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.
The Glen Cove HS Girls Lacrosse team working at their clothing sale fundraiser. The GCHS team is raising money for a trip to The Wide World of Sports to train and play schools from different areas of the country and to include a school from Great Britain. Donations can be made to Glen Cove High School Girls LAX Booster Club. For further information you can contact: Jacquie Gow, Varsity Girl’s Lacrosse coach at 801-7543 (school) or 319-2428(cell).
The High School Varsity Kickline Dance team was invited to perform in the half time show of the Fed Ex Orange Bowl Game in Miami on Jan. 2-6 . The game will air on Tuesday evening, Jan. 5 on the Fox Network. They will also be attending the Bowl Games of America dance convention with classes led by Chris Judd, Mandy Moore, Shane Sparks, and other well known choreographers.
On Dec. 15, the Varsity Girls’ Basketball team played their first conference game vs. Bethpage HS. “We fought hard all game however, we were down by 10 going into the fourth quarter,” said the coach, adding, “A trait that I have noticed from our team is that they are fighters who play their hearts out and never give up in games. We went on an exciting 21-11 run in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.”
Many of the points came off tenacious defense. The team in overtime limited the opposition to only one point. Captain Heather Artinian displayed great poise and scored the winning points on the free throw line in overtime with a few seconds remaining in the game, to secure a 55-51 come from behind victory. Sophomore Nicole Alexander led the way with 22 points, 13 rebounds and 5 block shots. Seventh-grader Taylah Hudson scored 13 points with 4 steals and Heather Artinian contributed 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals.
“Our goal this season is to be the very best team we can be, putting the needs of the team before the needs of the individual. We are building trust, communication, commitment to each other and the value of very hard work in practice and in games. There is great potential on this team and we are getting better every day. The Lady Covers of Glen Cove is ready to take on the competition. Watch out Nassau County,” the coach added.
Members of the Glen Cove Varsity Girls’ Basketball team are Nicole Alexander, Captain Heather Artinian, Marcella Applewhaite, Victoria Durso, McKayla Hernandez, Taylah Hudson, Hailey Langone, Candra McCoy, Captain Catherine Perez and Carina Zupa.
On Nov. 24, the Glen Cove School District honored its fall season athletes during an evening awards ceremony hosted by the Glen Cove High School Booster Club.
Superintendent’s Award Honoree:
Jaclyn Franklin – Girls Varsity Soccer.
Boys Varsity Soccer:
MVP – Christian Garcia
All-Conference – Alex Sfoggia
Booster Award – Alex Sfoggia
Superintendent’s Award Nominee – Alex Sfoggia
Marco Malusa Sportsmanship Award Glen Cove Jr. Soccer – Michael Mienko
Girls Varsity Soccer:
MVP – Ashley Conklin
All-Conference – Ashley Conklin
Booster Award – Catherine Perez
Scholar-Athlete – Jaclyn Franklin
Superintendent’s Award Nominee – Jaclyn Franklin (winner)
Marco Malusa Sportsmanship Award Glen Cove Jr. Soccer – Ariana Cavallone
Girls and Boys Varsity Cross-Country:
MVP – Dominic Brasiello
All-Conference – Sabrina Minopoli
Booster Award – Thomas Manzione
All-Division – Dominic Brasiello, Jakub Micko
Superintendent’s Award Nominee – Brandon Winkler
Girls Varsity Tennis:
Scholar-Athlete Team Award
MVP – Marjorie Tabori
All-Conference – Alexandra Gerin
All-Division – Viola Sawyer
Booster Award – Anne Seo
Superintendent’s Award Nominee – Jessica Pearsall
Chopard Award – Christopher Melillo
Kava Award – Daniel Belfiore
All-County – Daniel Belfiore
All-Conference – Douglas Tripp
Superintendent’s Award Nominee – Ryan Zupa
NFF Academic All-Conference – Ryan Zupa
MVP – Lara Carignano
Booster Award – Kellie Paolillo
All-Conference – Ashley Lightbourn
Superintendent’s Award Nominee – Alyssa Cuyjet
Mrs. Gow said that she has had the pleasure of serving as New York State Public High School Girl’s Lacrosse co-coordinator for the last 10 years and was happy to have been re-elected for another term.
“It is an incredibly satisfying job, as I get to meet many talented and knowledgeable people in the world of women’s lacrosse, which is the fastest- growing sport in the country,” she said. “As sports coordinator, I keep the whole state up-to-date with the latest nuances pertaining to the sport. I act as a liaison with officials, college coaches, high school coaches, athletic directors and the state office personnel. My most fun duty is to run the State Girls Lacrosse Tournament in June beginning with a banquet and speaker all the way to the State Champions. This year, I have been fortunate to have been selected as a member of the National Federation of State High Schools Association for the Girls Lacrosse Rules Committee which meets to discuss potential rule changes, which in turn recommend them to the U.S. Lacrosse Rules Committee.
The women’s track and field team had a wonderful week of training and racing. This past week the team attended two competitions, both located at St. Anthony’s High School. Overall there were several outstanding performances as the upperclassmen were continuing where they left off as the “newbies” or freshman were just getting their feet wet. Senior Courtney Morris began the week with a first place effort in the 55m hurdles in which her time was the fastest North Shore has seen in many years. Other first place finishes were by Duke bound Senior Brianna Welch in the 600, and 300 as she is her making her final run as a North Shore Viking, and Sophomore Brianna Nerud in the 3000. There were many firsts, not only in place but also in participation. We have a new jumping squad, as converted distance runners Junior Danielle Muoio and Emily Osman leaped to a strong finish in the long jump. Other fine performances were achieved by freshman Jessica Donohue in the 3000m, freshman Whitney McCarthy in the 600m, eighth-grader Raquel Fossett in the 600m, and junior Arianna Pappas who set a personal best in the 400m.
The season is starting right where the cross-country season left off - in the front.
Improving Children’s Health
Given the current epidemic of inactivity and obesity in American children, youth sports is thought to play a major factor in improving children’s health.
Youth sports is a very popular activity that is assumed to have important physical, psychological and social development consequences for those children and youth involved.
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