In the first round of the playoffs, the Glen Cove Pony White hosted East Meadow and won with a score of 26 to 6. East Meadow kicked off to start the game. Nicholas Lucchese received the ball and ran 70 yards for a touchdown. Ryan Aughavin ran in the extra point.
Before the end of the first quarter, Lucchese scored again after long runs by John Murphy, Frankie Castiglione, Ryan Aughavin and Fernando Aguilar. The extra point was no good and the score was 13 to 0. On East Meadow’s next possession, Jack Giovanetti intercepted their first pass. After passes from quarterback, Lucchese to Giovanetti, Castiglione and Murphy, Castiglione punted the ball. This ended the first quarter.
Congratulations are due to the Women’s Cross-Country Team who recently won the Nassau County Championship. Under the leadership of Coach Neal Levy, the team defeated all 55 teams in Nassau County to win their fourth straight County “B” Championship. Additionally, the team ended their regular season with a 13-0 record and was ranked nationally.
Tears poured from the eyes of the North Shore Field Hockey Team after losing to Cold Spring Harbor in the Class B Quarterfinals. The Vikings finished their season 9-6. The team, which has shown tremendous growth in past two years, had an outstanding season finishing as League 2 Champs. Senior Kathleen Lennon was awarded All- County. She was also one of 10 athletes awarded All-State in Nassau County. Seniors Elle Hoffman and Melissa Meehan were recognized as Honorable Mention All- County. All-Conference honors were awarded to the team’s entire defense, including Lauren Gerard, Laura Wefer, Lauren Janelli, and Danielle Valasiadis. Junior forward Jennie Berglin was awarded All League. Junior forward/defender Christina DeMeo was honored with the Unsung Hero award.
“This particular team has been a pleasure to coach. They were connected not only as athletes but as friends. They truly bonded and supported one another,” said Coach Kellie Moritz. Congratulations to the Vikings on a successful season. Good luck to the seniors: Melissa Meehan, Elle Hoffman and Kathleen Lennon.
On a perfect day for running - a day with clear skies, very little wind and plentiful sunshine - the Glen Cove boy’s cross-country team came out strong once again on the trails of Bethpage State Park following an amazing performance at the Conference Championships last week. With the starting gun, the race was off and would prove to be another great one for the boys on one of the best cross-country teams Glen Cove has seen in many years. At the finish, seniors Dominick Brasiello and Thomas Manzione took first and second. They were closely followed by sophomore Jakub Micko and junior Alex Bogdanich, with senior David Armas only a few meters behind them. Freshman Elias Blinkoff and senior Dennis Irungu ended the race for Glen Cove very close behind Armas. All members of the team ran an amazing race, helped by the absolutely perfect conditions.
The Island Photography Division 1/2 Girl’s Soccer team had their full compliment of players when they battled A+ Signs on Monday, Oct. 19. Eleni Zarkadas and Ellie Haff were exceptional for Island Photography, pressuring A+ signs at every opportunity. Gianna Florentino was a force to be reckoned with on defensive, stopping several offensive charges by A+ signs. The star of the game was Kylie Paul who showed a great deal of determination when she pushed the ball through the gridlocked defense of A+ signs for her first goal of the season and the only goal in the game. Danielle Reyes, Kendall Grennan, Jane Maleady, Addison Huvane, Daniella Cavallone and Nicole Serrano all played well for Island Photography and there were smiles all around at the end of the game.
The North Shore Women’s Cross-Country Team won their fourth consecutive Conference Championship this past Saturday at Bethpage State Park. Overall, the team defeated the nearest competitor by 60 points by placing five girls in the top 10. A top performer was freshman Jessica Donohue, who led the team with an outstanding effort and has become one of the top runners in Nassau County. Donohue earned All-Conference honors along with fellow teammates junior Danielle Muoio, senior Claire Simmons, junior Emily Osman, and senior Charlotte Manogue. The next stop is the County Championship next weekend where the team has won for the past three years. There is no end in sight as the Girls’ Middle School team has also posted 21-0 record on the season.
