Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00
On a perfect day for running - a day with clear skies, very little wind and plentiful sunshine - the Glen Cove boy’s cross-country team came out strong once again on the trails of Bethpage State Park following an amazing performance at the Conference Championships last week. With the starting gun, the race was off and would prove to be another great one for the boys on one of the best cross-country teams Glen Cove has seen in many years. At the finish, seniors Dominick Brasiello and Thomas Manzione took first and second. They were closely followed by sophomore Jakub Micko and junior Alex Bogdanich, with senior David Armas only a few meters behind them. Freshman Elias Blinkoff and senior Dennis Irungu ended the race for Glen Cove very close behind Armas. All members of the team ran an amazing race, helped by the absolutely perfect conditions.
When the results were compiled, Glen Cove came out 14th out of 22 teams. However, it should be noted these were 22 of the county’s best teams, all vying for a coveted place in the State Meet. Additionally, Glen Cove defeated Hewlett and Lynbrook, two teams that were victorious over them the previous week in the Conference Meet, in which they finished 5th out of 14 teams.
The race was a great one to end off a season that was one of the most successful in years for the boys of Glen Cove cross-country. The season officially was completed with an invitational meet on Monday, Nov. 9, which was another great race for all. It is hoped that under the guidance of Coaches Richard Bullis and Meaghan Crimmins-Evangelopoulos, the team will be able to return to the State Qualifiers next year with an even stronger team, ready for fierce competition with some of the best teams in the county.
The Glen Cove Middle School ended the season on a high note with a big win against Westbury. Glen Cove dug themselves an early hole when Westbury scored twice on long runs in the first quarter. Glen Cove managed to get on the scoreboard in the second quarter when seventh-grade quarterback Paul Cavese scored on a quarterback sneak. In the third quarter, Westbury struck again with another long TD run, making the score 20-6. Glen Cove answered back when halfback Anthony Gutilla scored on a 10-yard TD run. At the end of the third quarter, Westbury’s high octane offense scored again on another long TD run making the score 26-12. At this point in the game things looked bleak for Glen Cove but they refused to quit. Glen Cove began their big comeback early in the fourth quarter when safety Sean Tan fielded a Westbury punt and returned it 55 yards for a TD. Glen Cove added the extra point and chipped away at the Westbury lead. The Glen Cove defense started to flex their muscle and a great play by defensive end Christian Lescano forced another Westbury punt. The Glen Cove offense went back to work and QB Paul Cavese scored on a 50-yard TD run. Glen Cove fullback Ralik Jackson ran in the extra point but an inadvertent whistle from the referee negated the score. Glen Cove failed on the extra point retry and Westbury held the lead 26-25. With the excitement from the Glen Cove crowd rising the defense answered the crowd’s enthusiasm and proceeded to shut down the Westbury offense with big plays from Alex Aguilar, Tajah Garner and Josh Figueroa. The biggest play of the game came when the Glen Cove defense stopped Westbury on a fake punt giving their offense one last chance to win the game. Glen Cove quarterback Billy Neice took matters into his own hands and scored on a nice 5 yard TD run. Diallo Brown kicked the first point after kick of the year and Glen Cove held a 33-26 lead. With the offense scoring three unanswered touchdowns it was up to the defense to shut down the Westbury offense. The defense didn’t disappoint and didn’t allow Westbury another first down. The Glen Cove offense took the field once more and QB Billy Neice took a knee and Glen Cove’s great comeback was something to remember. Glen Cove finished their season at 5-1 and said they look forward to next year.
On Saturday, Oct. 31 a large number of Big Red players (17) competed in their last varsity football game on Maiden Field, losing a tough fought battle to Sewanhaka HS 21-7. The loss dashed the Big Red’s last hope of qualifying for the playoffs. In a season of ups and downs, all the varsity defeats came against opponents with a winning record and a spot in the playoffs.
The Glen Cove Varsity Football team ended the 2009 season by having the senior players honor a teacher in the district. This has been an annual event unique to Glen Cove High School. The players and honoree took individual photos on Friday and at halftime of the game Saturday the honorees were recognized.
# 8 Shamek Newsome - Mr. Beider
# 9 Andres Fuenzilida - Ms. McHale
# 14 Mike Ianetta - Ms. Hall
# 21 Rich Maccarone - Mr. Carbone
# 22 Daven Plummer - Ms. Goodine
# 25 Hector Paez - Mr. Lacalamita
# 27 Doug Tripp - Mr. Iovane
# 31 Mike Moglia - Ms. Doulos
# 51 Ken Catanzano - Mr. Hudson
# 54 Pete Cappiello - Ms. Defelice
# 55 Phil Voegtlan – Mr. Kolcynski
# 60 Mike Dileo - Ms. Reyes
# 71 Dan Belfiore - Mr. Yeh
# 72 Lewis Linares – Ms. Sanders
# 85 Chris Haran – Mr. Stazzone
# 88 Ryan Zupa - Mr . Falen
# 99 Ken Spy - Mr. Nardiello
The seniors, underclassmen and coaches of the Big Red said that they wish to express their gratitude to the families and parents who prepared road trip meals, Friday night feasts and Saturday morning breakfasts. Special thanks are given for the support of the Big Red Army who stood by and supported the team home or away, win or lose.