On Thursday, Feb.14, for the third time in the last four years, the Portledge Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball teams both became the champions of IPPSAL (Independent Private and Parochial School’s Athletic League). The evening’s opening act, the IPPSAL Varsity Girls Basketball Championship game between Portledge School (Locust Valley) and Waldorf School of Garden City, turned out to be nothing but a formality as the Portledge Lady Panthers raced their way to their fourth consecutive IPPSAL crown. The 63 to 28 victory, which became Head Coach Skip Amadio’s 100th win at the Portledge helm, demonstrated the team’s dominant style of pressure defense and fast break attack. Sophomore Morgan Follet (Bayville) was unstoppable early, as she totaled 20 first half points, most of which came after a Portledge steal or blocked shot. As always the Lady Panthers’ great defense was keyed by the quick hands of junior guard Tamara Simpson (North Babylon) and the long arms of senior center Ceci Mulry (Glen Cove). Whenever Waldorf managed to avoid a steal by Simpson, who is being heavily recruited by many Division I college programs, Mulry was there to swat away their attempts to score.
Alessandra Puccio, a senior at Oyster Bay High School, was recently named a News 12 Long Island Scholar Athlete. A two-time All-County field hockey player, Puccio is also All-Conference in the high jump and hurdles. And with a 98 unweighted average and a 2120 SAT score, she excels academically. Puccio is also editor of the school paper and plays the French horn. She has even performed at Carnegie Hall.
Kids of all ages are welcome to come play hockey at Cantiague Park in Hicksville, and this winter is no exception. Both shape-up sessions for those who want to get in shape for hockey season and tryout dates have been announced. The schedule, broken down by age group, is as follows:
In recent years, the Oyster Bay Fencing Team has been almost unstoppable. The boys brought championships home to Oyster Bay in 2011 and 2012.
Over the years many individual fencers have been singled out for honors. This year is no exception. Every year, the players throughout the league vote for one fencer that they would want to have on their team. The winner is awarded the Fencers’ Fencer Award. In the past six years, the Fencers’ Fencer has been from Oyster Bay. In 2008 the award went to Gabby Kaplan. In 2010 Courtney Collins was the recipient. In 2011, the honor went to LeeAnne Dillmann followed in 2012 by Jillian Murray. This year Joann Alerte was selected as the Fencers’ Fencer.
The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association said that Becky Kaplan has been selected in the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League Draft on Jan. 18 at the Indiana Convention Center. Sky Blue FC drafted her in the fourth round. As Sky Blue plays its home games at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, New Jersey, it¹s the closest NWSL franchise to Kaplan’s home in Oyster Bay.
Kaplan had a breakout 2012 senior season at the University of Maryland, posting career highs in goals (12), assists (6), points (30) and shots (53). She had a knack for scoring at key moments for the Terrapins and had a team-best six game-winning goals this past season. For her efforts, she was a second team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and a third team NSCAA All-Southeast Regional honoree.
Nicole Giannetti, a junior at Oyster Bay High School, qualified for the semifinals of the 39th Annual Women’s Colgate games in the 1,500-meter run. After a series of four races Giannetti is seeded 4th in the 1,500-meter run. Top six runners advance to the finals to be help at the Armory in New York City. The Colgate Games is the country’s largest all female track event.
Call it a coincidence, but the timing for Chris and Peter Ferraro’s announcement of the creation of a new hockey and recreation facility couldn’t be any better.
Two days before the National Hockey League was set to drop the puck for a shortened, 48-game season beginning on Jan. 19, the Ferraro twins – former NHL players and Olympians themselves – broke ground on their $15 million, privately financed Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park.
The Winter Varsity Sports Season is in full swing. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves.
Winter Track Coach Chris Weber is excited about the achievement of OBHS Senior Kyle Cartwright.
“This is Kyle Cartwright’s first year running winter track, and he has already emerged as one of the county’s most dominant runners,” said Weber. “He is one of the county’s best 55-meter high hurdlers, which is possibly the most difficult event in high school sports. Kyle is also one of the best in the county as a 400-meter runner where he will possibly run sub 50 in the event this year. As part of the school’s 4x400 meter relay, Kyle has won gold medals at the Nassau Coaches Holidays Relays held at the historic 168th Street Armory and the Long Beach Hot Chocolate Relays. His incredible versatility as a runner was on display when he placed 3rd in the 600 meter run at the Walt Brem Track and Field Series. Kyle is a dedicated runner, committed to his teammates, and is a brilliant student; he plans on studying engineering next year after graduation.”
The high school winter sports season is well underway, and we are now at the Christmas mid-season break. The Oyster Bay girls team is at six wins and one loss. The first meet was the loss to last year’s county champions, Manhasset, 12 to 15. Significant wins followed against Wheatley, Valley Stream, Garden City, Great Neck North, Jericho and Hewlett. Foil team captain JoAnn Alerte leads the team with a 20-1 record. Other top foilists include Silvana Fazzalari, Liz Gurdus and Virginia Kemp. Saber captain junior Laura Broffman is 17-4 with Kristalle Sharma and Christy Ha. Epeeists include Nina Policano, who is 17-2, with captain Lil Manning and Grey Warwick Clark. The girls are looking forward to revenging their loss to Manhasset when they play them away on Jan. 10.
For the fourth time in the past five years, Waldorf’s Varsity Boys Soccer Team traveled on Friday, Oct, 26 – just before Hurricane Sandy hit the region – to Locust Valley’s Portledge School, (a neutral site), in order to play in the IPPSAL Boys Soccer Championships. This year’s opponent was Lawrence Woodmere Academy (LWA) who split the regular season games with Waldorf, each earning a win and suffering a loss.
Waldorf started the game with the season’s trademark offensive surge - and with just a little more than six minutes into the game, junior tri-captain midfielder Peter Escribano neatly tucked the ball into the far post off a throw-in from senior tri-captain midfielder Orin Pearce. After five more shots that kept the LWA goalkeeper very busy, Pearce had another long throw-in that senior forward Marco Spitaliere fired into the near post for the 2-0 Waldorf lead. LWA started its own offensive rush and scored; cutting the Waldorf lead at the end of the first half to 2-1.
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