Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00
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.