Congratulations to the Glen Cove Varsity Winter Track team as they demonstrated talent and hard work during the Nassau County Track Coaches Association Holiday Relays Meet at the Armory in New York City. Friday’s meet was far from mundane as many athletes experienced personal bests during a competitive winter track varsity meet.
Impressive first place finish as Grace Blinkoff, Kayla Monahan, Catherine Hatala, and Kayleen Mesa earned gold medals for the Class B Sophmore Girls 4X400 Relay Race, with a time of 5:01.
Seniors Tia Henderson and Kiana Watson added on to the team’s success, as Tia Henderson jumped 28’ 1” in the Triple Jump; moreover, Kiana Watson flew in the Girls 55m dash with a time of 7.1 seconds.
Sprinters Natasha Hargrove (8.1 seconds), Tia Henderson (8.5 seconds), Yenifer Molina (8.55 seconds), Jada Lewis (8.6 seconds), Aura Rivera (8.6 seconds), Elizabeth Alvarado (8.8 seconds), Anna Mateus (9.0 seconds), Patricia Abraham (10.2 seconds), and Ivanna Salvaco (10.8 seconds) also displayed great personal times in their individual races. Great Job!
The girls 4X200 Open Relay Race finished with a time under 2:10 seconds (2:08.7). Team included senior Kiana Watson, sophmore Natasha Hargrove, and freshmen Victoria Delgado and Yenifer Molina.
Great runs for the freshman (Blandi, Aura, Elizabeth, and Kathy Lopez) and sophmore (Patricia, Ivanna, Kayla, Anna) 4X200 Relay Teams; in addition, Thais De Lima ran her 800 in a time of 3:02.
The guys also demonstrated talent as Matt Rabanal, Raymond Salazar, Dante Castillo, and Chris Gueverra fought and held onto third place in their 4X400 heat. Andrew Banos, Michael Ronghi, Sam Israel, and Juan Archuleta displayed hard work as they ran a time of 5:35.3 in the Freshman/Sophmore 4X400 Relay Race.
Congratulations to Matt Majka as he earned his personal best in the 55m dash with a time of 8.6 seconds, demolishing his original goal of 9.0 seconds. Alizander Lizaso (7.5 seconds), Jesse Alvarado (8.6 seconds), and Michael Ronghi (9.2 seconds) also added to our team’s effort and hard work in the 55m dash.
Excellent work by Gabe Argueta, Blake Woods, Sam Israel, and Juan Archuleta as they battled and ran a 10:23.4 in the men’s 4X800 Relay Race. The grueling race demonstrated hard work and perseverance as each individual gave their full effort with every lap.
Great work by the Glen Cove Varsity Winter Track Team, awesome way to begin the season.
Glen Cove Fall 2013 Athletes Honored
The Glen Cove School District’s athletics
department, booster club and varsity coaches once again came together to
recognize distinguished members of the Glen Cove High School varsity
squads during this year’s Fall Athletics Awards Ceremony. The evening
was highlighted by the presentation of the coveted Superintendent’s
Award, which recognizes one student-athlete every athletic season who
demonstrates the highest level of scholarship, leadership and
sportsmanship. This fall’s winner was senior varsity boys soccer player
Additional nominees for the Superintendent’s Award were Michael Burrell
(football), Samantha Dipaola (girls soccer), Gillian Farnan,
(cross-country), Jackelyn Hayduk (volleyball) and Claudia Kolanovic
Other awards presented included the Booster Club Award, which honors an
athlete from each team whom the coaches feel possesses school spirit, is
conscientious and is dedicated; and the Most Valuable Player Award,
presented to the player in each sport voted by his or her teammates and
coaches as being the most valuable performer to the team. Letters, pins
and plaques were also awarded to students in recognition of their
participation in a particular sport.
The girls varsity soccer team was recognized with the New York State
Scholar-Athlete Team award for achieving a cumulative academic average
of 90 or better. Also recognized was the football team, which advanced
to the semifinals of the Nassau Football championships at Hofstra.
