Playing a sport can be great fun. Being good at a sport can be hard work, but great fun. Being a champion means the training is relentless but the rewards are amazing.
Within a two-week span, at the culmination of the “squash season” (although for all three the season is year round), each Sobhy child walked away with a title and a dream fulfilled.
Just 14, and an eighth-grader at North Shore Middle School, Sabrina Sobhy has dominated the squash circuit this season by being number one in the country in the girls under 19 division. Upon reaching the top slot, soon after the start of the season, Sabrina regularly beat girls who were being recruited by top Ivy League colleges. As a result, she earned the Most Improved Player award at the Squash Nationals, held over the weekend of March 11 and 12 at Yale University.
The Glen Cove Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team this season returns 12 players and has a very fast and exciting group of new players joining the squad, which is captained by Heather Artinian (4-year player), Olivia Silvestri (3-year player) and Amelia Weck (2-year player). They are joined by seniors: Julie Bruschini, Casanndra Napoli, Julia Oh; juniors: Alison Abrams, Cristina Cappiello, Ariana Cavallone, Ali Durso, Emily Durso, Tori Durso, Remi Farnan, Alex Gerin, Braiana Moglia, Meghan O’Connell; sophomores: Marcella Appelthwaite, Kayla Basile, Lauren Dwyer, Angelica Morra, Gabby Morrocu; manager: Amber Solomito.
The Glen Cove Boys Lacrosse Team is ready for the 2011 season with two games this week. The season opener was on Wednesday versus Roslyn. The home opener is Saturday against the Rebels of Great Neck North.
Head Coach Steve Tripp enters his 24th season with the Big Red, while his Assistant Frank Curatolo enters his 12th.
“We have a lot of holes to fill due to graduation and defection,” noted Coach Tripp, “But we feel the boys are ready to take on all comers.”
It’s amazing how many people are willing to jump into the winter waters of Oyster Bay Harbor for a good cause. The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. (ucpn) hosted its 7th Annual Polar Bear Plunge benefit fundraiser at Theodore Roosevelt Town Park and Marina in Oyster Bay. The parking lot was in the midst of a construction project to create new playing fields but it didn’t deter the crowd. It was a rain or shine event and luckily the rain waited until the swimmers were out of the water!
The North Shore Girls Varsity Basketball team finished up the season with three games in one week. The first one was the last game of the regular season, a Valentine’s Day match-up with Valley Stream South. From the opening tip, the Vikings offense was clicking as they hit 9 first half three-pointers, and with timely buckets by Cara Dellavecchia, they raced out to a 51-36 halftime lead. It was more of the same in the third quarter as the relentless North Shore pressure saw them race to a 75-51 lead to start the 4th quarter when the Vikings stopped pressing to cruise to a 95-63 victory. In the game the Vikings were led by Erin Sheerin’s career high 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and a career high in rebounds (10) and assists (5) for 8th grader Alex Cantwell, who also chipped in 6 points. In the game, North Shore set school records for points scored (95) and three-pointers made (16) as 9 different girls hit at least one three-pointer: Erin and Liz Sheerin (4 each), Olivia Calcaterra (2), and Jackie Gioia, Claire Castellano, Nicole Scuderi, Erin Breen, Caroline Robertson and Micaela Dussel with one each.
By Carol Griffin
Longtime, North Shore Schools wrestling coach and physical education teacher Fred Recher will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Downstate New York Chapter on April 29 along with five other wrestling greats. The 17th Annual Awards Banquet will be held at the Melville Marriott Hotel. Fred is receiving the award for his “Lifetime of Service to Wrestling.” For information on the awards banquet contact The Friends of Long Island Wrestling by calling 804-8676, or log on to www.friendsoflongislandwrestling.com (www.foliw.com).
The U9 girls finished in first place at East Meadow’s 19th annual indoor intramural tournament. The girls played four awesome games scoring nine goals and only allowing two goals throughout the entire tournament. The girls finished with a record of 3 wins, no losses and 1 draw.
The first game played was against Plainedge Red, with a score of 4-1 Wildcats. The Wildcats came out strong, passing and controlling the flow of the game. Eve Fine scored one goal; Julianna Cavallone scored two goals, and Macy Lewis scored one goal.
No one voted for these wrestlers to be named All County. Not one coach could argue his wrestler was better or more deserving. It comes down to proving yourself on the mat in front of hundreds of spectators and earning your distinction by beating the best wrestlers in the county head to head, one at a time. Three North Shore wrestlers did just that and earned the “All County ” title by placing in the Nassau County Division 1 Wrestling Tournament held this past Saturday and Sunday at Hofstra University.
The Portledge Lady Panthers, who have a mark of 14 wins and 4 losses overall, won 12 consecutive IPPSAL Varsity Girls Basketball games in route to capturing their second straight league championship. Portledge earned the top seed in championship play by winning all 10 of their IPPSAL regular season match ups, and then went on to defeat Lawrence Woodmere Academy in the semifinals and the Waldorf School of Garden City in the IPPSAL Championship game.
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