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Oyster Bay High School Celebrates Remarkable Athletes

The Winter Varsity Sports Season is in full swing. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves.

Winter Track Coach Chris Weber is excited about the achievement of OBHS Senior Kyle Cartwright.

“This is Kyle Cartwright’s first year running winter track, and he has already emerged as one of the county’s most dominant runners,” said Weber. “He is one of the county’s best 55-meter high hurdlers, which is possibly the most difficult event in high school sports. Kyle is also one of the best in the county as a 400-meter runner where he will possibly run sub 50 in the event this year. As part of the school’s 4x400 meter relay, Kyle has won gold medals at the Nassau Coaches Holidays Relays held at the historic 168th Street Armory and the Long Beach Hot Chocolate Relays. His incredible versatility as a runner was on display when he placed 3rd in the 600 meter run at the Walt Brem Track and Field Series. Kyle is a dedicated runner, committed to his teammates, and is a brilliant student; he plans on studying engineering next year after graduation.”

No stranger to athletic accolades, Caroline Kelly has been an excellent leader this year for the Lady Baymen basketball team.

Coach Lauren Tartamella said, “Caroline is a tough competitor. She is relentless on defense and makes big plays when needed. As a point guard Caroline averages 10 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists per game. Caroline has a strong work ethic and always gives one hundred percent. She is dedicated to trying to improve her game while being a positive role model for her teammates.”

Nick LaRosa is a senior and four year starter on the foil team. OBHS Varsity Fencing Coach John Bruckner added, “Nick is in his second year as the foil captain and has proven himself to be the leader of the entire team with the respect of all his fellow team-mates as well as his opponents. The previous two years as a sophomore and a junior, Nick was All-County being ranked #5 and #3 respectively in the county. Halfway through this season his current record is 17 and zero.”

Varsity Bowling Coach Tim Brady has an outstanding bowler on the team. “Cooper Lublin is a junior and has been a varsity bowler since the 8th grade,” Brady said. “Cooper competes in leagues and tournaments all year long and currently has a 195 league average with multiple 200 games and high scores of 254, 245, 240, 238, and 226 this season. Cooper is a two-time team captain and an All-Conference bowler from seasons past. He has also bowled a high three game series of 690 this season. Cooper is the anchor for the Boy’s Varsity Team that is currently challenging for 3rd place in a very competitive Nassau County Conference.”

Oyster Bay Wrestling Coach Doug Axman added his commentary.

“The Oyster Bay Wrestling Team just completed the first part of the season wrestling in four Holiday Tournaments,” he said. “The Baymen have been led by Alex Galizia who has won the Hank Paris Tournament and most recently the Locust Valley Tournament. Alex also placed in the Bethpage Holiday Tournament and the Glen Cove Tournament in which he was awarded the Oyster Bay MVP. Other wrestlers that have been tournament place winners this year are; Vincent Catala, Ian Estevez, James Mon and Cassidy Exum. The following Junior Varsity Wrestlers have also had their share of success with Mike Gettleman and Kevin Velesquez winning tournament championships along with place winners; Ryan Hauser and Andre Perez. The Baymen presently have a record of 2-2.”

And speaking of athletics, the Oyster Bay High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducting new members in the fall of 2013. If you know a former OBHS Athlete who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame fill out a nomination form and return it to the Athletic Office by April 1, 2013. Forms can be downloaded from the school website at http://www.obenschools.org/athletics/Hall%20of%20Fame%20Nomination%20Form.pdf

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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