BOYS VARSITY SOCCER AWARDS:
2ND YEAR PIN
Angad Sodhi - SENIOR
Demitris Tzavaras - SENIOR
Anselmo Reyes - SENIOR
Joseph Nicolich - SENIOR
Betuel Oliva - SENIOR
4TH YEAR PLAQUE
Gabriel Vertiz Trigoso - SENIOR
M.V.P. – Gabriel Vertiz Trigoso
BOOSTER AWARD – Joseph Nicolich
SUPERINTENDENT'S AWARD NOMINEE – Angad Sodhi
MARCO MALUSA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD – Betuel Oliva
GLEN COVE JR. SOCCER
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-COUNTY – Gabriel Vertiz Trigoso
ALL-CONFERENCE – Rudy Yanes & Dylan Silas
SCHOLAR ATHLETE – Betuel Oliva
GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER AWARDS:
Ana Jaco- SENIOR
2ND YEAR PLAQUE
Jenna DeCarlo - SENIOR
Jessica Schmitt - SENIOR
3RD YEAR PLAQUE
Caterina Ienopoli - SENIOR
4TH YEAR PLAQUE
Samantha DiPaola - SENIOR
Samantha Sullivan - SENIOR
Emma Duchnowski - SENIOR
M.V.P. – Samantha Sullivan
BOOSTER – Samantha DiPaola
SUPERINTENDENT’S AWARD NOMINEE- Samantha DiPaola
MARCO MALUSA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD – Jocelyn Guerra
GLEN COVE JR. SOCCER
NYSPHSAA SCHOLAR TEAM AWARD
ALL-CLASS – Samantha Sullivan
ALL –CONFERENCE – Sara Testa
SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD – Samantha DiPaola
GIRLS & BOYS CROSS COUNTRY AWARDS:
Robert Chiu – SENIOR
2ND YEAR PIN
Gillian Farnan - SENIOR
3RD YEAR PLAQUE
Blake Lee Woods
M.V.P. – Blake Lee Woods & Grace Blinkoff
BOOSTER – Robert Chiu
SUPERINTENDENT'S AWARD NOMINEE – Gillian Farnan
ALL-DIVISION – Blake Lee Woods
ALL-DIVISION & ALL CONFERENCE – Grace Blinkoff
GIRLS VARSITY TENNIS AWARDS:
2ND YEAR PIN
Claudia Kolanovic – SENIOR
Maxine Lizaso – SENIOR
Maria Fakatselis – SENIOR
Elsie Goodman – SENIOR
Shanaya Fribbley – SENIOR
3RD YEAR PLAQUE
M.V.P. – Trinity Chow
BOOSTER AWARD – Maria Fakatsellis
SUPERINTENDENT'S AWARD NOMINEE - Claudia Kolanovic
VARSITY FOOTBALL AWARDS:
Tajah Garner – SENIOR
Joshua Figueroa – SENIOR
Dialo Brown – SENIOR
Amber Shaw (Manager) - SENIOR
2ND YEAR PIN
Morgan Marshall - SENIOR
Sean Tan- SENIOR
Anthony Guttilla - SENIOR
Erik Washington - SENIOR
Evan Pajuello – SENIOR
Rashawn White - SENIOR
Max McCrindle - SENIOR
Ryan Perkins – SENIOR
Graham Brooks - SENIOR
Coleman Ham – SENIOR
3RD YEAR PLAQUE
Michael Burrell - SENIOR
William Neice - SENIOR
Alex Aguilar - SENIOR
BOOSTER – William Neice
COACH’S AWARD – Alex Aguilar
CHOPARD AWARD – Sean Peet
KAVA AWARD – Ryan Perkins
SUPERINTENDENT’S AWARD NOMINEE – Michael Burrell
ALL-COUNTY – Rashawn White & Michael Burrell
ALL-CONFERENCE – Ryan Perkins & Max McCrindle
VARSITY VOLLEYBALL AWARDS:
Elizabeth Willson - SENIOR
2ND YEAR PIN
Natalie Tenke - SENIOR
Francesca Cimieri - SENIOR
Alexis Slaughter - SENIOR
Kendra Sawyer - SENIOR
Jackelyn Hayduk - SENIOR
3RD YEAR PLAQUE
Magaret Baker - SENIOR
4TH YEAR PLAQUE
Victoria D’Onofrio - SENIOR
Abigail Olson - SENIOR
M.V.P. – Abigail Olson
Booster –Alexis Slaughter
SUPERINTENDENT'S AWARD NOMINEE – Jackelyn Hayduk
ALL CONFERENCE – Abigail Olson
Big Red Gets Big Win: Advances in Playoffs
The Glen Cove High School varsity football Big Red
avenged their Homecoming loss to Bethpage by beating them in the
playoffs on their own turf, 28-7, to advance to the Nassau Conference
III semifinals against Lawrence. The game will be played at Hofstra
University’s Shuart Stadium on Saturday, November 16 at 10 a.m.
