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Fall Sports 2016 will begin as follows:
Varsity & JV Football
Varsity & JV Cheerleading
Monday, August 15th, 2016
All Other Varsity and JV sports
Monday, August 22nd, 2016
ALL 7/8 Grade Sports
September 6th (first day of school)
Leon Named Academic All-American
Brandon Leon, a recent graduate of Glen Cove High School and former member of the school’s boys Big Red lacrosse team, has been named to US Lacrosse’s Academic All-American team.
Brandon, who was a four-year starter and captain at Glen Cove, was selected as an All-County defenseman during the 2016 season for his work on the field. Known as a ferocious takeaway player, he led Big Red in takeaways and groundballs in the last two seasons. This past year, he also scored seven goals and two assists, which ranked him among the top-scoring longsticks in Nassau County. In addition, Brandon’s status as an Academic All-American recognizes his fine academic accomplishments. US Lacrosse, the national governing body of both boys and girls lacrosse, recognizes the top nine student-athletes in Nassau County with the Academic All-American Award.
Brandon will be attending Molloy College in the fall to continue his academic and athletic career.
Glen Cove Boys Lacrosse Honored at Dinner
The Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association recently honored four members of Glen Cove High School’s Big Red boy’s lacrosse team and Rob Field of Glen Cove Jr. Lacrosse for their fine work both on and off the lacrosse field.
Seniors Geoffrey Field and Sean Morrissey were named to the All-Conference Team. Geoffrey led Glen Cove in assists for the past three years and will be attending Montclair State this fall. Sean, the team’s face-off specialist had a fantastic 73 win percentage, in addition to leading the midfield in scoring, will attend King’s College.
Michael Hatala, an honorable mention All-County player, led the team in scoring the past three seasons, scoring 43 goals this season alone, including the 100th of his career. Michael will attend Susquehanna University. Brandon Leon served as cover defenseman and was named to the All-County team. Known for his take-away ability, he led the team in takeaways and groundballs, and ranked among the top scoring defenders in the county with seven goals scored. Brandon will be attending Molloy College in the fall.
The boys were also given awards for their work in the classroom. Sean and Michael were named to the Academic All-Conference team, and Brandon to the Academic All-County team.
Field was awarded the Harvey Cohen Service Award, which recognizes individuals who have donated service to both the Jr. League and high school lacrosse programs. In addition to his many years of service as a coach in the Jr. Lacrosse Program, Rob has been instrumental in bringing LaxFest to Glen Cove. LaxFest, a full day of lacrosse that features all the teams in the Glen Cove Jr. League, including second-grade girls, second-grade boys, boys (grades 3-4) and boys grade 5-6, and the high school’s boys junior varsity and varsity, and girls varsity, which culminates with an Alumni Game, featuring former players and coaches from both the Jr. League and high school.
Varsity Softball Team Receives Accolades
The varsity softball team accepted awards for the 2016 season on June 6 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. Coaches Angela Zupa and Kim Kessel congratulated the following student-athletes:
All-County winners: Senior Sara Tenke and junior Safire Blissett
All-County honorable mention: Freshman Micaela Costello
All-Conference winners: Seniors Mary Garcia and Larissa Ketcham
District Sports Awards
Fall Sports Recipients
Winter Sports Recipients
Spring Sports Recipients
Two Sport Athlete Recipients
Three Sport Athlete Recipients
Varsity Athletes Honored at Sports Night
Glen Cove High School students, parents, faculty and community members celebrated varsity athletes who participated in fall, winter and spring athletics at the Booster Club’s Athletic Awards Night on June 7.
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 Dr. Maria Rianna to outstanding seniors. Congratulations to Michael Payton (fall), Catherine Hatala (winter) and Grace Blinkoff (spring). In addition to the Superintendent’s Trophy, Principal Antonio Santana presented the Principal’s Cup to Tristyn Hudson and Brian Shannon.
