Girl’s Varsity Basketball Starts Solid!The North Shore Girls Varsity Basketball Team is off to a solid start this season. The girls started their Non-League play by participating in two Holiday Basketball Tournaments. The first was the prestigious Wantagh Booster Club Tournament with some of the top teams in Nassau County. The first round saw the Vikings take on perennial power and Newsday preseason #5 in the county, Wantagh.
Four players and four coaches from the North Shore Football program were selected to play and coach in the “Nassau County Senior Bowl” on Thanksgiving eve at Mitchel Field Athletic Contest, which matched up the best senior all-stars from conference 1 and 4 against conference 2 and 3.
Evan Vandoros was selected as a running back while Nick Capparelli and Zach Winslow played linebacker. Joe Manzione was selected as a defensive lineman. Vandoros scored a touchdown for his team while Capparelli was named defensive captain.
North Shore coaches Bill Madigan, Anthony Polo and Joe Sadaris worked the sidelines while North Shore Head Coach Dan Agovino served as the game coordinator. Congratulations went to the all-star players and coaches.
The Glen Cove High School Boys Basketball Team opened up their season on Thursday, Dec. 9, with a non-league victory over Valley Stream North High School. The Knights, who were one win away from a playoff spot last year, won by a score of 50-46.
The team relied on its quick defensive play and strong inside game to win a hard fought game. Glen Cove, who took the lead quickly, thanks to some key rebounds and put backs by junior Mauro Carignano and the team’s opening success with the full court press. Valley Stream had trouble combating Glen Cove’s aggressive press, turning the ball over and leading to Glen Cove taking the lead.
The Glen Cove wrestling team has a new coach in charge this year. Chris MacDonald, former volunteer assistant coach to the team, was handed the reins this year and is very excited for the upcoming season.
“We have a young team,” MacDonald said, “a lot of young guys; everyone is excited and motivated about the season.”
The Big Red, which finished in the middle of the pack at 20th in Nassau County last year, is looking to improve upon their record. They lost some key members of the team in Mike Ianetta (who was fourth in the county last year), Hector Paez, Sasha Bogdanich (holds the Glen Cove record with over 100 wins), and Danny Belfiore (currently playing football at C.W. Post). These are some big shoe to follow, but four year varsity wrestlers and senior captains Alexey Bogvanich (younger brother of Sasha) and Aaron Sylver, along with junior captain Nicholas McAdams, are up to the task, anchoring a team composed of many ninth- and tenth-graders and one eighth-grader, some of whom are expected to make an impact this year.
The Glen Cove Pee Wee Cardinals Red beat previously undefeated Plainview on the road 27 - 14 to score a victory in the opening round of the Tier 1 Division playoffs on Saturday night.
The Cardinals dominated Plainview from the opening snap with a total team effort. Running backs Dominick Genzale and Damon Garner each had a pair of touchdowns behind an impressive offensive line led by Lorenzo Recine and Kevin Napier. Garner converted an extra point run after scoring the Cardinals’ first touchdown of the game. Mario Fischetti converted a 13-yard field goal after one of Genzale’s two touchdowns to seal the game.
Saturday, Nov. 6 was SoccerFest, and the first- and second-grade girls of Glen Cove Chemists enjoyed every minute of the round-robin tournament. The competition was fierce as the Green Chemists faced each division team, winning their game against Island Photography and tying both Badge Agency and A+ Signs. This was enough to place the green Glen Cove Chemists team in the division finals against the pink Island Photography team. The Chemists scored early on a brilliant drive to the goal by Camryn Kleinwaks in which she threaded the ball through the defense, finishing with a strong shot that eluded the Photography goalkeeper. Although the girls in pink fought hard, they could not overcome the defensive presence and exceptional speed of Mialani Martinez who thwarted several drives single-handedly. Caitlyn Callahan and Julianna Turcios shined on both sides of the ball, contributing on potentially game changing plays throughout the contest. Gabriella Callahan added to the offensive onslaught of shots that kept the pink team on their heals. Carolyn Fahey played terrifically in the goal, stymieing the Island Photography offense. Jane Maleady was sensational throughout the day, scoring multiple times, but none more important than the second goal for the Chemists in the finals in which she launched a missile into the top corner of the goal. This cushion gave the Chemists the confidence to close out the game and take home the girl’s SoccerFest Championship trophies! But the best moment was yet to come, as during the award ceremony, the Glen Cove Chemists girls in green were awarded the Sportsmanship trophy for demonstrating goodwill, fair play and positive attitudes throughout the regular season. On this beautiful fall day, even the bright sun couldn’t outshine the smiling, ecstatic faces of the girls in green!
The GC Senior Red Junior Football team’s 2010 journey has come to an end. GC lost their semifinal playoff game against Brentwood 27-13. Though the score indicates a decisive victory by Brentwood, the first half of the game was typical of this GC team. A fast scoring start by GC occurred when David Perkins threw a 50-yard bomb to Yamique Webb for a TD on the first play of the game, punctuated by an extra point on a Jack Mangan pass to Chris Lent in the corner of the end zone. GC’s second TD came from HB Yamique Webb in the second quarter when Yamique took a 50-yard sweep into the end zone. Brentwood’s first TD came when a fumble, forced by GC’s powerful defense, was picked by Bentwood’s fullback who ran 40 yards for the score. Brentwood scored again in the first half, but missed the extra point and GC went into half time ahead 13-12. As the second half began it was apparent that the 17-man roster was beginning to show signs of wear. Brentwood continued their aggressive style of play through the second half by which the GC Cardinal Red had no offensive answer. Brentwood scored two additional TDs, one on a blocked punt to end the game 27-13. The season for the GC Red has been long but not without great memories. The team went 7-1-1, took first place in tier one in their division and avenged a loss in the regular season against the defending champions Rosedale to win a quarter final playoff game. A thank you for a rewarding experience and great season was offered by the coaches. A thank you to all the seniors who participated in the program over the past years, and good luck next year to the 12-year-olds coming back to continue the successful GC junior football tradition.
The Thanksgiving holiday is a time when we make a genuine effort to give thanks to everyone that has made a positive contribution in our lives. During our 60th year, Glen Cove Jr. Baseball & Softball had over 600 boys and girls participate in the program. Running a program of this magnitude is not an easy undertaking. With busy schedules it becomes more and more difficult to get the volunteers needed to truly be successful. The board of GCJB & S would like to give a big thank you to all those that have given to the boys & girls of our program this year.
Women’s Cross-Country Class “A” State Champions
There have been a lot of firsts for the North Shore Women’s Cross-Country team this season: 14-0 regular season record, Division Champions, Conference Champions, Nassau County Class “A” Champions, Nassau County overall champions and now for the first time in school history a sports team at North Shore High School has won a state championship.
The Women’s Cross-Country Team, coached by Neal Levy, won the NYS Class “A” State cross-country championship this past weekend. After a few third-place finishes the last two years the team brought home the first-place plaque. This accomplishment was not only historic to the North Shore School District but to Nassau County as well. It is the first time in 18 years that any cross-country team in Nassau County has won a state championship. The last team to do so was Wantagh in 1992, before any of the current team members were even born.
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