It was the duo of Perkins and Perkins (David and Ryan) that led the way
for Glen Cove. Quarterback David Perkin’s 1-yard touchdown run late in
the second quarter helped put the Big Red ahead 14-0. His score proved
to be the game-winning touchdown, as Glen Cove never relinquished the
lead. Running back Ryan Perkins also ran for 70 yards and a touchdown
and Billy Neice and Alex Aguilar scored touchdowns on the ground as
well. Alex, Josh Martin and Manny Sican also had interceptions for Glen
Congratulations to Coach Pete Kopecky, his staff and the entire team on the victory. Go Big Red!
Brady Ranked Near the Top on L.I.
Congratulations to Glen Cove girls basketball player Grace Brady who is currently ranked #6 on Long Island among the area’s player rankings for freshmen. Grace and her coaches look forward to a tremendous season. For more, log onto
October 26, 2013 Glen Cove HS Cross-Country News
On Saturday October 26th, The Glen Cove High School Big Red competed in the Class County Championships at Bethpage State Park. This meet was the measurement of this season’s training and a chance for some to advance to the County Championships. The Team did not disappoint and more than a few personal bests were scored. The following scored personal bests. Juniors Juan Archuelta, Chris Guevarra, Randall Olivera, and Giovanni Diana. Also scoring personal best performances were Sophmore Harrison Israel, Freshman Sam Israel, Michael Ronghi, and Ryan VanAllen.
The Big news of the day was that Three of our Harriers qualified by were they finished in the race to compete at this Saturday’s County Chamionships. They include Junior Blake Woods 30th place in his race, Sophmore Grace Blinkoff who finished 17th in her race and the surprise of the meet, Freshman Thais Delima in 26th place with a 30 second personal best performance. This will be the largest contingent of Glen Cove High School runners sent to compete in the County Championships in Four years. Congratulations to the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Cross Country teams. Come out and support them on them on Saturday November 2nd at Bethpage State Park. Good Luck Blake Woods, Grace Blinkoff and Thais Delima!
October 17, 2013 Glen Cove HS Cross-Country News
On Saturday October 12th , The Glen Cove Big Red Harriers traveled to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx to compete in the largest High School meet in the nation. A total of 300 teams and some 9800 runners raced the famous “Vanny” course. The Boys and Girls Teams were led by Blake Woods and Grace Blinkoff who scored personal best performances. In the Freshman race, Ryan VanAllen and Michael Ronghi placed well in their first run and Van Cortlandt park. In our Fourth and Fifth League meets at Bethpage State Park, the Teams mixed it up with some of the tougher teams in the conference. Even though the Teams did not score any wins they set more personal bests on the course. The following scored personal bests, Seniors Gillian Farnan Robert Chiu, Juniors Blake Woods Chris Guevarra Randall Olivera Juan Archuleta, Sophmore Josh Marin, Freshman Thais Delima Sam Israel and Finley Middle Schooler Will Casale. The Teams are now preparing for the upcoming Championship races that include the Frosh/Soph Champs on Monday October 21 and the Class County Champs on Saturday October 26 both at Bethpage State Park. Come out support the Teams as they as they compete with Nassau County’s best Cross Country runners. Here are a few scenes of the Harriers late season activities.
Director Earns NIAAA Certification
The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Denise Kiernan, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics for the Glen Cove School District, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Athletic Administrator.
To earn this distinction, Ms. Kiernan has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination.
Ms. Kiernan is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism. She has served as Glen Cove’s Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics since the fall of 2010.
“It’s been my pleasure to serve the students of Glen Cove and a joy to see so many of them pursue post-secondary education and participate in athletics at the collegiate level,” said Ms. Kiernan. “I am also proud that so many of them have remained focused on academics and achieved scholar-athlete status while others have assumed leadership roles through Athletes Helping Athletes and other valuable programs in the schools and around the community.”
The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 7,600 individual members. It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum.
