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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

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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