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Speedy’s Corner: June 18, 2010

Written by Steve Gonzalez Friday, 18 June 2010 00:00

Midget Boys

Peter Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Anthony Caprarella was 3-for-4 with six RBI as the Hawkins Ironbirds beat the Mason Supply Jaxx, 15-1. Caprarella also hurled two relief innings in the team’s win. Earlier in the week, the Ironbirds lost a close game against the Milanese Landscaping Bulls, 4-3. Brian Becktold hit a two-run homer and Tristan Nolan pitched two shutout innings in a losing cause.


This Week in Giants Baseball

Friday, 18 June 2010 00:00

The Giants played six games during the week and won all six games, picking up  five wins in the Long Island Connie Mack League (LICM) and one in the Long Island Baseball Association (LIBA).

On Sunday, June 6 against Hicksville, in game one, Haydon Taylor pitched a no-hitter striking out nine with no runner reaching second base during the game. Eamonn Boyd, hovering in centerfield like a bird of prey the entire game, made one of his patented diving catches for the final out and to save the “no, no.” The Giants scattered seven hits with Brandon Lubrano and John Scuderi picking up two RBIs each. Frank Gaudio collected a key hit. The Giants defense was perfect with no errors.


Sea Cliff Golf Tournament

Friday, 11 June 2010 00:00

To Benefit the Village Library and SC Fire Dept

Yes! It’s back! It’s also a walking tour of secret Sea Cliff spaces!

Over 100 Sea Cliff residents volunteered their properties for either a golf hole, a walk thru their hidden passages and concealed courtyards, or just a short-cut along the way. You can play the course or walk the tour as part of the “gallery crowd.”

It’s all marked and mapped out this time and much more streamlined!


Glen Cove Giants Win Memorial Day Tournament

Friday, 11 June 2010 00:00

The Glen Cove Giants went a perfect 6-0 in the Glen Cove Memorial Day tournament, including beating a very strong Garden City Athletic team 3-0 in the championship at the Roy Campanella field on Memorial Day. The Giants collected 10 hits behind the brilliant pitching of Richie Maccarone. Maccarone, who tied for the tournament hit leader with Pete Cappiello, threw a two-hit, 81-pitch seven-inning complete game. With Maccarone off of his shortstop position a fan in the left field hill bleachers remarked “what about the defense?” John Scuderi moving over from second base quickly quieted the crowd with a perfect seven assist game. Will Brennan and Eamonn Boyd had RBIs for the Giants in the championship.


Viking Sports: June 4, 2010

Friday, 04 June 2010 00:00

Baseball Team Finishes Strong Season

The North Shore Vikings baseball team had a strong year and finished it with a nice run in the playoffs. The Vikings clinched a playoff spot by defeating Valley Stream North HS by the score of 3-1 in the last game of the regular season. The Vikings finished the regular season at 11-7, one game out of first place in the conference and ended up with the 15th seed in the Class A playoffs.


Big Red Sports: June 4, 2010

Written by Coach Gus Sirakis Friday, 04 June 2010 00:00

Glen Cove Varsity Girls’ Basketball Report

The Glen Cove Varsity Girls’ Basketball team is coming off an historic winning season with a 10-4 league record finishing in second place in Conference play. Many of our players received special recognition. Heather Artinian and Taylah Hudson were recognized All-Conference. McKayla Hernandez was recently recognized as the most improved Middle School student athlete by Kiwanis.  Catherine Perez represented our team as the Senior Scholar Athlete at this year’s Nassau County Basketball Dinner. She played two years of Middle School Basketball and four years of High School Basketball. Catherine represents a student athlete who never quit and gave it her all. We will miss her personality, leadership and smile. She will be attending St. John’s University in the fall. 


Viking Sports: May 28, 2010

Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00
Women’s Track

One down and one to go. The North Shore HS Women’s Track and Field team took one more successful step towards attaining a three-peat of dominance in Nassau County. This past week they won the division championship by 83 points over Manhasset, Lynbrook, and Great Neck North to just name a few. Overall 15 girls attained all-division status:

Elizabeth Caldwell 
Christina Convey       
Eleni Efstathiadis
Brittany Farkouh
Taylor Farkouh
Lea Farrell
Charlotte Manogue
Gillian McGovern
Sara McNulty
Danielle Muoio
Samantha Nadel
Brianna Nerud
Arianna Pappas
Gabriella Vezza
Brianna Welch

The next step will be the county championship taking place this week at Mitchell Field. The program has already won the cross-country, and winter track county championship this past school year. If they win this week they would be the first Nassau County Program in 20 years to win all three county championships in the same year. WOW! They are built for the playoffs, and based on the showing in the Division championship, something really special could occur.

Women’s Lacrosse Team Celebrates Big Win vs. Locust Valley 15-3

The North Shore Women’s Lacrosse team outplayed Locust Valley 15-3 in the Nassau County Class C Quarterfinals. The Vikings got off to an early start led by co-captain Kathleen Lennon’s six goals and two assists and Lauren Janelli’s two goals and three assists.

Also contributing to the scoreboard for the Vikings were goals by Tess Korten (2) and a goal each by players Laura Wefer, Cara Dellaveccia, Michaela Dussel, Amanda Jahasz, and Sam Grabher.  Three cheers to Kristen Giovanniello and Jennie Berglin for their outstanding goaltending. The Vikings are led by Coach Sarah Hogan.

The Vikings will play Cold Spring Harbor on Thursday, May 27 in the semifinals at Denton Avenue Field at 6 p.m.