“As the Director of Certification, I am proud of those who take the initiative to grow in their field and strive to build effective and efficient programs. I am confident that they are committed to your students and education,” said Sheri Stice, CMAA Certification Program Director for NIAAA, in a letter written to the Glen Cove School District. “I join you in congratulating Denise for completing this national certification.”
October 7, 2013 Glen Cove HS Cross-Country News
The Glen Cove Big Red Harriers are in the thick of their league meet competition. After Three League meets the Girls stand tied for third in the League and the Boys are holding a 5th place spot. Outstanding performances in the Third League meet were scored by Junior Blake Woods in a new personal best at Bethpage State Park with a time of 18:51. Senior Robert Chiu followed Blake with a strong effort in 21:13 in a new personal best effort.
The Teams continued their rigorous training at CW Post College on a challenging cross country course. This past weekend the Teams traveled to Suffolk County and competed in the St. Anthony’s Invitational on the challenging Sunken Meadow State Park Course that included two monstrous hills aptly named “Snake Hill” and “Cardiac Hill.” The Teams brought home three medals with fine performances by Blake Woods in 26th Place, Sophmore Grace Blinkoff in 25th place in her race, and the surprising Freshman Thais Delima who scored a 13th place in the Freshmen race.
The season now is heating up and next up is our Fourth league meet on Tuesday the 8th at Bethpage State Park against Lawrence, Lynbrook and the Top Ranked North Shore Teams. Also on Saturday the 12th the Team will travel to New York City to compete against some of the best Teams in the nation in the prestigious Manhattan College Invitational. Here are a few scenes of the Harriers mid season activities.
2013 Glen Cove HS Cross-Country News
The Glen Cove Big Red Harriers Cross-Country squads have gotten off to a terrific start. The Harriers have welcomed 15 new members to the Boys and Girls Team with over half of them freshmen student athletes. The Boys and Girls team have been training rigorously on the roads and trails of Glen Cove. We have completed new stretching routines, worked on our core exercises in the weight room as well as form drills on the fields of Glen Cove High School. Our “funday” Fridays, led by Senior Captain Gillian Farnan, are underway, as well. This past week the team tested their training in our first league meet at Bethpage State Park. The team competed in a quad meet against Manhasset, Valley Stream South and Division HS. The Boys and Girls team scored a 1-2 day. The Boys Team was led by Junior Blake Woods who performed a personal best for the 4k distance of 15:13. The Girls team was led by sophomore Grace Blinkoff with a respectable performance of 18:04 on the 4k course.
On Saturday September 21, 2013 the teams headed to Sunken Meadow State Park in Suffolk County for the Jim Smith Invitational. A large contingent of 50 schools attended to compete on an extremely challenging course. The Boys team again benefitted from an outstanding performance by Blake. The Girls were also led by Grace Blinkoff, who finished 24th in her sophomore class race. The team enjoyed a nice Saturday morning of races and a little team bonding to cap off our first week of competition. The season looks bright in the weeks ahead for Glen Cove Cross Country and we look forward to some fine performances. Next up is our second league meet on the Tuesday Sept. 24 against Bethpage and Great Neck North HS.
Big Red Defeats Hewlett in OT Thriller
The Glen Cove High School Big Red Football Team made history on Sunday with a 14-7 Overtime victory over Hewlett. Billy Neice ran the ball in from the 6 yard line and Max McCrindle added the extra point to give the Big Red the victory in the school’s first-ever overtime game.
The game, which was postponed on Thursday due to lightning, picked up with Hewlett on the Big Red 10 yard line looking for a score. But the Big Red defense rose to the occasion stopping the Bulldogs cold and forcing a missed field goal. All day long, the GC defense was able to rise to the occasion and stop the tricky Hewlett offense. Linebackers, McCrindle, Anthony Guttilla and Alex Aguillar teamed with defensive lineman Sean Peet, Diallo Brown, Coleman Ham and Rashawn White to pound the Hewlett ground game, while DB’s Paul Cavese, Erik Washington, Mike Burrell, Josh Martin and Josh Figueroa limited the Bulldog passing attack.
Hewlett would get on the board at the end of the first quarter and held a 7-0 lead into the second half. The Big Red was finally able to break through on a gutsy quick screen from QB David Perkins to WR Mike Burrell who took it 18 yards on a fourth and goal in the third quarter. McCrindle would add the extra point and the score was tied at 7.
