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Tom Robinson Tournament Won By OBHS Champion Baymen

Beloved coach remembered in 10th annual games

Walking into the Imhof Gymnasium at the Oyster Bay High School on Friday, Dec. 7, you could hear the Baymen fans cheering “Boo-ya, boo-ya.” It was the 10th Annual Tom Robinson Memorial Tournament, sponsored by the Oyster Bay Athletic Booster Club and held in the Imhof Gymnasium on  Dec. 6 and 7, with two rounds of competition at 5 and 7 p.m. each day. On Thursday the Baymen played the Plainedge Red Devils and won;  North Shore High School Vikings played the Roosvelt High School Rough Riders and won. 

On Friday at 5 p.m. Roosevelt played Plainedge (who won) and at 7 p.m. the winners of Wednesday’s games, North Shore and Oyster Bay played for the championship. Oyster Bay won at the end of an exciting game  with 41-38.  

The Baymen supporters stood in a solid pack of about six rows deep at the top of the stands and worked as a team to encourage the players. It was a great game to watch. 

Coach Tom Robinson’s tactic had been to have his basketball team play schools in December, to up their game before the regular season began.  Plainedge, Roosevelt and North Shore are in Conference A and Oyster Bay is in Conference B. 

At halftime the game was 25/26. Art teacher Karen Crowley was keeping score during the game as she has for 22 years. Assistant Coach Brian Boyle said at halftime, “So far they are doing well. They won last night. They survived.” He agreed that it was Coach Robinson’s aim to stretch the team in preparation for the coming season.

Ms. Crowley remembered Coach Robinson, who was also a physical education teacher in the elementary school. “He also wrote poetry. Sometimes he read them on the bus coming home from an away game. He was thoughtful, reflective and passionate about kids in the community and dedicated to helping them. And he was a gentleman,” she said. 

The score kept advancing, 29-20, 37-25, 37-30, 37-34, 38-34, 35,35 to 38-38 and time was running out. Oyster Bay scored and it was 41-38 and the Baymen won. They jumped up, hands held high, in a tight circle. [It would have been a great photograph.]

Nasssau County Champion Varsity Volleyball Coach Erin Murcott said, “I think it was a great way to memorialize Mr. Robinson and it’s always great when they come out winning.”

Awards Time

The game program said, “Tom Robinson was a fixture in the Oyster Bay community. His dedication to the basketball program began in high school as a player. He reunited with Oyster Bay as a teacher and basketball coach who would go on to win five Nassau County championships. This tournament reminds us of how beloved ‘Coach Rob’ was to the community and helps his memory live on.”

Athletic Director Kevin Trentowski and Marilyn Robinson, Tom’s sister, presented the award plaques.

Plaques went to MVP players in each game: John Donielo of Plainedge, Kahalil Wilson of Roosevelt, Adam Bell of North Shore and Nick Carbone of Oyster Bay. The touirnament MVP award went to David Carl of Oyster Bay. The championship plaque went to Oyster Bay.

It was a very spirited game and was exciting right down to the end,” said Tom Gould, media specialist who was photographing the game for the athletic department and supplied a few great shots for this article. 

The Baymen team members are: Nick Carbone, Andy Galgano, Dillon Robinson, Jason Velasquez, Bret Mattel, Collin Martinez, Austin Seaman, Brandon Perez, David Carl, Ki-Jana Walker Michel, Chris Papantoniou, Chris Sadocha and Rob Venegas. 


News

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



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