Friday, 11 December 2009 00:00
The Seventh-grade Girl’s Volleyball team has had an impressive start to a new season and for most a totally new sport. They have had two victories coming against Carle Place and Wheatley. The girls practice well, enjoy playing together and have begun learning the basic skills and game concepts. These girls are talented young athletes and are showing a flair for the sport of volleyball. They are divided into two equal teams and play two games each a match. The Green Team members are: Selena Guastella (captain), Sara Testa (captain), Giuliana Capobianco, Jennifer Cruz, Gabby Heenan, Abby Farnan, Saleena Nassary, Michelle Catanzano. The Red Team members are: Dana Congero (captain), Luz Machaca (captain), Nicole Bedell, Madison Carlin, Karla Correa, Diana Delgrasso, Kassy Pappa, Melissa Cavese.The girls would appreciate spectators if you have the time to come and watch them play.
The Glen Cove Girl’s Junior Varsity Basketball team began their season the way last year’s finished - with a victory. They defeated Sewanhaka in non-league action, 28-22. And just like last year, the reason for the victory was their defense. The girls played solid defense with girls helping out all over the court.
Coach Rotolo did a little research and found that Glen Cove was on the losing end of a 30-point deficit against the same team last year. “This program is on the rise. The coaching staff and community share the same vision and we know it will be realized.” There are plenty of challenges ahead for Glen Cove, but to start out the season with a win is not only great for this program, it was against a quality team from a higher conference. “This win is a stepping stone for our girls and it will serve as the ultimate motivator.”
Coach Rotolo said that he cannot begin to express his gratitude towards his returning players. He would like to highlight the improved play of Allison Abrams, Rebecca Chavez, Alexandra Durso and Morgan MacDonald. “Here are five young ladies who fought through the adversity and emotional strain of stepping up to the challenge of playing on the JV level. They have truly raised their games to new levels and have made great strides on the court,” he said. “Their dedication to this team is much appreciated.”
This year’s team has a solid nucleus of 10th-graders, coupled with talented eighth- and ninth-graders who possess the basketball skills and intelligence to take the program to uncharted territories.
The 2009-10 edition of the Glen Cove girls junior varsity basketball team is comprised of Alison Abrams, Esmeralda Benitez, Lashanell Blanding, Rebecca Chavez, Nicole D’Ambrosio, Alexandra Durso, Yazman Garces, Darlis Garcia, Caterina Ienopoli, Morgan MacDonald, Kayla Morrissey, Justine Sawyer, Francesca Sharper, Delia Trainor and Emily Villacorta.
The Eighth-grade Girls Volleyball team is off to a great start. The girls have won their first two games. It all started on Dec. 4 defeating Carle Place at the season home opener. Then the girls pulled it off again on Monday against Wheatly. It was a nail biter. The girls won the first two with little effort. In the next two Wheatly came ahead. The fifth game was crucial. Captain Abby Olson pulled it off with her outstanding serves winning it 21-19.
“We have a fine group of young athletes,” said the coach. “I am excited to take this talent up through to the High School when I can coach them next year as freshman on JV. Please root on these ladies as you pass them in the hall and in see them in town, sporting their Big Red Jerseys!” Who to look out for: Allyssa Congero, Kendra Sawyer, Gabby Pappa, Alexis Slaughter, Maxine Lizaso, Jackie Hayduk, Natalie Tenke, Madison Dratch, Vicky D’Nofrio, Maggie Baker, Christina Delgrosso, and Alyssa Pangano are led by captains Sam DiPaola, Abby Olson, Damiana Yanes and Francesca Cimineri.