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Viking Sports: October 23, 2009

Girls Swim Team

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.

Varsity Girls Volleyball

The varsity girl’s volleyball team picked up two big wins this week and is looking for more! Tuesday Elmont came to town; the first meeting resulted in a North Shore win in five games. This time, North shore was more prepared and happy to be playing at home or only the third time this season. Everyone contributed to the offense: Liz Sheerin (10 kills, 2 aces), Elizabeth Tierney (7 kills, 2 aces), Dominique Troy and Corozzo combined for 10 kills. Megan Silka rounded up the offense by finishing with 17 assists and 2 kills. Strong play was seen by Imani Troy who had 6 service aces and Paige Mazzocchi who played excellent defense as our libero for this game. Regan Falk, Eleni Efstathiadis, Tracy Vlasak and Christie Brala all displayed great blocking and passing in times of need. North Shore won in four games 25-8, 25-19, 18-25, 25-18. Great effort all around!

On Thursday Oceanside came to North Shore for a visit. The last meeting took place earlier in the season with Oceanside beating the Vikings in four games. This time was different. North Shore came out swinging and what a difference 2 weeks can make! Each game was extremely close; neither team took more than a five point lead at any time. Once again the offense powered by Liz Sheerin (13 kills), Elizabeth Tierney (8 kills), Dominque Troy (8 kills) and Megan Silka (29 assists). Imani Troy (5 aces) and Dominique Corozzo added strong serving and our defense was anchored by Alley Grande, who fought back from an elbow injury to rejoin the team. It was a complete team effort; North swept the three games 25-22, 26-24 and 25-23. “The girls are playing well, I think they finally see how to execute and find ways to overcome situations and win; I could not be prouder,” says Coach Mauro.

Varsity Girls Soccer

North Shore Girls soccer had their seventh game with Valley Stream South HS. It was windy, but not too cool. The team started very fast, attacking from the left, then the middle then the right side. The defense of Denise Kilderry, Christine Castiglione, Cara Dellavecchia, Jennifer Melgar, Jackie Gioia and Tara Feehan was outstanding, stopping every attack from VSS HS. The offense of Christina Convey, Sam Grabher, Brianna Ruane and Amanda Johansen continued to score goals from every angle. When it was all over, the score was 6-0. The two goalkeepers were outstanding and were awarded with a shutout, Erika Oertle, and Erika Sylvester. NS girls varsity soccer is still working on their skill work, passing drill, and creating scoring opportunities for each other.

Varsity Women’s Tennis

As the season draws to a close, North Shore’s varsity tennis team sits in fourth place with a 5-6 record with one remaining match against Herricks in Conference IIA. This year’s conference has been very competitive. Parity has been the phrase all of the coaches have been using after close matches throughout the season. Besides one match this season, the score has been 5-2 or 4-3 either in victory or defeat. The team’s latest victory came last Friday against Oyster Bay. The third doubles team of Marissa Moshell and Liz Hamberger won in two close sets to earn the team victory, 4-3 against Oyster Bay. Other winners were Claudia Ruiz at first singles, Anna Berger and Abby Schubach at second doubles, and Rachel Weisman and Jen Cisternas at fourth doubles. Come support the Vikings as they finish the season this Wednesday.

Varsity Football

The North Shore Vikings football team lost a tough game to a talented team from Bethpage on Saturday. The Vikings were able to stay within one or two scores throughout the entire game making the game close and exciting. The Vikings were able to score when Nick Capperelli capped a 60 yard drive in the second quarter with a four yard touchdown run. Fullback Billy Johansen finished the day with 96 yards bringing his total in the last two games over 200 yards on the ground. The Vikings defense held their ground for most of the game led by linebackers Vinnie Denovellis, Billy Johansen, Kevin Victoria and Nick Capperelli. Secondary Denis Hickey, Pierce Jansen and Stefan Schwartz helped shut down the Bethpage passing attack. In honor of Cancer Awareness month the Vikings wore Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbons on their helmet to honor all those who have been affected by all types of cancers. The Vikings next home game is Friday, Oct. 23 at Westbury High School. Kick-off is 7 p.m.

Varsity Men’s Soccer

This was the week that was supposed to launch North Shore into the play-offs. Facing the two teams against which they needed to win, North Shore came up short. The first game was against league leading Valley Stream North. It looked as though the Vikings were going to get it done when in the first minute of the game, Greg Puskuldjian sent a shot just wide off the far post. It was a portent of things to come. The Vikings shut down Valley Stream through the first half and had a more close calls that yielded no goals. The second half began the same way the first half did and once again Greg Puskuldjian rifled a shot off the post with the same result. No goal! Gavin Esernio fielded every ball put at him but with 15 minutes to play, Valley Stream took a shot that glanced off Esernio’s hands and the rebound was tapped home for the only goal of the game. North Shore continued to press but time ran out and the game ended in a 1-0 loss. The second contest of the week was against Wheatley and the Vikings knew it was their last chance to find the points they needed to make the play-offs. The game began badly with Wheatley finding the net just two minutes into the game. The goal took the momentum away from North Shore and they never regained their poise. At halftime they were down 3-0 and Coach Hintz made some dramatic positional changes hoping to find some lightning in a bottle. Ryan Kianofsky took over the goal tending and Jake Venditto and John Scuderi were moved to mid-field to add some speed up front. Unfortunately, the changes didn’t help and Wheatley struck for three more tallies giving North Shore their worst outcome in many years and giving Wheatley a 6-0 win. With two games remaining, North Shore hopes to regain respectability by ending the season with two final wins.