Neither team could break through the rest of regulation, so the game went into overtime. On the first possession, after a GC penalty, Perkins hit Brown on first down getting the Big Red closer to the end zone. Guttilla would carry the ball to the six and a first down, followed by Neice’s six yard touchdown run behind some great blocks by linemen Peet, Ham, White, DeJean Taylor, Gaetano Famigletti.
Hewlett’s possession was the Big Red defense’s finest hour. Unable to run around the right side or the left side, the Bulldogs took to the air. DB Martin had his man covered on third down, and when DB Burrell corralled the Hewlett receiver, the Big Red celebration was on!
The Big Red travels to Lawrence on Saturday to take on the defending Long Island Champion Lawrence Golden Tornadoes. Game time is 1:30pm.
GC’s Grella Ready to Defend His Post
Class of 2013 Glen Cove High School graduate Vincent Grella hopes to make his mark at Dominican College over the next four years. Vincent committed to the DII school in April and is presently attending on an athletic and academic scholarship. Sporting #25 for the Chargers, Vincent’s current position is defender and the team is off to a 2-2 start (1-0 in conference). Dominican College is located in Orangeburg, N.Y.
GCHS & Robbie Wagner Team to Renovate Tennis Courts
In an ongoing effort to maintain all facilities and
grounds in the Glen Cove School District, administrators recently
announced that tennis courts at Glen Cove High School have been
Director of Facilities Joseph Fiorino said that the school’s seven
tennis courts had been in poor shape, with six-inch wide cracks in the
pavement. Mr. Fiorino estimated that the last time the courts were
upgraded was 30 years ago.
Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Center of Glen Cove partnered with
the district to repair the tennis courts. The project commenced in 2011
and was completed this June. It included the installation of concrete
bases with asphalt tops, and sand paint was used for all the courts. The
project comes at no cost to the district.
“They’ve had great success in Glen Cove with the tennis program, and
they wanted to give back to the community,” Mr. Fiorino said of the
Robbie Wagner center.
GCHS has experienced success with its tennis program as well. The boys
varsity team was crowned conference champions in spring 2012, and the
girls varsity team was honored as conference champions in fall 2012.
The courts are now open to residents of Glen Cove for use.
Knights Under the Lights Program Mentors Jr. League Players
As pro football training camps are in full swing
throughout the country and interscholastic football programs prepare to
open practice, Glen Cove High School (GCHS) hosted a free evening
“Knights Under the Lights” football clinic for young aspiring players
ranging from ages five through 12 on August 7.
Held for the third straight year under the lights of GCHS’s football
field, the clinic brings Glen Cove football coaches and players together
with North Shore High School football coaches to teach youngsters who
participate in the Glen Cove City Junior Football League some basic
skills. Six different stations were organized to teach approximately 85
youngsters on hand proper passing, receiving, blocking, and tackling
techniques, with agility drills also conducted.
Glen Cove Varsity Head Coach Pete Kopecky, Assistant Coaches Tony Gallo
and Steve Tripp, JV Head Coach Frank Curatolo, Finely Middle School Head
Coach Steve Kocienda and volunteer Finley Assistant Coach John Nagle
all volunteered on behalf of the Glen Coach School District, along with
GCHS Big Red Varsity players and North Shore Head Coach Dan Agovino and
members of his staff.
GCHS’s Big Red varsity football is coming off their best season in 50
years in which they compiled an 8-2 record and an appearance in the
Nassau County Football playoffs. Coach Kopecky and the team also won the
Howie Vogts award as the most improved football team in Nassau County.
“It’s a win-win situation for everyone. The coaches are happy to donate
their time and our players really enjoy working with the younger kids,”
said Glen Cove School District Director of Athletics, Physical Education
and Health Denise Kiernan. “The players enjoy serving as mentors to the
little guys and girls, as many of them played in the Junior League
themselves. They hone their leadership skills and the kids learn a lot.
It’s a great night for everyone involved and we are happy to host it
with help from our neighbors at North Shore.”
Peanuts, PeeWee, Midget, and Pony players all enjoyed a warm evening of
fun and informative instruction on the GCHS field as they prepared for
the upcoming season. For more information on the Glen Cove City Junior
Football League, please refer to the league website at
The GCHS Big Red varsity football home schedule kicks off on Thursday, September 12 at 7pm vs. Hewlett.