This week in junior lacrosse action the first- and second-grade Two Knights traveled to Oyster Bay on a beautiful Sunday, Mother’s Day morning, in search of their first win against a young Rough Rider team.
After a slow start, the Knights found themselves trailing by four goals before they began their climb back into the game with two quick goals by Rocco Rainone and Nicholas Ladeairous before the end of the first half. An inspired team took the field in the second half and continued battling for every loose ball, but they were unable to close the gap as the game ended with Oyster Bay winning 7 – 5.
Sabrina Sobhy, a North Shore High School junior, recently made sports history by becoming the youngest player in 105 years to win the senior division of the United States Squash Nationals Championship. Seeded third in the tournament this March, Sabrina plowed through the opening round, then upset the second seed, a nine time US national champion, only to face the number one seed, her sister, Amanda Sobhy (North Shore graduate 2012). Amanda was fatigued from a series of tournaments prior to the Nationals and Sabrina capitalized on the opportunity to win the tournament.
Sabrina is no stranger to squash excellence. She has won numerous national titles, has played for the US National Junior and Senior Women’s teams, (both nationally and internationally) and is ranked 48 in the world of professional women squash players.
The following weekend was equally successful for Sabrina as she defended her U19 Junior National title and won it. This made her the best junior and senior player in the US. This was Sabrina’s third consecutive U19 title at the age of 17.
This week’s question: Which player had the lowest league leading batting average and which year did he have it? Answer next time, folks.
Last column’s answer to "What Hall of Fame home run slugger never hit more than 50 homers in a season during his major league career?": Hank Aaron. He was able to hit 755 homers because he was a durable player, never injured for a long amount of time and played 20 seasons in the majors.
The “Two Knights,” Glen Cove’s youngest guns, traveled to Malverne and were still hungry for their first win. As in weeks past, the Knights put forth a strong effort that led to a very entertaining game. This team is beginning to gel as they head into the teeth of the lacrosse season.
Matteo Cameron became the third Knight to start in goal and he played an outstanding game, making critical saves to keep the Knights in it. His outlet passes were crisp and they led to several Knights’ fast breaks. The midfield legs of Rocco Rainone, Mark LaRocca and Travis Shea proved to be a lot to handle for Malverne as they were able to control the ball and get it to a Knight’s attack that saw Charlie Muth record his first ground ball.
The Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Club celebrated 20 years of youth lacrosse in Glen Cove this past Saturday as they hosted their annual LAXFEST which featured both the JV and varsity Glen Cove High School boys teams as well as the four youth teams. Many of the high school players began their lacrosse careers in the junior program and were impressed with the talent of the next generation of LAX.
The day kicked off a little soggy with the first- and second-graders stepping on the field to face Floral Park. This was obviously the best lacrosse our little guys have played as the game went down to the final seconds before Floral Park sneaked the final goal in with seconds left to beat Glen Cove 6 – 5.
There was an old-fashioned shootout on Sunday when the fourth-grade boys played against Hewlett, finishing up the game with an 18-18 tie. Leading the scoring for the Vikings was Mark Russo who had eight goals and one assist. Mark was simply unstoppable.
Luke Moran made a great contribution on mid-field with three goals, two assists and seven ground balls. Will Feldmann was involved in the back and forth action with three goals and three assists.
Late in the game, John Pourakis helped North Shore keep pace with Hewlett by adding two goals of his own. Matt O’Donnell had an exciting game and scored his first career goal. Easing back into form following an injury, Matt DiLeo scored one and assisted on another in his first game of the season. William Hunt, who was all over the field playing great defense and grabbing seven ground balls, won the head, heart and hustle award. Twin brothers Milo and Diego Scarpone both played solid defense.
Glen Cove Junior Baseball/Softball made its ceremonial and official start of 2014 with a huge parade and opening day ceremonies at John Maccarone Memorial Stadium on April 19. It was an enjoyable and comfortable day enjoyed by parents, coaches and players alike. Play ball!
It’s that time of the year after a long hiatus to spring upon our sports enthusiasts our trivia question section. This week’s question: What Hall of Fame home run slugger never hit more than 50 homers in a season during his major league career? Answer next time, folks.
Take nine Friends Academy faculty, almost 250 Upper School students and add in a bunch of criss-crossing yellow and orange dodgeballs and you have the makings of one of the largest Friends Academy fundraisers for the North Shore Sheltering Program in Glen Cove.
On Friday, March 28, the Upper School club W.A.T.C.H. (We Are The Community Helpers) sponsored one of the school’s largest dodgeball tournament ever. Reams of students paid $5 each for the potential honor of taking on the Faculty Team.
“All of the student teams wanted to play the faculty,” said WATCH advisor Judy James. “The event would not have been the same without the teachers. They really motivated the kids to come.”
It finally felt like lacrosse weather last Sunday for North Shore’s PAL lacrosse teams. Mike Gilliam’s fourth-grade Lady Vikings traveled to Manhasset. Playing a strong lacrosse community like Manhasset is always a daunting task, but one which the Lady Vikings were clearly ready for. North Shore won the game 6-2 with goals coming from 5 different players: Kate Gilliam (2), Ava Vaccaro, Christina Dade, Evelyn McCreery, and Nora Schatz.
The Glen Cove “Two Knights” began their season last Sunday by traveling down to Wantagh for a tough test to start the season. After spending the winter indoors and the last several weeks outside practicing, the Knights were hungry for real-game action. This
Knights’ team has a great mix of experience and new talent that is sure to lead to continued excitement throughout the year. Starting the game in goal, first-year man Pandelis Tursi made several sparkling saves behind a tough defense led by Colby Burns. With the
Knights down 2-0 in the first, Jack Spoto, another first-year player, provided the offensive spark by tallying the Knights’ first goal of the year. Spoto was also among the team leaders in ground balls and provided hustle that kept the Knights competitive in this game.
Tursi continued to keep his team in the game in the second half while Travis Shea and Matteo Cameron contributed defensively in front of the goal. Rocco Rainone was the offensive leader and kept the Knights close throughout by recording five goals. In the end, it wasn’t enough and the Knights’ endured a tough loss, 9-6. Congratulations to Tursi, Spoto, Burns, Dylan Jenkins, Charlie Muth, Page Bennett, Daniel Salerno, Grayson Kopetic and Vincent Pascucci for great play in the first game of their careers.
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