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Coach Kopecky Celebrates 100th Win

Glen Cove High School varsity football coach Pete Kopecky celebrated his 100th career win on Oct. 24, when the team faced off against Lawrence High School.

 This is Kopecky’s 24th year as head coach at Glen Cove High School, with his first victory in 1992 against Mineola High School. Prior to his time at Glen Cove, Kopecky was an assistant coach at Mepham and Long Beach high schools.

The win against Lawrence High School, who are three-time Long Island champions, was special for Kopecky for many reasons. Glen Cove hadn't had a victory over Lawrence since 1949, and his team, a dedicated group of players who began preparing for the fall 2015 season the Monday after the 2014 season ended, was determined to change history, unaware that it was also going to be a milestone for Kopecky.

Coach Kopecky said he was fortunate to have Glen Cove High School lacrosse head coach Steven Tripp with him to share the winning moment, as he has coached every game with Kopecky since his first against Mineola.



     2015 Glen Cove HS XC News

November 2, 2015
On Oct. 31, the Glen Cove Big Red Knights mixed it up with some of Nassau County’s best teams at the Class II County Championships held at Bethpage State Park.

It was a tremendous day for four members of the team who advanced to compete in the Section VIII Championships on Nov. 7. The boys team finished 14th out of 19 teams in the Class II County competition. The team was led by junior Konrad Rynkowski and senior Andrew Liu, scoring their season’s best times of 18:50 and 19:28, respectively, on the 5K course and advancing to compete in the section championship. The girls team was led by junior Thais Delima, who placed 21st with a personal best time of 20:59, earning her All-County status. Grace Blinkoff also led the way for the girls, running a season’s best performance in 36th place with a time of 21:45 and advancing to compete in the section championships.

Other boys scoring their season’s best were Dominic Brasiello, Andrew Banos, Ryan Van Allen, Melvin Lopez, Paulie Martino and Tyler Brooker. For the girls team, Kayleen Mesa, Mackenzie Edwards, Fatima Cardoza and Mikaila Ayala all scored personal best performances.

Congratulations to Thais, Grace, Konrad and Andrew on their accomplishments and to the entire Big Red cross-country team on an amazing season. Thais, Grace, Konrad and Andrew will compete in the Section VIII/State Qualifying Meet on Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. at Bethpage State Park. Come out and support them and the entire team!


Varsity Girls Tennis Team Competes in County Tournament

Five members of the Glen Cove girls varsity tennis team competed in the Nassau County Tennis Tournament at Eisenhower Park on Oct. 17. The players consisted of two doubles teams and one singles competitor.

The doubles teams were Alex Casale (senior) and Amanda Heavey (senior) and Tristyn Hudson (junior) and Elizabeth Kwiatek (senior). Despite their hard-fought battle, both teams ultimately lost.

Glen Cove’s singles entry, sophomore Trinity Chow, was able to dominate the first two rounds of the county tournament, earning All-County honors by making it to the quarterfinal round. In the first round, Trinity faced the No. 1 player from Wantagh, A. Martorella, and won 10-0. In the second round, Trinity faced singles player A. Messinger from Roslyn and won by a score of 6-0, 6-1. In the quarterfinal, Trinity's run came to an end after battling hard against state qualifier Ashley Lessen from Wheatley.  

Trinity has been playing in the No. 1 singles spot on Glen Cove's roster since the seventh grade. She has worked extremely hard at her game and has merited a well-deserved spot in the Glen Cove Hall of Fame as an All-County tennis player.      

Pictured from left: Tristyn Hudson, Elizabeth Kwiatek, Trinity Chow, Amanda Heavey and Alex Casale.






2015 Glen Cove XC News

October 21, 2015

The Glen Cove Knights are continuing their fantastic season. For the first time, the team sent a contingent of runners-up to the Brown University Northeast Regional Championships at Goddard State Park in Rhode Island.

The meet hosted the top teams from the region at a scenic 5K course. Numerous personal best performances were scored on the bright yet chilly fall day. The girls were led by Thais Delima in 40th place in the Varsity D1 race with a time of 20:09, followed by Grace Blinkoff at 20:32 and Kayleen Mesa at 25:19.

 The boys were led by Konrad Rynkowski at 17:55, Andrew Liu at 19:00, Colin Yates at 19:31, Dominic Braseillo at 19:34, Sam Israel at 19:57 and Harrison Israel at 21:16.

The girls and boys teams both scored wins, along with season’s bests from sophomores Delima and Mesa.

The teams also competed in the Nassau Coaches Invitational at Bethpage State Park on Oct. 17, with season’s best performances achieved by Tom Klimasweski, Tyler Brooker, Paulie Martino, Mackenzie Edwards, Fatima Cardoza and Mikaila Ayala.

The teams traveled back to Bethpage State Park for the Frosh/Soph Championships on Oct. 19. In the freshman races, bests were scored by Klimasweski at 21:01 and Brooker at 25:53. John Dong scored a personal best on the course in the boys sophomore race, while Ayala scored a personal best of 28:06 in the sophomore girls race.

The district congratulates the entire team on their outstanding efforts and performance. They head to Great Neck South High School for the Great Neck Invitational on Oct. 24, and will then gear up for the big meet of the season, the Cross Country Championships, on Oct. 31 at Bethpage State Park at 9 a.m. Come out and support Big Red!





2015 Glen Cove HS XC News

October 14, 2015

The Knights heated up their midseason action at Bethpage State Park with league meets three and four. The teams scored wins against Division Avenue High School and Lawrence High School, as well as some season-best times. Strong performances for the girls were made by Grace Blinkoff, Fatima Cardoza, Thais Delima and Kayleen Mesa. Dominic Brasiello, Andrew Liu, Konrad Rynkowski, Enrique Vazquez and Colin Yates scored season-best performances, as well. 

