The Winter Varsity Sports Season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many fine young athletes have excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the OBHS Coaches as Athletes of the Month for January.
Coming off an outstanding Cross Country season, one in which she qualified for the New York State Cross Country Championships, Linda Cameron is off to a fast start this Winter Track season. Cameron won a gold medal competing at the Nassau County Track Coaches Association’s Holiday Relay Invitational at the historic New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory, running the 1,000 meters in a time of 3:17.6. In addition, at an early season Conference Crossover Meet, Cameron ran a very impressive 1,500 meters race, finishing with a time of 5:26. Running at the Long Beach Hot Chocolate Relays, she helped her sprint medley relay team win commemorative mugs. She is poised to have an exceptional Winter Track season, and is looking forward to competing at the Conference Championships on Jan. 25. Cameron was chosen by Coach Tom Neary and Coach Christopher Weber.
There is an expression in athletics called “being in the zone” which means that the athlete is physically and mentally focused and able to perform at the height of their abilities. This year the Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Award for outstanding leadership, achievement and citizenship went to two Oyster Bay High School athletes, Berkeley Golon and Caroline Kelly. The Nassau Zone Award recipients exemplify and demonstrate an understanding of the New York State Learning Standards for Health and Physical Education by exhibiting a physically active lifestyle, both during and outside of school. Golon and Kelly demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior, including good sportsmanship, character, civility, and citizenship. The award winners also demonstrate leadership, are a positive influence on their peers, exhibit and value a healthy lifestyle and lifelong learning. Nassau Zone Awards are given to students who show exceptional achievement in physical education class and achieve a high level of fitness on an approved fitness test.
The St. Patrick’s CYO Track team is now looking forward to their 13th season and gearing up for registration. Last spring, the team competed in six meets throughout Long Island. In the fall, they competed in three more meets, including the CYO Fall Championship at Mitchell Field.
The fall Cross Country team had a great season, competing in several USATF Cross Country meets, and many runners qualified for the USATF Regional Championship in Wappingers Falls. One of the runners went on to compete at the Nationals in San Antonio, TX.
Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr. joined with Nassau County Legislators Michael Venditto and Rose Walker at a ceremony in which the Over the Hill Gang presented a check for $20,000 in support of EllieAnna Barters of Farmingdale, a child who was born with a rare liver disease.
The Over the Hill Gang is Farmingdale men’s softball league with players aged 40 and older. The league is open to residents of Farmingdale and to all Town of Oyster Bay residents with games being played at the Town’s Ellsworth W. Allen Park.
Every season the academic averages of all varsity sports teams are taken collectively and each team whose average is greater than 90 percent is honored with the Scholar/Athlete Team distinction by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
Still looking for that perfect gift? Not sure of what to give the sailor in your life and want to make it really special this year?
Well, your columnist has a suggestion that may be of help to you. There is something really special going on at Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay. And since this is the season for giving, it’s a good time to let readers know about the magic that Dawn Riley, executive director, is weaving.
Oyster Bay resident and Kellenberg student athlete Ryan Curran’s hard work, effort, commitment, and success in the classroom and on the athletic field has secured him a spot on the men’s lacrosse team at UMASS Lowel. Curran has signed a letter of intent and taken the next step in his educational growth by committing to the lacrosse team, and agreeing to participate in collegiate athletics at the highest level.
Residents can take part in the Town of Oyster Bay’s Adult Co-Ed Badminton Volleyball Programs. The programs are open to town residents 18 and older, and will be held at the Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center.
The badminton program starts on Sunday, Jan. 5 and will be held on Thursdays and Sundays from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. The volleyball program starts on Tuesday, Jan. 7 and will be conducted on Tuesdays from 9 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. The programs, which are 12 weeks in duration, are $60 for residents and $70 for non-residents. Proof of residency is required.
For further information, contact the Hicksville Athletic Center at 516-733-8406.
The Town of Oyster Bay’s Holiday on Ice Show, which has become a holiday tradition for town residents, will again be presented at the Town of Ice Bay Center in Bethpage. The popular show, now in its fourth year, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but in keeping with “the season of giving,” those attending the show are asked to bring two non-perishable food items to the show, which will be collected by Island Harvest, an organization committed to ending hunger on Long Island.
“‘Holiday On Ice ‘ is an event that our residents eagerly look forward to each year, and I am delighted that our town’s residents and their families will once again be able to enjoy this special presentation,” said Councilman Chris Coschignano. “Some of the finest skaters in the nation will be performing and showcasing their talent.” The supervisor added that students of the town’s figure skating program will also be performing.
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.
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