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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.
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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
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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.