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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

You may not actually see who is leaving books and magazines for the commuters at the Locust Valley Train Station, but those who have nicknamed these delightful and dedicated women the “Book Ladies.”

Sue Klein and Joan McCauley, who are Friends of the Library, have been collecting donated books from the community and displaying them at the Long Island Railroad waiting area every week. The Book Ladies have also displayed Locust Valley Library programs so that commuters are aware of all the wonderful events that are going on.  

There will be a different look to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education come September. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott is leaving his position to take a similar role in the Oceanside School District. He is following in the footsteps of past OBEN School Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington, who also left to take a similar position in Oceanside last year. The district will begin their search for a replacement for Van Cott this summer.


Sports

The Varsity Baseball Team finished the season with a league record of 11-3-1. In the playoffs, the team swept Carle Place in a best of three set to advance to the county finals vs. Wheatley at Hofstra University. The team finished the season as County runner-ups. The team was a nice combination of veteran varsity leaders and new comers to the varsity with six senior players and four freshmen on the squad. Along with four juniors, the team maintained the winning ways of a program that has won the league championship 7 out of the last eight years and won the county championship 6 of those years. Senior Berkeley Golon, Junior Jackson O’Neill, and Junior Stephen Spiegel received All-County honors. Senior Robbie Venegas and Freshman Harrison Treble received All-League honors. With two All-County pitchers coming back and four freshmen going into their second varsity season mixed with the other juniors and new players coming up from another successful JV season, the team expects to continue to work towards the goal of another county title next season.

The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen varsity spring track team recently completed a most memorable and record breaking season. Two school records were shattered this season; one relay record and one individual. Oyster Bay’s 4x800 meter relay team comprised of seniors Nicole Giannetti, Cassandra Iacono and juniors Linda Cameron and Rachel Wesley, broke the existing school record, and later broke their own record with a time of 10:01.56 at the Section VIII State Qualifier Meet on May 29.

Nicole Giannetti‘s senior year as a member of the Oyster Bay Girls’ Varsity Track team will also be one that will be long remembered. In addition to helping break the school’s 4x800 meters relay record, Giannetti broke the school’s 2000 meter steeplechase record, with a time of 7:23.79. Winning the 1500 meter run in very dramatic fashion at the Nassau Coaches Invitational, with an amazing time of 4:59 was a memorable mid-season highlight. Giannetti earned All-Conference honors in both the 1500 meters and 3000 meter runs and All County honors in the 2000 meter steeplechase. Giannetti qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championship in the 2000 meter steeplechase, finishing fifth and thus earning All-State honors. Giannetti was recruited by Haverford College to run for them when she attends this fall where she will study bio-chemistry.

Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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