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Viking Sports: May 21, 2010

Lady Vikings Fall to Island Trees in Playoffs

The week started well for North Shore with a win against Oyster Bay. Hanna Hacker allowed four hits over five innings with four strikeouts, Alley Grande’s RBI for Anne Duffy in the fourth inning made it it 2-1 for North Shore. This win was Conference Champs for North Shore. In the first game of playoffs against Island Trees, the Vikings tied up the game 2-2 in the 6th but lost 3-2 in the bottom of the 7. It was a hard loss for a strong team that had a great season.

Lady Vikings Lacrosse Heads into the Playoff Season

The Vikings began their final week of the regular season with a loss to Farmingdale 19-14 on Monday. However, after much practice and hard work the girls were prepared for their final league game on Thursday against Massapequa. By half time the score between Massapequa and the Vikings was eight to five with Massapequa in the lead. Nevertheless, North Shore persevered in the second half winning 13 to 11. Leading North Shore to their victory was Kathleen Lennon with six goals and two assists and Samantha Grabher with three goals while Kristen Giovanniello held down the defense with 12 saves. The defense had a fantastic game, shutting Massapequa out in the last six minutes with help from Cara Dellavechia, Danielle Valasiadis and Denise Kilderry.The Mighty Vikings have a 9-5 record heading into post season and are ranked fifth in Nassau County’s Girl’s Lacrosse Conference One standings. The team’s first play-off game occured on Wednesday May 19 at Glenwood Landing Field.

Wefer sets North Shore Record for St. Anthony’s 800 Meter Race

The North Shore Boys Track Team enters its championship season with some strong performances. Senior Matt Wefer placed 3rd in the prestigious St. Anthony’s 800 meter race with a time of 1:55.76, the fastest time in North Shore High School history. Matt’s time is the 5th fastest time in New York State this season and surpasses the State Meet qualifying standard. Following in Matt’s footsteps is Freshman Brian Michalak who placed 2nd in the Nassau County Freshman Championships 800 meter run. At the same meet Justin Bell won the Sophomore High Jump and Jon Jacome placed 4th in the county in the Pole Vault with a season best of 9 feet. Max Korten continues to improve his mile time as fellow underclassmen Ryan Mercadante and Chris Lafergola continue their success in the 110 hurdles. Eric Borchert has consistently thrown in the top 5 of all sophomores in the Shot Put for most of this spring season.

Senior Luke Kuna is working on a fine conclusion to his High School career before heading off to the University of Connecticut next fall. After winning the Pentathlon at the Cold Spring Harbor Invitational, Luke returned home the following week to win the 110 meter hurdles and long jump. Luke commands the top seed in both events in his Conference. The North Shore boys headed to their Division Meet Championships Monday May 17 at Glen Cove with the hopes that the 4X800 meter relay of Matt Wefer, Cole Korponay, Mike Clausen and Rob Golightly would capture the win. After that the team turns their focus to the County Championship.

Men’s Varsity Baseball vs. Glen Cove

By Jimmy Bacchioni, NSHS Senior

The North Shore men’s varsity baseball team suited up on Saturday, May 8 to play against rival Glen Cove High School. In a game highly anticipated by the players, fans, and coaches, the Vikings looked for junior Chris Zbikowski on the hill to shut down the aggressive Glen Cove bats. Zbikowski could not have been sharper than he was this weekend. The Glen Cove hitters were constantly guessing which pitch was next, or where he was throwing, but Zbikowski had them fooled. Glen Cove pitcher Kevin Martinez struggled to find his control throughout this game, resulting in a North Shore hit parade. Junior Jimmy Dromm added to North Shore’s 9-0 victory by going 3-for-4 at the plate. Senior Frank Scaturro also had a solid day at the dish, going 2-for-4 and adding to his home run total with a solo shot in the seventh. Zbikowski threw five innings of shutout baseball, allowing just 3 hits and 1 walk during that span.

Women’s Track Going For the Threepeat!