The Glen Cove Middle School football team took on the Great Neck South team at home on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The game started out with Glen Cove defensive tackle Diallo Brown causing a fumble on a big hit which was recovered by safety Tim Artinian. The Glen Cove offense went on a long drive which resulted in a 5-yard TD run by fullback Anthony Gutilla. QB Billy Neice ran in the extra point for a 7-0 lead. In the second quarter, Great Neck South scored on a fourth down play on Glen Cove’s one-yard line but the defense stepped up and stopped the extra point preserving a 7-6 lead. In the third quarter, Anthony Strangolagalli made a big tackle on the Great Neck back causing a fumble which was recovered by defensive tackle Rashawn White. Fullback Anthony Gutilla added his second TD of the game when he ran it in from 8-yards out. Halfback Eishen Coefield added the extra point making it 14-6. In the fourth quarter quarterback Josh Martin threw Paul Cavese a beautiful pass and behind great blocking from offensive linemen Sean Peet, Ralik Jackson and Alan Reyes, Paul Cavese was able to take it in from 40 yards out for his second TD of the game. QB Martin then passed to tight end Morgan Marshall for the extra point and a 27-13 lead. Great Neck added two scores of their own, one late in the fourth quarter and another in the fifth quarter making the final score 27-19. Great games were turned in by corner back/tight end Paul Cavese, Eduardo Monteceer, QB Billy Neice, Josh Martin, and defensive linemen Diallo Brown Anthony Strangolagalli, Ralik Jackson and Tajah Garner.
Friday, Oct. 23 was a bitter sweet day for the North Shore Vikings football team. The Vikings defeated Westbury by a score of 28-6 at night, however the team had to say goodbye to their longtime coach Frank Rossi. Coach Rossi passed away last Monday after a year-long battle- with cancer. Coach Rossi unselfishly coached his players until about two weeks before his passing. The entire team attended his funeral mass in the morning, which inspired them to play like champions at night in coach Rossi’s honor. Linebacker Lou Mastellone intercepted a Westbury pass on the first play from scrimmage and dashed 30 yards to the end zone. On the extra point Mastellone scored again by catching a pass by Pierce Jansen. Nick Capparelli had two touchdowns on the day and Evan Vandaros sealed the victory with a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The North Shore running backs comprised of Billy Johansen, Nick Capparelli, Evan Vandaros, Steve Ragussa and Jed Ziens had over 234 yards rushing. Johansen was the team leader with 81 yards. The Vikings next game is Saturday at Valley Stream South.
The Vikings began this final week of the season knowing that the play-offs were not possible. This did not deter them from giving their all in the final two games to be played. On Wednesday night under the lights, North Shore visited Seaford on their new turf grass field. Seaford came out fired up and, with nothing to lose; they jumped out to a lead by scoring early in the first half. Moments later, on a corner kick, Viking keeper Gavin Esernio collided with on onrushing forward and sustained a head laceration which forced him out of the game. Reserve keeper Ryan Kianofsky was brought into the game for only his third appearance this season. The Vikings quickly responded and leading scorer, Greg Puskuldjian fired home the tying goal to put North Shore back in the game. Just before halftime, Matt Frittola gave North Shore the lead on a fine pass from Geoffrey Shibahara, which boosted the Vikings’ confidence. The second half was nothing short of unbelievable. Seaford tied the game early, restoring the momentum to their team but John Scuderi was determined to steal it back and moments later punched home a head ball goal to give the lead back to North Shore. Alex Portela joined the surge by adding yet another goal on a through ball pass from Paul Gabriel. As if that wasn’t enough, Greg Puskuldjian added another goal on a breakaway pass from Scuderi giving the Vikings what seemed to be an insurmountable 5-2 lead with 20 minutes left to play. However, someone forgot to tell Seaford that the game was lost and in an unbelievable comeback, they struck for three quick goals to tie the game at five apiece and spoil the victory celebration for North Shore. Both teams left the field feeling pleased but disappointed at the outcome of the game.
