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Big Red Sports: March 26, 2010

Boys Lacrosse Preview

The Glen Cove Boys Lacrosse Team is ready to open their 2010 campaign this week. With three non-league games, the boys look to use the momentum created last season to push them into the new decade.

The 2009 season saw the Big Red soar to an 11-5 record, the best under Head Coach Steve Tripp. “The boys really came together last year,” said Tripp, “I hope this year’s group will do the same.”

This year’s group has plenty of experience to draw on, with many of the seniors returning for a third or fourth year. Captains Dougie Tripp and Ryan Zupa are two of the four-year starters that Coach Tripp will be relying on. “Dougie and Ryan have been on our first midfield line for the last three years,” said Tripp of his two captains. “That experience should be a huge advantage for us.” Third year player Charles Ring will round out what should be a potent midfield line. Adding depth to the midfield are seniors Mike Moglia, Daven Plummer, Adam Ramadan and newcomers Kenny Spy, Abdul Hashimi, Nick Hoyos and Shaheem Lilly.

The defense also returns three starters. Brandon Winkler, Garen Spendjian, and Phil Voegtlen are the veteran long poles, while juniors Andrew Ayo, Chris Mellilo and Aaron Sylver are pushing for time. Warton Du will move from the midfield to the defense, giving the Big Red plenty of depth. “We are happy with the depth we have at defense,” said Assistant Coach Frank Curatolo, “Each player has a different style, so it makes us that much better.” Michael Doxey moves into the goal for the Big Red. Michael was the backup last year, but has game experience.

If the Big Red is going to be successful, the attack will have to learn on the run. “We lost three of our big scorers from last year,” explains Tripp. “But this year’s group has what it takes to contribute on offense.” Seniors Chris Borer and Adan Kornfeld and junior Owen Valance return to the attack, while juniors Austin Bresky, Vincent DiPaola and Kevin Nicholas will see significant time.

The Big Red opens the season with three games this week, including Friday’s home opener vs. St. Francis Prep. With the new lights, game time is 5 p.m.

Glen Cove Baseball Preview

By Coach Carmine Rotolo

One couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Glen Cove baseball season. Being able to go outside on the first day of practice is one big feat here in the northeast. Not only did we get out one day, we got in three more solid days on the field. And there were no winter gloves involved.  

This year, Glen Cove baseball will be returning to spring training in Disney. Getting back to Florida represents a positive step in the right direction for our program. We recognize in these times, it is very difficult to be resourceful with your time and finances. Glen Cove parents really came through by attending numerous meetings, making cupcakes and cookies for our bake sales as well as preparing for other fundraisers.  The coaching staff would like to thank all the parents for making it all possible.  

It will be a fitting end for our seniors. We have the most experienced team that Glen Cove has seen in a long time. Peter Cappiello, Michael Iannetta, Richie Maccarone, Brian Martinez, Tommy Montefusco and Pantro Reyes have all been playing together for years. 2010 marks the last year that they will play together in a Glen Cove uniform. These are the young men that have carried our program over the past four years. Some of them played JV baseball in eighth grade while others were on varsity as ninth-graders. This class by far has acquired an abundance of innings on the varsity level. At this level, there is no substitute for that kind of experience.  

It is experience that Glen Cove is going to need this year. Since we possess such an experienced crop of players, we were placed in League 1 as a tenth seed behind Clarke, Island Trees, Plainedge, Wantagh, Garden City, Division, Bethpage, Southside and New Hyde Park. This marks the last year that Nassau County will be using ability grouping to determine seeding.  Next year, we will be going back to seeding by enrollment. However, in order to make it deep into postseason play, these are the teams we must go through.  Like last year, every game will be close. It is going to come down to which team does the little things right.  

Rounding out the returning players is John Bellock, who returns after having an all conference year in 2009 and Frankie Gaudio, who is the best utility guy in the game.  Newcomers Steven Basile, Matteo Gaudio, Bobby MacDonald, Kevin Martinez, Jabbar Morales, Shamik Newsome and Ronnie Rant will be vying for significant playing time. The number one goal for these upcoming contributors is to garner the kind of experience that will help us down the home stretch at the end of the season.

Come on out and support Glen Cove as they take on rival North Shore in non-league action on Saturday, March 27 at 11 a.m. at Glen Cove Field.  League play opens up on April 7 with a home game against Wantagh.