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Viking Sports: June 4, 2010

Baseball Team Finishes Strong Season

The North Shore Vikings baseball team had a strong year and finished it with a nice run in the playoffs. The Vikings clinched a playoff spot by defeating Valley Stream North HS by the score of 3-1 in the last game of the regular season. The Vikings finished the regular season at 11-7, one game out of first place in the conference and ended up with the 15th seed in the Class A playoffs.

The Vikings traveled to New Hyde Park HS to face the 10th seeded Gladiators in the first round of the playoffs. With strong pitching from Stefan Schwartz and Colin Henneberger and timely hitting from the entire lineup the Vikings pulled off the upset 9-6. Lou Mastellone and Kenny Daley both had key hits in opening up a 9-3 lead for the Vikings.

After defeating the Gladiators, the Vikings then went on to the 2nd round to face Clarke, a perennial Class A power and this year’s 2nd seed. The Vikings came out flying and put up 10 runs in the top of the first inning and gave sophomore pitcher Cody Johnson plenty of run support to work with. Johnson pitched 6 stellar innings for his first career playoff win. The Vikings batted around and everyone had a hand in 10-run first inning. The final score was 10-2.

Next up for the Vikings was the #1 seeded Wantagh Warriors in a best of 3 series. The first game was played at Wantagh HS on Wednesday, May 19th. Down 2-0 in the 4th inning, the Vikings scratched across a run on a bunt single by Stefan Schwartz. However, in the bottom half of the frame, Wantagh exploded for 6 runs, including a 3-run homerun by big first baseman, Matt Dybus. For the first time this post-season, the Vikings had tasted defeat.

But, there was still another game to be won for Wantagh to move on. This would not be easy as the series now switched to North Shore HS where the Vikings had a very successful year. The Vikings at home going into the game had only lost 1 game. Wantagh jumped out on top 3-0 and before the Vikings knew it, the score was 5-0 in the 4th. The Vikings began to rally and scored 1 run in the bottom of the 5th to cut the Warriors lead to 5-1. Now with the bases loaded and Jimmy Dromm at the plate the Vikings had a chance to cut into the lead even more.

Dromm hit a ball down the first base line that was snagged by diving first baseman, Matt DeBenedetto. That play stopped the rally and ended all hopes of a North Shore comeback. The Vikings threatened again in the bottom of the 7th, but couldn’t bring any runners across the plate. The game and the Vikings’ season ended 5-1.

The North Shore Vikings had an excellent season that was capped by a great run in the playoffs. The coaching staff wish the seniors the best of luck in college and their future endeavors and look forward to the 2011 spring baseball season with many of their players and starters coming back.

Congratulations Women’s Spring Track and Field Team

County “A” Champions

The North Shore High School Women’s Spring Track and Field Team won the County “A” Championships.

Overall 13 girls achieved All-County status.

This culminates a year with the program winning the Cross-Country, Winter Track and now Spring Track County Championships. They are the first track program in Nassau County history to win all three in the same year.

The team scores are listed below:

Meet: Class “A” Championships

North Shore    142
Valley Stream No.    91
Manhasset    49
Clarke    38
Friends Academy    30
Cold Spring Harbor    30
Carle Place    30
Locust Valley    26
Seaford    23
Valley Stream So.    22
Roosevelt    18
Wheatley    17
Floral Park    12
Oyster Bay    12
Malverne    9
Mineola    5
West Hempstead    3