With one last game to play, North Shore took their longest ride of the season to visit Hewlett who were in first place in the conference. The weather was overcast and the wind was blowing hard making control difficult. North Shore was hoping for a scoreless tie in the first half as they battled a determined Hewlett squad and the elements. It almost worked but in the final 20 seconds of the half, on a loose ball scramble, Hewlett found a way to sneak the ball through a maze of players with 15 seconds on the clock to take a 1-0 lead into the second half. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Hewlett struck for yet another goal just moments into the second half to increase their lead to 2-0. Jake Venditto and Giovani Grella battled ferociously on defense for the Vikings to keep things from getting worse and with 20 minutes remaining it paid off as Greg Puskuldjian headed home a throw-in from John Scuderi to cut the lead to one goal. Ryan Kianofsky in goal for North Shore rejected numerous attempts by Hewlett to regain their two goal margin and for a while it looked as though the Vikings would gain a tie. However, due to the overcast conditions and the early sunset, the officials were forced to end the game 13 minutes early as light became a safety issue. And so, North Shore ended the season with a 3-6-3 record.
North Shore Volleyball finished off their regular season schedule with three tough wins. The girls really came together and put an amazing effort forward to wrap up their season. Monday Mepham came to town, which earlier in the season beat North Shore in four games. This time the Vikings were ready, and put Mepham away in five games. The scores were 16-25, 25-19, 26-24, 16-25 and 25-20. Strong offensive games by Liz Sheerin (11 kills), Elizabeth Tierney (22 kills) and Megan Silka (31 assists). Alley Grande kept her passing on target and finished with 11 digs. Dominique Corozzo had a strong game defensively with great coverage on attacks and blocks.
On Wednesday, Division High School came for a visit, and the Vikings once again stepped up to the challenge of one of the top teams in the conference. The Vikings were victorious in five games again, 25-12, 25-14, 23-25, 22-25 and 25-18. Liz Sheerin and Elizabeth Tierney combined for 37 kills and Megan Silka rounded it off with 30 assists. Dominique Troy played well with great passing and 2 kills. Imani troy kept her serving rolling with 6 aces. The week ended with the final home game and senior day. Island Trees who is a rival of North Shore came in vying for a playoff spot. North Shore came through with a solid all the around performance. Besting Island Trees 25-9, 25-7, 25-11. All of the girls contributed to the win with great passing/defense and a powerful offensive showing. Tracy Vlasak had a great game with 2 blocks and 2 kills. Regan Falk came in and added 2 more kills. Eleni Efstathiadis and Christie Brala played well in closing out our season. Liz Sheerin (7 kills, 5 aces), Elizabeth Tierney (13 kills) Megan Silka (18 assists), Alley Grande (10 digs), Imani Troy (8 aces) and Dominique Troy and Corozzo combined for 4 kills and excellent net work. The playoffs begin the first week of November. The seniors honored at the game Elizabeth Tierney, Dominique Troy, Dominique Corozzo, Regan Falk and Megan Silka. “They have been such a huge part of our program for years,” said a coach. “They are a pleasure coaching and being around. We will miss them next year, but wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”
The North Shore Girls Cross-Country Program finished another regular season by remaining undefeated. This past week the team shutout Manhasset by placing 9 runners before Manhasset’s first. As a result the team finished the regular season with a 13-0 record. This marks a 26-0 record over the past two years. Personal bests were achieved by Freshman Jessica Donahue and Senior Courtney Morris. Also running well were Freshman Gillian McGovern, Sara Ianovic and Monica Winski. As the playoffs begin, the team looks to win its fourth consecutive county “B” championship and its 2nd consecutive overall Nassau County title. But first, the team has to compete in the conference championship next Saturday at Bethpage Park.
The girl’s varsity volleyball team’s season is coming to an end. Their last home game is this Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Malverne. The girls participated in a breast cancer benefit tournament this past weekend at Hofstra University. The team played some very tough opponents such as Massapequa, South Side and East Rockaway to name a few. Although they did not come out victorious, they put up a really good fight. Come support the girls this Friday!
This is the first year that North Shore has fielded a girls swimming team. When more than three girls come forward to swim they automatically have to become a team. The 2009 team members are: Erin Sheerin, ninth-grade, Erica Palladino, tenth grade, Allison Schefer, tenth grade and Alex Betzios, eighth grade. At the first-ever meet against Freeport, the team won 43 – 36. Individually, they have taken first-place in every race. Preparing for counties, they will swim three relays, 200 Individual Medley, 200 Freestyle, and the 400 Freestyle.
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