The following students were honored with scholarships and awards:
Glen Cove Jr. Soccer Scholarship Award:
Hall of Fame Scholarships in Memory of John Maccarone:
Hall of Fame Scholarship in Memory of Dr. Sidney Canarick:
Glen Cove Jr. Football/Cheerleading Scholarship Awards in Memory of Rob Kormoski:
Glen Cove Jr. Lacrosse Scholarship Awards:
The Annual Memorial Henry T. Boguszewski Golf Scholarship:
Todd Weber Award:
Thomas Renison Scholarship Award:
Glen Cove High School Booster Club Scholarships:
John “Red” Lamberson: Michael Payton
Virginia A. Maccarone: Catherine Hatala
Booster Club: Grace Blinkoff
Booster Club: Jonathan Capobianco
Kenneth Spy “Heart of the Team” Scholarship:
James Fantry Memorial Award:
Knights of Columbus Award — E.J. Gribbin:
Kenneth R. Andrews Sportsmanship Awards:
F. J. DiMenna Award:
Lola Schmitz Berg Award:
Charles Johnson Physical Fitness Award:
U.S. Marine Distinguished Athletes:
Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award:
Glen Cove High School Athletic Achievement Award:
Golden G Award:
Glen Cove Inducts Athletes to Wall of Fame
Glen Cove High School’s athletic department honored the school’s 24 All-County athletes with induction into its Wall of Fame on June 7.
Athletic Director Denise Kiernan led the ceremony, congratulating the students and thanking them for continuing the tradition of excellence at Glen Cove High School.
“Congratulations to all the champions here tonight,” Kiernan said. “I commend you for your efforts in pursuing your passion for athletics; continue to create a legacy that will last forever.”
Athletic Director Jim Butz established the Wall of Fame, which is located just outside the high school’s gymnasium, in the 1970s. Congratulations to the following student-athletes:
Track & Field
Glen Cove Girls Varsity Lacrosse Players Celebrated
The Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team held their annual Senior Night on May 11, which honored Class of 2016 graduating seniors Catherine Hatala (University of California at Berkeley), Michelle Melfi (Stony Brook University), Erin Moore (Marywood University), Kayla Monahan (Johnson & Wales) and Dani Dratch (University of Delaware).
The seniors all did a wonderful job this season, serving as great role models for their younger teammates and will be greatly missed. The entire team fought hard this season to make it to the very competitive conference IV. Some of the highlights included the girl’s games over spring break where they won two nail bitters in a row. The first game was a 7-6 win over Valley Stream, and the second win occurred on Lax Fest Day where the girls came out on top over Plainview with an 8-6 win. Congratulation to the 2016 award winners: Catherine Hatala (All-Conference), Michelle Melfi (Senior Scholar Athlete) and Tristyn Hudson (Unsung Hero). Congratulations on a well-fought season!
Softball and Lacrosse Teams Give Back to Community
On April 28, during spring break, the varsity softball team and girls varsity lacrosse team, along with coaches Samantha Basile, Kim Kessel, Nicole Sileo and Angela Zupa, volunteered their time at the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club.
The softball team gave instructions on throwing and fielding, then played a game of Wiffle ball with children in grades 3-8, while the lacrosse team provided instruction on throwing and catching in lacrosse, as well as basketball skills. The girls enjoyed seeing the smiles on the children’s faces.
The staff at the club welcomed the Glen Cove athletes and were involved in making this day a great success. The teams would like to extend a big thank-you to Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club Associate Director Desiree O’Neill, who was very helpful in organizing the event. The teams are looking forward to doing it again next year.
Glen Cove Lacrosse Celebrates Lacrosse Fest
Glen Cove High School girls and boys lacrosse teams joined with members of Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Club for the third annual Lacrosse Fest on April 30 at Glen Cove High School.
Games ran throughout the day that featured student-athletes from the second-grade boys and girls teams, to the Big Red varsity teams. The day was highlighted by the varsity girls victory over Plainview, 8-6 and the varsity boys win over Clarke, 11-4.
Pictured (from left): Coach Steve Tripp, Geoffery Field, Brandon Leon,
Sean Morrissey, Catherine Hatala, Mayor Spinello, Michelle Melfi,
Michael Hatala, Michael Payton and Coach Nicole Sileo.
