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(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…  


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