Glen Cove traveled to Van Cortland Park in the Bronx on Oct. 10 to compete in the largest high school meet in the nation. A total of 475 teams and some 9,500 runners raced the famous two and a half-mile “Vanny” course on a beautiful fall day. The boys and girls teams, led by Rynkowski, who finished in 15:31, and Blinkoff (17:00), scored personal best performances as well as medals. Other personal bests were achieved by Delima (17:40) and Mesa (20:53) for the girls, and Liu (16:28), Yates (16:22), Daniel Baboolal (17:04), Sam Israel (17:11) and Andrew Banos (17:45) for the boys.




2015  Glen Cove HS XC News

September 24, 2015

The Glen Cove Big Red Knights delivered some strong performances during their second week of competition.

The team traveled to Suffolk County on Sept. 19 for the Bob Pratt Invitational to compete on the challenging Sunken Meadow State Park course, which included two very challenging hills aptly named Snake Hill and Cardiac Hill. Senior Grace Blinkoff, who placed 11th in the varsity race, and junior Thais Delima, who followed in 25th place, led the girls. Colin Yates led the boys team, scoring with a strong 21:35 time on the 5K course. Other Knights finishing with solid performances included senior Andrew Liu and junior Dominic Brasiello.

The boys and girls competed in their second league meet at Bethpage State Park against Plainedge and South Side. Even though the team did not score any wins, personal best performances were scored by almost everyone on the 4K course. Team members who scored their personal bests included Blinkoff at 17:11 and Delima at 18:26. The boys averaged their overall best performance on the 4K course in four seasons. Personal bests were recorded by Yates at 16:14, Liu at 16:21 and juniors Enrique Vazquez at 16:51, Brasiello at 16:53 and Sam Israel at 17:08.

The season is heating up and the team is looking forward to its third league meet on Sept. 29 at Bethpage State Park against Bethpage, Lawrence and North Shore.


Letellier fights through the pain

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Delwin Hernandez a force for Glen Cove soccer

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2015  Glen Cove HS XC News

September 17, 2015

This fall, the Glen Cove Big Red Knights welcomed its largest contingent of student-athletes in program history.
The first three weeks of the season are often the toughest, as the Knights attempt to get back into shape following the summer months. The squads trained rigorously despite the unusually hot weather.

This season, the girls cross-country team will be led by two returning All-County runners: senior Grace Blinkoff and junior Thais Delima. The boys squad leader has yet to be determined; however, juniors Sam Israel, Daniel Baboolal and Andrew Banos have all returned. The boys also added juniors Dominic Braisello and Colin Yates, as well as senior Andrew Liu, to the roster..

The Knights tested their early season skills at the Jim Smith Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park on Sept. 12. Delima finished a strong 24th place in the Junior Class race. The boys were led by senior Andrew Liu, who recorded the best time of the day at 22:27.
The team also enjoyed a beautiful afternoon of races and a little team bonding during its first league meet of the season on Sept. 16 against Wantagh and Roosevelt at Bethpage State Park. The girls team was led by Blinkoff and Delima, who finished in fifth and seventh place, respectively. Also placing were juniors Kayleen Mesa and Fatemah Salam, as well as sophomore Fatima Cardoza. The boys were led by Yates and Liu. Other boys with strong performances were junior Dominic Braisello and sophomore John Dong.

The season looks bright in the weeks ahead for Glen Cove cross-country as the team looks forward to more fine performances. Next up, the team returns to Sunken Meadow State Park to compete in the Bob Pratt Invitational against a contingent of 50 schools. The team will also compete against South Side and Plainedge for the second time.



Lacrosse Players Chosen for Dan Daly Cup   

 Four Glen Cove boys lacrosse players were selected to play in the annual Dan Daly Cup lacrosse game. Sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps, the game honors the service of Sgt. Major Dan Daly, the Marine Corps’ most decorated Marine. Daly, a resident of Glen Cove, won two Medals of Valor for bravery during his time of service to our country. The Dan Daly Cup will be held on June 24 at Mitchel Field in Uniondale. It will feature the top rising senior lacrosse players from Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Pictured: Glen Cove players Brandon Leon, Michael Hatala, Sean Morrissey and Geoffrey Field in front of the Dan Daly Cup with Major Robert M. Jones Jr., coach Steve Tripp and Sgt. Major Curtis Rice.


Girls Lacrosse Team Members Celebrated

Members of Glen Cove High School’s girls varsity lacrosse team were honored at the Nassau County Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association Dinner on June 8.  Selena Guastella received an All-County honorable mention; Taylah Hudson and Karla Correa were named All-Conference; Jenny Armstrong was recognized as a Scholar Athlete; and Catherine Hatala received the Unsung Hero Award.    


  All-Conference Honors for Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team Members   

Three Big Red lacrosse players were recognized at the Nassau County Dinner on June 10. Seniors Sean Peet and Phil Grella, along with junior Brandon Leon, were named to the 2015 All-Conference and the 2015 Academic All-Conference teams, honoring their excellence on the field and in the classroom. In addition, Grella was named a finalist for the Bob Scott Award, recognizing his many hours of community service to the Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Program and the City of Glen Cove.





 District Sports Awards

Fall Sports Recipients

Winter Sports Recipients

Spring Sports Recipients

Three Sport Athlete Recipients


Student-Athletes Honored at Sports Night

Glen Cove High School students, parents, faculty and community members celebrated athletes who participated in fall, winter and spring athletics at the Booster Club’s Athletic Awards Night on June 9.

Student-athletes were recognized with trophies and scholarships for their contributions to the school’s various athletic teams. An athlete from each sports season was also honored with the Superintendent’s Trophy, an award given by Glen Cove Superintendent Maria Rianna to outstanding seniors. Congratulations to Andrew Gerin (fall), Taylah Hudson (winter) and Caitlin Brown (spring). In addition to the Superintendent’s Trophy, the Principal’s Cup was presented to two seniors by Glen Cove High School Principal Roseann Cirnigliaro. The cup was awarded to Grace Blinkoff and Corey Dinkins.

