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Viking Sports: February 25, 2010

11 North Shore Wrestlers Place at Tournament

After Saturday’s qualifying tournament was cancelled due the threat of a snow storm, North Shore wrestlers headed over to Mepham High school Monday afternoon for the county Qualifying Tournament. The wrestling continued late into the night and when the mats cleared at 1:45 in the morning, 11 Viking wrestlers had placed earning “All Conference” honors. Seven of them placed high enough to gain entry into the County Tournament which is held at Hofstra University There they get a chance to place “All County”. Junior Nick Capparelli led the Vikings, taking 1st place in the 189 lb weight class. This will be Nick.s first trip to the counties. Taking 3rd place was 8th grader Hunter Sharf at 96 lbs and freshman Dan Grabher at 125 lbs. as well as senior Tom Shaw at 140 lbs. Shaw and Grabher both are earning their second trip to the counties. Taking 4th place are: freshman Travis Bobley at 96 lbs., junior Dean Shmuley at 135 lbs. and Pierce Janssen at 145 Lbs. Shmuley returns to see if he can improve on last year’s 5th place “All County “ run. Janssen, along with Bobley both arrives at the counties for their first time. Narrowly missing the cut but still placing were Sophomore Michael Mendelssohn at 130 lbs., as well as freshman Adam Lavander at 103 lbs. and Wil Grogan at 215 lbs., all taking 5th place. John Jacome wrestled the best he has all year finishing in 6th  place.The coaching staff made up of Mike Emmert, Craig DeNicola and Alex Hojanowski was very pleased with the hard work the entire team put in all year. With a lineup of mostly underclassman, the Vikings look to be in very good shape for the near future. Good Luck to the Vikings at Hofstra.

North Shore Girls Basketball Loses Playoffs to Roosevelt

On Jan. 16, the North Shore girls’ basketball team was 2-5 and in last place in Conference ABC-II. On Feb. 8, the Vikings had a re-match with Locust Valley and a second place finish in their grasp. With a win the girls would finish 7-5 and would lock up the 9 seed in the playoffs. Using their patented pressure and behind Kathleen Lennon’s 8 first quarter points, the girls jumped out to a 20-14 lead to start the second period. It was more of the same in the second, as the girls raced to a 37-23 halftime lead en route to a 68-58 win. In the game, four different girls hit 3-pointers (Elle Hoffman 3, Liz Sheerin 2, Nikki Scuderi 2 and Jackie Gioia 1) as the Vikings continued their hot shooting. The offense was led by Kathleen Lennon (20 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists), Amanda Johansen (10 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 8 rebounds) and Elle Hoffman (13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists). The game marked a complete turnaround for the girls as they entered the playoffs at 7-5 and in second place with an away game against Roosevelt. This would be the 4th time the Vikings had played the Rough Riders in the past year, with all the previous games coming down to the last minute. The game was another high-scoring affair with every player on the North Shore team playing (including JV call-ups Laura Wefer and seventh-grader Alex Cantwell who almost drained a 3-pointer on her first varsity jumper). The back and forth nature of North Shore basketball was on display in the first half, as the two teams went into the half with the Rough Riders leading 33-30. The offense was sparked by Elle Hoffman’s 11 and Kathleen Lennon’s 10 first half points. In the third, the size of the Roosevelt’s players and court seemed to affect North Shore as they were outscored 19-8 in the quarter. Entering the 4th, the girls found themselves down 52-38, but quit is something that these girls simply would never do and they mounted their trademark comeback. Behind Erin Sheerin (7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), Amanda Johansen (13 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists), Elle Hoffman (17 points on 5-8 shooting from the 3-point line and 5 steals) and Kathleen Lennon (18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals) the girls mounted a furious comeback and cut the lead to 4 with 1:00 to go, but ultimately fell 67-59. Tremendous defense was played in the game by Jackie Gioia, Liz Sheerin, Christine Castiglione and Micaela Dussel against the much taller Roosevelt team (which starts 4 players over 6 feet tall) and in the game the girls hit their 110th 3-pointer of the season, shattering the previous record of a North Shore team.

 Coach Freund had this to say about the season, “This has been the most rewarding season of my life and it was an honor to be a part of this team. The effort, intensity, sportsmanship, teamwork and heart that these girls displayed on a daily basis was truly inspirational and I want to publicly thank them for being the wonderful human beings that they are. To the seniors (Regan Falk, Elle Hoffman, Kathleen Lennon and Jen Melgar), you will always have a special place in my heart and we will miss you more than you can ever imagine. Good luck in college and in everything you do! Thank you to all the parents for their support and a special thank you to Megan McCormack whose assistance and coaching has been an unbelievable asset to North Shore basketball. Finally, congratulations to Coach McCormack’s JV team who finished conference play undefeated (12-0, 16-1 overall)! A truly impressive job by coach and players alike!”