Varsity Cheerleading Celebrates All-County, Scholar Athlete, All-Division and Coaches Awards
On April 13, the Nassau County Cheerleading Coaching Association hosted its first award ceremony at Freeport High School.
Congratulations to the following students: seniors Lila Nolan and Victoria Tripp, who were designated All-County. Tripp was also honored with a Scholar Athlete Award. Senior Olivia Boecklin was named All-Division, while Tatiana Leto, was the recipient of a Coaches Award. Coach Jessica Thompson was named Conference Coach of the Year for Small Varsity Division II. These awards are received on behalf of the Nassau County Cheerleading Coaching Association.
Pictured (l-r): Victoria Tripp, Tatiana Leto, Coach Jessica Thompson, Lila Nolan and Olivia Boecklin.
Glen Cove Honors College-Bound Student-Athletes
The athletic department at Glen Cove High School hosted a College Bound Recognition Day on April 14 for graduating seniors who have committed to play collegiate sports in their respective academic institutions.
Athletic Director Denise Kiernan led the event, which was attended by students and their families, coaches, guidance counselors, Glen Cove High School administrators, Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel.
“Nothing could be more exciting than celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of the students before you today,” Kiernan said. “Playing at the collegiate level requires a tremendous amount of desire, determination and focus to be successful. Best wishes and good luck to all of you. Make Glen Cove proud!”
Congratulations to the following students:
||Division 3 Cross Country
||Division 2 Football
| Christian Gueverra
||Division 3 Football
||Division 3 Football
||Division 3 Football
|Sharayad Le Tellier
|American International College
|Division 2 Football
||Division 3 Basketball
||Division 2 Baseball
||Division 3 Softball
||Division 3 Lacrosse
||Division 3 Lacrosse
||Division 3 Lacrosse
||Division 3 Lacrosse
||Division 2 Lacrosse
|Division 3 Lacrosse
Kiernan also recognized Glen Cove senior and gymnast Lindsay Dwyer, who signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Illinois, a Division I Big 10 school in the fall of 2015.
Outstanding Pitching and Defense Create Excitement for Softball Team
Glen Cove High School senior Sara Tenke pitched a no-hitter yesterday against Floral Park Memorial High School to extend the team’s record in Conference ABC II, to 8-2.
So far, Sara has a career-high of 115 strikeouts for the season. Softball coach Angela Zupa encourages the community to come and support the team at their last four home games, which will take place on Tuesday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m. against Oyster Bay on Varsity Field; Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m. against Garden City at John Maccarone Memorial Stadium (Thomas Rennison Scholarship Game); and Monday, May 2 and 4, at 4:30 p.m. on Varsity Field.
Newsday Names Guevara One of Long Island’s Top Players
Glen Cove High School senior Christian Guevara was named one of the top 100 high school football players on Long Island for the 2016 season. Guevara will attend and play football at Utica College in the fall.
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Newsday Names Capobianco One of Long Island’s Best
Glen Cove High School senior Jonathan Capobianco was named one of the
top 100 high school baseball players on Long Island for the 2016 season.
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Glen Cove Basketball Players Honored
The Nassau County Boys Basketball Coaches Association held its annual awards dinner on March 16 to celebrate the best basketball players in the county.
Three Glen Cove High School athletes were honored at the dinner. The district congratulates junior Kevin Ernest, who received an All-Conference award based on his 11.3 points-per-game average that helped the team into the playoffs. Additional honors went to senior leaders and co-captains Corey Dinkins and Khalil Zachary, who received All-County plaques for helping to lead the team into the second round of the playoffs against No. 1 seeded Southside. Although the team was unsuccessful that night, both players are leaving the school with many long-lasting impressions and great moments, such as the team’s 30-point game against Oceanside High School in the opening round of the Bob Morrison Tournament in Great Neck in December. This win helped Glen Cove capture the tournament title. Dinkins and Zachary were also the one-two punch Glen Cove needed to help defeat local rival Friends Academy in the opening round of the playoffs.