The girl’s track and field team has shown they are built for the playoffs. After winning the cross-country and winter track county championships earlier this year the team is primed to make it a three-peat. The regular season ended well with an 11-2 record and now the real action begins. This week the team will begin their quest for another county championship. However what stands in their way first, is the division championship meet held at Glen Cove High School. They will be facing the other seven teams which include Manhasset, Lynbrook and Great Neck North to just name a few. This will need to be a team effort as there are 17 events that need to be covered. In the sprints Senior Christina Convey will be leading the charge. In the middle distance races, senior Charlotte Manogue, Brianna Welch, and Sophomore Brianna Nerud will take care of what needs to be done. The distance crew, which has been the foundation of the program for a while, will consist of sophomore Samantha Nadel, and freshmen Elizabeth Caldwell, Jessica Donohue, and Gabriella Vezza. Sophomore Eleni Efstathiadis will take over the hurdling responsibilities. Juniors Arianna Pappas and Erica Oertle will lead the way in the discus. Our jumping contingent which has shown to be invaluable this season will consist of Junior Danielle Muoio, Sarah McNulty and freshman twins Brittany and Taylor Farkouh. They now have pole vault too, as junior Lauren Cartagine and freshman Sabrina Swenson will literally vault the team over the bar to victory. Other contributing members who are young in age but have been vital so far this season are: freshman Gillian McGovern, Whitney McCarthy, Monica Winski, and eighth-graders Lea Farrell and Raquel Fossett. Lending a helping hand in their leadership roles will be senior Elizabeth Hamberger, and junior Nicolette Dayre. The team hopes for a speedy recovery of All-County junior Emily Osman, as she is recovering from an ankle injury. With so many talented and hard working girls, the winning ways should continue now and for a long time to come.

Men’s Varsity Lacrosse vs. MacArthur High School

By Jimmy Bacchioni, NSHS Senior

Saturday, May 1 marked yet another exciting day on the North Shore calendar. Not only were the men’s and women’s teams all competing at home, but it was Lacrosse Day, an annual event which encourages community members of all ages to come out and support the lacrosse teams. On this bright and sunny Saturday afternoon, the North Shore men’s varsity lacrosse squad geared up to face MacArthur High School. Large amounts of fans and parents were on the edge of their seats as the game clock started to tick.After a back and forth 1st quarter, the Vikings found themselves with a 1-0 lead thanks to junior Jake Venditto, who finished the game with a team-high 4 goals. After a quick break the teams faced off again for the 2nd quarter. Senior Gavin Esernio gave the Vikings a 2-0 lead early in the quarter, which they would never give up. After another goal by Venditto, North Shore was up 3-1 at the half.

North Shore coach K. gathered his team in a huddle to discuss second half plans before the whistle blew, and the game was ready to resume. North Shore dominated the 3rd quarter; scoring 4 goals and surrendering only 2. Viking’s goaltender Alec Volpe had yet another amazing display in net, saving 22 MacArthur shots. With the game now at 7-3 entering the final quarter, North Shore new that only foolish mistakes would cost them the game. North Shore added 3 goals in the 4th to give them a well deserved 10-4 victory. Esernio finished the game with 3 goals, 1 assist. Mid-fielder’s Jake Alverson, Mike DiVicenzo, and Danny Grabher each added to the win by scoring a goal each.

Men’s Lacrosse 5/14 Win Against Clarke

The North Shore Men’s Lacrosse Team finished their season with an exciting overtime victory against Clarke High School this past Friday. After Danny Grabher won the overtime face off, Jake Alverson assisted Jake Venditto for the game winning goal. It was a hard fought game all the way around and a great way to send off the North Shore seniors Anthony Croce, Dan Broker, Greg Puskuldjian, Max Manzone, Gavin Esernio, and Charlie Uhlein. The North Shore Men’s Lacrosse team would like to thank everyone who came out and supported the Vikings this season.

Tennis Season Wrap Up

The North Shore Varsity Tennis Team wrapped up their season losing to Herricks 1-6. The lone victory was earned by Mitch Goidel and Ryan Kianofsky at third doubles. The team ended their first season in Conference II with a 5-7 record. Although North Shore is losing senior captain Joe Sacco, who led the team in victories (8) at fourth doubles, the future is bright for the Vikings. Next year, North Shore will return 10 of 11 starters and hope to improve their fifth place finish. The Vikings had a taste of success in the second half of the season and with hard work during the summer, fall and winter seasons, they will be ready to go next year!

NSHS Golf Team

This week the North Shore Golf Team ended its season with a match against Jericho and one against Manhasset. The Vikings were not victorious in either match but ended the season on a high note, enjoying the weather and one another’s company. Congratulations and good luck to our seniors in reverse alphabetical order for men like Jed who never get to be called first. Jed Zeins, Cliff Weldon, Alex Recine, Bill Johansen, and Vin Curcio. The years to come look very promising for the Vikings, with many young players showing a whole lot of potential this year.