Winter sport teams conclude 2014-2015 seasons: Varsity teams finish with mixed results; look forward to next year

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Senior Patience Ragione attempts to pin her opponent to the mat on Dec. 11. Ragione is the only female Viking wrestler. The squad had three wrestlers place in the top five at the county tournament, including two champions.

Andrew Kerr, Justin Suzzan and Josh White, Staff Writer, Staff Writer, Photo Editor

Boys Bowling

 

Going into the last match of the season, the boys varsity bowling team was ranked second only to Garden City Trojans.  The Vikings lost to the no. 1 seed, the Garden City Trojans, 2-1 by scores of 624-678, 679-627, 748-642.

Throughout the season, the Vikings were constantly wavering between first and second place, winning against teams including Manhasset, Roslyn, Great Neck North, and Great Neck South.

The Vikings will lose 4 seniors; however, the senior captain believes that some of the younger players will be able to pick up the slack next season.

“Sophomore Alec Marshak was one of our strongest bowlers this season and he is only a sophomore,” said senior captain Nick D’Alonzo.  “Between Alec and [junior] John Gallagher leading the charge next season, Port bowling should continue its success.”

The Vikings will look to bounce back next year and compete for a Conference I Championship next season.

 

Boys Wrestling

 

The boys wrestling team had a very successful season this year with two county champions.  Seniors Sam Goldman and Elmer Mendez both won county championships, the first county winners from Port in 39 years.

The wrestling team worked hard throughout the season at practices and meets for a chance at making Schreiber history.

This hard work paid off in the long run.  The wrestling team will be losing many talented seniors, including Diego Alvarez, Zach Avazis, Mike Petty, and Johnny Nahas, and of course the two county champions, Goldman and Mendez.

Even with this loss, the team looks forward to next season with high expectations from upcoming wrestlers.  Junior Teddy Tannenbaum finished fifth in the county tournament and expects to improve next season.

The team finished this season with a record of 2-1 in its conference.

 

Boys Winter Track 

 

The boys indoor track team, whose season ended in January, added to Port’s already-impressive reputation.  Although the team fell short of a conference championship, junior captain Peter Kirgis still had good things to say about his team this season.

“I was impressed with the teams’ performance this year,” said Kirgis.  “I know we will keep improving and hopefully win a conference championship in the future.”

Kirgis is one of the Schreiber runners who will be participating at states.

Coach Nicole Dumpson was proud of the team’s performance this season.  However, like every coach, she knows the team can always improve.

“The team did well this season,” said Coach Dumpson.  “If we keep improving and growing as a team we will achieve much more.”

 

Girls Gymnastics

 

With two new coaches for the girls gymnastic team this season, the team struggled in its first season under new management.  Heavily led by seniors this season, the team hopes that new gymnasts in the following season will help the team get into the win column.  They finished the season with a record of 0-5.

 

Girls Winter Track

 

The girls winter track team ended its season by winning its conference this year.  The team was led by senior captains Jenny Aguiar, Neve Devine, and Laura Russo, who, in their final indoor track season, were able to help lead the team to victory.

“Every individual runner stepped up this season,” said Aguiar.  “Next year, we have some great girls who will continue to make Port proud.”

These seniors leave behind a team that is showing great potential not only for next season but also for many future seasons.   Freshmen Lucy Hurt and Maddie Jester are among two of the girls who will be participating in the state championships.

Head Coach Jeremiah Pope continuously emphasizes how important it is to work as hard as you can all the time, something that has evidently helped the track team reach the top.  Coach Pope will continue advocating this mentality with his runners next season, and hopes to inspire both current and future runners to do better.

 

Girls Basketball

 

Finishing the season off with a 65-53 win against the East Meadow Jets, the girls varsity basketball team played the no. 3 seed, the Syosset Braves, in the first round of the playoffs.

The Vikings went into the second half down by one with a score of 33-32.  Behind senior captain Anna Catrone, the Vikings rallied back to win the game 64-53.

Catrone lead the way with 26 points and sophomore Rachel Rosen added nine points, 10 rebounds and 7 steals.

Coming off their first round playoff win, the girls varsity basketball team played the no. 1 seeded Baldwin Bruins in the quarterfinals.

The Bruins got out to an early lead and never looked back.  Despite junior Phylicia Waskover and Catrone scoring 11 and 10 points respectively, the team did not win.  The Vikings lost the game by a score of 80-41.

The girls varsity basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 10-9 and a conference record of 7-5.  The Vikings look to continue their success next year with many of their current players returning.