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County Class ‘B’ Champion Lady Baymen

On Saturday, Feb. 22, as temperatures rose to well above freezing for the first time in weeks and the melting snow created a thick fog, the Oyster Bay High School Varsity Lady Baymen Basketball Team showed up at Long Island University ready to play.

In the semi-final round played the week before, Oyster Bay defeated East Rockaway by a margin of 24 points. While pumped up and confident, the girls did not take their final round opponents lightly.The Frogs of Carle Place have always played tough against the Lady Baymen. The two teams met twice in the regular season in games that were decided by just two points. Although the Lady Baymen won those games, earning them the first seed, they knew that they were going to have to bring their best game to the court for the championship.

Just like the weather outside, the Lady Baymen warmed up early and continued to bring the heat all day. Thanks to the patient and steady hand of sophomore Christina Testa sinking four out of five three-pointers in the from the perimeter and the strong play under the boards by eighth-grader Gianna Gotti, along with a near perfect performance by the entire team, the Lady Baymen jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. At the final buzzer, the Lady Baymen had a 16-point lead, sealing a 65-49 victory and earning them championship plaques.

Testa, scoring 20 points in the finals and nine points in the semis, was honored as the All-Tournament player. Gotti was singled out as the game’s MVP for her complete performance with 15 points, 15 rebounds, four steals and four assists.

The third highest scorer in the game was sophomore Faith Smith with 10 points. The MVP is an eighth-grader and rounding out the top three scorers are sophomores.

These players could not have excelled in this way without the selfless team spirited play of the veteran players; senior co-captains Hannah Kaiser and Caroline Kelly, along with seniors Jacqueline Romeo and Nikia Gardon held the Carle Place starters in check and allowed the underclassmen to shine.

The Lady Baymen, coached by Sandy Rossen with assistant coaches Brian Soper and Mary Lepore, can feel very good about the future of Lady Baymen Basketball for years to come. They are enjoying the County Championship, but are not resting as they prepare for the Nassau County Small School Championship Game pitting the Class “B” champs against the Class “C” champs.

 Oyster Bay faced Friends Academy on Saturday, March 1, then went off to the Regional Semi-Finals at St. Joseph’s College on Tuesday, March 4, where The Lady Baymen of Oyster Bay High School took on the Lady Baymen of Hampton Bays High School.

Updates on these games to come.

News

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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