Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00
The Oyster Bay Cross Country team ran at the Suffolk Officials Invitational at Sunken Meadow Park on Oct. 13. While Oyster Bay High School senior Teddy Hamlin improved by nearly two minutes from last year’s time (placing 12th in the Varsity race, and earning a medal), it was the freshman runners who were most impressive.
The team was able to win by a tie-breaker against Great Neck South. Both teams had scored 57 points, but the Baymen’s sixth runner, Michael Bizzoso scored in front of Great Neck’s sixth man to secure first place. Comsewogue placed third, while Sachem North (79 points) and Huntington (88 points) placed fourth and fifth.
The Baymen freshman team was led by Alex Tosi and Steven Sweet (13th and 16th place). Alex and Steven earned medals for placing in the top 20. They were followed by Jason Cassella (30th), Sam Aquilino (39th), Joe Panella (40th), Michael Bizzoso (52nd), and Ryan Santos (53rd).
According to Coach Kevin Cotter, “The team has had to adjust to running a lot more miles than they were accustomed to. They have had some minor injuries along the way, but they persevered. It is very exciting for them to be rewarded for their effort.”
The future looks bright for this very young team. Sophomores EJ Madden and Jack Sherbal will surely help round out a very strong team in the future. With standout coach Chris Weber leading the way for the seventh and eighth-grade team, this bright future can last a very long time.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with music, and critically acclaimed pianist Stan Wiest will be hosting a holiday sing-a-long at Locust Valley Library to help get everyone in the mood on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Wiest has been playing piano since he was 5 years old, and now, at age 69, has recorded his first CD; an album that has been so well-received, it is a top seller on Amazon.com. The talented pianist spent much of his early career traveling and says he played every supper club in Manhattan, while also working full time on a TV soap opera. To promote his album, his local circuit also includes a presentation at Forest Books in Glen Cove on Dec. 12.
About 30 years ago, Wiest stopped traveling to be with his wife and kids and has been running a music entertainment business in Fort Salonga. Now, with his new album, he’s back on the road, something he never expected to happen at this point in his life.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
It was a cold night for the annual Menorah lighting at the Derby Hall Bandstand last Monday. The event, which is sponsored by the Oyster Bay Civic Association, was well attended though, with Oyster Bay Jewish Center’s Rabbi Marvin Demant leading the crowd in cheerful Chanukah songs.
“Every year we gather at the gazebo to celebrate the miracle of Chanukah,” said Rabbi Demant. “It is actually very special this year because Thanksgiving and Chanukah will overlap for the first time in almost 100 years.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With grit, determination and all-out teamwork, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team completed their quest for a third state soccer championship, defeating a tough Lansing High School, 1-0, in the New York Class C State Championships.
Both teams kept the game at a tight 0-0, until 20 minutes into the second half, when a throw-in from senior Patrick Moodhe (Manhasset) connected with the head of senior Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) for the game’s only goal.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Nicole Giannetti entered her third cross country state meet in her career with one goal in mind: to place in the top 20 and earn an all-state medal. After finishing 38th in 2011 and 26th in 2010, the goal was definitely within her reach.
“She was ranked 25th according to one website, so we knew it was going to be close,” said Coach Kevin Cotter. “After looking at some of the times of her competitors, I told her she could potentially finish in the top 10. If she fell short, at least she would still remain in the top 20 and earn that elusive medal.”