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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.

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 http://tmic.fm/oy40hvptfot
  • 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. http://tmic.fm/oy40df96oc0
  • 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. http://tmic.fm/oy40bej56ne
  • 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. http://tmic.fm/oy407ukdt80
  • 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 http://tmic.fm/oy404d2q0er

‘Punch in the Face’: Hofstra Upsets No. 7 James Madison

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment

October 3, 2009

Revenge, redemption and rushing.

The Hofstra Pride revenged a 56-0 drubbing against James Madison last season; redeemed itself after a 47-0 defeat two weeks ago against Richmond; and did it by rushing all over James Madison Saturday to preserve a 24-17 win in a rain-soaked CAA football affair.

“[Hofstra] played like an embarrassed football team. Their kids played hard,” Dukes coach Mickey Matthews said after the game. “They’re a better football team than what they showed against Richmond.”

Hofstra (3-2, 1-1) rushed for 154 yards on a Dukes defense that allows 133 yards a game – ranked 10th in the CAA coming into the game – and received a pair of touchdown catches from freshman tight end Dave Wilson, his first two of his career.

“Coach [Dave Cohen] put me in position to make plays, and I was right there and wide open,” Wilson said.

James Madison (2-2, 0-1) couldn’t solve Hofstra’s rushing attack, even after adjustments were made by the Dukes coaching staff.

“We couldn’t stop ’em. We threw every defense known to man at them,” said Matthews.

Hofstra quarterbacks Steve Probst and Cory Christopher rushed for 44 and 46 yards, respectively, while Everette Benjamin rushed 12 times for 58 yards to lead the Pride. It was Benjamin’s first game back after missing the past two weeks due to injury.

But it was also Hofstra’s daring offensive play calls that made a difference. On fourth down and a yard to go in the first quarter on its own 42, the Pride went for it and got a 22-yard run. Hofstra finished the game 4-5 on fourth down conversions.

“That was the whole game. We couldn’t get off the field,” said Matthews. “When did they miss one? Must’ve been sometime in pregame.”

In front of 2,751 fans, the Pride and Dukes swapped scoring possessions in the first half before a rare 47-minute weather delay due to lightning in the area sent both teams to their locker rooms with just 1:23 remaining in the first half.

When play resumed, Hofstra finished off a 15-play, 66-yard drive with a touchdown to a wide-open Wilson in the back of the end zone.

“[The defender] came right off me, I cut the out, and I was wide open. Right when I turned the ball was right there,” said Wilson, who finished with a team-high four receptions for 68 yards.

The home team’s defense also picked it up and held James Madison to an astoundingly-low 56 yards passing. Duke quarterbacks went a combined 8-14 with one interception. The majority of James Madison’s passing yards came on their last drive in a desperate attempt to tie the game. Quarterback Drew Dudzik hit Rockeed McCarter twice on the final drive for 42 yards.

“Our coaches did a great job preparing us for their different quarterbacks. [Our defense] made plays,” said defensive end Deron Mayo. The Pride had two takeaways, including a fumble recovery that led to a touchdown and an interception that led to a Hofstra field goal.

The Pride’s defense allowed 136 yards on the ground, including 127 to Dukes quarterback Justin Thorpe, who seemed to scramble at will around the Pride. Thorpe finished with a rushing touchdown as well.

Wilson said he thought the Dukes gazed too far ahead to their match-up against No.1-ranked, and CAA rival, Richmond next week.

“In my opinion they looked passed us, and we just punched them in the face and took it from them,” a grinning Probst said.

Hofstra will face Maine in the Pride’s Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Covering Sports for the Web

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment
November 23, 2009

This weekend Nassau News Live’s five-tool ability was on full display. Text, live blog, video, pictures and slideshows. All in one package — and within hours.

This past weekend Nassau News Live blanketed the Nassau County high school football championships. There are four conferences, and although only one team is in our coverage area, we sent reporters to each game — and what we got can’t be found in one location anywhere on the Web. Best of all, it is simple to duplicate.

Chari Bayanker, the high school sports editor covered two straight games on Saturday night. I want to single him out because of his hard work. He had a game story up for the first game immediately (with a video), and followed suit with the second game, despite its late start time. I believe the time stamp for the second story is around 1 a.m.

To explain how to do this, I’ll run through how I covered Friday night’s game. The fact there was only one game certainly made it much easier — so props to you Chari.

I spent the first half taking pictures. While I don’t have a $3,000 camera (investors?), I did my best with the DSLR I do have that doesn’t allow for fantastic night shots of sports. I tried to get a few pictures that would represent the game no matter the outcome. I took pictures of both quarterbacks, the main running backs and both defenses making huge tackles. There wasn’t any scoring in the first half,which hindered how I wanted to present the story, but I can only work with what I’m given.

While I was freezing on the sideline (of note, bring gloves when you do this), I was texting live updates to my Twitter account. Now my dad informed me that I didn’t advertise this anywhere except Twitter, so the outside world didn’t know I was doing it (lesson 2). These tweets average one every four or five minutes of game time and always included the score. It is actually a benefit when texting in the cold that Twitter only allows 140 characters.

For the second half, I decided to up my Twitter coverage and make sure I was ready to post a game story when the game ended (and get warm). I returned to the press box where I increased live blogging the half that actually had scoring. Whoops. Anyway, I posted a halftime story with a picture that I quickly loaded onto my Asus netbook. While the second half unfolded, I edited and uploaded the best few pictures I had to Flickr and created a quick slideshow using VuVox. I embedded this into my running game story.

With a few updates of the game on both the site, and on Twitter, I had the mold for my game story and just needed to top it off with the final score and the final stats.

As soon as the game ended, I posted the final game story on the Web and ran down to the sidelines to interview players and the head coach of the winning team with my FlipCam. After grabbing a player and the coach, I scooted back up to the press box to collect the final totals for stats and write in some of the quotes I got from the sideline. (This is all about an hour after the game ended).

When I returned home, I edited a quick video together and uploaded it to YouTube and embedded it into my story. Midnight. Done.

Three hours after the game I had video, a live blog, slideshow and a game story with good quotes all in one place.

When TV broadcasters are fighting to put a package together for the one time it’ll air and print reporters are trying to recap the game play by play, my work is done. I had the live blog giving viewers each play as it unfolded (and I copied my Twitter stream into my text), and the video I produced, along with the slideshow, is getting more use than a once-aired TV report of the game.