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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

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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