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Viking Sports: May 14, 2010

Varsity Softball Team Defeats Manhasset for 12th Conference Win
By NS High School Student Robert DeLucia

Entering their Monday evening contest with Manhasset, the North Shore Vikings Varsity Softball team was looking to extend their conference record to a 12-3 total. To accomplish this, they would end up needing one run, and it came very early in the game.

The top of the first inning saw North Shore score the only run of the game, when Elle Hoffman bunted in the game’s only run, with Christine Castiglione scoring on the play. North Shore pitcher Hanna Hacker took over from there, striking out seven batters over 5 shutout innings. She picked up the win and North Shore gave themselves the victory they were looking for, as well as that 12th conference win. This also happened to be the second time this season North Shore defeated Manhasset in a one run game, the other time the score ended at 3-2.

Softball to the Playoffs, 14-3 Season Record

North Shore’s regular season came to an end at 14-3 overall. The Lady Vikings traveled to South Side on Friday April 30 for a 13-5 win. Helping to get there was Regan Falk’s homerun in the 5th inning. Christine Castiglione went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Hanna Hacker struck out six people in four innings to take the win. On Monday May 3rd the girls beat Manhasset with a 1-0 win. Christine Castiglione scored on a bunt by Elle Hoffman in the top of the first inning for the game’s only run. The Vikings last game of the regular season was played at Wantagh on May 5, Hanna Hacker and Lexi Marshall combined to throw a one-hitter for the 9-1. Regan Falk hit a triple in the top of the 7th to knock in 3 runs. Strong fielding performances from Alley Grande and Jackie Gioia helped the defense stay on top. The girls’ next game is their first playoff game Thursday May 13th, set to be played against New Hyde Park. The one round elimination will either move the girls on or send them home. Come out and cheer on the Vikings Softball team!

Fletcher Wins the Maroon Jacket at North Shore Open

The North Shore High School Golf Team has had a busy two weeks.  Last week with the rainout of the only scheduled match for the week, they put their common goal of winning as a team aside, and each individual focused on the prestige of winning the NS Open. The NS Open is the team’s annual two day golf tournament where the winning player walks away with his very own maroon blazer. Very similar to the ones given out at Augusta for winning the Masters. Congratulations to Dan Fletcher, (an 8th grader) for winning this year’s tournament. Look for Dan to be showing off his blazer around town.

This past week the Vikings were back in action with a trio of matches.  Jericho, Friends Academy, and Great Neck South were the teams matched up against the Vikings.  The team battled hard but did not win any of the three matches. The team was led this week by excellent shooting from Zach Winslow. Zach put up a solid score against all three opponents, including 5 over par score of 40 against Great Neck. Stephen Hong and Jed Zeins also shot well for the Vikings this week.

Men’s Tennis Taking it One Point at a Time

The Varsity tennis team is about to put a close to their 2010 Spring Campaign. With a 5-6 record, North Shore is in fourth place in Conference IIA with one match to go. As a team, the Vikings have learned to compete against a higher level of competition. They now understand that every point is valuable and the old saying “take it one point at time” has become a team motto. Using this philosophy, North Shore has compiled a 3-2 second half record. Clark Ruiz, Alex Sacher and Evan Fierstein continue to compete against the best Nassau County has to offer. Each player has at least three victories during this stretch. Joe Sacco and Jonathan Khani continue to use their experience and excel at fourth doubles with a second half record of 5-1. North Shore closes out the season on Monday at Herricks.

North Shore Invitational Track Day a Success Despite Wild Weather

Seven years ago, a small, relatively unknown track and field meet was created by North Shore High School’s track coaches. There were approximately 10 teams competing, a few officials, some hot dogs, hamburgers, and a lot of fun. Since that time the small track meet has evolved into an annual event, known by all as the “North Shore Invitational.” As the North Shore Track Program has grown to premier status, so has its very own track meet. Seven years later, a few things have changed: there are now over 60 schools, several thousand spectators, hundreds of burgers, hot dogs, pink and blue T-shirts, a DJ, two pages of coverage in the news, and a permanent place on the North Shore School District Calendar. It is not only a track meet, but a community event, in which local merchants, parents, middle school students and alumni show their support by either working the grill, handing out medals, or moving hurdles. Even though the event is one day, it requires several months of planning. Besides the parents and athletes that help make everything go, two very special people have to be mentioned: Groundskeeper Kevin Cox and Head Custodian Jerry Boertzel. Also, thanks to their staff for helping make things run so smoothly. A warm heartfelt thanks to everyone once again, as this year provided new challenges with thunder, lightning, high winds, and even one toppled and now broken North Shore team tent.

Vikings Baseball Wins at Home
By NSHS Students James Baccioni and Robert DeLuca

For some, the fifth of May is a celebration of the Spanish culture, for the North Shore varsity baseball team it was a chance to celebrate a win on their home field. The day was an opportunity to pick up a victory against a less than stellar West Hempstead team that has had a lot of tough luck on the season. Colin Henneberger came in during the top of the 6th to pitch for North Shore and he would end up being the pitcher of record, gaining the win after Adam Gilbert scored in the bottom of the 6th on an error. Colin would continue to pitch adding 3 strikeouts in 1 2/3 shutout innings. Lou Mastellone had a home run in the game with the final score being 3-2 in favor of North Shore, giving them an overall record of 9-5 following the win.