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.
As more news of a difficult economy presents itself to us daily, I have recently been reflecting on the current state of our PE, Health and Athletics Department at Glen Cove.
I have always been something of a cups half-full type of person. If a challenge presents itself, rather than focus on things that are amiss, why not just take the situation and figure out how to make it better? As the A.D. at Glen Cove I strive to give our students the best possible experiences during their school years. If one focuses on what needs to get done, rather than what can’t get done, progress occurs. As someone who lives the life of an A.D. on a daily basis, I can soundly say, we are doing very well in Glen Cove. You have my word, that in these potentially tough economic years ahead, I will continue to strive to bring in the various donations, grants and free programs that have put our PE, health and athletics programs on the map!
After Saturday’s qualifying tournament was cancelled due the threat of a snow storm, North Shore wrestlers headed over to Mepham High school Monday afternoon for the county Qualifying Tournament. The wrestling continued late into the night and when the mats cleared at 1:45 in the morning, 11 Viking wrestlers had placed earning “All Conference” honors. Seven of them placed high enough to gain entry into the County Tournament which is held at Hofstra University There they get a chance to place “All County”. Junior Nick Capparelli led the Vikings, taking 1st place in the 189 lb weight class. This will be Nick.s first trip to the counties. Taking 3rd place was 8th grader Hunter Sharf at 96 lbs and freshman Dan Grabher at 125 lbs. as well as senior Tom Shaw at 140 lbs. Shaw and Grabher both are earning their second trip to the counties. Taking 4th place are: freshman Travis Bobley at 96 lbs., junior Dean Shmuley at 135 lbs. and Pierce Janssen at 145 Lbs. Shmuley returns to see if he can improve on last year’s 5th place “All County “ run. Janssen, along with Bobley both arrives at the counties for their first time. Narrowly missing the cut but still placing were Sophomore Michael Mendelssohn at 130 lbs., as well as freshman Adam Lavander at 103 lbs. and Wil Grogan at 215 lbs., all taking 5th place. John Jacome wrestled the best he has all year finishing in 6th place.The coaching staff made up of Mike Emmert, Craig DeNicola and Alex Hojanowski was very pleased with the hard work the entire team put in all year. With a lineup of mostly underclassman, the Vikings look to be in very good shape for the near future. Good Luck to the Vikings at Hofstra.
On Jan. 16, the North Shore girls’ basketball team was 2-5 and in last place in Conference ABC-II. On Feb. 8, the Vikings had a re-match with Locust Valley and a second place finish in their grasp. With a win the girls would finish 7-5 and would lock up the 9 seed in the playoffs. Using their patented pressure and behind Kathleen Lennon’s 8 first quarter points, the girls jumped out to a 20-14 lead to start the second period. It was more of the same in the second, as the girls raced to a 37-23 halftime lead en route to a 68-58 win. In the game, four different girls hit 3-pointers (Elle Hoffman 3, Liz Sheerin 2, Nikki Scuderi 2 and Jackie Gioia 1) as the Vikings continued their hot shooting. The offense was led by Kathleen Lennon (20 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists), Amanda Johansen (10 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 8 rebounds) and Elle Hoffman (13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists). The game marked a complete turnaround for the girls as they entered the playoffs at 7-5 and in second place with an away game against Roosevelt. This would be the 4th time the Vikings had played the Rough Riders in the past year, with all the previous games coming down to the last minute. The game was another high-scoring affair with every player on the North Shore team playing (including JV call-ups Laura Wefer and seventh-grader Alex Cantwell who almost drained a 3-pointer on her first varsity jumper). The back and forth nature of North Shore basketball was on display in the first half, as the two teams went into the half with the Rough Riders leading 33-30. The offense was sparked by Elle Hoffman’s 11 and Kathleen Lennon’s 10 first half points. In the third, the size of the Roosevelt’s players and court seemed to affect North Shore as they were outscored 19-8 in the quarter. Entering the 4th, the girls found themselves down 52-38, but quit is something that these girls simply would never do and they mounted their trademark comeback. Behind Erin Sheerin (7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), Amanda Johansen (13 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists), Elle Hoffman (17 points on 5-8 shooting from the 3-point line and 5 steals) and Kathleen Lennon (18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals) the girls mounted a furious comeback and cut the lead to 4 with 1:00 to go, but ultimately fell 67-59. Tremendous defense was played in the game by Jackie Gioia, Liz Sheerin, Christine Castiglione and Micaela Dussel against the much taller Roosevelt team (which starts 4 players over 6 feet tall) and in the game the girls hit their 110th 3-pointer of the season, shattering the previous record of a North Shore team.
Coach Freund had this to say about the season, “This has been the most rewarding season of my life and it was an honor to be a part of this team. The effort, intensity, sportsmanship, teamwork and heart that these girls displayed on a daily basis was truly inspirational and I want to publicly thank them for being the wonderful human beings that they are. To the seniors (Regan Falk, Elle Hoffman, Kathleen Lennon and Jen Melgar), you will always have a special place in my heart and we will miss you more than you can ever imagine. Good luck in college and in everything you do! Thank you to all the parents for their support and a special thank you to Megan McCormack whose assistance and coaching has been an unbelievable asset to North Shore basketball. Finally, congratulations to Coach McCormack’s JV team who finished conference play undefeated (12-0, 16-1 overall)! A truly impressive job by coach and players alike!”
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