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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

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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