Markoulis to Compete in All-Star Ice Hockey Game
Glen Cove High School sophomore Spyro Markoulis was selected by the Nassau County Hockey League to play in the All-Star game vs. Suffolk County on April 2.
Spyro competed in the Western New York High School Club Hockey League championships in Jamestown as a member of the Bethpage Eagles ice hockey team on March 4-5. The high school sophomore was first drafted to goaltend for the Eagles varsity team last year and has been invited to play throughout his high school career.
“Spyro was an average goalie as a ninth-grader, but through persistence and hard work, he has proven himself worthy of being selected to an elite group of hockey players in the high school league,” said Bethpage varsity ice hockey coach Jeff Schmier. “He not only plays with Bethpage, but also plays travel hockey as well. His commitment to the game, his teammates and bettering himself is unwavering.”
Principal Antonio Santana and the entire administration at Glen Cove High School congratulate Spyro on his outstanding athletic achievements and wish him luck when he takes the ice in the All-Star game.
Kickline Team Places Second in Scholastic Kickline Competition
The Glen Cove High School varsity kickline team ended their season on a high note. The girls won second place in the Scholastic Kickline Competition’s varsity pompon category on March 6 at Nassau Community College.
With more than half of the team being first-year dancers, the girls worked hard to prepare two dances, pompon and high kick, beating out teams that won during the February competition.
This win comes as a strong finish to a season filled with football and basketball halftime performances, pep rally and marching in the NYC Columbus Day parade. Coach Stephanie Spy is proud of the effort put forth by each and every dancer to ensure that the performances were ready for competition. Great job, girls!
Lacrosse Players Reflect on Community Service in Video
Glen Cove High School lacrosse athletes and coaches were interviewed by representatives from the W20 Foundation’s Team Up 4 Community program following their first-place win in the organization’s Long Island Holiday Heroes Community Service Challenge.
During the interview, the student-athlete volunteers were asked to reflect on the experience they had while instructing local youth how to play lacrosse. A video of the interviews will be shown at the organization’s year-end banquet on May 25 at the Inn at Fox Hollow, where the district will receive a $3,000 award for the contest win.
Glen Cove Cheerleaders Named Runners-up at Nassau County Championship
The Glen Cove High School cheerleaders participated in the first Nassau County Championship at Wantagh High School on Feb. 21. The team was the runner-up in the Division II Small Varsity category, behind Clarke High School.
Glen Cove Cheerleading made history by qualifying and placing in the first-ever county tournament since cheerleading became a sport in New York State this school year. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association will be hosting the first state tournament on March 5 in Syracuse.
Glen Cove will be competing at the national level at the Cheer and Dance Extreme Grand National Championship in Virginia Beach on March 12. Good luck, Glen Cove!
Student Athletes as School Leaders: Leadership On and Off the Field
Six Glen Cove High School athletes attended the 13th annual Student Athletes as School Leaders: Leadership On and Off the Field conference, held at Hofstra University on Feb. 2.
The purpose of the conference was to celebrate, support and encourage positive student leadership throughout Nassau County school districts. The student leaders had an opportunity to meet with their counterparts from other high schools and share ideas about the meaning and significance of leadership.
The day included a keynote address by Greg Dale, professor of sport psychology and sport ethics at Duke University and director of the sport psychology and leadership programs for Duke Athletics. Mr. Dale’s address focused on the dialogue between student leaders, coaches, athletic administrators and principals, as well as communication skills training. Representatives from the Positive Coaching Alliance facilitated breakout sessions for the student leaders using prepared materials.
Glen Cove Basketball Athlete Heads to Russia
Glen Cove High School junior GraceAnne Woods has been selected for a prestigious SportsUnited: Basketball Ambassadors of Today and Tomorrow full scholarship overseas exchange trip, and will travel to Russia from April 22-May 1.
According to SportsUnited, Woods and 12 other finalists will engage with peers overseas through the common bond of basketball, expanding their understanding of each other’s culture and country while advancing their skills in becoming open-minded and successful citizens of the world.
Glen Cove High School Principal Antonio Santana and the entire administration congratulate Woods on this outstanding athletic achievement.
