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).
Having the first three days of the season outside was awesome but then came the rain and we are back indoors. The Varsity this season takes on a very different look than the last two seasons as 10 seniors graduated. We will be led by senior Captains Chelsee Marks, Sam Basile and Brittany Baker all of whom started last year and have already stepped up and are working with the new players. The only other starter for the team is Heather Artinian who will hold down the defense with Brittany. A welcome attacker is senior Jessica Andreotti who is playing with skill and poise and will be an added bonus in the attack with Sam and Chelsee.
At the end of the Varsity season, End of Year Awards were voted upon. Several players from the North Shore Girl’s Basketball team received recognition from the opposing coaches. Three were recognized with All-Conference Honors, meaning that they were one of the top players in the Conference, juniors Elizabeth Sheerin and Jackie Gioia and Freshmen Erin Sheerin (who finished 7th in Nassau County in assists). Senior Elle Hoffman (10 points per game and 3rd in Nassau County in 3-point shots) and sophomore Amanda Johansen (10 points per game, 9.8 rebounds which was 3rd in the county and 4.9 assists which was 2nd in the county) received All-Class Honors (meaning that they were both top players in all of Class A). Senior Kathleen Lennon won All-County honors. For a player to be All-County that means that she was one of the top players in all of Nassau County, regardless of Class. Kathleen averaged 15.2 points per game (16th in the county) and 12 rebounds, which was good for #1 in Nassau County! In addition, senior Jennifer Melgar was recognized for athletic and academic achievements as the Scholar/Athlete Award winner and All-Academic New York State. The team also should be recognized for their basketball achievements. North Shore averaged just under 61 points per game, which was good for #1 in Nassau County. In addition, the girls hit 110 3-pointers which led the county and seems to be a record number for Nassau County (complete records are not available for all years). Finally, seniors Elle Hoffman and Kathleen Lennon will represent North Shore in the Senior All-Star game on March 20th at St. Joseph’s College. Congratulations to the North Shore team on an outstanding season!
Two Viking wrestlers, senior Pierce Janssen (145 lbs.) and junior Nick Capparelli (189 lbs.) attained “All-County” status following the Nassau County (Section 8) D1 Championships Tournament held on Feb. 13 and 14 at Hofstra University.
The coaching staff made up of Mike Emmert, Craig DeNicola and Alex Hojnowski were very pleased with two wrestlers earning All-County honors following a season filled with hard work and practice.
Wrestle-backs went late into Saturday night and both wrestlers finished sixth place following their Sunday morning matches. Pierce and Nick joined the other All-County wrestlers in Sundays Parade of Champions.
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