Hooray! One of the best signs the school year is coming to a close is Field Day, and last week the fields at Friends Academy were swarming with Red, White and Blue as the Middle Schoolers romped through some friendly intramural competition.
Red won the day, but that didn’t dampen the fun for White or Blue. “This is way more fun than sitting inside,” said sixth-grader Nico Santiago. “I’m so pumped. No homework for three months!”
With fans wildly cheering from the sidelines, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Lacrosse team kept rival Cold Spring Harbor at bay before ultimately beating them 9-4 to capture their first ever Class C Nassau County Championship.
Coach Brian Crocco credits the team’s offensive balance with their success in the championship game and throughout the 14-2 season. “What we have found all season is that while we do have a few serious impact players who contribute quite a bit to our offensive success, what has been most remarkable is that we have shared the scoring well, especially in big games. During the championship game, we had seven different goal scorers contribute for the win — two seniors, three juniors, and two sophomores. We have six guys with at least 20 points each this season, so in crucial situations we have found that any number of guys can make a play.”
It has been another stellar year for Oyster Bay High School sports. The crowning moment came on June 8, when Kyle Cartwright won the State Championship for the Division 2 category of the 400-meter hurdles race. The last time Oyster Bay High School celebrated a state champion track star was 60 years ago when Rick Robinson won the crown. Robinson was the State Champion Long Jumper. He still holds the school record for that event and is an inductee of the inaugural Class of 2005 in the Oyster Bay High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Robinson wrote a sports column for many years for the Oyster Bay Guardian.
A major component of the educational program in Oyster Bay-East Norwich is the focus on building character as well as academic and athletic abilities. Character was front and center at the State Championships as well. Kyle Cartwright received recognition for his Sportsmanship throughout the season, and was one of two athletes in Nassau County who received the Sportsmanship award.
The Oyster Bay High School’s Fencing Team gave a demonstration at Senator Carl Marcellino’s/OBEN Chamber of Commerce Annual Health Fair. The demo started off with a foil bout with Virginia Kemp vs. Lucian Paone, followed by Nina Policano vs. Grey Warwick-Clark in epee and ending with a saber bout of Matt Mahoski vs. Anant Mehrotra. Also present were Head Coach John Bruckner who umpired and gave commentary of the matches with assistant coaches Chris Hammond and Mark Lizza.
On Sunday, May 19, Sagamore Yacht Club held one of the most important events of the year: Opening Day, marking the commissioning of the officers and the club, and the official start of the boating season.
In years past, the ceremony has taken place under sunny skies, however, this year it rained, so most of the event took place inside the clubhouse.
As founder of the “Moms Who Kick” charity, Oyster-Bay native Joanne “The Tigress” Hutchins has the experience necessary to hold her own in a fight. Those skills will be necessary when she participates in the 10th annual Long Island Fight for Charity event on November 25 at the Hilton in Melville.
Hundreds of runners were tensed and ready near Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Oyster Bay as they waited for the start for the eighth annual Brooke Jackman Race for Literacy on May 18.
Then, with the signal, runners young and old, took off, racing through Oyster Bay, past the high school, turning around rushing along the beach at Theodore Roosevelt Park, and crossing the finish line in the parking lot, tired but satisfied after their five kilometer (5K) run.
The Friends Academy Boys and Girls Varsity Track team competed to championship levels at both their Division IV B Championship meets, clinching the title at both meets and scoring more points than competitor teams from Locust Valley, Cold Spring Harbor, Malverne, Wheatley, Oyster Bay, Carle Place and East Rockaway. The girls team scored 136 points, while the boys team scored 107. According to Coach Louisa Garry, this was the first team championship the girls team has won since 2002; the boys track team had not won since 1974. The boys won five individual events (1600, 800, 200, shot put and discus) as well as the 4 x 800 meter relay. The girls also won six individual events (1500, 800, 200, 400, 3000 and high jump), as well as the 4 x 800 meter relay and 4 x 100 meter relay.
Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club held their Annual Golf Tournament, named for the late World Golf Hall of Famer Joseph C. Dey Jr., on Monday, May 6, at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho. Hugh R. O’Kane, President of Hugh O’Kane Electric Company, chaired this year’s event.
“This year’s outing was an overwhelming success due to the tremendous support from both our corporate and personal friends. We attracted a sold-out crowd across a broad spectrum from both the Long Island and New York City communities,” said O’Kane. “We are thankful to all those that both attended and supported our outing this year.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, more than five million Americans are suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Troubled by these statistics and personally affected, Long Islander and NBA draftee Gordon Thomas founded the Alzheimer’s All-Star Basketball Classic Committee, a group of professionals dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
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