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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

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.

The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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