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Outstanding Athletes In Oyster Bay

The Spring Varsity Sports Season is into post-season play in Oyster Bay. Every season the academic averages of all varsity sports teams are taken collectively and each team whose average is greater than 90 percent is honored with the Scholar/Athlete Team distinction by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). In a remarkable testament to the well-rounded OBEN student, all nine Spring Varsity Teams earned this prestigious award.

The Girls’ Lacrosse team led the pack with an impressive team average GPA of 95.981, followed closely by Girls’ Track and Field with a 95.329. The Class B Nassau County Champion Girls’ Softball Team also excelled with a 95.261 average, as did Boys’ Lacrosse with 92.272. The Boys’ Tennis Team registered a 91.038 team average. Rounding out the field were Golf with a 90.931 average, Boys’ Track and Field with 90.838 and Boys’ Baseball with 90.661. Many fine young athletes have excelled this season and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for May, 2014.

Girls’ Softball Coach Tim Brady picked his County Champion Captains as his May Athletes of the Month. Tri-Captains Jacqueline Romeo, Olivia Agostinello, and Caroline Kelly led the Lady Baymen Softball Team to a Nassau County Championship with leadership, experience, and the desire to succeed in their final season as Oyster Bay student athletes. All three succeeded in the classroom and playing fields as they impressed the coaches in Nassau County with selections to the All County, Honorable Mention All-County, and to the Scholar Athlete teams as well. These three young ladies will also lead their team in the Long Island Championship game on June 5 with the winner of that game moving on towards a possible NYSPHS State Championship birth. In addition, all three have also earned spots to play in the Exceptional Senior Game on June 13 at Oceanside High School. In the fall, Agostinello will attend Temple, Kelly will attend Elon, and Romeo will attend Oswego to continue their educations.

In just their second season in existence, Coach Charlie Rizzuto has led the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse Team to the finals of the County Championships. Coach Rizzuto chose Vanessa Yu as his May Athlete of the Month. Yu is in the midst of a very memorable season. She scored 69 goals and 12 assists for 81 points before playing in the County Championships. She has been named Newsday Girls Lacrosse player of the week and won the Verizon Fios Player of the Game award for her efforts in the county semifinal vs. Seaford. In addition, Yu was selected to play in the School Girls Tournament Memorial Day Weekend in Maryland. This tournament is considered to be the most exclusive invite only tournament in the country. Yu is currently being recruited by many division one programs to continue her academic and athletic career.

Golf Coach Dan Petrie said, “I would like to nominate Kyle Hayes for athlete of the month. Hayes has stepped up his game for the 2014 Golf Season. Kyle reached the County Tournament, shooting an 84 on the first day under tremendous pressure, playing with the finest golfers Nassau County has to offer. With a constant smile, Kyle brings a sense of passion and light-heartedness to the golf team. His work ethic goes unrivaled and is a tremendous asset to our team.”

Boys Varsity Lacrosse Coach Brian Soper had this to say about his pick for Athlete of the Month: “Nick Orlowski has been the team’s hardest working player since league play began. He has been relentless on ground balls and has always guarded the opponent’s top player. He is looking to follow up on his All-County campaign of last year.”

Baseball Coaches Jay Davis and Jeff Schiereck picked their ace pitchers for the Athlete of the Month distinction. OBHS Junior Jackson O’Neill plays second base and is a pitcher. O’Neill has a pitching record of six wins and no loses. He has a 2.58 ERA and opponents hit just .192 against him. He has 26 strike outs in 31 1/3 innings pitched. At the plate he has a .467 batting average. OBHS Junior Stephen Spiegel plays third base and is a pitcher. Spiegel has a pitching record of five wins and no loses. He has a 1.02 ERA and opponents are batting just .147 against him. He has 57 strike outs in 35 innings pitched. At the plate he has a .342 batting average.

News

Serving Oyster Bay and the rest of Long Island since 1990, Periwinkles is an Oyster Bay business on Audrey Avenue that assists with event planning, staging and staffing and catering a multitude of different events. Periwinkles was started by Pat Spafford, who was encouraged to take her passion and make it a career.

 

“I was raising a family and doing this part-time,” said Spafford. “One of my clients encouraged me to make it full-time. Most of my clientele was from Oyster Bay so I settled here. I have a huge affection for the people and the place. It’s great that I have been successful here for so long.” 

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

 

“I had this idea for a festival years ago, and when I finally nailed down a date, people are coming out of the woodwork to be a part of it,” says Losee.


Sports

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.

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.


Calendar

MSA Party - September 17

West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


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