 rebounds) and Elle Hoffman (13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists). The game marked a complete turnaround for the girls as they entered the playoffs at 7-5 and in second place with an away game against Roosevelt. This would be the 4th time the Vikings had played the Rough Riders in the past year, with all the previous games coming down to the last minute. The game was another high-scoring affair with every player on the North Shore team playing (including JV call-ups Laura Wefer and seventh-grader Alex Cantwell who almost drained a 3-pointer on her first varsity jumper). The back and forth nature of North Shore basketball was on display in the first half, as the two teams went into the half with the Rough Riders leading 33-30. The offense was sparked by Elle Hoffman’s 11 and Kathleen Lennon’s 10 first half points. In the third, the size of the Roosevelt’s players and court seemed to affect North Shore as they were outscored 19-8 in the quarter. Entering the 4th, the girls found themselves down 52-38, but quit is something that these girls simply would never do and they mounted their trademark comeback. Behind Erin Sheerin (7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), Amanda Johansen (13 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists), Elle Hoffman (17 points on 5-8 shooting from the 3-point line and 5 steals) and Kathleen Lennon (18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals) the girls mounted a furious comeback and cut the lead to 4 with 1:00 to go, but ultimately fell 67-59. Tremendous defense was played in the game by Jackie Gioia, Liz Sheerin, Christine Castiglione and Micaela Dussel against the much taller Roosevelt team (which starts 4 players over 6 feet tall) and in the game the girls hit their 110th 3-pointer of the season, shattering the previous record of a North Shore team.
Coach Freund had this to say about the season, “This has been the most rewarding season of my life and it was an honor to be a part of this team. The effort, intensity, sportsmanship, teamwork and heart that these girls displayed on a daily basis was truly inspirational and I want to publicly thank them for being the wonderful human beings that they are. To the seniors (Regan Falk, Elle Hoffman, Kathleen Lennon and Jen Melgar), you will always have a special place in my heart and we will miss you more than you can ever imagine. Good luck in college and in everything you do! Thank you to all the parents for their support and a special thank you to Megan McCormack whose assistance and coaching has been an unbelievable asset to North Shore basketball. Finally, congratulations to Coach McCormack’s JV team who finished conference play undefeated (12-0, 16-1 overall)! A truly impressive job by coach and players alike!”
Do you know how to change the impeller in your sailboat’s engine in an emergency? What are the first three things you should check if your engine is overheating? What do you do if the gear cable breaks?
Come to the next women’s meeting and see the inner workings of an engine, learn basic maintenance, and what to do in case of emergencies like overheating or failure to start. The next meeting is on Sunday, Feb. 21 from 4 - 6 p.m. The group will gather at the Glen Cove Yacht Club at the foot of McLaughlin Street and relocate (they will leave GCYC by 4:15 p.m.) to a nearby laboratory where they will have hands-on encounters with gas and diesel engines!
“We will also continue to discuss plans for women’s activities for the summer, which include women’s cruising and racing opportunities,” said an organizer. “We will plan man-overboard drills, anchoring drills, and other activities which will improve our sailing and safety skills- and we’ll have fun!”
You do not have to be a GCYC member to attend. This program is open to all women who wish to become more knowledgeable about sailing in a friendly atmosphere and those willing to share their skills with other women. You can bring a friend.
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.
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