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Field Hockey Players Clean Up For A Cause

In between their morning and afternoon pre-season practices, the Oyster Bay Junior Varsity and Varsity Field Hockey teams washed cars for a wonderful cause, the Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics holds a great place in the game of field hockey, especially here on Long Island. To start off the season each year, every field hockey team in Nassau County competes in the Joan Gruanbaum Memorial Tournament in remembrance of the former Great Neck North coach and teacher who was a lifelong volunteer for the Great Neck Spirits, a chapter of the Long Island Special Olympics. The 29 girls involved in the field hockey program at Oyster Bay High School along with their coaches, Morgan Cestari and Kristen O’Leary, raised $390 dollars for the Special Olympics which they donated Saturday, Sept. 7 at the 11th annual Joan Gruanbaum Memorial Tournament.

The team had an amazing Varsity season last year. They defeated their biggest rival, Carle Place, twice last season; once at the senior game and again in the semi-final playoff game. They went on to play Friends Academy in the Nassau County class C finals and went into double overtime, sadly losing 0-1 within the final 2 minutes. However, the team played beautifully.

Although five key players have graduated, they left a legacy for the Oyster Bay field hockey program to carry on. They have high expectations this year and have had a promising preseason to back it up. The school has a JV team this year, which they have been unable to field the previous two years. That is great news for the growing field hockey program at Oyster Bay.

This year’s goal for the Varsity team is to make it back to the county championships and win it. This season’s key defensive player is Lindsay Sweet. Halsey Quinn will be dictating the midfield. The leading scorer to the forward line, Hannah Kaiser, will return.  

The field hockey teams will do another fundraiser for the Play4theCure game on Oct. 2 against Baldwin and will raise money for breast cancer at the annual pink game.   

Visit the athletics page on the school website (www.obenschools.org) for team schedules, directions to the away games and all their achievements.

News

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.


Sports

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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