Varsity Cheerleaders Place Second in Competition
Congratulations to the Glen Cove Varsity Cheerleaders! On Jan. 31, the girls went head-to-head with teams across Long Island at the Smithtown West Competition.
According to coach Jessica Thompson, it has been a long and bumpy road for these girls, who have shown dedication, perseverance and strength. In the words of captain Lila Nolan, "No other sport wants you to look pretty while screaming like a man, holding another person in the air, tossing them, catching them and smiling!"
Cheerleading is a tough sport, but these girls made it look easy. Congratulations on taking home the second-place trophy! The next stop is the Cheer Extreme Nationals by the Sea in Virginia Beach this March.
Congratulations Glen Cove Football
Scholar-Athlete Honors for Payton
Big Red quarterback Mike Payton received the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Award at a ceremony held at Oceanside High School on Jan. 21.
Payton was recognized for his grades and athletic ability on the field. He has a 95 GPA and is ranked 20th in his class. He was also named the offensive MVP of the County Final game, based on his 229 rushing yards.
Payton will be attending college in the fall and is looking at Penn State, Villanova and UConn, where he plans on majoring in accounting and finance.
Season Starts Off Right for Big Red Boys Basketball
The Glen Cove boys
basketball team has gotten off to a great start with wins over Bethpage,
Floral Park, Locust Valley and rival North Shore. The team’s latest
wins captured the Bob Morrison Classic Tournament at Great Neck North
High School on Dec. 29 and 30.
The first win was an unbelievable come-from-behind victory against
Oceanside. Oceanside led Big Red 31-10 at the end of the first quarter.
From that point on, Glen Cove outscored the team 65-37, en route to a
78-68 victory, which set up the championship game against Great Neck
North the following night.
Corey Dinkins led the way with 33 points and six assists, while Khalil
Zachary added 31 points and 14 rebounds to lead the team.
During the game against Great Neck North, Glen Cove jumped out to a
21-point lead, only to have the game tied with two minutes of play
remaining. Junior guard Kevin Ernest hit a huge three-point shot to give
the team some breathing room, and great free throw shooting from
Zachary and Dinkins preserved the win and gave Glen Cove the trophy.
This was the first tournament win at the Great Neck Bob Morrison Classic
for Glen Cove High School. The team hopes to improve its winning ways
against league opponents Valley Stream North, Lynbrook and Lawrence. Go
Athletic Department Hosts College-Bound Student-Athlete Night
The Glen Cove High School Athletic Department hosted a College-Bound Student-Athlete Workshop on Jan. 6 for students in grades 7-12 who are interested in playing a sport at the collegiate level.
The discussion was led by college coaches from the Division II level: Bree Nasti and Ophir Sadeh (women’s softball) from Adelphi University and Meghan McNamara (women’s lacrosse) from LIU Post.
Glen Cove High School coaches Chris MacDonald and Nicole Sileo also members of the panel. Girls and boys tennis and wrestling coach MacDonald played soccer and tennis at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, a Division III program. Girls lacrosse coach Sileo was a lacrosse player at LIU Post, a Division II school.
Glen Cove High School senior Lindsay Dwyer, who recently signed an official Letter of Intent with a full athletic scholarship to the University of Illinois, Division I Big 10 for Gymnastics, rounded out the panel and provided a student-athlete’s perspective to those in attendance.
The panel presented a series of topics that included the roles 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 aid, NCAA Clearinghouse and Eligibility, and college-level competition. After the presentation, time was allotted 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.
Glen Cove Graduate Turns Heads on Soccer Field
Mike Grella, a Glen Cove High School Class of 2005 graduate and New York Red Bulls soccer team player, was a finalist for the Major League Soccer Newcomer of the Year award.
Grella attended Duke University after graduating from Glen Cove and went on to play professional soccer. He spent many years playing in Europe before returning to the United States to play for the New York team. He is married with a young son and still lives in Glen Cove. To view highlights of Grella’s career, please click on the following link:
Hatala and Hogan Named Zone Winners
Glen Cove High School seniors Catherine Hatala and Tim Hogan received the Nassau Zone Award from the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Dec. 14.
