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St. Dominic’s Takes Class A Lacrosse Championship

Both the boys and girls lacrosse teams at St. Dominic’s High School won the CHSAA ‘A’ Championship, for the first time since 2011.

“This is really a great group of kids. They take pride in winning for St. Dominic’s more than for themselves, and you don’t see that very often,” says Coach Matthew O’Brien.


Starting the season, he said there were a lot of unknowns about how it would go. They lost three division one players after they graduated last year, but the incoming team proved impressive, with a 14-4 finish and winning the state championship. Senior Patrick O’Brien was on the team as a freshman the last time they won.

“It’s very fitting for him to end his high school career with a state championship win.”

Other standout players for the boys team include junior Matthew DeFeo of Upper Brookville, junior goalie Joe Fabilli of Glen Head, and sophomore Patrick Kiernan of Huntington, the All League Defenseman. Liam McAuliffe is a freshman standout with 61 points.

During the final game against St. Mary’s, the team came back after three overtimes.

“That’s as exciting as it gets,” O’Brien says.

The girls team won the class A championship for the third time in four years. Coach Michele O’Brien said the team was undefeated in their league. Next year the team will be moving up to the AA, which will be a lot more competitive for the team. O’Brien is proud of her girls and the growth of the program over the years.

Standout players on the 28-girl team are seniors Julia LaRusso and Olivia Garcia, both All League players; LaRusso was MVP of the game and will be playing lacrosse at Manhattan College next year. Garcia will play at Misericordia University and senior Danielle Weir will play at SUNY Old Westbury.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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