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Maggi Commits To Play College Lacrosse

The Girls Varsity Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School is just in its second year and already it is making a difference. Senior defender Danielle Maggi has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Albright College.

Last year Maggi was recognized as the “Most Improved Player,” and this year she is being recruited to play in college.

Maggi said, “We did very well in our first varsity season last year (12-2). This year we are 100 percent going for the conference. I’m excited we finally have a varsity team.”

Maggi plans to study computer science at Albright. She says she chose Albright as her school “because the lacrosse program is very strong. When I had my overnight official visit everyone around the campus had a positive attitude. Also, the school is big on sports, and very supportive. I also like to be involved with clubs; they offer multiple kinds that I can continue in college.”

While at OBHS, Maggi was a member of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and she was also a member of the OBHS Varsity Soccer team. As a junior she helped lead the soccer team into the playoffs.

OBHS junior Nicole Hauser plays on the Varsity Lacrosse team. About her teammate, she says, “Danielle is a very driven and hard-working player. She is a great teammate and leader, and I know that she will excel at the college level.”

Maggi says she “would like to thank my school coach, Mr. Charles Rizzuto, because he was one that pushed me throughout my seasons and got me to where I am today. He is a coach that cares about his players. He always had high standards for my team, which made us so successful. He does anything he can for us in and out of season.”

Coach Rizzuto had this to say about Danielle: “I am really proud of Danielle, and what she has accomplished in her time as part of this program. As a player, she is the vocal leader of the defense and someone we rely upon to make a big stop, or come up with a big ground ball when we need one. As a person, I have seen her mature right in front of me. For me, coaching is all about the little things, and one of my favorite moments so far this year was when we were playing Locust Valley. During a timeout, the team was jogging in, and our eighth grade goalie was jogging from her cage about 10 - 15 yards behind everyone else. Danielle stopped, looked back, saw her, and went back to jog in with her. When the two of them made it to the huddle, I looked at Danielle and said I love that. It was a cool moment because I do not think anyone but her and I knew what I was talking about. Danielle is the first person in the history of the program to commit to play lacrosse in college, and we are all very happy for her. It will definitely be very different next year not having Danielle around, but I wish her the best of luck and look forward to taking a trip to see one of her games in 2015.”

News

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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