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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

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

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.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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