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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

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, Long Islanders taking mass transit may find themselves caught up in the mad dash of the holiday rush. But on the Oyster Bay line, riders are lucky in that they don’t experience the same level of stress over parking as some of the busier lines do.

“The Oyster Bay station never seems to get that crowded, but we’ll see what happens during Thanksgiving holiday when a lot of people come to visit families. I don’t think I’ll have a problem commuting, though,” says Michael Miniero, an Oyster Bay resident who regularly commutes to work on the LIRR.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


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