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Viking Sports: January 28, 2010

Women’s Basketball Defeats #1 Team

A Jan. 20 bye for the basketball team, meant only one game this week, a showdown with the first place Rough Riders of Roosevelt. This game was a rematch of a previous conference game; a game in which the Vikings lost to the Rough Riders 70-52 and they were looking for a little revenge. In the first quarter, the Vikings started with their trademark run, trap, sub and run style and despite some missed opportunities by the Vikings the pace favored North Shore as Roosevelt opened up a 14-9 lead. In the second quarter, however, the pressure really began to bother the much taller Roosevelt and behind the three-point shooting of Elle Hoffman and Jackie Gioia, the girls won the quarter 21-13 to take a 30-27 halftime lead. Basketball is a game of runs, though, and Roosevelt went on theirs to stake a 45-41 lead entering the fourth quarter. The teams traded baskets for the first 6 minutes of the fourth quarter, until the pressure of the Vikings full court press finally broke down the Rough Riders and the Vikings went on their run. Down 52-49 with under 2 minutes to play, the scoring blitz began. With 1:35 left on the clock Jackie Gioia hit her third 3-pointer of the game to tie the score at 52. After a Roosevelt basket, Erin Sheerin drove to her left and hit Elle Hoffman (16 points) who sank her fourth 3-pointer of the game to take over the lead 55-54. After a North Shore steal, Kathleen Lennon, who scored a career high 22 points, hit her second 3-pointer of her career to put North Shore up 58-54 with 24 seconds to go. After a Roosevelt basket, Amanda Johansen hit four straight free throws to seal the 62-56 win. Amanda, a sophomore, finished with 8 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals, just barely missing her third triple-double of the season. In JV news, it was more of the same, as the girls improved to 12-1 on the year with a 40-17 victory over Roosevelt. The next home game for both teams is Friday, Jan. 30 against the Vikings of Seaford. Come out and support both teams!

Finally, a coach said, “Sometimes events around the world remind us how insignificant basketball really is and obviously the events in Haiti are helping everyone to put things in perspective. In a small token of assistance for the devastated island, the JV and Varsity took part in a Free Throw/3-Point challenge and in a little under 40 minutes raised over $1,000 for the American Red Cross.”

Gymnastics - Morales Takes 1st Place on Floor

The North Shore Girls Gymnastics Team (128.7) came on strong with their last home meet against Garden City (109.95). Junior Talia Morales performed beautifully on the floor exercise and took first place with a 7.95, with Freshman Sabrina Swenson following closely with a 7.7.

The North Shore Gymnastics team is the smallest, (only nine girls) in both conferences in Nassau County. The team has shown great improvement currently standing in fifth place, three slots higher than last year with a current average of 128. Come support the team on Feb. 1 against Hewlett, at Woodmere Middle School.

Men’s Bowling Takes 3rd Place

The North Shore Men’s Bowling Team concluded its season this week. Both the Varsity and the Junior Varsity finished in third place. “Good luck to our seniors, John Guerci, Eric Ohman, Austin Simpson, and Kenny Zukas,” said a coach. “Thank you for your four years of dedication to the Men’s Bowling Team. Thanks bowlers, we’ll see you again in November.”

A Promising Future for Women’s Bowling

With the 2009-10 bowling season behind them, the NS women’s bowling team leaves its fans with a whole lot to look forward to. With a fourth place finish, the varsity team’s average consistently improved from the first week of the season through the last week. Lexi Marshall led the varsity team through the final matches with a high game of 191 and a high series of 474. Emma Saccone helped the varsity team greatly in its final week with a 487 series. Led by Kim Abbondondolo, Meghan Henneberger, and Liz Koslow, the junior varsity team finished their season in second place. “With nine girls on the junior varsity team, a true team effort was given throughout the entire season to produce such a strong result. Look out for this team next year! Farewell, good luck, and thank you to seniors Brittany Cullum, Megan Silka, and Biff Tierney,” said a coach.

Vikings Wrestlers Take Busby Cup at Port Washington

On Monday, the North Shore wrestling team visited Port Washington for the 8th annual Busby Cup. The annual event at Port Washington invites teams from Manhasset, Great Neck North and North Shore. Behind by 2 team points with one round left, the Vikings pulled ahead of second place Port Washington by winning all but one of the final round bouts. The team was helped by returning senior Charlie Wahler (3-0) who has been battling injuries most of the year. In addition, also going 3 and 0 at the tournament were Juniors Dean Shmuley (135) and Nick Capparrelli (189) and Freshman Dan Grabher (125). Jake Alverson contributed a big win before injury defaulting latter in the day.

On Wednesday, the team headed to Clarke for their final league match. Securing wins were John Jacome in overtime at 112, Jim Dromm 119, Dean Shmuley 135, Tom Shaw 140, Charlie Wahler 145, Pierce Jannsen 152, and Nick Capparrelli 189, Going into the final match, Clarke was able to fight back to tie the team score at 33-33. But North Shore won on criteria having won more head to head matches’ than their opponents. The Vikings finished their league matches at 2-3.