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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

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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