Hatala and Hogan were selected by members of Glen Cove High School’s physical education department based on their character, sportsmanship and overall understanding of physical fitness. Congratulations Catherine and Tim--you have made the physical education staff at Glen Cove very proud!
Glen Cove Athletes Honored at Nassau County Football Gridiron Dinner
Coaches: Pete Kopecky, Steve Tripp, Will Martinez and Mark Pnini
Nassau County Football Gridiron Dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club
on Dec. 9 wrapped up the 2015 season, where Big Red qualified for the
playoffs for the fourth consecutive year and advanced to the finals,
making them the Conference III Big Four Champions.
Bill Piner Award: Senior Gaetano Famiglietti
Bill Piner Award is presented each year to the most outstanding
linebacker in Nassau County. It was created in 1977 as a symbol of
appreciation for Bill's lasting contributions and dedication to Nassau
County football. The award includes a scholarship. The linebacker
represents the heart and soul of a football team's defense and provides
the inspiration and leadership necessary to any successful football
For more information about Gaetano's Award Click here
County Final Offense MVP: Senior Mike Payton
County Final Defense MVP: Christian Guevara
All-County: Gaetano Famiglietti, senior David Bull and senior Sharayad Letellier
Honorable Mention All-County: Senior Tim Hogan
All-Conference: Seniors Corey Dinkins and Will Beglin
100th Career Win: Coach Peter Kopecky
Jack Boyle Award, Assistant Coach of the Year: Steve Tripp (finalist)
Team: Conference III Big 4 Champions
Congratulations, Big Red! You make Glen Cove proud!
The 2016 season will be the 100th year for Glen Cove Football.
Big Red History of Glen Cove Football
1931 and 1932: Undefeated, Unscored Upon
1943 and 1949: Undefeated and Rutger's Cup
1998: Conference III County Champions
Big Four Champions: 1984, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2015
Quarter Finalists: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Thorpe Award: Lou Britt, 1949
Kessinich Award: Jesus Marcano, 1995 and Eric Tripp, 2008
All-Long Island: Clyde Riggins, 1978 and Ryan Fletcher, 1996
Cross-Country Honors for Blinkoff and Delima
Glen Cove students Grace Blinkoff and Thais Delima were recognized at the Nassau County Track/Cross-Country Coaches Association’s Cross-Country Awards Dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on Dec. 7. Grace earned honors as an All-Conference athlete and Thais, as All-County. Coaches Lauren Jensen and David Stein congratulated the girls on their outstanding achievements.
Cheerleaders Place Third at Invitational
Glen Cove’s varsity cheerleaders placed third in the Small Varsity Division at the Wantagh Warrior Invitational on Dec. 5
The girls worked hard to show off a liberty sequence with a switch lib, power press, scale and arabesque, which ended in a twist down. Although it was a very difficult routine, the girls were not afraid of the challenge. The team also had a fabulous ending pyramid with many moving parts, including Tatiana Leto flipping from above her teammates’ heads, only to be tossed backwards to do it again!
Coach Jessica Thompson congratulated the team on a great performance and expressed her pride on their accomplishments thus far. She also reminded the team to keep powering through at their upcoming competitions, saying, “You can achieve anything you set your mind to.”
Varsity Football Team Thanks Landing Students
Before the Nassau County Football Championship, the Big Red football team received letters from Landing School students wishing them luck.
Members of the team were so happy to receive the letters, they posted them by the football team showcase for the entire school to see. To show their appreciation, Big Red visited Landing to thank the students for their support. Led by coaches Pete Kopecky and Steve Tripp, Big Red players Jared Buehre, Gaetano Famigletti, Joey Grella, Christian Guevarra, Tim Hogan, Devron James, Sha Lettelier, Michael Payton and Andres Sican spoke to the students about how happy they were to receive so much support from the community, and how proud they were to represent Glen Cove in the playoffs. Members of the football team also answered questions about football, the playoffs, keeping up with homework and classwork, and their favorite players on the team.
Underdog Glen Cove hangs in (Newsday Article)
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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.
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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.