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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

“Visitation is up 300 percent,” said Harriet Gerard Clark, Raynham Hall Museum director.

“Two-thirds of them come because of reading the book by Brian Kilmeade, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution, and seeing the series ‘Turn’ on A&E,” added Tom Valentine, docent, who keeps the list of visitors. Soon the series will include the story of Robert Townsend of Oyster Bay who was known as Culper, Jr. when he was a spy for George Washington.

Alex Sutherland, director of education, nailed his definition. “He was the most important spy for George Washington because he had the perfect cover. He was pretending to be a Loyalist and writing for a Loyalist newspaper and befriending British officers at his coffee shop in downtown New York while secretly collecting information.

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Sports

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sept. 20.

Isabella Skvarla, 13, Julia Tauter, 12, and Chiara Vlacich, 12, all of Oyster Bay, Julia Forte, 12, of Locust Valley and Riley Stein, 11, of Bayville will be skating in the world class show to celebrate the opening of the best figure skating facility Long Island has ever seen.


Calendar

Art In A Meadow

Saturday, Sept. 13

Bayville Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 14

Hurricane Preparedness

Tuesday, Sept. 16



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