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Big Red Sports: January 7, 2010

Dan Belfiore Named 2nd Team All Long Island

On Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 Newsday announced that Dan Belfiore was named 2nd team All Long Island Defensive End. “Congratulations from the Athletic Department,” said A.D. Dr. Scott Silverman.

JV Lady Covers Even Their League Record at 1-1

The Glen Cove Girl’s Junior Varsity Basketball team notched their first league victory over Clarke High School by the score of 35-25. The team rebounded nicely from an emotional defeat at the hands of league leader, Bethpage.

The team was led by the fine defensive play of Emely Villacorta, who according to Coach Rotolo is showing signs of major progress on both ends of the ball. Freshman Esmeralda Benitez paced the Lady Covers with another fine offensive game, dropping 15 points.

“The key to victory was our ability to create turnovers. Emely did a great job of pressuring the ball up front. From the beginning of the year I had visions of her playing a major role on the defensive side of the ball,” said the coach. As the ladies have been told numerous times, this is the time of the year when defense rules.

Coach Rotolo wants to point out the continued improvement of his freshman forwards, Nicole D’Ambrosio and Justine Sawyer.

“It’s an amazing feeling to witness progress right before your eyes. These girls work hard day in and day out. I put a large amount of pressure on them because I know they have the potential to be dominating forces in the paint.”

Both ladies went to the foul line several times because they played more aggressively under the basket. “When these girls put the pieces together, ‘watch out’, said Rotolo.

GC Crowns Three At Mamaroneck

The Glen Cove High School Wrestling Team started the 2009-10 campaign. The JV team played host to wrestlers from Levittown Division and Clarke on Thursday. Freshmen Christian Klimaszewski and Jerry Ho wrestled tough for Glen Cove. Harrison Smith, Gorov Sodhi, Brian Pattison and Andrew Gescedi each scored a win for the Big Red. Charlie Guastella, Robbie Krisch, John Paul Benitez and Alex Johnson each had two wins for Glen Cove. Middle School Coach Brett Rubin is proud of his young grapplers seeing their first high school season.

Then the varsity squad took the trip to Mamaroneck for their annual tournament. The tournament featured 12 teams from Section 1, Section 8, the Catholic Schools and the private schools. Glen Cove wrestled well to place 3rd out of the twelve teams competing. Piero Dilorenzo and Derek Shearer wrestled tough but came up short for Glen Cove. Sophomores Jakub Micko and Ricky Liang had wins for the Big Red. Kevin Nicholas had two pins and a win to take 6th place honors. Freshman Mario Serrano also took 6th place with two victories. Lewis Linares lost a close match to the number one seed but still had 3 victories to take 5th place. Junior Alexey Bogdanich wrestled his way to the semi-finals and earned 4th place. Junior Rahul Nath and sophomore Nick McAdams had two wins each to make it to their first semi- finals. Both kids wrestled tough to take 4th place. Senior Captain Hector Paez wrestled very strong going 3-1 on the day losing to a tough Portchester opponent with only seconds to go. Hector earned a solid 3rd place finish. Junior Aaron Sylver also had a 3-1 record on the day to take third place.

Senior Captain Mike Iannetta had a great tournament going 3-0 with a tech fall and two pins to take 1st place in the 140 pound weight class. Senior Captain Danny Belfiore also had a terrific day picking up two wins to make the finals. He defeated the number one seed 7-2 to earn his first tournament championship. Senior Captain Sasha Bogdanich pinned his way into the Mamaroneck Tournament finals for the fourth year in a row. He had a convincing victory in the finals to earn his third Mamaroneck Tournament championship. Sasha was voted by the coaches as the Champion of Champions which is given to only one wrestler each year.

With freshman Dane Caufield and juniors Julio Bonilla and Erick Dillon returning, the Big Red looks to get stronger. The team vows to work harder so each wrestler attains his goals for the season.

“Congratulations Guys!” said Coaches Kocienda, Kopecky and MacDonald.