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Kaplan Is A Player

Local soccer player gets drafted

The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association said that Becky Kaplan has been selected in the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League Draft on Jan. 18 at the Indiana Convention Center. Sky Blue FC drafted her in the fourth round. As Sky Blue plays its home games at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, New Jersey, it¹s the closest NWSL franchise to Kaplan’s home in Oyster Bay.

Kaplan had a breakout 2012 senior season at the University of Maryland, posting career highs in goals (12), assists (6), points (30) and shots (53). She had a knack for scoring at key moments for the Terrapins and had a team-best six game-winning goals this past season. For her efforts, she was a second team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and a third team NSCAA All-Southeast Regional honoree.

“I personally started to train Becky at eight years old when she started in the Oyster Bay/East Norwich Soccer Club,” said Long Island Rough Riders President Peter Zaratin. “Her father, Robert, wanted her to be a goalkeeper but I convinced him that she would eventually be an exceptional field player if she developed a passion for the sport.”

She was then given permission by the Northport/Cow Harbor Soccer Club Board of Directors to play with a LIJSL boys’ team, the Northport/Cow Harbor Bruins, which helped her development as well. Becky then competed for the LIJSL’s East Meadow Shooting Stars, leading East Meadow to the State Open Cup and Region 1 Premier League titles, and finished her youth soccer career with the LIJSL’s Massapequa Rascals.

Kaplan is the all-time leading scorer at Oyster Bay High School, having scored an amazing 149 goals for the Baymen.

She spent the past few summers playing with the Long Island Rough Riders of the W-League, a level below the new NWSL.

“I am glad that Becky is now playing at the highest level of women’s professional soccer in the United States,” commented Coach Zaratin. “We look forward to seeing her progress as we still think that she hasn’t reached her full potential. Hopefully, the next opportunity will be with the Women’s National Team!”

News

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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