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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

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

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.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



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