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Vikings Sports: February 4, 2010

Women’s Basketball Defeats Seaford on Rematch

Only one game on the schedule but it was a big one, a rematch of the Vikings worst defeat of the year. In early January, North Shore traveled to Seaford and lost 76-35. The 41 points were tough to swallow and the Vikings were eager to play their south shore foes again. The game started as all of them have, with a fast pace and every Viking contributing. Despite 5 points by Kathleen Lennon and 2 steals by Christina DeMeo in the quarter, the Vikings found themselves down 15-12 to start the second frame. In the second quarter, behind Christine Castiglione’s 6 points, the North Shore offense really began to click as they scored 21 points to take a 33-30 lead at the half. The second half was more of the same as the two teams traded baskets. The score was tied at 41 with 4:00 to go in the third quarter, when the Vikings went on their trademark run. The constant pressure defense and the up-tempo pace began to wear down their opponents. And behind Jacki Gioia’s (10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals) 6 points in the 4th quarter North Shore closed the game on a 22-7 run to win 63-48. In the game the Vikings were led by Kathleen Lennon (20 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals) and Amanda Johansen’s third triple-double of the season (14 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals) to avenge their earlier loss. The turnaround accounted for a 56 point swing from the last time these two teams played. The win finds the girls tied for 4th place in conference ABC-II with one week to play. The next and final home game for the Vikings is Friday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. Come out and support the Vikings as they prepare for the playoffs and congratulate their seniors (Regan Falk, Elle Hoffman, Kathleen Lennon and Jen Melgar) on Senior Night!

Varsity Wrestling Getting Ready for the County Tournaments

North Shore Viking wrestlers have started on the final part of the 2009-10 season by heading to Clarke High school for the team tournament competition. Facing the Vikings was a solid Bethpage team. The action started at 189 pounds where freshman Wil Grogan pulled out a surprise second period pin. Bethpage wisely forfeited around junior Nick Capparelli who moved to 215 for the match. An injury to North Shores’ 103-pounder meant a forfeit and a win by Bethpage at 112 tied the score. Junior Jim Dromm pulled out a stunning overtime at 119 pounds. Next freshman Dan Grabher pushed up to 125 lbs. pinning his opponent after taking a 10 – 0 lead. After losses at 130 and 135, senior Tom Shaw, behind 4-2 at 140 lbs., managed to startle his opponent by pinning him in the second period. Bethpage again forfeited around senior Captain Pierce Janssen at 145 pounds. Leaving the match up to Jake “The Giant Killer” Alverson at 152 pounds. Down 8-2 with seconds left, Alverson threw his exhausted opponent to his back but ran out of time before he could finish the pin losing the match 8-7 and the contest 34-32.

The Viking wrestlers head to Calhoun High School for the county qualifying Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 6. Calhoun, MacArthur and Mepham are looking to eliminate as many opponents as possible there. Qualifying wrestlers will attend the county tournament the following week.