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Former Vikings b'ball stars expected back for the alumni game. L-R: Tom Brown '75, Mike Griffin '71 and Cris Kane '73.

This should be an exciting season for Port B'ball. The Vikings hope to improve on last year's 11-6 overall record and make the play-offs. Should both events come about, it would be the first time in over two decades that the Vikings accomplished such a feat. Second year coach, Jim Gilmartin feels the Vikings are progressing ahead of last year's pace at this point in time. Returning for the Vikings will be a nucleus of four starters from last year's squad: Seniors Pat White and Jimmy Cosolito and juniors Sonny DeFeo and Jason Ham. Combined this foursome accounts for about 40 points per game. Ready to fill in for the departed All-County Rex Mayo, Coach Gilmartin has a host of talented players including Brian Dermody, Justin O'Garro, Ken Mendlekern, Steve Osario and Ricky Brown. Similar to last year, the Vikings will rely on speed, quickness and athleticism to compensate for the lack of height.

This season the 19 Class "A" schools in Nassau will be divided into two groups of 10 and nine schools. The groups will be designated as Conference AI and AII. The schools were divided by size (enrollment), with the 10 larger schools in Conference AI and the next nine in AII. By virtue of Port's five showing last year and the number and quality of returning personnel, the team will compete as the third seed in Conf. A II. Seeded ahead of Port are Elmont (1) and Long Beach (2). As usual a power point rating system will be used to determine standings and play-off qualifiers.

The Vikings start their pre-season schedule next weekend in the annual Fritz Muller Tourney at Manhasset HS. Port will face St. Mary's on Friday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Depending on the first round results, Port will play at 6 or 8 p.m. on Dec. 12. (see schedule below). Teams participating in the tournament besides Port, include St. Mary's Manhasset and Friends Academy. Port's first game will be an extraordinary challenge since St. Mary's is a strong contender for the Catholic School Nassau Championship and features the top Nassau County point-guard, Joel Surez and five starters over 6' tall.

This Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. the Vikings will make their debut with a special "Meet the Vikings Night" exhibition. Included in the program will be shooting contests for youngsters of all ages and prizes awarded to winners. An added feature to the night will be Port's first Alumni B'ball game. It should be a fun night for young and old. Former Vikings who have recently indicated in participating in the Alumni game include three of Port's All-Time scoring leaders, Mike McCargo '87 (1268 pts.), Tom Brown '75 (1109 pts.) and Mike Griffin '75 (647 pts.).


Dec 4 Meet the Vikings 7 p.m.
Friday Dec. 11 Fritz Muller Tourney* 6 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 12 Fritz Muller Championship* TBA
Wednesday Dec. 16 Bethpage Tourney** 6 p.m.
Friday Dec. 18 Bethpage Championships** TBA
Saturday Dec. 19 St. Dominics 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday Dec. 22 Great Neck No. (hone) 7 p.m.
* Games at Manhasset HS ** Games at Bethpage HS

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