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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).

Varsity Boys’ Basketball Head Coach Jim Frauenberg weighed in on their season saying, “This basketball season was a year of adjustment. We implemented three sophomores into the rotation throughout the season, so we were very young this year. Nick Carbone received All-County selection this season and hit his 100th career three point shot. In fact, Mr. Carbone set an OBHS record with over 100 three-pointers made. He was presented with a ball at senior night that will go in the showcase upstairs by the gym. Nick was a two year All-County selection and will be continuing his basketball career at Mount Saint Vincent College. Rob Venegas was a senior point guard and was an all-conference selection for the second year in a row.

"Our second leading scorer this season was junior, Chris Papantoniou. Chris made a nice jump this year and stepped up as a leader. He was selected All-Conference for the first time this season. We also started a sophomore this season in Rob Howes that will be the point guard of the future for the program. Rob had his best two games of the season at the end. Leading us in scoring in the playoff game and showing his maturation, Rob has a very bright future.  As a team, we finished in the fourth seed and lost in the semifinals of the Class B tournament. I had a great group of kids this season and I am hoping the teaching we had to focus on this season will lead to future success of the program.”

The Boys’ and Girls’ Winter Track Teams, despite the many disruptions due to the harsh winter weather, recently completed two very successful seasons. Christopher Canadeo earned All-County and All-Conference honors in the Shot Put. Jack Sherbal was Conference Champion in both the Long Jump and the Triple Jump, and finished sixth in the Long Jump at the Nassau County Class B Meet. John Ottaunick earned All-Conference Honors in the 55 Meter Dash. The boys team finished in fourth place at their Conference Meet. For the girls, Vanessa Yu was Conference Champion in the 55 Meter Dash and earned All-Conference honors in the 300 Meter Dash.  Josephine Pinnock was Conference Champion in the Triple Jump. Additionally, All-Conference honors were earned by Linda Cameron for the 1000 Meter Run and Cassandra Iacono for both the 600 Meter Run and the 55 Meter Dash.  The girls completed the season by finishing in third place at their Conference Meet and with their 4 x 200 Meter Relay team of Rachel Wesley, Vanessa Yu, Caileen O’Keefe, and Cassandra Iacono, running the fourth fastest time at the Section 8 State Qualifier Meet. The Boys Winter Track team is coached by Christopher Weber and the girls are led by Coach Tom Neary.

News

Some people deserve a long obituary: in a way, it is a tribute to the number of people’s lives they have touched, so for Dottie Brandt, it is a given. A long line of mourners stretched down the street from the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, in Oyster Bay, where Dorothy R. Brandt, known to everyone as “Dottie,” was laid to rest, soon after her death on Friday, Sept. 12.

Dottie was a beautiful woman that age couldn’t change. When your warmth, spirit and love come from the inside, it keeps the outside looking bright and fresh. Dottie was always smiling, full of energy and always willing to help people.

The music was rocking and everybody was dancing on Friday, Oct. 3 in the St. Dominic High School gymnasium as the school hosted its Fall Ball dance. The event included gregarious kids from St. Dominic’s dancing and socializing with 20 disadvantaged children from St. Christopher-Ottilie Family of Services in Sea Cliff.

“St. Dom’s is very active with St. Christopher-Ottilie during the school year,” said Janice Seaman, who was the party coordinator and one of many volunteers at the dance, which ran from 7 to 10 p.m. “This was the first time, though, that St. Dom’s invited the kids from St. Christopher-Ottilie to their school for a dance and it is a great way to bring some normalcy into these children’s lives and show them what a school function is like.”


Sports

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.

The Diane Whipple Foundation with the cooperation of Manhasset PAL, Manhasset School District and St. Mary’s High School Athletic program has announced a premier College Division I Women’s Lacrosse Scrimmage day on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Competing in this great event will be Columbia, Fairfield, Michigan, Sacred Heart, Stonybrook, UCONN, UMASS, and USC.


Calendar

That’s a Smash!

Wednesday, Oct. 15

East Woods Open House

Friday, Oct. 17

 Oyster Festival

Weekend, Oct. 18, 19



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