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Exceptional Oyster Bay Athletes

The Varsity Baseball Team finished the season with a league record of 11-3-1. In the playoffs, the team swept Carle Place in a best of three set to advance to the county finals vs. Wheatley at Hofstra University. The team finished the season as County runner-ups. The team was a nice combination of veteran varsity leaders and new comers to the varsity with six senior players and four freshmen on the squad. Along with four juniors, the team maintained the winning ways of a program that has won the league championship 7 out of the last eight years and won the county championship 6 of those years. Senior Berkeley Golon, Junior Jackson O’Neill, and Junior Stephen Spiegel received All-County honors. Senior Robbie Venegas and Freshman Harrison Treble received All-League honors. With two All-County pitchers coming back and four freshmen going into their second varsity season mixed with the other juniors and new players coming up from another successful JV season, the team expects to continue to work towards the goal of another county title next season.

The Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Team had a tremendous season finishing at 8 and 6. The 2014 Baymen were led by captains Senior Devin Victory, Senior Collin Martinez, and Junior Chris Jespergard. The team went 5 and 2 in the non-league with impressive wins over Roslyn, New Hyde Park, and Sewanaka. In 2013, the Baymen were voted the Most Improved Team in Nassau County, a season which found them in the playoffs in their second year. However, thirteen senior graduated leaving many holes to fill on the roster. With strong senior leadership from Victory, Martinez, and Mikey Schuler, and talented underclassmen the Baymen didn’t miss a beat. Freshman Brian Schindler stepped into the starting goaltender role and played like a seasoned veteran all season. Honorable Mention All-County attacker Collin Martinez led the team in scoring again this year and graduates as the school’s all-time leading scorer with over 145 career points. Junior Tom Carchietta earned All-Conference honors for his work at midfield and scoring over 50 points. Junior defender Nick Orlowski was named All-County for the second straight year. He is one of the best all-around long sticks in Nassau County. The future is very bright for Oyster Bay Boys Lacrosse and with hard work over the summer the plan is to make it back to the playoffs in 2015.

It was another great season for the Varsity Boys Tennis Team. The team comprised very motivated and enthusiastic athletes ranging from 7th to 12th grade, from beginners to advanced. The players got along very well and improved day by day. They were ferocious competitors fighting for every point in every game. The returning players cannot wait for next season to build on their success.

At the News 12 Scholar Athlete Dinner, Rebecca Layne and 29 other scholar athletes were honored with $1,000 scholarships and other gifts. Rebecca was All-State in Soccer and All-County in Lacrosse.

Caroline Kelly received recognition as Nassau County’s National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association female nominee. She filled out an application, wrote an essay about the impact sports have had on her life, and provided a resume. She, along with a boy from Cold Spring Harbor, had their applications submitted to the state. While they did not advance further, they were given $100 scholarships. This year Caroline was an All-County Volleyball and All-County Softball player and an All-Conference Basketball player.

Every season the academic averages of all varsity sports teams are taken collectively and each team whose average is greater than 90% 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.

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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