By Coach Carmine Rotolo
He has been the workhorse of the pitching staff for the past three years. Every game he pitches seems to possess a playoff-like atmosphere. And this week was no different. Peter Cappiello pitched another splendid game for the Big Red as Glen Cove notched a milestone victory over Clarke, the defending Long Island champions, 3-2, in 8 innings. This win is not only huge for our program; it’s just as big for the senior class. It is the first victory against the powerhouse team since Cappiello and the other five seniors on the squad arrived at Glen Cove High School. This was the series that those seniors circled on their calendars. They wanted to know if our team had what it took to beat the perennial Nassau champs. The answer finally arrived. Cappiello struck out 10, allowed one walk, two runs and 4 hits. Senior Richie Maccarone continued to mash the ball by roping a triple to the deepest part of right field. That ball would have cleared the fence if it wasn’t for the prevailing winds. The speedy shortstop legged out an infield hit and also stole two bases. He finished the day going 2-3. Sophomore Chris Theodoro, who was a late addition to the varsity roster after an impressive spring training, went 2-3 with two hard hit singles. Chris’s first varsity at-bat in Florida was against a kid that was throwing heat. After he ripped a single into centerfield, the coaching staff knew that this kid was ready to contribute on the varsity level. And contribute is what the whole team has done early on in the season. After only getting three hits against Wantagh, Glen Cove has turned it up a bit. The Covers pounded out seven hits against Clarke’s number one pitcher. Everyone contributes in their own way to this team. We want guys that feel compelled to play team baseball and will do anything to help our team win ballgames.
The Lady Vikings are off to a great season standing 5-1 as of April 12. In the past week the girls have played 5 games in 5 days, coming out on top in all five, they beat Cold Spring Harbor 18-3 and a big win against Garden City, 18-5. On Friday, 4/9 the girls played Wantagh, they were tied in the top of the 7th Inning, Anne Duffy gave them a nice hit to win and gave Wantagh their first loss of the season. The effort on the team has come from everyone; Anne Duffy with excellent at bats, Alex Grande’s second base coverage and a big home run from Elle Hoffman. Come watch the girls varsity softball team!
The Glen Cove Cougars 12U Travel Baseball team will be holding a fundraiser on April 17, Opening Day, at John Maccarone Memorial Stadium. Visit the table by Field 1 to enter for great prizes such as a stay at Woodloch Pines, a flat panel TV, a home entertainment center and many other prizes. Anyone interested in entering the raffle but cannot make it down may call 317-3018 for more information.
The North Shore Baseball Alliance 11U Vikings took the March 20-21 NY Travel Baseball Pre-Season Tournament by defeating the Nassau Express of Valley Stream 8-6 in the championship game.
The Vikings went undefeated in the tournament by besting teams from Kings Park and Huntington.
The championship game featured a stirring Viking comeback after trailing 6-1 in the 4th inning. The Vikings scored 7 runs in the bottom half of the 5th inning to take a 2-run lead which was never relinquished.
Congratulations to this talented, young team.
North Shore High School Class of 2007’s Randi Zukas has received NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey All-America East First Team Defense honors and recently won her second straight NCAA Division III ice hockey title with Amherst College. Currently, there are 34 Division I and 50 Division III NCAA women’s ice hockey teams in the U.S.
Zukas attended the prestigious North American Hockey Academy (NAHA) in Stowe, VT on a part-time basis from October through March in conjunction with North Shore High School for her sophomore, junior, and senior years where she played some 80 hockey games in the 17-week time span. She was awarded the Seventh Player Award in 2005 and the Coaches Award in 2007.
In addition to playing ice hockey, Randi played varsity soccer and track at NSHS. She is a biology/pre-med major at Amherst College.
The North Shore Men’s Varsity Lacrosse Team had two tough losses this week to start their 2010 season. In their season opener on Tuesday, the Vikings fell to Bellmore JFK. Despite a strong defensive effort, led by junior goalie Alec Volpe, and giving up only one goal in the second half, the Vikings were unable to find their rhythm on offense and fell to the Cougars by a score of 8-4. The East Meadow Jets then traveled to North Shore on Thursday for another hard fought game. Again, the defense put up a strong fight, this time led by co-captains Nick Capparelli and Danny Broker. The offense, still trying to find its way, was unable to match the scoring production of the Jets and so the Vikings were unable to pull out the victory.
North Shore Girls Varsity lacrosse begins the season ranked number five in the county. They are preparing to face formidable opponents including Manhasset, Garden City, Farmingdale, and Wantagh.
The team has three seniors including Kristen Giovanniello, returning All-Conference player Karli Portnoy and returning All-County Honorable mention player, Kathleen Lennon.
The Glen Cove Boys Lacrosse Team is ready to open their 2010 campaign this week. With three non-league games, the boys look to use the momentum created last season to push them into the new decade.
The 2009 season saw the Big Red soar to an 11-5 record, the best under Head Coach Steve Tripp. “The boys really came together last year,” said Tripp, “I hope this year’s group will do the same.”
The East Coast Conference has announced that its head coaches have selected the Queens College Knights’ Chloe Johnson to the 2009-10 all-Rookie Women’s Basketball team.
The ECC All-Rookie Team is made up of Seja Gamble (G, Dowling), Chloe Johnson (F/C, Queens), Shpresa Liharevic (G, St. Thomas Aquinas), Nicolette Marciniak (F, C.W. Post) and Connie Simmons (G, Dowling).
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