Vikings spring sports prepare for season

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Matias Mollin

Senior Mitchell Levine heading back to his position during a scrimmage at Guggenheim field. Levine is the Vikings’ starting third baseman this season.

Justin Suzzan, Sports Editor

Girls Lacrosse 

The girls team is coming off a successful 2016 campaign after finishing with a 12-1 overall record in the regular season. In the end, however, the Lady Vikings were disappointed, as Massapequa defeated them in the second round of the playoffs.

Currently, the team is led by a number of talented seniors, including Penn State commit Rachel Rosen. Last season, Rosen was ranked among Nassau County’s top scorers in points.

Other returning impact players to the team this year include senior Lily Avazis and juniors Ali Hoffman and Rebecca Rosen.

“We are really excited for the start of the season,” said Rebecca Rosen. “We know that we can really go far in the playoffs this year if we work hard enough for it.”

With excellent team chemistry and a determined work ethic, the Lady Vikings may prove to be a top team again this season. They hope to make a deep playoff run as the season progresses.

Boys Tennis

The boys tennis team is heading into the 2017 season with one of the strongest teams Port has had in recent memory. Headlining the team are returning all-county seniors Austin Egna, Max Egna, George Maslow, and Timothy Serignese.

This year, the Vikings are ready to compete for a Nassau County Conference I championship after Roslyn dashed their hopes for titles in the county semifinals.  titles hopes ended against Roslyn in the county semifinals.

In addition to enhancing team performance, the boys hope to improve their individual performances at the Nassau County tournament. Both the Egna/Egna and Kaslow/Serignese doubles went far in their brackets of the tournament last year. All members of the team are confident in their abilities this year, as they feel prepared to take on the best tennis players in the county.

“I think we are going to be very good this year,” said senior captain Rob Konoff. “We have such a talented team full of experienced seniors and underclassmen that we could really compete with the top teams in our conference.”

Boys Track

The boys track team is entering the season with an array of experienced athletes.  Last season, the team finished third overall in Nassau County. They now hope to continue honing their skills so that they can score even higher.

The team is led by a number of talented seniors including Jordan Hurt, Rory Owens, and Aaron Siff-Scherr. There are also many young runners, all of whom are eager to contribute to Port’s winning track legacy.

“We have many young players on the team right now that are really impressing everybody,” said junior Grant Bruno. “We are really confident in our abilities this year and we can’t wait to see what we can accomplish.”

Girls Track

For three consecutive years, the girls track team has dominated their conference, securing first overall each time. This year, Port a talented team with the potential to keep this record going, including returning county champion runners, sophomore Ava Gellis and senior Beatriz Chavarria.

Although the team multiple lost seniors from last season, they expect another great season. What this year’s runners lack in experience they make up for in talent. Chavarria, as well as senior captain Maria Kogan and junior Lucy Hurt, all competed at the New York State meet last season.

The three-time defending conference champions hope to continue Port’s success throughout this upcoming season.

Boys Baseball

Last season, the boys baseball team finished with a 9-10 overall record. Throughout the season, Port lost crucial games by only a few runs, and the team ultimately fell short of securing a playoff spot.

The boys hope to keep improving, and they will rely on their senior leadership in order to foster the talent of the team’s younger players.

“We have many young players right now that are ready to step up,” said senior Mitchell Levine. “For us, our talent is there. We just have to become more confident so we will be able to make playoffs and accomplish more.”