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Sports Teams Celebrate Winning Ways

The Winter Varsity Sports Season is in the books and what a great season it was. Several teams and many young athletes have distinguished themselves.

Every season the academic averages of all varsity sports teams are taken collectively and each team whose average is greater than 90 percent is honored with the Scholar/Athlete Team distinction by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA).

The girls fencing team led the pack with an impressive team average GPA of 96.901 followed closely by girls winter track with a 95.777. Boys fencing also excelled with a 95.590 average, as did boys winter track with 94.885 and girls basketball with a 94.099 average. Rounding out the field are wrestling with a 91.002 average and boys basketball with 90.673.

The Lady Baymen girls varsity basketball team, coached by head coach Sandy Rossen and assistant coaches Mary Lepore and Brian Soper, finished the season as the Nassau County Class B Champions. The wrestling team, coached by head coach Jay Davis and assistant coach Doug Axman, also finished strong by sending Cassidy Exum to the New York State Championships.

Coach John Bruckner and assistant coach Christopher Hammond consistently have the boys and girls fencers performing at the highest levels. This season is no exception as the fencers once again did exceptionally well. The boys team finished in first place in Nassau County Division 2 with a record of 11 wins and just one loss. They earned second place in the Nassau County Tournament. The girls team finished in second place in Nassau County Division 2 with a record of 11 wins and only two losses. They took fourth place in Nassau County Tournament.

Two fencers achieved All Long Island distinction. Matt Mahoski was selected as All Long Island and was number one in Saber for Nassau County. Andreas Tsoumpariotis also made All Long Island and was number two in Epee for Nassau County.

This season saw a remarkable number of All-County Fencers with twelve honorees. Leading the pack were the two All-Long Island Fencers Matt Mahoski, number one in Saber, selected to the All-County First Team and Andreas Tsoumpariotis, number two in Epee, was also selected to the All-County First Team. Laura Broffman, who was number three in Saber, Anant Mehrotra, who was number three in Saber, and Berkeley Golon, who was number three in Foil, all were selected to the All-County First Team.

Virginia Kemp, who was number seven in Foil, Grey Warwick-Clark, who was number six in Epee, and Nina Policano, who was number eight in Epee, were all selected to the All-County Second Team.

All-County Honorable Mention distinctions were given to Jason Halpern, who was number eleven in Epee, Nathalie Mejia, who was number ten in Foil, Jordan Ravins, who was number 12 in Saber, and Christina Masiakos, who was number 11 in Foil.

The Oyster Bay High School Bowling Team under the direction of Coach Tim Brady had an outstanding season. Cooper Lublin, a five-year varsity bowler and captain, just completed his senior season with a 213.3 average, his career high and good enough to finish 10th in Nassau County. Cooper 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.” Cooper competed in the Nassau County Finals at Garden City Bowl in early February as an individual and represented Oyster Bay High School well.

News

Serving Oyster Bay and the rest of Long Island since 1990, Periwinkles is an Oyster Bay business on Audrey Avenue that assists with event planning, staging and staffing and catering a multitude of different events. Periwinkles was started by Pat Spafford, who was encouraged to take her passion and make it a career.

 

“I was raising a family and doing this part-time,” said Spafford. “One of my clients encouraged me to make it full-time. Most of my clientele was from Oyster Bay so I settled here. I have a huge affection for the people and the place. It’s great that I have been successful here for so long.” 

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

 

“I had this idea for a festival years ago, and when I finally nailed down a date, people are coming out of the woodwork to be a part of it,” says Losee.


Sports

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.

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.


Calendar

MSA Party - September 17

West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


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