Big Red Sports: May 28, 2010

Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00

Glen Cove Baseball Secured Seventh Seed

The Glen Cove baseball team wrapped up its regular season in impressive fashion by sweeping Bethpage to lock up the seventh seed in the Nassau County Class A playoffs.

In a week where the Big Red pounded out hits at a staggering rate, Glen Cove swept its second series in a row to carry their sizzling bats into the playoffs. Being a preseason number 10 seed, the Big Red fought all year long to prove to everyone that they didn’t belong as the bottom seed in the power conference. Glen Cove finishes the regular season with a record of 7-11. For many, 7-11 doesn’t conjure up feelings of success, but for those who know the tenets of ability grouping, Glen Cove most certainly had a very successful regular season competing against the elite in Nassau County.


A.D.'s Corner

Written by Dr. Scott Silverman Friday, 21 May 2010 12:57


Motivation is often said to be the key to successful performance. One of the cornerstones of motivation is positive reinforcement. 

Positive Reinforcement and Rewards

When used appropriately reinforcement is one of the primary communication tools of a successful coach. Reinforcement is used to praise an athlete when he/she does well or to get an athlete to stop undesirable behavior. Reinforcement is relative and not absolute. For reinforcement to work, a coach must be consistent and systematic in its use. If you are not consistent, your athletes will behave erratically, like the coach. If you are not systematic, you will send confusing messages to your athletes.

 Communicating and Correcting Errors

One skill at a time. Correct only one behavior or movement at a time.

Ask before giving correction. Allow the chance to explain what they believe they did. This lets them feel they are a part of the process.

Find the cause. The cause of an error may be something that you may not see. Again, ask the athlete what they believe they are doing.

Provide constructive instruction. Avoid too much of "what's not right" by focusing on "how to do it right." Always build up the athlete; do not tear them down.

Praise before correction. Begin with a positive comment about something that the athlete is doing well. Now they are attuned to you. You have gained their attention and trust. Follow up with constructive instruction. Be concise and to the point. Remember to send another message of praise and encouragement.

Using Rewards

Rewarding athletes is not always as easy as it sounds. Below are a few tips on rewarding your athletes.

Reward the performance, not the outcome.

Reward athletes just as much for their effort as you do for the desired outcome.

Reward little accomplishments on the way to learning an entire skill.

Reward the learning and performance of desired emotional and social skills too.

Reward frequently, especially when new skills are being learned.

Reward as soon as possible when new skills are learned.

Reward an athlete when they have earned it.


It is only natural for athletes to misbehave. As a coach, you can respond to an athlete's misbehavior with a positive or negative approach. One positive approach is to ignore the bad behavior. This approach can prove successful in certain situations because punishing the athlete's misbehavior encourages them to act out more. Ignoring misbehavior does not work when the athlete causes danger to himself/herself or other teammates and coaches. In that case, immediate action is necessary. Ignoring misbehavior is also not successful when the misbehavior is self-rewarding to the athlete.

 Punishment is also a means to correcting an athlete's misbehavior. Below are a few suggestions for appropriate use of punishment.

Use punishment when team rules are violated.

When possible give a warning before using punishment.

Be consistent when administering punishment.

Do not choose a punishment that causes you to feel guilty or upset.

Once a punishment has been given, do not make the athlete feel like they are still in trouble.

Punish sparingly, only when absolutely necessary.



A.D'.s Corner

Written by Dr. Scott Silverman Thursday, 28 January 2010 12:21

 Performance Goals Over Outcome Goals!

 Wouldn't it be nice if there were a special place where every team or player was a winner? In this fantasy world, scores would be meaningless since every player and team would be deemed champion. Obviously, sport does not only consist of winners. For example, in Tennis every player loses except the tournament winner. On the other hand, it is the risk of losing that makes sport exciting. The challenge and uncertainty in sport provides much of the thrill and an obsession with winning can help avoid defeat.

Athletes that are task oriented often display high intrinsic motivation, produce maximum effort, and sustain longer concentration across a number of performance situations. Players emphasizing performance goals (e.g., higher percentage of made free throws) over outcome goals (e. g., winning) sustain more attention for the immediate task at hand. Getting wrapped up in thoughts about outcome only leads to distraction, anxiety, and pressure, e.g. “If we win tonight we can take over first place.”

Staying focused on performance goals keeps you firmly in the present and can prevent the loss of self-confidence that could occur when playing a “stronger team.”

Quick, recall the best sports performance of your life. You may not remember the details well because you were so completely absorbed in the moment. Chances are you were “in the zone.” This is where things were effortless and automatic. Time went by quickly and your thoughts did not hinder your performance. Thinking about past mistakes or possible outcomes would have only spoiled this peak experience. Your focus on performance that day was effective and winning took care of itself. Ideally, this is where you want to be every game.

One way to remain focused on performance is to set short-term goals. These should include daily, weekly, and monthly goals. Use a notebook to keep track of your goals. Use a comment section to help determine if the goals are realistic. If they are not, you must set the bar a tad lower.

Make sure that your performance goals are specific, measurable, and realistic. Here are some examples of performance goals:

Increase your jumping height by 2 inches to improve a volleyball spike.

Increase your free throw success from 55 to 70 percent.

Replace every on-field negative self-statement with a positive statement.

Decrease your 40-yard dash time by 2 seconds.

Reduce your unforced errors by 50 percent.

So let’s take the emphasis off winning and concentrate on performance goals. After all, these are goals you can control. 


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