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Oyster Bay High School Boys And Girls Fencing Teams

The high school winter sports season is well underway, and we are now at the Christmas mid-season break. The Oyster Bay girls team is at six wins and one loss. The first meet was the loss to last year’s county champions, Manhasset, 12 to 15. Significant wins followed against Wheatley, Valley Stream, Garden City, Great Neck North, Jericho and Hewlett. Foil team captain JoAnn Alerte leads the team with a 20-1 record. Other top foilists include Silvana Fazzalari, Liz Gurdus and Virginia Kemp. Saber captain junior Laura Broffman is 17-4 with Kristalle Sharma and Christy Ha. Epeeists include Nina Policano, who is 17-2, with captain Lil Manning and Grey Warwick Clark. The girls are looking forward to revenging their loss to Manhasset when they play them away on Jan. 10.

Oyster Bay boys team is undefeated at 6 and 0, defeating Manhasset, Wheatley, Garden City, Great Neck North, Jericho and Hewlett. Foil captain Nick LaRosa leads the team with a record of 17 and 0 with Berkeley Golon and Oliver Gonzalez. Epees are led by Jason Halpern at 11 and 3 with brothers Michael and Andreas Tsoumpariotis. And saber captain Matt Mahoski is at 14 and 4 with Anant Mehrotra and Chris Roerden. 

Fencing in Nassau County has only one league, and Oyster Bay is the smallest school with one of the biggest squads. The boys team lost five All-County fencers due to graduation last year, but had a strong underclass squad, who have stepped up to fill their shoes. The boys have a great start on their way to retaining their Nassau County Championship titles of the last two years. 

Home meets are held in the gym at the Vernon Middle School, East Norwich, starting at 5 p.m. Upcoming home meets are Wed. Jan 16 vs. Wheatley and Tues. Jan. 29 vs. Great Neck North.

News

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.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


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

Movie: Godzilla

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Sept. 26

Plein Art Competition

Saturday, Sept. 27



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