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Girls Softball Team: Class B Champions

The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen varsity softball team was crowned Class B Nassau County Champions last week when they defeated Carle Place High School in the finals at Mitchel Park in Uniondale. The Lady Baymen swept the best of three series with 2-0 and 11-9 victories. The week before in the Class B semi-finals, the Lady Baymen swept East Rockaway High School by scores of 6-0 and 13-1 to advance to the county finals. Next up for the county champs is the Long Island Championship game on June 5 at Mitchel Park in Uniondale and hopefully another Fire Department escort back into town.

During regular season play this year the Lady Baymen were placed in conference 2 and played a very competitive schedule against the top 11 teams in Class A, which earned them the number one seed in the Class B playoff format. Currently, the Lady Baymen own a 10-12 record, as they await the Suffolk County champion for the Long Island Championship game. The Lady Baymen will graduate three seniors and co-captains this year and they are Olivia Agostinello who will be attending Temple University, Caroline Kelly who will be attending Elon University, and Jacqueline Romeo who will be attending Oswego University in the fall.

The remainder of the roster for the Lady Baymen include juniors: Madison Albert, Michelle Morris, Kelly McKeon, and Brittany Wilson; sophomores: Dana Galgano, Alicia Romeo, Samantha Romeo, and Danielle Sugar; Freshmen: Emily Moore, Alexandra Gagliardi, Sarah Collette, and Kaela Kilfoil.

Congratulations is also in order for this team earning “The NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Team Award” for an overall average of 95.261. This team of student athletes has learned many valuable life lessons both in the classroom and on the fields of play as they have accepted all challenges placed before them and have found both individual and team success.

News

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.


Sports

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.

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.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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