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Viking Sports: January 21, 2010

Women’s Basketball -Tough Week, Good Play

Playing three league games in five days, the girls played toe-to-toe with the best in the county and despite three losses, played very well in all three games. In their first game of the week, the Vikings took on Roslyn. Down 18-9 at the end of the first quarter, they scored 25 points in the second period, behind Elle Hoffman’s 9 points in the frame, to cut the lead to 36-34 at the half. The fast pace of the game continued in the second half and despite a 64-50 deficit with 5 minutes to go in the game, the Vikings made a furious comeback, behind Kathleen Lennon’s 18 points and 14 rebounds, but ultimately fell 72-64. Then, two days later, the girls took on the Falcons of Locust Valley. As they entered the final period, down 52-39, the fourth quarter pace seemed to favor the Vikings as they cut into the lead behind the inspired play of Erin Sheerin and Christine Castiglione. Ultimately, their comeback fell short as Locust Valley triumphed 62-56. North Shore finished their week against the Green Dragons of Westbury. Behind Elle Hoffman’s three straight 3-pointers and Kathleen Lennon’s 11 points in the quarter, the girls cut the lead to 58-54 with 22 seconds left. A steal by Liz Sheerin on the in-bounds pass put the Vikings in the driver’s seat, but they missed three straight shots and Westbury held on for a 60-54 win. In the game, sophomore Amanda Johansen recorded her second triple-double of the year with 11 points, 14 rebounds, 10 steals and 5 assists. The girls now sit in fourth place in Conference ABC-II as they prepare for a rematch showdown with Roosevelt on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m.

Women’s JV Basketball 11-1

North Shore JV Women’s basketball, under the guidance of Coach Megan McCormack, is having another phenomenal year. Currently they are 11-1 with three straight wins this week. In a 47-32 victory over Roslyn, Laura Wefer was the leading scorer with 11 points. They followed this with a 62-30 win over Locust Valley, in which Brie Ruane led all scorers with 10 points and finished the week with a 36-3 win over Westbury. It was a game that saw four scorers lead the way, Laura Wefer, Tara Feehan, Claire Castellano and Alex Cantwell.

Wrestling Places Four at Syosset Tournament

North Shore wrestlers had a busy day at the Syosset Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 16, placing four of the 10 wrestlers who attended and narrowly missing out on two other place-winners. Junior Nick Capparelli led the way, taking first at 189 lbs. Caparelli had been working hard all week to improve following his third place finish at Glen Cove. Senior Pierce Jansen took second at 145 lbs., narrowly missing securing his second title. Junior Dean Shmuley (130 lbs) and Senior Tom Shaw (140lbs.) both took home third place awards. Freshman Dan Grabher (119 lbs.) narrowly missed advancing to the finals losing a tight 8-7 contest in the final minute. Freshman Adam Lavander (103 lbs.) also fell in the semi-final round and did not place.

The Vikings then headed over to Island Trees for a league match on Wednesday. On paper both teams seemed even. Recording wins were Dan Grabher (119), Jim Dromm (125), Dean Shmuley (135), Tom Shaw (140), Ken Daly (152), Jake Alverson (160) and Nick Capparelli (189). The Vikings forfeited the 171 lbs. weight class, giving Island Trees the lead going into the last match. Down by one point as the final weight class of the evening rolled around, freshman Will Grogan (215 lbs) could not beat his opponent and the Vikings fell 28-24. The Vikings are 1-2 in league play.