Also recognized at the ceremony was Rifle coach Richard Bullis, who is retiring after 24 years with the district.

The following students were honored with scholarships and awards:

Glen Cove Jr. Soccer Scholarship Awards:                
Ryan Carmody                                      
Garrett Dennis                                    
Hall of Fame Scholarships in Memory of John Maccarone:                                         
Caitlin Brown                            
Philip Grella                                                                                    
Kevin Shannon
Dylan Silas
Hall of Fame Scholarship in Memory of Dr. Sidney Canarick:    
Andrew Gerin                                                         

Glen Cove Jr. Football/Cheerleading Scholarship Awards in Memory of Rob Kormoski:               
Jessica Dawes
Sean Peet       
Glen Cove Jr. Lacrosse Scholarship Awards:                    
Philip Grella  
Sean Peet                                                                    

The Annual Memorial Henry T. Boguszewski Golf Scholarship:          
Michael Annunziato           

Glen Cove Range Commission Scholarship:                      
Peter Budraitis

The Matinecock Rod & Gun Club Competitive Shooting Scholarship:          
Peter Budraitis          
Todd Weber Award:                                                            
Andrew Gerin                                                                          

Charles McGuckin:                                                                    
Michael Manzione                

Thomas Renison Scholarship Award:                                                                          
Niccole Bedell
Abbey Farnan        

Glen Cove High School Booster Club Scholarships:
John “Red” Lamberson:                                       
Kevin Shannon            
Virginia A. Maccarone:                                       
Sara Testa    
Booster Club:                                                   
Sean Peet       
Booster Club:                                          
Dylan Silas
Jeffrey J. Zupa Memorial Scholarship:        
Caitlin Brown                          
Michael Manzione

James Fantry Memorial Award:                                                 
Philip Grella   
Lauren Rizzo
Knights of Columbus Award — E.J. Gribbin:            
Jenny Armstrong
Andrew Gerin                                    
Kenneth R. Andrews Sportsmanship Awards:                                 
Karla Correa                                                                           
Kevin Shannon
F. J. DiMenna Award:                                
Sean Peet                                                                         
Lola Schmitz Berg Award:                                              
Taylah Hudson                                                                                                                                 

Charles Johnson Physical Fitness Award:                    
Brittany Brown
Philip Grella                                

U.S. Marine Distinguished Athletes:                        
Nicole Bedell
Dejon Taylor                                                    
Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award:                
Joshua Martin                                             
Sara Testa
Glen Cove High School Athletic Achievement Award:                            
Caitlin Brown                          
Andrew Ronghi                                           
Golden G Award:                                
Taylah Hudson    





All-County Athletes Get Inducted

Glen Cove High School’s athletic department honored the district’s 2014-15 All-County athletes with induction into the school’s Wall of Fame.

Athletic Director Denise Kiernan led the ceremony, congratulating the students and thanking them for continuing the tradition of excellence at Glen Cove High School. The Wall of Fame, which is located just outside the high school’s gymnasium, was established in the 1970s by Athletic Director Jim Butz. Congratulations to the following student-athletes:

Michael Manzione

Grace Brady
Corey Dinkins
Ralik Jackson
Taylah Hudson

Grace Blinkoff
BlakeLee Woods

David Perkins

Julie Micko
Matthew Pemberton

Kevin Shannon
Rudy Yanes

Caitlin Brown

DeJon Taylor

Track & Field
Tatiana Guevara
Timothy Hogan
Rodney Ray

Sara Tenke






  Grella to Attend Mount Saint Mary College

Glen Cove High School senior Taylor Grella will attend and play soccer as a midfielder at Mount Saint Mary College, a Division III school, in the fall.

Grella has been a member of the Glen Cove girls soccer program for the past four years. This year, she was elected as a senior captain and was instrumental in the success of the younger players feeling as though they were part of the team. She also helped lead stretches throughout the season. According to girls varsity soccer coach Peter Falen, Grella put forth great effort and challenged herself to become better in the years she played at Glen Cove. She also exhibited a strong sense of pride as a member of the soccer team and put academics before sports.

“Taylor’s dedication and hard work would make her an asset to any job in the workforce or institution of higher learning that she chooses,” Falen said. “She is a reliable young lady who is very straightforward and passionate, and her rapport with teammates and classmates alike has left a great impression on the soccer program going forward.”


Taylor Grella (center) is pictured with (from left): Glen Cove High School girls varsity soccer coach Peter Falen, guidance counselor Christine Mulhall, Athletic Director Denise Kiernan and Assistant Principal Allen Hudson.

Brown and Chow Commit to Wilkes University

Glen Cove senior-athletes Caitlin Brown and Braddock Chow will be attending and playing their respective sports, softball and tennis, at Wilkes University this fall.

Caitlin has been a member of the varsity softball team for the past four years. This year, she served as team captain, where she demonstrated her leadership both on and off the field. Caitlin had an impressive junior year, earning All-Conference as the team’s shortstop. However, she came back even stronger and had an outstanding senior year. Caitlin, who is a versatile player, was the starting catcher for the team. Her strong defensive skills, as well as her consistency and power at the plate, earned her All-County honors. This season, she batted .484 with an on-base percentage of .507, leading the team with 24 RBIs. In addition, her slugging percentage was a .797. Her power at the plate resulted in eight doubles, three triples and two homeruns.
Braddock has played in the No. 1 singles position during four-varsity seasons since ninth grade. Not only has he served as a team member, but he was also captain of the varsity tennis team for the last three seasons. Over his four seasons of high school play, Braddock has a combined record of 51-7 at first singles. He also represented Glen Cove in the County Tournament for four consecutive years. He is a four-time All-Conference player and will be greatly missed at the top of the lineup.

