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.
On Wednesday, Dec. 23 North Shore Wrestlers had their league opener hosting Cold Spring Harbor. After losing the first match of the night, North Shore went on to win every other contested match beating the Sea Hawks 54- 17. The Vikings were led by Seniors Pierce Jensen and Tom Shaw who both pinned their opponents. Juniors Nick Capparrelli and Jim Dromm also recorded pins while the Sea Hawks forfeited around junior Dean Shmuley. Recording their first varsity wins were sophomores Jake Alverson, Matt Abromawitz and freshman Adam Lavander. Rounding out the lineup was sophomore Mike Mendolson and freshman Dan Grabher who both recorded wins.
On Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 Newsday announced that Dan Belfiore was named 2nd team All Long Island Defensive End. “Congratulations from the Athletic Department,” said A.D. Dr. Scott Silverman.
On Dec. 4, 46 students from the Hjemly Boarding School in Hillerslev, Denmark arrived at Glen Cove High School as part of their school’s 2009 Basketball Tour.
On Wednesday, Dec. 23 North Shore Wrestlers had their league opener hosting Cold Spring Harbor. After losing the first match of the night, North Shore went on to win every other contested match beating the Sea Hawks 54-17. The Vikings were led by seniors Pierce Jensen and Tom Shaw who both pinned their opponents. Juniors Nick Capparrelli and Jim Dromm also recorded pins while the Sea Hawks forfeited around Junior Dean Shmuley. Recording their first varsity wins were sophomores Jake Alverson, Matt Abromawitz and Freshman Adam Lavander. Rounding out the lineup was sophomore Mike Mendolson and freshman Dan Grabher, who both recorded wins.
On Tuesday, Dec. 15 the North Shore Varsity Girls Basketball Team had its first Conference Game. After a Conference Championship last year in Conference ABC-III, the girls moved up to the ultra-competitive Conference ABC-II. Their first opponent was the Green Dragons of Westbury. The Vikings came out in their press early in an attempt to create the pace necessary to wear down their opponent. In the early going, Westbury was able to break the press as North Shore found themselves down 23-13 with six minutes to go in the second quarter. The constant pressure, however, gave way to a huge Vikings run, as they closed the half on a 14-4 run to tie the score 27-27. The second half was dominated by the Vikings as they took a 60-48 lead with 2:00 minutes to go, en route to their 62-54 victory. The offense was lead by Amanda Johansen, on her 16th birthday, who had her first career triple-double, with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 steals. In addition, senior Elle Hoffman scored a career high 10 points to help seal the win. The Vikings next home game is on Dec. 29, at 11:30 a.m. Come out and support North Shore!
This week, sporting their new look maroon jerseys, the North Shore High School Men’s Bowling Team split their two matches. The Vikings win came in a dominant victory against Carle Place. The team then fought hard against Sewanhaka, but came out on the losing end. Great bowling this week from DJ More, Austin Simpson, Kenny Zukas, and Eric Ohman. Freshman Dan Syracuse bowled his first, and certainly not his last game as a member of the Varsity team.
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