Completion of Winter Sports at Valley Stream North
By Joseph Garofalo
Volume 1 Issue 6
March 18, 2021
Original photo from VSN Spartans Instagram
With winter sports on Long Island ending, Valley Stream North had a strong showing from all teams and athletes. From the track to the mat, the court to the range, our athletes fired on all cylinders to complete the season on a high note.
The original sports beginning on January 4th included Winter Track and Field, Rifle, Bowling, Fencing and Gymnastics. Although VSN did not have any athletes participate in Gymnastics, our district team finished with two gymnasts performing at the County championship. In bowling, junior Tiffany Wong completed the year placing 5th Overall out of 21 in the Nassau County Championship. In Rifle, junior Nicholas Cavaliere led his team to another Nassau County Championship win. Our Fencing teams did not participate in County Championship; however, they had a strong senior campaign from Irene Quintero. Finally, Winter Track and Field, led by Coach Frazer and Coach Boyens, concluded their season in their first head-to-head meet against Mineola. Strong efforts were shown from seniors Ahmya McMillan, Malachi Lewis, Jake Cresser and Danielle Phillip as they hope to win another county championship come spring.
In the second wave of sports that began on February 1st, Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling and Competitive Cheer were permitted to begin their seasons. Though the new normal made the resumption of high-risk sports harder than normal, our teams were able to persevere and finish their shortened seasons. Under Coach Achatz, and the strength of juniors Godwin Eyiuche and Malcolm Harrington, the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team completed their season with a win against Plainedge High School. Our Varsity girls team lead by Coach Karahalios, had a strong outing as well with the help of seniors Justice Gordon and Emmy Saracino. Our Wrestling team completed the season with a match against Mineola and Island Trees. Strong performances were shown by senior Noah Gonzalez, and junior Daniel Amin. Finally, the Competitive cheer team closed the winter season with a performance at Cold Spring High School.
Many student-athletes like myself now look to the “relocated” fall season, now being hosted in the spring. Those begin March 1st and include Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys’ and Girls’ Volleyball, Football, Cross County, sideline Cheer, and Girls’ Tennis. Good job by all of our winter athletes, and good luck to all of those participating in our fall season.