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Outstanding Athletes In Oyster Bay

The Winter Varsity Sports Season is into post-season play in Oyster Bay. Many fine young athletes have excelled this season and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for February.

Cassidy Exum has been a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year. Since that time, he has achieved All-County honors, which includes a Nassau County Small School County Championship. This year, Exum started his competitive season with success. He was a place winner in the annual Locust Valley Tournament, a Hank Paris Tournament Champion and a Bethpage Tournament Champion, where he was presented with the Champion of Champions Award. Exum’s success is due to his work ethic, dedication and discipline.; he is a fierce competitor which will help him as he competes for his second Nassau County Championship. Exum is coached by 2012 Coaches of the Year Jay Davis and Doug Axman.

Bowling Coach Tim Brady picked Cooper Lublin as his February Athlete of the Month. Lublin, a five-year varsity bowler and captain, just completed his senior season with a 213.3 average, his career high. Lublin also finished second in the conference in average, high game, and high three game series. In addition to reaching a personal best in “Average Game Score,” he also achieved personal bests in “High Game” at 279 and “High Series” with a 749. During a match this season, Lublin at one point had rolled 17 consecutive strikes; unfortunately for him they were sandwiched in the middle of two games, so he did not bowl the traditional 12 consecutive strikes for the “Perfect 300 Game.” He competed in the Nassau County Finals in early February as an individual.

Jack Sherbal has had a remarkable winter track season. A veteran of two winter track campaigns, Sherbal decided to concentrate on two new events this season: the long jump and the triple jump. Sherbal’s hard work and dedication resulted in him winning both events at the Conference Championship Meet, with jumps of 19 feet 7.75 inches in the long jump and 39 feet 3.25 inches in the triple jump. In addition, Sherbal qualified for the County Championship Meet in both events, finishing in sixth place in the long jump. Sherbal is coached by Christopher Weber.

Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Sandy Rossen had this to say about her pick for Athlete of the Month: “Faith Smith helped lead the Lady Baymen to a 5-1 record in January. Her contributions to the team can be found in virtually every offensive statistical category, as she scores, gets assists, and directs the highest scoring offense in the conference. Yet her largest contribution to the team comes in the form of her defense.

“Faith is always tasked with guarding the opponent’s point guard, usually for every second of the game. And she does that, effectively forcing her opponent to work hard just to get the ball,” Rossen continued. “Running an offense, driving to the basket for layups, making three point shots, and setting her teammates up for baskets with her smooth, crisp passing, is an onerous task unto itself; but also defending, and shutting down, an opponent’s best player is an almost impossible job, yet Faith has done that consistently, allowing The Lady Baymen to stay at the top of the conference-and, solidifying her position as one of the best point guards in Nassau County.”

Coach Brady also coaches the Girls Varsity Bowling Team and recognized his senior co-captains for this distinction. Brady commented, “Four-year varsity bowlers and co-captains Victoria Houman and Debora Santibanez completed their varsity careers for the Lady Baymen with high games this season of 173 and 165 respectively. These two amazing young women will be missed in Conference 2, as well as by their teammates for their outstanding leadership, sportsmanship, persistence, desire, and determination to improve.”

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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