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Viking Sports: January 14, 2010

Roller Coaster Week for Viking Women’s Basketball

The first week of 2010 was a roller-coaster week for the North Shore Girl’s Varsity Basketball team. Entering the week 1-1 and tied for second in the very competitive Conference ABC-II, the girls traveled to Seaford to take on their southern Long Island Vikings counterparts. The game did not go how the North Shore Vikings had hoped as Seaford pounced on the girls and went up 25-8 in the first quarter. North Shore seemed out of sync offensively and one step too slow on defense as they were not able to stop the Seaford onslaught. Not much changed in the second quarter, however, as the girls were down 43-17 at the half. Seaford put North Shore away in the third quarter en route to a 76-35 defeat for North Shore.

Two bright spots for North Shore were Jen Melgar and Bridget Lincoln who hit back-to-back three-pointers in the third quarter to spark a 10-0 run for the Vikings. There was no time to wallow for the girls, however, as they had to take on a very strong team from Oyster Bay on Friday. This was part of a Varsity double-header at North Shore and the girls put on a show for the large crowd. Eager to shake off the dust of their previous game, North Shore exploded out of the gate. Using their trademark constant pressure and trapping game, the Vikings turned this one into a track meet. In the first quarter, North Shore used all 15 girls on their team and had eight different players score to take a 20-19 lead. The offensive firepower was sparked by Liz Sheerin who hit two early threes for North Shore. It was more of the same in the second quarter as both teams seemed willing and able to run and gun up the court. After constant up and down the court fast breaking, North Shore found themselves down 43-41 at the half (which is around the Nassau County point total average for a game). It was more of the same in the third, as the girls were down 62-57 to start the final quarter. This game came down to the fourth quarter, when North Shore’s pressure finally seemed to break Oyster Bay. Tremendous defense was played by Christine Castiglione and Micaela Dussel (three steals each) and the entire team, as they totaled 19 steals and over 40 forced turnovers. In the fourth, the girls were led by Amanda Johansen (8 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists), Kathleen Lennon (14 points and 14 rebounds) and Erin Sheerin who had career highs in both rebounds (10) and points (13), for her first career, double-double. The clutch performer of the game, however, was Elle Hoffman who hit a three-pointer with 45-seconds left to break a 73-73 tie and the Vikings held on for a 76-75 victory. In the game, Elle Hoffman, a three-year senior on the varsity, scored a career high 17 points, with 15 of those points coming on 5-8 shooting from 3-point range.

The very next morning, however, the girls had to travel to Manhasset for a snowed-out tournament game. The girls were a tad sleepy in the first half, and rightfully so after the intensity of the previous night’s game and found themselves down 28-17 at the half. Coming from behind, however, is something that they are used to and behind the work of Team CHAOS (Nikki Scuderi, Liz Sheerin, Christine Castiglione, Micaela Dussel and Cara Dellavecchia), they outscored Manhasset 30-11 over the next 14 minutes, but ultimately fell 51-47, despite careers high in rebounds (7) and steals (4) from Erin Breen.

It was an up and down week for the Vikings, but they still sit tied for second place in ABC-II at 2-2.

The next home game for the Vikings is a re-match with Roosevelt on Jan. 23.

Men’s Bowling Holding Strong in 3rd Place

The North Shore Men’s Varsity Bowling Team did not have its best week upon returning from the holiday break. The Vikings lost both their matches but still are holding on strong to 3rd place in their conference. The team will be looking to bounce back next week with matches against Oyster Bay and Sewanhaka. Great bowling this week from DJ More, Austin Simpson, and Kenny Zukas. The Junior Varsity team won both its matches this week to maintain total control of first place in the conference

Women’s Bowling -Strikes and Gutters

The North Shore Women’s Varsity and Junior Varsity bowling team continues to “roll” along as they faced off vs. two tough teams this past week. The varsity team had an up and down, “strikes and gutters” type of a week as they defeated Locust Valley and lost to Mineola.

Senior Brittany Cullum led the varsity team vs. Locust Valley with a high game of 163. Sophomore Kim Abbondondolo put forth a stellar performance for the varsity team vs. Mineola with a high three game series of 422. Additionally, junior Danielle Zaleskie showed tremendous improvement for the varsity team as she bowled a high three game series of 402 versus Mineola. The junior varsity team strengthened their first place record as they defeated both Locust Valley and Mineola. Fans can come by to support the team every Wednesday and Thursday at 4 p.m. at Sheridan lanes in Mineola.