Underclassmen to watch for the winter season

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Josh White

Sophomore Adam Mizrahi surveys the floor during a home game against the Great Neck South Rebels on Dec. 9. Mizrahi is one of several underclassmen contributing to their respective teams.

Alex Devas, Joey Levine, and Justin Suzzan, Contributing Writers and Staff Writer

During the winter season thus far, there have been several underclassmen who have taken leading roles on their respective teams.

Despite having been on the team for less time than many of their upperclassmen teammates, these younger players have found ways to make signifigant contributions. They also hope to have promising futures in their time as Vikings.

 

Freshman Lucy Hurt, 

Girls Winter Track:

 

Vikings Cross country runner and freshman Lucy Hurt, has made an instant impact on the team.  She has proved to be not only one of the best runners on the team, but also one of the best in Nassau County.

During the fall season, Hurt ran a 19:20 5K at the Brown Invitational.  Additionally, she finished as the third best runner in the county and as the second best at state qualifiers.

“Being only a freshman, Lucy has accomplished so much,” said freshman and girls cross country team member Jenna Rubens.  “She is a dedicated teammate and always tries her best and encourages others while doing so.”

Overall, the girls cross country team finished third in the county.  Next season, Hurt and the team plan to build on this result.

“We are aiming to do just as well next year and hopefully qualify for the whole team to make it to states,” said Hurt.  “My teammates and I are all really good friends and I know we can improve.”

Hurt will continue to be one of the top runners for Port Washington this winter during the indoor track season.

 

Sophomore Adam Mizrahi, 

Boys Varsity Basketball:

 

This year, sophomore Adam Mizrahi is on the boys varsity basketball team for his second consecutive season.

Last season, Mizrahi was the only freshman to make the team, but he is now being joined by a few fellow underclassmen.

Standing at 6-feet-2-inches, Mizrahi plays small and power forward alongside his teammates on the court.

“I think he is a great player and has a lot of potential”, said senior captain Noah Linder, who currently leads the team in scoring.

Last season, Mizrahi helped lead the Vikings to a 9-4 conference record and a 12-6 overall record, culminating in a playoff berth.

Many of last year’s seniors have departed the winning team, including his older brother, Oren, and Mizrahi is one of the few holdovers from last season on this year’s squad.

“I am very glad that I am getting playing time and I am just trying to follow the footsteps of the upperclassmen, such as Noah Linder and many others,“ said Mizrahi.

With an increased role in his second varsity season in as many years, Mizrahi will do whatever it takes to help lead the basketball team to another winning season.

 

Freshman Derek Knight,

Boys Swimming:

 

Standout freshman Derek Knight has played an integral role in the success of the boys varsity swimming team this season.

Knight has made himself known by helping the Vikings win in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:48:82.

“Derek is very good at every stroke,” said senior captain Neil Devas.

His leadership has helped the Vikings against teams such as Garden City and Long Beach, the top two teams in Nassau County this season.

In his short Schreiber career, he has already broken the Vikings records for the 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle and 500-meter freestyle races.

Derek has a lot of hopes for both himself and the rest of the team for the near future.

“I believe we have a chance at winning our conference and think that this swim team is probably the best we have had in a long time,” said Knight.