From left: Glen Cove High School Assistant Principal Allen Hudson, Athletic Director Denise Kiernan, Assistant Principal Nadine Richards, varsity softball coach Valerie Amilicia, Caitlin Brown, Braddock Chow, varsity tennis coach Christopher MacDonald and Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna.

It’s LIU Post for Manzione

Michael Manzione will be attending and playing baseball at LIU Post this fall. Manzione received All-County honors this past season and led Big Red in every offensive category with six home runs and a batting average of .469.


Manzione (sitting) is pictured with (from left): Glen Cove High School Assistant Principal Allen Hudson,
Athletic Director Denise Kiernan, Assistant Principal Nadine Richards and varsity baseball coach Jon Dolecki.


College-Bound Football Players

Glen Cove High School seniors Chris Lent and Sean Peet have committed to play college football at their respective academic institutions in the fall.

Lent, a two-year varsity starter and senior captain, earned All-County Honorable Mention. He was also named MVP for the Nassau County All-Star game. Lent will play at SUNY Cortland.   

Peet, a three-year varsity starter and two-year varsity captain, was selected for Nassau III All-Conference. He was also chosen for the Nassau County Senior Bowl All-Star game. Peet will play football at Plymouth State College in New Hampshire.




Track Team Celebrates a Successful Season

The Glen Cove boys varsity track team is wrapping up a successful season, with five of the boys qualifying for the Nassau County meet, which showcases the talents of the best student-athletes in the county.

Congratulations to Corey Dinkins, Christian Guevara, Tim Hogan, Rodney Ray and Michael Thurmond. Hogan and Ray placed in the top three, earning All-County awards. Ray placed first in the high jump, clearing an impressive 6 feet 1 inch to beat out the competition.

Hogan not only placed second in the 100-meter dash, he came back and placed second in the 200-meter dash, making him an All-County award winner in both races. This was truly an amazing feat. Both of these athletes will now compete in the state qualifying meet against the best of the best of Nassau County. Good luck, guys!




Grella Heads to NYIT

 The Glen Cove High School boys lacrosse team is proud to announce that goalie Phil Grella will attend and play at the New York Institute of Technology this fall.
The starting goalie for the past three seasons, Grella has started 42 games for the Big Red and amassed a 62 percent career save average.

"I'm very proud of Phil,” defensive coach Frank Curatolo said. “He has put in many hours both during the season and in the off season to improve each year."
In addition, Phil became the first Big Red goalie to score a goal, taking the ball coast to coast vs. North Shore as time expired in the game.

"We have relied heavily on Phil these past three seasons,” head coach Steve Tripp said. “He will be hard to replace."
Phil has been a leader both on and off the field. He is a member of SALT (Student Athlete Leadership Team) and has performed many hours of community service for the junior league lacrosse program. Athletic Director Denise Kiernan and the Glen Cove School District also congratulate Phil on his accomplishments and wish him well at NYIT.

Back row (from left): Assistant Principal Allen Hudson, guidance counselor Christine Mulhall, Athletic Director Denise Kiernan, coaches Steve Tripp and Frank Curatolo, Phil’s brother Joe Grella and Assistant Principal Nadine Richards. Seated: Phil Grella (center) with parents (Doreen and Philip Grella).


Testa Commits to Mount Aloysius

Girls varsity soccer player Sara Testa will attend and play soccer at Mount Aloysius College, a Division III school in Pennsylvania, this fall.

Testa, a senior, has been an integral part of Glen Cove’s varsity soccer team since she was a freshman. Coach Peter Falen attributes her years in developmental leagues and training outside of school, along with her physical tenacity and mental edge, to her success.

In the fall of 2013, Testa was diagnosed with a life-threatening autoimmune disorder that attacked her brain stem and left her hospitalized for three months. During that time, she remained focus on her goal to survive and to play soccer in college.

Testa returned to school in June 2014 and was thrilled to take part in her final season as a student-athlete and member of the girls soccer program this year.

Falen said Testa’s journey and accomplishments have made her the young lady she is today and expressed his pride in everything she has achieved. “Her devotion and passion for her studies and her love of soccer will make her an asset to any institution of higher learning or job choice in the future,” he said.



 Girls Lacrosse Team Dedicate Game in Memory of Tess Riso
Coaches Nicole Sileo and Melissa Rohr

The Glen Cove girls lacrosse team dedicated their home game against Plainview JFK during spring break to Tess Riso, daughter of former girls varsity assistant lacrosse coach Kim Riso, who passed away three years ago.

The girls wore pink T-shirts in memory of Tess and won the game 8-7. The team is competing in Conference IV and is currently 2-3 in their league. They are led by senior captains Selena Guastella (attack), Jenny Armstrong (defense) and Synella Gonzales (attack).

The defense features Erika Fonseca, Michelle Melfi, Rosa Pangari, Lindsey Payton and goalie Karla Correa. The team has a strong attack that includes Yenifer Molina, Alyssa Zangari and Lauren Rizzo.

Tristyn Hudson, Catherine Hatala, Taylah Hudson, Steffany Figueroa and Katherine Willson round out the team with their midfield abilities. The girls are determined, hard-working and have great chemistry, which will hopefully lead to a successful season.




Varsity Cheer Ends Their Season at the Beach
Coach Amy Serr

The Glen Cove varsity cheerleaders attended the CANAM National Cheerleading and Dance Competition, hosted by Cheer Ltd. in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on March 20-22.

 The team qualified to compete in the Large Varsity Non-Tumble division along with seven other highly ranked teams from the East Coast. Some members of the team also chose to compete in other divisions of the competition. Victoria Tripp competed as an individual cheerleader in the Senior Solo division against five advanced high school athletes. In addition, Jessica Dawes, Lauren Martinez, Rosa Pangari, Kathryn Paolillo and Tripp competed in the Senior Stunt Group division consisting of 15 elite stunt groups.

