The Glen Cove Girl’s Varsity Tennis Team is nearly done with what has turned out to be a fantastic season. With only four upperclassmen on the
team, it seemed unlikely that the girls would fare so well. As of Friday’s victory over Bethpage H.S., the Glen Cove record stands at 7-5. Just two contests remain and the girls are excited about the possibility of finishing strong. The leaders at this time are clearly the singles players. Out at front is tenth-grader Alexandra Gerin. At first singles, she is on her way to an all-conference title. Right behind her are second singles junior, Viola Sawyer and third singles sophomore, Kelly Ng. Needless to say, the record could not be what it is without the competitive strength of the doubles players. At first doubles, seniors Marjorie Tabori and Jessica Pearsall are certainly a powerful pair. At second doubles, senior Anne Seo and sophomore Sarah Farnan had their very best match against a very strong Farmingdale pair. The best word for third doubles is consistency. Sophomore Kelly Williams and freshman Justine Sawyer, are the teams go-to players. With the best doubles record, these two girls will go far in coming years. In fourth doubles, and often the deciding match for several of our contests, are sophomores Catherine Liang and Emily Natale. The team also welcomes back sophomore Megan Pemberton, a real impact player, who returned after a bout with mononucleosis. “It has really been a truly enjoyable season with this very young team. We expect nothing but super-stuff in future years,” said their coach.
We have all seen athletes who lose their composure. It’s safe to say with the exception of a John McEnroe or a few others, anger does little to help one’s performance. For many athletes controlling emotions are a difficult task. Take the pitcher who throws at a batter’s head, the hockey player who draws a senseless penalty or the football player who gets unnecessary roughness calls. All in all, controlling one’s emotions can prove valuable in one’s athletic performance.
Controlling your emotions begins with a deliberate decision to keep composure and emotional restraint at all times. You should be very mindful of your feelings in every situation whether it is euphoric or sorrowful. You should avoid the belief that people are entitled to lose control in special occasions or that people have the right to let out their emotions in specific circumstances. You should stop adhering to the belief that athletes are just humans that are entitled to lose composure.
The North Shore Vikings Football Team was defeated in tough losses their last two games to Plainedge and Sewhanaka High Schools. The Vikings did have some bright spots with quarterback Lou Mastellone connecting several times to his receiver core of Denis Hickey, Pierce Janssen, Stefan Schwartz and Frank Scaturro. The Vikings offensive line was led by Anthony Croce and Dan Broker. Against Plainedge, linebacker Kevin Victoria ripped the ball out of the Plainedge running back’s hand and sprinted to the end zone for a touchdown. John Scuderi had the extra point. Against Sewanahaka the defense was led by linebackers Nicholas Capparelli and William Johansen. Frank Scaturro had a key interception in the game as well. The Vikings hope to get back to their winning ways when they host South Side High school this Saturday. Kick-off is 3 p.m.
North Shore finished the week with a 4-4 record. The Vikings lost two matches to Herricks and Great Neck South. The bright spot for the Vikings was the play of eighth-grader Sunaina Vohra. She improved her overall record to 8-0 this season at the second singles. On Friday, North Shore reverted back to their winning ways by defeating Locust Valley 5-2. Marissa Moshell and Liz Hamberger clinched the match with a three set victory at third doubles. Next up for the Vikings is Manhasset and Oyster Bay.
The first game was against Valley Stream South HS. North Shore played very well, allowing only one goal, and scoring 7. Brianna Ruane continued where she left off last year, by scoring 3 goals. Christine Convey had two assists and one goal. Sam Grabher, Amanda Johansen and Christine Castiglione each scored goals. Wheatley HS was a tough game but we prevailed by winning 4 to 3. Strong defense was played by Cara Dellvecchia, Christine DiMaio, Denise Kilderry, Jenna Solomito, and Jackie Gioia. North Shore beat West Hempstead the same week with outstanding goal tending and defense. The team’s first loss came against Seaford HS, 4-3.
At Clarke HS, North Shore went on the attack scoring eight goals and not allowing anything past Erika Oertle and Erika Sylvester. Against Bellmore/JFK, North Shore won 6-4. Brianna had four goals, Christina Convey one goal and one assist, Amanda one goal, and Christine one assist. The conference IV record is 5 -1.
After a very successful start to the first week of the season, the North Shore Vikings could find no offense in their second week and walked off the field with back to back losses. In a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream North, the only highlight was a goal by Joe Galluzzo in the 24th minute of the game, which momentarily sparked the Vikings momentum but fell short of the comeback they needed. Against Wheatley, a goal in the first two minutes for Wheatley left North Shore in a hole they could not dig out of and the game ended in an eventual 3-0 loss. In week three, the Vikings opened up the week by going down 1-0 to Seaford at home and it looked for a while like a repeat of the Wheatley game. However, Paul Gabriel punched home a header on a throw-in from John Scuderi to tie the game and that was all they needed. Tom Kraft blasted home his first goal of the season on a through ball from Stephen Grella and Alex Portela added another on a neat pass from Danny Grabher to give the Vikings a 3-1 lead at halftime. Greg Puskuldjian added the fourth at the start of the second half and Gavin Esernio kept the win in hand by making some skillful saves to close the game out with a 4-2 win for North Shore. Hoping to keep the winning going against Hewlett proved to be fruitless as the offense disappeared again and resulted in a 2-0 loss for the Vikings. However, on Saturday, North Shore met their cross-town rival Glen Cove, in a non-league contest. After a scoreless first half, Greg Puskuldjian knocked home the only goal of the game when the Glen Cove keeper lost a free ball challenge and Puskuldjian found the empty net an easy target. Gavin Esernio notched his first shut-out of the season with nine saves, many of which tested his ability. Jake Venditto continues to lead the North Shore defense with spectacular resistance to all comers.
