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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

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

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.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



Columns

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