The New York Islanders are partnering with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) for a special fundraising night Thursday, March 29 when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m. To go along with the donations and support of Islanders fans and all hockey fans in the area, Islanders Owner Charles Wang plans to personally match the total donation from the evening.
“It’s terrible that this is even an issue we have to deal with in our country, but it’s a big problem,” Wang said. “These are our children we’re talking about. They’re our future. We have to protect them as best we can. This is one of many steps we need to take and I look forward to the rest of the NHL and professional sports communities joining us in this fight.”
Just 398 hardy soles braved the inclement weather on Saturday morning, Feb. 11 at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, and when the snowflakes had settled 22-year old Bradley Raxenberg of Woodbury and 31-year old Shari Klarfeld on Plainview emerged as the top male and female finishers overall. The OBVR 5 Kilometer Run was the kickoff event of the new RunNassau Series of races leading up to the Long Island Marathon in May.
“Congratulations to the Saint Dominic’s 8th Grade Lady Bayhawk CYO Basketball team on their resounding victory on Sunday, Feb. 12 against a previously undefeated team from Infant Jesus (Port Jefferson) to capture the NSCYO championship in 8th grade,” said Kevin J. McLaughlin.
Under the coaching expertise of Karen Testa, assisted by Andrew Galgano, the Lady Hawks prevailed in a very hard fought game, 51-43. The game was a real nail-biter throughout and unquestionably a total team effort. So intense was the game that Faith Smith, the Saint Dominic’s all-league point guard, played with what turned out to be a dislocated shoulder for the last 15 minutes of the game!
The Nassau County Coaches Association selected Coach John Bruckner as the Boys Nassau County Coach of the Year. This distinction is earned for more than just racking up wins. Coach Bruckner instills pride, sportsmanship and a solid work ethic in the fencers of Oyster Bay High School. Not only did he lead his Boys Fencing Team to become Nassau County Champions, but his boys and girls teams both earned Scholar / Athlete Team Awards.
Every season the academic averages of all varsity sports teams are taken collectively, and each team with an average that’s greater than 90 percent is honored with the Scholar/Athlete Team distinction by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). For the 2011-2012 season, eight of the nine varsity teams had an average GPA of 90 percent or greater. The Girls’ Fencing Team led the pack with an impressive team academic average of 97.321 percent. The Boys Fencing Team was a close second with a team academic average of 96.571 percent.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto recently took special occasion to present Hockey Pioneer Willie O’Ree, the first black player to ever play in the National Hockey League (NHL), with a proclamation on behalf of the Town of Oyster Bay.
Supervisor Venditto proclaimed Jan. 18 to be ‘Willie O’Ree Day’ in the Town of Oyster Bay, to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of Willie breaking the color barrier in the NHL.
The New York Islanders will play the first-ever NHL game at Barclays Center on Tuesday, Oct. 2, when they take on the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. The preseason game will mark the first hockey event at Barclays Center, the new major sports and entertainment venue, which will officially open on Sept. 28 with the first of multiple Jay-Z concerts. The game will also mark the first NHL game to be played in Brooklyn.
“We’re extremely excited to play the first NHL game in the new, state-of-the-art Barclays Center,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “We already have some of the most passionate fans in the league supporting our young team, and we are looking forward to expanding our base into Brooklyn.”
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in the Oyster Bay area is recruiting new members. They are needed to assist the Coast Guard in performing Homeland Security missions and to implement the Coast Guard’s many recreational boating safety programs. No experience or boat is required. Training will be provided for the recruits. For more information on joining the auxiliary, please call Vice Commander Flotilla Joe Orlich, at 624-USCG.
“We just did a huge membership campaign this past summer starting in June. We had a banner over Route 106 and one over East Main Street asking for recruits and got about 12 new members. Because of the economy, we lost about 15 members. So we are almost back to our full strength but we need a little more help,” said Mr. Orlich.
Mr. Orlich is very active with the U.S. Coast Guard and represents them in the annual Oyster Festival where he works with the waterfront committee. The Festival Committee met for the first time and have already contacted Mr. Orlich for his help.
For the fifth consecutive year, pee-wee hockey players from across the globe descended upon Long Island to compete in the New York Islanders annual Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament. Charles B. Wang’s Project Hope charity and the Islanders Children’s Foundation funded this unique international tournament with the goal of creating opportunities for cultural exchange through youth hockey events.
After three days full of games, Finland’s Ilves Islanders skated away with the gold and silver medals in a thrilling back and forth final. They showcased a group of talented young players with the ability and hockey sense of much older teams.
Japan, which traveled the furthest to attend the tournament, showed their European friends and North American hosts that the under-represented hockey nation is growing a crop of young, smooth skaters.
The Oyster Bay High School Varsity Wrestling Team continued their winnings ways this season by capturing their eighth League Championship Title since the wrestling program began in 1999. It was a great week of wrestling with victories against Mineola 15-19 and highly rated rival Locust Valley 36-33. It was an extremely exciting and competitive match.
The Baymen completed an undefeated league season with additional victories over Wheatley, Cold Spring Harbor, Roosevelt and Carle Place to win the Nassau County League 4B Championship.
The wrestling team presently has an overall record of 12-2 and is currently ranked eleventh in the New York State Sportswriters Poll in the Small School Division.
Oyster Bay High School teacher assistant and yearbook adviser, Charlie Rizzuto, took the initiative to host a fundraising event based on the NBC Television game show, “Minute to Win It,” where contestants compete in a series of challenges using common items usually found in a house. On the show, the contestants have one minute to complete the game or challenge.
Here at Oyster Bay High School, the teams were given three minutes to complete their tasks. Bonus points were awarded to any team that completed it in a minute.
On the show one or two contestants usually compete at a time. At Oyster Bay, most games had three, four or five people playing from each team at a time. The goal being that with 10 teams and 10 people on a team, and only 10 events, everyone was kept involved by playing in most of the games.
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