With grit, determination and all-out teamwork, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team completed their quest for a third state soccer championship, defeating a tough Lansing High School, 1-0, in the New York Class C State Championships.
Both teams kept the game at a tight 0-0, until 20 minutes into the second half, when a throw-in from senior Patrick Moodhe (Manhasset) connected with the head of senior Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) for the game’s only goal.
Nicole Giannetti entered her third cross country state meet in her career with one goal in mind: to place in the top 20 and earn an all-state medal. After finishing 38th in 2011 and 26th in 2010, the goal was definitely within her reach.
“She was ranked 25th according to one website, so we knew it was going to be close,” said Coach Kevin Cotter. “After looking at some of the times of her competitors, I told her she could potentially finish in the top 10. If she fell short, at least she would still remain in the top 20 and earn that elusive medal.”
News 12 Long Island has selected senior Katrina Garry of Locust Valley as a News 12 Long Island Scholar Athlete for the 2013-14 season. Now in its 27th year, the weekly award recognizes outstanding ability by high school seniors in athletics, scholarship, leadership and service to others.
Garry was interviewed by News 12 about her achievements and this award earlier this month; the segment aired Wednesday, Nov. 6 and can be viewed by heading to www.longisland.news12.com/multimedia/scholar-athlete-trina-garry-1.6394824.
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Intramural Soccer Club recently played its first tournament in more than eight years. According to the team coaches, the kids represented the club well.
“We played hard in a tough bracket,” says David Martin. “The kids learned a lot and improved as the day went along. Even though we lost all three games, both the players and parents had a great time.”
The Fall 2013 Varsity Sports Season is in the books. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for November 2013.
Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter chose Alex Tosi, Jason Cassella, Jack Sherbal, Stevie Sweet, Dylan Mavros, Aiden Doxy and Matt Palczewsi for this honor. The “Top 7” members of the boys’ cross country team are returning to the New York State Championships after a two-year lapse. The boys, led by Alex Tosi, defeated division champions Friends Academy by just one point. Tosi, Cassella, Sherbal and Sweet all ran their best times of the season in their final and most crucial race, at Bethpage State Park. While Tosi again broke the 18-minute barrier, Cassella, Sherbal and Sweet were all well under 19 minutes for the challenging 5k course.
The 5- and 6-year-olds ended their football season Saturday afternoon against a tough Seaford team. The late afternoon start did nothing to help the Generals’ slow first half start that they experienced all season. After the last game speech at halftime, the Generals came out in the second half ready to play. The defense led by Francesco Allocca (12 tackles) gave up only one second-half score. Rodney Hill Jr. stepped in as quarterback in the second half and led the
Generals to their only score: a 54-yard run by Alloca. Liam Gorney also stepped up with some great running.
Coach Rodney and Coach Charles are really proud of all the boys this year:
The Oyster Bay Rough Rider U14 Boys soccer team participated in the Whitewater Challenge Tournament in the Poconos, PA, over the Columbus Day weekend, playing against U15 opponents. The team finished in second place.
In the first game the Rough Riders defeated the FC Pocono team from E. Stroudsburg, PA, 2-0, with goals by Keith Cassar and Drew Jacklin. Dennis Mejia was in goal and recorded the shutout.
The 5- and 6-year-olds traveled to Uniondale where Coach Rodney played high school football 20 years ago, and suffered a tough loss. Once again the little Generals had a slow first half start, giving up three TDs. As has been the norm this season, they came out hard in the second half and gave up one score. Good plays on offense were made by Nicholas Spampinato, and Nicholas (Cole) Meyer played hard on the defensive line, so the linebackers could make tackles.
Long Island Aquatic Club (LIAC) announced that Oyster Bay residents Maggie and Luke McNamara have qualified to compete at the National Age Group Challenge Meet. These athletes are two of 67 LIAC swimmers invited to attend this prestigious competition.
A year to remember is the only way to describe the tennis season the Oyster Bay Girls’ Varsity Tennis squad just completed.
After finishing undefeated, at 12-0 in their league, the girls defeated Plainedge, on Tuesday, to win the Conference and Division crowns. The match was a thriller, with ninth-grader Michelle Yu, and seventh-grader Juliet D’Aversa winning the deciding contest in a 4-3 win. The other three wins came from 10th-grader first singles Celeste Matute, second singles Courtney Kowalsky who is in the ninth grade, and the third doubles pair of senior Hannah Kulis and sophomore Paige Gunther.
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