On the evening of Jan. 10, The Lady Vikings played their last home game of the season. It has become tradition, that the graduating seniors are honored and paid tribute to at this time.
"We were all feeling a wide spectrum of emotions," explains Coach Stephanie Joannon. "To begin with, if we win tonight we will be in the playoffs for the AA Conference. More importantly, is that tonight's game is our last home game of the season. It is a culmination of all the years the girls played basketball not only for their school but for their town. Many got their start playing in PYA and CYO. This year I have five seniors, the most ever!"
The evening began with freshman, Halsey Diakow leading the crowd in "The Star Spangled Banner." Her beautiful, melodic voice instilled a sense of pride in everyone. Coach Joannon announced each senior player as they took center court with their families. She profiled each of their high school basketball careers. The players were presented with red roses and photographed with their families. The five graduating seniors are: Jackie Zaccherio, playing two years on varsity, Jackie McManus, three years, Jennifer Regan, three years, Michelle Kornblau, four years and one of the captains. Michelle will finish her career in the top 10 in scoring for the Lady Vikings and she has been on the Nassau County All Star team. Danielle Gil, four years, will also finish her career in the top 10 in scoring. Danielle hopes to continue playing in college. She is one of the captains and has also been a Nassau county all star.
It turned out to be a very exciting, successful night as The Lady Vikings defeated Herricks 42-39. The following week they played Uniondale in the first round of the Conference AA playoffs. It was an extremely competitive game as The Lady Vikings played a great game but unfortunately lost by one point in overtime, 57-56.
Senior Michelle Kornblau said, "It's been a fantastic four years, I have so many memories, not only of the games but all that goes with being on a team, the bus trips, the pasta parties and my friends. I will especially remember tonight, being honored by our coach and having my parents here with me to share this special night."