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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

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.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


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

Movie: Godzilla

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Sept. 26

Plein Art Competition

Saturday, Sept. 27



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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