The team’s season began with tryouts in June 2014. At that time, it was decided that the squad’s goal was to qualify and attend the 2015 CANAM competition. The summer and fall were filled with preparations for the year, involvement in community charity events, team fundraising efforts and of course, Big Red football games. During the late fall and winter seasons, the team attended five local competitions, taking home first-place titles at Baldwin, Hofstra and Lynbrook, all while supporting Glen Cove basketball during their season and playoff games.

After qualifying for the nationals in January, the team focused all of their energy on practice and team building. Each athlete dedicated their time, strength and emotion to the highly technical routine they planned for nationals. Without each member's passion, the team as a whole could’ve never succeeded. It is for this reason that the overall difficulty and skill in their performance received top percentile rankings. Glen Cove varsity cheerleading was awarded fourth runner-up and the Senior Stunt Group was awarded 11th runner-up. In addition, Tripp was third runner-up in the Senior Solo division.

Every varsity cheerleader during the 2014-2015 school year worked hard to bring their school's name far beyond the shores of Long Island. With the help of parents and other supporters, Glen Cove cheerleading has developedinto a proud tradition that will continue to excel.



Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
Marriot, Uniondale

(Left to Right: Corey Dinkins, Rodney Ray, Ralik Jackson, and Coach Peter Falen)



Corey Dinkins and Ralik Jackson

Rodney Ray

Glen Cove Captures Bronze at NYSPHSAA State Tournament

The Glen Cove rifle team set out on a mission to win its first ever-state championship when it competed in the NYSPHSAA State Tournament on Feb. 28.  

The team spent three weeks practicing the new rules and guidelines for shooting at the state tournament, which are different than what is used during regular season matches. The student-athletes practiced mornings before school to get prepared. Despite a great effort by everyone, the team finished third in New York State.

Four team members, comprised of three sophomores and one senior, were responsible for the team score. Matt Pemberton shot extremely well and finished fifth overall with a score of 283. Julie Micko finished 15th with a score of 264, and Peter Budraitis finished 16th with a score of 263.  In addition, Selena Guastella shot a 252, and Matt Arena shot a 247. Glen Cove High School has been to the NYSPHSAA State Tournament three times in the past 15 years. This year, the team set a school record with a score of a 1057, and is looking forward to returning to the NYSPHSAA State Championship next year.

Congratulations to the entire team for all of its accomplishments this season.




The following wrestlers were All Conference for Glen Cove and competed in the Nassau County Wrestling Championships at Hofstra University:

Eduardo Montecer 113lbs
Kahron Jackson 120lbs
Brian O'Connell 152lbs
Kasean Love 152lbs
David Cruz 160lbs (Qualifying Champ)
Sean Peet 182lbs (Qualifying Finalist)
Dejon Taylor (Qualifying Champ) (4th in Nassau County)(All County)

Dejon Taylor earned All County honors after having a break out tournament advancing to the semi finals of the Nassau County Championships at the 285lb weight class. DJ was able to win his qualifying tournament at Long Beach H.S. earning himself the 6 seed in Nassau County at his weight class. He advanced to the semi finals after a heroic win in the final seconds of the match knocking off a wrestler with a record of 34-2. DJ lost to the Nassau County Champion in the semi final round, and wrestled back for 4th place in Nassau County.



Conference Title for Boys Varsity Basketball Team

Glen Cove’s boys varsity basketball team captured their second conference title in four years when they beat Floral Park 69-63.

Ralik Jackson led the way in points, scoring 19 for the team. He was followed by Corey Dinkins with 16. 

“What a difference a year makes,” varsity coach Peter Falen said. “Last year the boys were 2-15 overall, and this year they captivated a worst-to-first finish with a 12-5 record to capture the Nassau County Conference A III title.”
Assistant coach Adelki Paulino told the team that if they buy in and put forth an effort night after night, they would be rewarded – and rewarded they were.  Glen Cove will host a first round playoff game against North Shore on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.


 Girls Varsity Basketball Wins Conference Co-Championship
Tuesday, February 10th vs. Floral Park

The Varsity Girls Basketball season finished their season tonight beating the conference co -champion Floral Park 62-37. Seniors Brittany Brown, Karla Correa, and Taylah Hudson were recognized for their participation within the program by Coach Greg Mayerhoffer. The Varsity Girls team finished the season with an overall record of 11-6 and 8-2 in conference A-III.

Congratulations girls, you make Glen Cove Proud!

Next Game:
Glen Cove will host a first round playoff game against Lynbrook on Feb. 14 at 12 p.m.




Glen Cove Rifle Crowned County Champions

Congratulations to our Varsity Rifle Team on winning the County Championship, after being crowned conference champions and an undefeated season. Great shooting all season by sophomore Matthew Pemberton (1st in the county) and sophomore Julie Micko (4th in the County). Matt Arena (All Conference), Selena Guastella (All Conference), Peter Budraitis (All Conference), and Ryan Carmody (1st year shooter). This season was highlighted by many accomplishments.

This season was highlighted by many accomplishments:

1. This was the first undefeated season for a Glen Cove Rifle team.

2. The team broke the Glen Cove school team record three different times this season. The 734 score that was shot at the County Championship is now the present Glen Cove school team record.

3. This is the first time that any member of the Glen Cove Team has ever been crowned as the Individual County Champion. (Matt Pemberton)

4. This is the first time that any member of the Glen Cove Team has ever been the Individual County Champion Runner-Up. (Peter Budraitis, who shot his person best and exceeded all expectations that were set for him yesterday by shooting a 188, which is 13 points higher than his season average).

5. Matt Pemberton broke the individual school record by shooting a score of 195 out of 200 at Freeport this year. That means that 15 of his 20 shots were bulls.

Congratulations to the Air Rifle team and coaching staff. You make Glen Cove Proud. Good Luck at the NYSPHSAA Tournament February 28th at West Point.