On Monday Sept. 21, the Glen Cove Girl’s Junior Varsity Tennis Team had their first match against Mepham High School. The GC Girl’s squad pulled off an impressive come from behind victory (4-3).
At first doubles Sharon Ayiku and Reena Hernandez won their pro set 8-3. Also at third doubles Shania Wilcox and Emanuela Ambrosio found a way to come back and win their match 8-6.
The Glen Cove girls are looking to take their momentum from their first match win with upcoming opponents Farmingdale, Bethpage and Valley Stream South H.S.
Doubles led the way for another successful week for the North Shore varsity tennis team. Against Locust Valley, Jen Cisternas and Carla Sabbatini (fourth doubles), and Marissa Moshell and Liz Hamberger (third doubles) picked up wins that carried the team to a 6-1 victory over the Falcons. On Wednesday, The Vikings traveled to Oyster Bay and had their hands full. The Vikings squeaked by 4-3. Abby Schubach and Anna Berger clinched the match at second doubles earning a straight set victory. Friday, the Vikings lost to the Jayhawks of Plainview-Old Bethpage 2-5. The only highlights for North Shore were the stellar play of Claudia Ruiz and Sunaina Vohra at first and second singles. They continue to dominate their opponents. Each player is undefeated at 5-0. Both face difficult matches against tough opponents from Herricks on Tuesday. North Shore is tied for second place in Conference IIA.
The Vikings have dominated League taking two wins this past week against East Meadow and New Hyde Park. The team came out to take an early lead against East Meadow with Amanda Juhasz’s goal 11 minutes into the first half. East Meadow did not answer back and North Shore added two more goals in the second half. Kathleen Lennon scored the second goal and had an assist on Melissa Meehan’s goal with one second remaining in the game. Wednesday’s game against New Hyde Park became a challenge for the Vikings after playing two 30-minute halves and a 10-minute overtime. However, the Vikings could not be defeated in the second overtime period. Junior Jennie Berglin had a 40 yard break away, fired a shot on the keeper and Melissa Meehan deflected the ball in the cage one minute into the second overtime. The Vikings are 3-1 overall and 3-0 in League 2.
Kickline is geared up and looking forward to the 2009-10 school year with performances for Football, Pep-Rally, Basketball, Competition and this year they will travel to Miami, FL, to perform in the College Football Championship Orange Bowl Game! “The team is full of new spirit and we are excited to learn from top-notch choreographers as we prepare to perform the halftime show in the Orange Bowl,” said their coach. “We hope that you come out to support us in our performances and cheer us on in our competitions this winter.”
After being county contenders the past four years under coach Kellie Moritz, the Vikings are at it again. “We are a young team with a lot of talent and a tremendous amount of potential,” said coach Moritz. The team earned a win against Baldwin last week bringing their record to 1-1. Junior Lauren Gerard has stepped up in goal in the past two games totaling 13 saves. The defense has proven to be a dominating force with juniors Lauren Janelli and Danielle Valasiadis in the back field, along with sophomore Laura Wefer as sweeper. Sophomore Jenna Datlo leads the team in goals with two in the non-league game against Friends Academy. Sophomore Micaela Dussel, junior Arianna Pappas and senior Melissa Meehan each have one goal apiece. The Vikings focus for the upcoming games is finishing with the ball in the cage early and using the space of the field. With an experienced midfield, including senior Elle Hoffman and Kathleen Lennon, and junior Amanda Juhasz midfield transition should be a detailed execution. As for the attack, the Vikings have flexibility with Melissa Meehan, Jenna Datlo, Jennie Berglin, Arianna Pappas, Isabella Ahrens and Micaela Dussel and are looking to them to put the ball in the cage. Come check out the Vikings in action at the Glenwood Landing School on the lower field. Also, for up to date scores, photos and team events check out the North Shore Field Hockey website on the Athletics webpage under websites. http:// teacherweb.com/NY/NorthShoreSchools/AthleticDepartment/links1.stm
In their first game of the season, Monday, Sept. 14, under the lights at City Stadium, the Glen Cove Pony White hosted the Levittown White. In a hard fought and exciting game, Glen Cove won with a score of 19-6.
On the first play of the game, Glen Cove kicked off to Levittown, who ran back for a touchdown. The extra point failed. Defense then prevailed to shut down Levittown for the rest of the game.
The North Shore Varsity Football team kicked-off the season with a 35-7 victory over the Rams of West Hempstead. The Vikings were led by team captains Billy Johansen, Lou Mastellone, Evan Vandoros, and Danny Broker.
The Vikings opened the scoring when quarterback Denis Hickey connected with Matt Cunningham on a 7-yard touchdown pass. Hickey then connected with Stefan Schwartz for a 33-yard TD pass, capitalizing on a Vandaros fumble recovery the play before. The Vikings next score came when defensive lineman Anthony Croce intercepted a Rams screen pass on sprinted 50 yards for the score. Hickey would then take a quarterback keeper around the edge for a 9-yard score. The Vikings final score came when Billy Johansen barreled his way for a 10-yard run into the end-zone.
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