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Spring Season Of Champions And Scholars

The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen varsity spring track team recently completed a most memorable and record breaking season. Two school records were shattered this season; one relay record and one individual. Oyster Bay’s 4x800 meter relay team comprised of seniors Nicole Giannetti, Cassandra Iacono and juniors Linda Cameron and Rachel Wesley, broke the existing school record, and later broke their own record with a time of 10:01.56 at the Section VIII State Qualifier Meet on May 29.

Nicole Giannetti‘s senior year as a member of the Oyster Bay Girls’ Varsity Track team will also be one that will be long remembered. In addition to helping break the school’s 4x800 meters relay record, Giannetti broke the school’s 2000 meter steeplechase record, with a time of 7:23.79. Winning the 1500 meter run in very dramatic fashion at the Nassau Coaches Invitational, with an amazing time of 4:59 was a memorable mid-season highlight. Giannetti earned All-Conference honors in both the 1500 meters and 3000 meter runs and All County honors in the 2000 meter steeplechase. Giannetti qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championship in the 2000 meter steeplechase, finishing fifth and thus earning All-State honors. Giannetti was recruited by Haverford College to run for them when she attends this fall where she will study bio-chemistry.

The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen Varsity Softball Team was crowned Class B Nassau County Champions this season 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 was the Long Island Championship game on June 5 at Mitchel Park, where the Lady Baymen lost in a thrilling 10- inning battle with Center Moriches High School.

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. The Lady Baymen finished the season with a 10 - 13 record. The Lady Baymen will graduate three seniors and co-captains this year: 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 includes 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.

The 2014 Boys Track season had its share of ups and downs throughout the first eight weeks of the season. Narrow margins of defeat to Roosevelt High School (13-1) and Carle Place (8-6) left the Baymen with a conference record of 7-7 but, with a chance to revive their season with a victory at the Division Championship meet at Cold Spring Harbor on May 12.

Juniors Jack Sherbal, John Ottaunick, Chris Canadeo and Francis Kalombo-Ngoy were expected to score the majority of the teams points along with Seniors Stephen Vlavianos and Adrian Maznio. Sophomores Alex Tosi, Jason Cassella and Jerry Ochoa would have their hands full competing against an impressive group of runners from Friends Academy.

Sherbal was the most dominant Bayman of the day, walking away with two individual titles in the Long Jump (19’9) and Triple Jump (39’2) and earning All-Division by placing 3rd in the 110HH (17.7). He earned 26 points out of the team’s 138 points as they won by a comfortable margin over Friends Academy (94 points) and Carle Place (93 points).

Jack would later earn all-county in status, and eventually qualify and compete in the Pentathlon at the New York State Championships held in Cicero New York.

Other members of the team who earned All-Division status and contributed significantly to the team’s victory were John Ottaunick (100m), Adrian Maznio (400m hurdles), Alex Tosi (1600m, 3200m, and 4 x 800 relay), Chris Canadeo (Shot Put), Stephen Vlavianos (Discus), Francis Kalombo (800m) and Jason Cassella (3200m). While only the top three performances in each race earned All-Division, competitors who placed in the top 6 earned points for their respective teams. Jerry Ochoa, Dylan Mavros, Matt Palczewski, John Falcone, EJ Madden and Kevin Ochoa all placed in the top 6 of at least one event, making this championship a true team effort.

The victory was a bittersweet one for Coach Kevin Cotter, as it was the final match-up against Carle Place coach Adrienne Tonner, who is retiring from coaching Carle Place track after decades of success. Coach Cotter said of Tonner, “He was part of a successful program that won this championship for 10 years in row. He’s a competitor, and a gentleman that I have always used as my standard of success. I learned many lessons coaching alongside him.”

The Lady Baymen Girls Lacrosse team had a very successful year in their second season of existence. The girls went all the way to the county final before falling to nationally ranked Cold Spring Harbor. During the season, the girls posted a record of 11-6 competing in a very tough conference II and received many post season awards. Rebecca Layne and Vanessa Yu were named All-County, while Michelle Yu earned Honorable Mention All-County honors. In addition, Hannah Kaiser, Nicole Hauser and Emma Devereaux received All-Conference nods and Shelby Cook was named “Unsung Hero.” This year’s graduating seniors will be tough to replace, but the future looks bright for the Baymen with 10 of 12 starters returning and key players coming back from injury. Over the past two seasons the girls have accumulated a record of 23 - 8, finishing this season ranked 15 in the state.

News

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.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

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.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

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