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Morrissey Tears Open with Two Homers in Big Red Victory


Glen Cove softball continued its torrid start Friday afternoon as it cruised to a 12-1 win against Manhasset at home.

Big Red got a gigantic lift from freshman Kayla Morrissey. The center fielder jumped out on Manhasset pitcher Kristen Leung early as she tore a three-run home run that scored Nicole Alexander and Hailey Langone.

“I haven’t been hitting so far this season,” Morrissey said. “I just wanted to get a hit.”

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Martinez, Clarke Shut Out Glen Cove


A two-run home run off their opponents’ bat just wasn’t the way coach Carmine Rotolo wanted his Glen Cove team to start the game Friday afternoon.

Big Red fell behind to Clarke High School 3-0 after the first inning and couldn’t crawl back into the game, dropping the contest 5-0.

“We’re just not mentally there yet to compete with a team like that,” Rotolo said.

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Golden Gloves Shine at Glen Cove High School

The fight between William Burton (left), and Samuel Ayipe (right), was one of the many bouts featured during the Golden Gloves tournament at Glen Cove High School on Thursday night. Ayipe won in an unanimous 5-0 judges' decision.

The fight between William Burton (left), and Samuel Ayipe (right), was one of the many bouts featured during the Golden Gloves tournament at Glen Cove High School on Thursday night. Ayipe won in an unanimous 5-0 judges' decision.

What usually is a space full of teenagers running around in gym clothes was turned into the center of the New York City boxing world on Thursday night, as Glen Cove High School hosted six quarterfinal round bouts in the 2010 Golden Gloves tournament.

Four men’s 165-pound weight class matches and two women’s 152-pound weight class bouts brought roughly 400 people to the school for more than 2 hours of competition.

“I like boxing, and my grandkids here are also interested, so I took I them to see the Golden Gloves,” said Glen Cove resident Tony Schettino.

“We may have a future champion here,” he said referring to one of his three grandchildren watching the bouts with him.

The fight of the night – and the one that created the most buzz – came in the second bout between James Clarke and Francisco Suero. The crowd booed as Clarke’s name was announced as the winner, and cheered as Suero exited the ring. Suero looked to be well in control in the third round after an even fight in the first two rounds, but in a 3-2 judges’ decision, Clarke came out on top.

“I took my time, and did what I had to do,” said Clarke on why he won the fight.

Schettino, a retired New York City police officer, said it was one of the better matches of the night.

“There was a lot of action in it,” he said.

The men fought for three rounds, which were three-minutes each, and the women fought for four two-minute rounds.

Frank Galarza, 24, of Brooklyn, earned a semifinal debut in one of the more physical bouts of the night. He defeated opponent Kevin Rooney with a 5-0 judges’ decision.

“I just tried to dig it out. Dig, dig, dig,” Galarza said afterward. “I was kind of expecting him to stay in there. He was a strong kid. But to the best man win.”

On the women’s side, a West Point senior earned the evening’s only knockout. Nargis Kabiri, 23, a Pipestone, Minn. native, won in convincing fashion just under 2 minutes into the second round. Kabiri, who received special permission from her superiors to get off campus for the fight, said she just went for the open shots.

“My coach told me just to pace myself,” Kabiri said after the fight. “It helped that she was shorter, it went straight to her head.”

Kabiri played two seasons for Army’s basketball team before trading in her jersey for a pair of gloves. Thursday marked the first boxing match of her career.

“I was actually anxious. I always wanted to fight,” she said. “I was just glad to have this opportunity.”

And the boxing semifinals in Nassau County will continue next week. On Tuesday, the Golden Gloves will go to Saint Catherine’s Church in Franklin Square, and the tournament will head to the Freeport Recreation Center on March 11.

The finals will take place at Madison Square Garden on March 25 and 26.

West Point senior Nargis Kabiri (left) earned a knockout in her career debut bout Thursday night against Jacqueline Martinez.

Relentless Shooting from Long Range Leads George Mason to Win over Hofstra

Hofstra's Charles Jenkins hits a floater in the lane against George Mason's zone. The Pride struggled at times to penetrate the Patriots' defense. Jenkins finished the game with 26 points, nearly 8 points better than his season average. (NNL photo by Timothy Robertson)

Strong post defense from Hofstra couldn’t stop George Mason’s barrage of 3-pointers as the Pride fell to the Patriots in their second meeting this season, 90-72.

The Pride has lost its last four games, its longest losing streak of the season, all against CAA conference opponents. The Patriots are 6-1 in their last seven games.

The 90-point output scored by George Mason was their highest scoring output of the season.  Long’s 27 points gave him a new career high. Despite Hofstra’s (9-11, 2-6) strong first-half defense, with six blocks and five steals, the Pride went into halftime down 38-30.

“They came out and shot lights-out on the three’s in the first half and that helped them get their extension,” said Hofstra coach Tom Pecora.

The Pride exploited the Patriots’ weak inside presence with 16 first-half points in the paint.  George Mason answered with 21 of their 38 points coming from their guards.

Pride junior guard Charles Jenkins fouled out with 2:36 remaining in the game, going 7-14 from the field with 26 points.  Hofstra senior forward Miklos Szabo fouled out late in the second half, ending the night with 14 points and 12 rebounds, his second double-double of the season.

Hofstra senior guard Cornelius Vines played just 11 minutes – including none in the second half. Vines finished with no points and one turnover.

“He’s got no confidence,” said Pecora.  “I said to him ‘you had a good look there, you have to shoot,’ and he said, ‘I don’t have any confidence.’  If someone doesn’t have confidence I can’t play them. When he gets his confidence back he’ll get back on the floor.”

Despite his disappointment in the team’s level of play, Pecora blamed himself for the loss.