Varsity Cheer Leads in Lynbrook Competition
Varsity Coach Amy Serr and JV Coach Jessica Banks

This past weekend, the Varsity and JV Cheerleading teams attended a competition at Lynbrook High School. The teams competed against Manhasset and Sewanhaka in the Varsity Co-Ed division. After an impressive performance, Glen Cove was awarded first place. Glen Cove Varsity and JV teams also received the spirit award for spirit displayed towards each other and other teams throughout the course of the day. Both coaches are very proud of the program’s success this year.

Click this link to Varsity routine at Lynbrook Competition 2015: http://youtu.be/u6AVnx9iy18
Congratulations Girls!



  Glen Cove Wrestling takes back the "Cove Cup"

The 23rd annual "Cove Cup" tournament is an exciting event. All of the teams compete for the hopes of winning the Cup and keeping it in their school for the entire year. Glen Cove had won the cup 3 years in a row, until last year, when Glen Cove had to hand the Cup over to Bellport. The Cup sat in Bellport's trophy display case for the entire year. Bellport brought the Cup back to Glen Cove in an attempt to defend it along with 4 other teams competing for the cup. (Mineola, Monsignor Farrell, Valley Stream Central, and Newfield). In the end, Glen Cove was able to hold on and keep the Cup in Glen Cove for another year.

1. Glen Cove 180
2. Bellport 177
3. Newfield 158
4. Monsignor Farrell 137
5. Mineola 99
6. Valley Stream Central 58

Champions for Glen Cove were Eduardo Montecer 113lbs , Sean Peet 182lbs, and DJ Taylor 285lbs

Glen Cove Wrestling has also won 2 big conference dual meets in a row. With a 43-33 win over Roslyn and a 36-31 win over rival North Shore, another playoff birth looks promising.


Coach Chris Mac Donald and
Eduardo Montecer, Outstanding Wrestler


JV Cheerleading wins 1st Place at Mac Arthur Cheerleading Competition
Saturday, January @ Mac Arthur High School
Coach: Jessica Banks

The Junior Varsity Cheerleading team attended a competition at MacArthur High School in Levittown on Saturday January 10th. There were 7 teams in the JV division. Glen Cove competed against Valley Stream North in the Medium Junior Varsity group and the team placed 1st within their group! They also won the overall award among the entire Junior Varsity division for Best Pyramid. The girls have been working so hard this year and have received First Place at every competition they have attended!

Congratulations girls and keep up the hard work!




College Bound Student Athlete Night at Glen Cove High School

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Top Row: L to R (Coach Chris Mac Donald, Taylah Hudson and Lindsay Dwyer)
Bottom Row: L to R (Ophir Sadeh, Bree Nasti, Meghan Mc Namara)

The Glen Cove High School Athletic Department hosted a College Bound Student Athlete Workshop on Monday, January 5th for all 7-12 student athletes that are interested in playing a sport at the collegiate level. College Coaches from the Division II level: Coach Bree Nasti and Coach Ophir Sadeh/Women's Softball at Adelphi University and Coach Meghan Mc Namara/Women's Lacrosse at LIU Post led the discussion.

Glen Cove High School Coach Chris Mac Donald also was a member of the panel. Coach Mac Donald played Soccer and Tennis at Mt. St. Vincent College, a Division III program. Taylah Hudson, a Senior at Glen Cove HS and Lindsay Dwyer, a Junior at Glen Cove HS completed the panel and provided a student athlete perspective.

Taylah, has signed a letter of intent to play Women's Basketball at Texas Southern University, a Division I program and Lindsay Dwyer, has verbally committed to Women's Gymnastics at the University of Illinois, a big 10 school.

The panel presented a series of topics that included the role of the student athlete, parent, and school in the college bound process. Also discussed were the nuts and bolts of recruiting, the college search, financial implications, NCAA Clearinghouse and Eligibility, and college level competition. After the presentation, time was provided for questions. All participants were provided resources and information regarding the college bound process.

For more information, please access the website for athletics and click the tab: College Bound Student Athlete.


Belfiore Honored

The College Sports Information Directors of America selected Glen Cove High School Class of 2010 graduate Dan Belfiore for the Capital One Academic All-District Division II football team.

This designation recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their performances both athletically and in the classroom.

Belfiore, who currently attends LIU Post, is a senior defensive lineman with a 3.78 GPA in accounting. He will now be added to the national ballot for the chance to earn Academic All-American notice.

“I was really surprised,” Belfiore said. “This is an amazing honor.”

Belfiore described this season as unforgettable, as he and his LIU Post teammates captured the Northeast-10 Conference Championship for the first time in nine years. The team’s victory led to an appearance in the NCCA Division II Championship, where they unfortunately fell to Virginia State.

Prior to LIU Post, Belfiore played three seasons at Glen Cove High School, leading the Knights to the playoffs in 2007 and 2008. He was also named All-County, second team All-Long Island and third team All-New York. Additionally, he received the Kava Award in 2009, given to someone who encompasses commitment, team spirit, integrity and discipline. According to coach Pete Kopeky, Belfiore was the “hardest-working student” he ever coached.

Belfiore also wrestled and competed in track and field at Glen Cove, earning All-County as a shot putter.




