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Viking Sports: April 30, 2010

Softball Continues to Win!

The Lady Vikings are still going strong with two Conference crossover games this week. Their record is now 10-2 for the season. On April 21 they beat Valley Stream North 6-1, Elle Hoffman had two homeruns and Christine Castiglione went 3-4 with an RBI. Pitcher Hanna Hacker who joined the Varsity team in eighth-grade, has proven to be a very strong player for this team. Elle Hoffman had another home run against Wheatley and Regan Falk went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. A tradition in High School sports is the Senior Game, the last home game of the season where the younger players honor the outgoing Seniors. At the April 27th game, North Shore wished all the best to Regan Falk, Elle Hoffman, Jennifer Melgar and Megan Silka, North Shore team players all through their school years.

Women’s Lacrosse ‘...Plays For Her’
By Isabella Ahrens, NSHS Sophomore

“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you, is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back … play for her.” This is the inspiring message that North Shore Girls’ Varsity Coaches Hogan and Frish have given to their young and gifted team. They even printed it on T-shirts for the players to proudly wear to school.

 As their season progresses through multiple wins and two unfortunate losses, the North Shore players work hard at every single practice, in order to find the right combination of spirit, talent and training … while always playing “for her.” The quote above provides the team with motivation and a sense of purpose and unity. The team’s positive outlook this season has earned them a 6-2 record overall in Nassau County’s Conference One. Recently, in order to prepare for their game against Manhasset, a county rival, the girls wore their “play for her” T-shirts to school, enabling them to get ‘pumped up’ and demonstrate their team spirit to their peers. Although the Vikings had an unfortunate loss to Manhasset on Friday, April 23, the girls look forward to their upcoming games.

North Shore’s defense is strong, alert and aggressive in preventing their opponents from entering the eight meter circle and scoring. The defense is led by, goalie Kristen Giovanniello, juniors Danielle Valasiadis and Denise Kilderry, and sophomores Cara Dellavechia, Lindsay Ahrens, and Isabella Ahrens. A dominating defense is not the only asset the Vikings possess; their swift attack is always hungry to score. Kathleen Lennon (senior), Lauren Janelli (junior) and Amanda Johansen (sophomore) lead the offense with speed and solid stickwork, with help from the talents of Samantha Grabher (junior), Michaela Dussel (sophomore), Laura Wefer (sophomore), and Amanda Juhaz (junior).

The Viking’s upcoming games for the week of April 26-May 1, include Calhoun on Wednesday (4:30 Glenwood Landing School), the highly competitive Garden City on Friday (4:30 Glenwood Landing School), and Hicksville on Saturday for North Shore’s Lacrosse Day at 4:00 at the High School. One can bet that these girls will play fast and furious lacrosse … and there will be no looking back!

Golf Wins Two Rounds

The North Shore Golf Team got back to its winning ways this week, with two out of three victories. The Vikings had wins over Friends Academy and Great Neck South, but were once again defeated by Syosset. This brings the team’s record to 2-3 on the season.  The team was led this week by great shooting from Vinnie Curcio, Zach Winslow, and eighth-grader Dan Fletcher. The team will be hosting Jericho on Monday April 26th as the lone match of the week.  Many thanks again to Engineer’s and North Shore Country Clubs for giving the Vikings access to their courses to host matches.

Men’s Varsity Tennis Warming Up for Second Half of Season

The Vikings again went 1-2 this week. With a 2-4 record, the team is adjusting to the competition in Conference II. North Shore started the week against Manhasset losing 2-5. Alex Sacher surged ahead of his opponent with his strong groudstrokes and touch volleys winning 7-5, 6-2. Ryan Kianofsky and Mitch Goidel earned a hard fought victory at third doubles.

On Wednesday, the team went to Clarke and won 6-1. Highlights for the Vikings were Evan Fierstein, at third singles, who dominated his opponent 6-0, 6-2 and Andie Ferreira and Tanner Korponay who used their powerful serves and attacking forehands to win at first doubles 6-2,6-3.

On Saturday, the Vikings hosted first place Herricks. Although North Shore lost 3-4, it was by far the best all around effort the team has produced this season. Every member of the team competed. It proved the Vikings can compete at this level. With the second half of the season coming, the Vikings are looking to reverse some of the scores from the first half.