“This one’s on me, boys,” Pecora said. “I obviously have not been able to get through to these guys in regards to what I need them to do and the energy I need them to play with.  It all comes down to me.”

View the slideshow of the game.

Listen to the audio recap of the game.

View the game box score.

Read Hofstra’s press release.

Read George Mason’s press release.

Garden City Girls Cruise Past New Hyde Park Without Star Guard

On Senior Night for the Garden City girls’ basketball team it was a fast-moving junior and a sharpshooting sophomore that led the Trojans to a 49-31 win over New Hyde Park on Thursday night.

Junior co-captain Barbara Sullivan led all scorers with 22 points, including 11 of the teams first 16 points. She operated coach Anthony Sparacia’s offense effectively against New Hyde Park’s array of defenses – the Gladiators tried both zone and man-to-man to stop Sullivan.

Garden City, which led by 46-19 entering the fourth quarter, was without standout senior Diana Leondis – one of just four 1,000-point scorers in school history. Nursing a pair of bad ankles, Leondis started the game on Senior Night, but Sparacia quickly removed her just 14 seconds into the game.

Her replacement, sophomore Kim Ryan soon heated up from the outside, pacing the Trojans to a 4-5 start from 3-point land. Ryan finished with 20 points.

For New Hyde Park, junior center Ciara McCullagh led her team with 15 points and was a noticeable presence inside on defense.

The Trojans move to 9-2 in conference, and after an away game early next week, await a first-round playoff opponent having secured the second seed in Conference ABC-I.

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George Mason Basketball Rolls Past Hofstra – Twitter Audio Stream

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment
  1. FINAL: George Mason 90, Hofstra 72 #NNL 1 hour ago from web
  2. George Mason 80, Hofstra 68. 2:36 left in the game #NNL 1 hour ago from web
  3. George Mason 72, Hofstra 62. 3:46 left in second. #NNL 2 hours ago from web
  4. George Mason 67, Hofstra 54. 7:52 left in second. #NNL 2 hours ago from web
  5. George Mason 56, Hofstra 44. 11:25 left in second half. #NNL 2 hours ago from web
  6. George Mason 38, Hofstra 30. halftime. #NNL 2 hours ago from web
  7. George Mason 33, Hofstra 26. 3:35 left in first half#NNL 3 hours ago from web
  8. George Mason 22, Hofstra 19. 8:08 left in first half#NNL 3 hours ago from web
  9. George Mason 13, Hofstra 11. 14:46 left in first half#NNL 3 hours ago from web
  10. Hofstra vs George Mason men’s basketball about to get under way.#NNL

Hot 3-Point Shooting Paces Hofstra Past New Hampshire

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment

December 12, 2009

Hofstra’s deadly 3-point shooting combined with UNH’s struggles behind the arc help the Pride cruise to a 75-58 win Saturday in Hempstead, N.Y. (NNL video by Timothy Robertson)

Three days after an offensive struggle against Manhattan, the Hofstra Pride men’s basketball team caught fire at home Saturday in a 75-58 win against the University of New Hampshire.

Led by lethal shooting by senior Cornelius Vines (5-6 from 3-point land), Hofstra dominated the Wildcats as the Pride extended its lead to 24 points at one point. Hofstra finished 10-15 shooting from 3-point range. By comparison, New Hampshire shot just 3-19 from long-range, including 0-7 in the second half.

Junior guard Charles Jenkins led Hofstra once again, dumping in 21 points and picking up three assists. The team’s captain entered the game averaging just over 19 points per game.

Freshman Chaz Williams came up a point shy of a double-double as the freshman point guard finished with 9 points and 10 assists. Williams didn’t start for the 7-3 Pride, but played 31 minutes in the win.

After pouring in 25 on Wednesday in a win against Central Connecticut State, New Hampshire guard Alvin Abreu scored a team-high 16 points, but shot 4-15 from the floor, including 2-7 from 3-point range. The Wildcats (3-4) dropped their fourth road game of the season.

The Wildcats return home next Sunday to face intra-state rival Dartmouth at home.

Hofstra will put their 4-game winning streak on the line against St. John’s (7-1 through Saturday) next Sunday at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan as part of the Holiday Festival. The Pride faces either Davidson or Cornell on Dec. 21 at the Garden.

Read the Hofstra game recap.

Read the New Hampshire game recap.

Live Twitter Stream (reverse chronological order):

  • Hofstra has won its last four meetings against the Red Storm and holds a 5-2 advantage this decade.
  • Hofstra 75, New Hampshire 58 Final
  • Hofstra leads UNH 73-49 with 3:47 left in the game. Jenkins leads Hofstra with 21 points. UNH just 3-18 from 3-point land
  • Listen to my audio tweet.
  • Hofstra up 18 on UNH with 15:35 left in the second half
  • Out of the gate Hofstra scores 7 points in 95 seconds. UNH takes a timeout. 50-33 Hofstra ahead of New Hampshire
  • 2nd half under way
  • Hofstra leads New Hampshire 43-31 at halftime. The 3-point arc is the story of the game so far.
  • Hofstra leading New Hampshire 31-24 with 3:23 left in the first half. Jenkins leads all scorers with 7 points.
  • Hofstra up 23-15 over UNH with 7 minutes left in the first. Pride guard Chaz Williams with 5 assists
  • Listen to my audio tweet.
  • Jenkins back with a new number after getting blood on his 22 uniform
  • Hofstra leads 7-6 five minutes into the game. Star Pride guard Charles Jenkins on the bench after he got his tooth knocked out in a scrum.
  • Hofstra vs UNH about to get under way
  • This is Tim Robertson and I will be reporting live from the Hofstra men’s basketball game against UNH. Game time is 4 p.m. #nnl