Nassau County Section VIII Boys Soccer Dinner

Long Island Marriot
December 2, 2014
Coach: Brian Smith All County: Kevin Shannon and Rudy Yanes All County Honorable Mention: Hernan Bonilla and Delwin Hernandez All Conference: Brian O'Connell, Andrew Gerin, Andres Mejia, and Dylan Silas Scholar Athlete: Jaime Mejia
Top Row: Andres Mejia, Kevin Shannon, Rudy Yanes, Andrew Gerin, Hernan Bonilla, Coach: Brian R. Smith Bottom Row: Alexis Cota, Dylan Silas, Brian O'Connell, Delwin Hernandez


2014 Nassau County Football Gridiron Dinner
Crest Hollow Country Club
December 10th, 2014

Coaches: Pete Kopecky, Steve Tripp, Tony Gallo, and Mark Pnini Pictured are 5 of the 6 Varsity football captains (left to right) Gaetano Famiglietti, Chris Lent, Sean Peet, David Perkins, Dejon Taylor and Mike Payton. The dinner wrapped up the 2014 season, capping a season where the Big Red qualified for the playoffs a third consecutive season. QB David Perkins earned All County honors, Chris Lent was honored with the All star game MVP as well as Honorable mention All County. Sean Peet received All Conference honors and Edwin Narvaez was chosen as the Big Reds Unsung Hero Award presented by the officials organization LIAFO. Announced at the dinner was the passing of Charles Martone a former player in the 1940's at Glen Cove High School. Numerous former coaches, players and colleagues have made donations to begin a memorial scholarship that will be presented to a lineman on the the Glen Cove squad who best displays work ethic, commitment to team and athletic integrity in the Spring.

Congratulations Big Red! You make Glen Cove proud!




Nassau County Track/Cross Country Coaches Association Cross Country Awards Dinner Crest Hollow Country Club December 8th 2014
Coaches David Stein and Lauren Jensen

Blake Woods Class II All County
Grace Blinkoff Class II All County
Thais Delima All Conference

Pictured in the photo is Coach Stein and with Grace Blinkoff on the left and Thais Delima and Blake Woods on the right.

Congratulations Blake, Grace and Thais, you make Glen Cove proud!




Big Red JV Cheerleading Places First at Valley Stream North High School Invitational/Coach Jessica Banks

On Sunday, December 7, the Junior Varsity Cheerleading Team attended the Valley Stream North High School Cheerleading Competition. They were in a tumbling division consisting of West Hempstead, Garden City, and Calhoun. The team impressively executed their routine and took home First Place!! Each member received a medal and the team received a trophy.

Congratulations to all of the cheerleaders and well done on all of your hard work! Their next competition is Saturday December 13th at Baldwin High School.




Nassau County Girls Volleyball Coaching Association Dinner
Marriott, Uniondale
Monday, December 1st 2014

Sabrina Magrini All-Conference
Tiffany Reveyoso All-Class
Sara Tenke All-County



Sara Tenke, Tiffany Reveyoso, Sabrina Magrini, Coach Matt Carbone


Sara Tenke and Coach Matt Carbone



NYS AHPERD Nassau Zone
Outstanding Physical Education Award
Crest Hollow Country Club
Woodbury, NY
December 2, 2014


Sean Peet and Zulma Bonilla Yanes, Seniors at Glen Cove High School and were selected by the Physical Education staff because they demonstrate character, sportsmanship, and an overall understanding of physical fitness. Sean is a three time award recipient of the NYS AHPERD Nassau Zone PE Award. Sean received the award at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels.

Congratulations Sean and Zulma! You have made the Physical Education Staff at Glen Cove very proud of your accomplishments!



Big Red Girl's Soccer/Coach Peter Falen
Nassau County Girls Soccer Coaching Assocation
Crest Hollow Country Club
Monday, December 1, 2014

Taylah Hudson: All Conference
Kristin Ingegno: Scholar Athlete



Coach Falen with T. Hudson on left and K. Ingegno on right


T. Hudson and K. Ingegno pictured with guest speaker Crystal Dunn, Southside High School

Crystal Alyssia Dunn (born July 3, 1992)[1] is an American soccer player for the U.S. Women's National Team and for the Washington Spirit of the NWSL. She was a member of the team that won Japan 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, a member of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer team, and was the recipient of 2012 Hermann Trophy.[2][3][4] She represented the United States as member of United States U-17, U-18, and U-20 national soccer teams. On February 13, 2013, she made her debut in the senior team playing a friendly match against Scotland national women's football team.



Big Red's Chris Lent, named Offensive MVP of the Senior Bowl All Star Game, Conference II vs. Conference III Thursday, November 27th at Mitchell Field Complex.



Chris Lent (shown here) #99 standing with other MVP's and All Star Coaches in Nassau County.

David Perkins, Chris Lent, DJ Taylor & Sean Peet competed in the games . The conference 2 vs. 3 All stars defeated the Conference 1/4 all stars 9-3 on Thanksgiving.

Chris Lent was named offensive MVP based on his 6 receptions for 110 yards and scored the Lone Touchdown of the Game on a diving catch in the End Zone. 

Click here to read the Newsday Article


Hudson Signs Letter of Intent

Glen Cove High School senior Taylah Hudson signed a Letter of Intent to play Division I basketball at Texas Southern University.

“I’ve been playing my whole life for this moment,” Hudson said. “I hope I can contribute to the team.”

Hudson received a full scholarship to Texas Southern and has been playing varsity basketball since seventh grade. She was named All-County Player twice by the coaches in Nassau County and Conference Player of the Year in 2013. She was also designated as an All-State Player by the Sportswriter’s Association of New York and named to the Basketball Coaches’ Association of New York Section 8 All-Star Team.

Varsity girls basketball coach Greg Mayerhoffer said Hudson reached a milestone in her career last season, when she became the all-time scoring leader in the history of the girls program at Glen Cove. Ultimately, she went on to surpass the 1,000-point total, an achievement accomplished by very few student-athletes in the sport.

Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel, Athletic Director Denise Kiernan, Glen Cove High School Interim Principal Roseann Cirnigliaro and guidance counselor Christine Mulhall offered their congratulations at a recent celebration held in Hudson’s honor.

“I’m so happy for her,” Mulhall said. “She has a great work ethic whether it’s at school or on the court and is a great role model for younger girls.”

Taylah’s father, Assistant Principal Allen Hudson, expressed his pride in his daughter’s success.

“Anyone who meets her knows how humble she is,” Allen Hudson said. “She always thinks about her teammates first.” 

