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Oyster Bay Celebrates Outstanding Athletes

The Spring Varsity sports season is in full swing. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Six fine young athletes were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for April 2014.

Varsity Girls’ Track Coach Tom Neary had this to say about his choice: “Nicole Giannetti set the school record in the 2000m steeple chase at the Cold Spring Harbor ‘Seahawk Invitational’ on April 23 with a time of 7:34.9. She broke the previous record by seven seconds! Nicole is undefeated in both the 1500m and 3000m runs this spring. Nicole won the girls 1500 meter run during the Nassau Coaches Invitational at MacArthur on Saturday, April 26. Nicole will be attending Haverford College in the fall.”

Varsity Boys’ Track Coach Kevin Cotter had this to say about his choice: “Junior Jack Sherbal has been a fixture among the top finishers in the events that he runs. Most recently, Jack won the pentathlon at the East Meadow Invitational, scoring 2,313 points. Jack is among the top long and triple jumpers in the conference. He is also called upon to help the team in sprinting events, high jump, and the hurdles. At this point in the season Jack’s long and triple jumps are among the top 20 performances in all of Nassau County. His season best time of 18.1 in the 110m High Hurdles is the fastest on the team and help makes Jack a formidable pentathlete.”

Boys’ Varsity Tennis Coach Evelyne LeGoupil picked three players as her Athletes of the Month.

LeGoupil noted, “Kevin Kowalsky is a first singles player, which is a tough spot on the team. Kevin has to play the best players of each team we face. All matches are very challenging because of the level of these players. Kevin has been doing a fantastic job every time he plays.

“Anant Mehrotra is a third doubles player. Anant is new to the game but has improved greatly very quickly thanks to his athletic skills but, mostly thanks to his listening skills. Every time he plays, his technique and strategy help him to be a better player.

“Andrew Barkin is a second doubles player. Andrew is a smart player and remains positive while competing, setting a very good example for the team.”

Varsity Girls’ Badminton Coach Greg Bilello chose Danielle Giannetti as his Athlete of the Month saying, “Danielle Giannetti is a four-year varsity badminton player and team captain. A former first doubles player, Danielle now plays first singles. As a first singles player she competes against the best player on the opposing team. She is currently 5-1 in a strong conference II. She will compete in the individual county singles tournament in two weeks.”

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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