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Viking Sports: December 17, 2009

Women’s Track and Field -
The Old and the New Start Off
The Season

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.

Men’s Bowling -
Off to a Great Start

The North Shore High School Men’s Bowling team got off to a quick start this year; winning the first three matches of the seasons. The 3 and 0 start included wins over Locust Valley, Mineola, and Oyster Bay. The Vikings then dropped a match in a showdown with Sewanhaka for the division lead. This year’s roster will consist of the following bowlers: John Guerci, Austin Simpson, Kenny Zukas, Eric Ohman, DJ More, Jimmy Spano, Dan Syracuse, Will Dahl, Eric Frieberg, Jack Smarto, Harry Ehrlich, Kevin Kerr and Andrew Fierstein.


Women’s Basketball -
Start the Season With a
Team From Denmark!

The North Shore Girls Varsity Basketball season is under way and already the excitement is building. This year, the team has decided to take advantage of its considerable numbers and athleticism and has gone to a Run ‘N Gun approach to basketball. Constant pressing, attacking, trapping, running, subbing, shooting and excitement are what fans can expect from this team. In the first game of the year, the girls took on a traveling team from Denmark and found themselves down 34-28 at the half. The Europeans were very comfortable playing a fast-paced game as they have a 24 second shot clock in Europe. In the second half, however, the constant pace and press of the Vikings proved to be too much as they pulled away in the third quarter. With 4 minutes to go in the game, the Vikings stopped pressing as they were up 68-44 and they went on to win 70-50. The next night the girls took on Jericho, a team that they have played the last two years with both games being decided by a point. Some might remember Amanda Johansen’s driving lay-up as the clock expired last year to beat Jericho 48-47. This year, no such heroics were necessary, as the relentless defense of North Shore forced Jericho into 47 turnovers. The Vikings actually recorded what must be a school record 27 steals (6 of them by Nicole Scuderi alone) in their 52-35 victory. The offense was led by Amanda Johansen (17 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals) and Jackie Gioia (9 points on three, 3-pointers and 4 steals). It was a team effort, however, as 9 different girls scored in the game. The Vikings finished their first week with a non-league game against the pre-season #1 team in the county, Lynbrook. In the first quarter, the Vikings really turned up the defensive pressure to take a 14-7 lead on 14 Lynbrook turnovers. The offense, however, began to slow down in the middle two quarters, as Lynbrook went up 31-21 to start the fourth quarter. Behind the offensive leadership of Amanda Johansen and Erin Sheerin and the three-point shooting of Elle Hoffman, Bridget Lincoln, Nicole Scuderi, Micaela Dussel, Liz Sheerin and Jackie Gioia, the Vikings made a comeback to cut the lead to 46-40 with one minute left, but ended up coming up short as they suffered their first defeat of the season. This week marks the beginning of the conference play. Please check the schedule and come out and support the Vikings!