Coach Mayerhoffer agreed, and said Hudson would always be regarded as one of the very best to ever play basketball in Nassau County and New York State. 

“I’ve coached so many good players over the years, but she’s the best,” he said. “I have no doubt she will be successful in the next stage of her life, but I’m sad to see her leave.”



Girls Varsity Tennis Takes Conference 3 Title

The girls varsity tennis team, led by coach Chris MacDonald, took a unique journey to their conference title. After a regular season record of 9-3, Glen Cove earned a first-round home playoff match vs. Plainedge. Glen Cove was able to defend their home field advantage and win 5-2, allowing them to advance to the conference semifinals, where they faced off against the undefeated East Meadow.

Competing against East Meadow’s regular season record of 12-0 seemed daunting; however, Glen Cove was able to win decisively, 5-2, advancing to the conference finals against rival Calhoun. Calhoun defeated Glen Cove twice during the regular season by a score of 4-3. Calhoun also had an undefeated record of 13-0 leading up to the final match. Glen Cove’s resilient group of girls knew that they could rise to the challenge, and although the match was a close grind, Glen Cove edged out Calhoun 4-3, taking home the Conference 3 title.

Below are the members of the team:
1st Singles: Trinity Chow
2nd Singles: Lauren Rizzo
3rd Singles:  Jenny Armstrong
1st Doubles: Alex Casale, Tristyn Hudson
2nd Doubles: Diana Delgrosso, Amanda Heavey
3rd Doubles: Elizabeth Kwiatek, Anastasia Chsileva
4th Doubles: Elena D’Ambrosio, Grace Brady
Varsity players:
Hanna Ali, Breana Mundell, Jasmine Rosario, Roselle Cacio


Boy's Soccer beats Roslyn and Jericho

Coach: Brian Smith


 The 2014 Glen Cove Boy’s Varsity Soccer team concluded a very successful season with a loss against top ranked Great Neck North in the Quarter Finals of the Nassau County Conference A Playoffs. Glen Cove, behind 2-0 with 20 minutes left to play in the decisive game, tied the score with goals by forwards Delwin Hernandez (10 goals) and Rudy Yanes (10 goals). The game went through double overtime, with neither team able to capitalize on their chances. Eventually, Great Neck North won the game on Penalty kicks.

The team earned signature victories in the regular season against Roslyn (2-0), the number one ranked team in New York State, and against Great Neck North (3-1). The team completed the regular season at third place in the conference and received a well-deserved eighth overall seed in the county playoffs.

Glen Cove began their quest for a county championship with a home playoff game verse Jericho. Jericho, the 3-time defending New York State champions brought their record-setting 21 consecutive playoff-winning streak to Glen Cove High School. Jericho looked to continue their dominance over Nassau County Soccer. The Glen Cove “Big Red” was not intimidated or unmotivated to prove that they were up to the task of ending Jericho’s streak. Glen Cove defeated Jericho (1-0) on a goal by Matthew Rabanal. The pivotal goal was headed in off of a corner kick.

Cross Country News - October 27, 2014

On Saturday October 25th, the Glen Cove Big Red Harriers mixed it up with some of Nassau County’s best teams at the Class II County Championships held at Bethpage State Park and it was tremendous day three of the harriers advanced to compete in the Section VIII Championships this Saturday. The Boys Team finished 14th out of 19th Teams in the Class II County. The Boys team was led by Senior Blake Woods scoring a season’s best time of 18:21 on the 5k course placing 19th as well as obtaining All Class County status. The Girls team were led by Junior Grace Blinkoff placing 17th in a season best time of 21:29 and sensational sophomore Thais Delima placing 26th in a time of 21:50. Grace obtained All Class County status and Thais obtained All Conference for their performances. Other Big Red Harriers scoring seasons best Sophomore Daniel Baboolal in 21:18 and Wilson Guillen in 21:18. Strong performances were scored by Kayleen Mesa, Ryan VanAllen as well as Freshman Josef Khaimov. Congratulations to Blake, Grace and Thais on their accomplishments and to the entire Big Red Harriers on an amazing season. Blake, Grace and Thais now wil compete in the Section VIII/State Qualifying Meet on Saturday November 1st at 11:00am in Bethpage State Park. Come out and support them and the entire team!

Glen Cove HS Varsity Volleyball

The Girls’ varsity volleyball team has started off their season showing much promise.  The team is led by captains; senior Abbey Farnan and junior Sara Tanke. Junior; setter; Sabrina Magrini has taken sophomore Safire Blissett under her wing; showing her much of the ins and outs of the difficult setting position.  Senior Caitlin Brown and new comer Cirina Capioppo have shown leadership qualities on and off the court bringing this young varsity team together.  Junior Brittnay Lizama has made a positive impact on the team as she has shown far this season.  Tiffany Reveyoso junior and also a new comer to Glen Cove has worked her way into the starting line-up becoming one of the varsities most influential players.  Sophomores and starting player Kamia Washington, Julia Micko and Stefanny Figueroa all have shown what the definition of hard work and dedication means. This is obvious by the development in their skill level from last year to this year.  Rounding up the very young varsity volleyball team are freshman Grace Tenke and Sandra Pajovic; who both are impact players and have contributed to the team already.

Glen Cove started off their season with a win against Mepham beating them in 3 straight games.  Sara Tenke had 10 kills and 5 services aces to lead the way.   The win was a whole team effort.

Glen Cove also played in a tournament this Sunday where they were the lowest ranked team.  Going in the girls’ knew they had nothing to lose.  They were calm and ready to play hard.  Winning against Uniondale, Carle Place and Jericho who all rank in higher conferences was a tremendous accomplishment for the young team.  For the first time in over a decade, the girl’s team made it to the tournament playoff placing 4th out of a tough higher ranked seven teams.  In the playoffs, they faced a state champion caliber team; South Side.  Although Glen Cove lost they gave South Side a run for their money.  Good Job Girl’s…