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.
Beloved coach remembered in 10th annual games
Walking into the Imhof Gymnasium at the Oyster Bay High School on Friday, Dec. 7, you could hear the Baymen fans cheering “Boo-ya, boo-ya.” It was the 10th Annual Tom Robinson Memorial Tournament, sponsored by the Oyster Bay Athletic Booster Club and held in the Imhof Gymnasium on Dec. 6 and 7, with two rounds of competition at 5 and 7 p.m. each day. On Thursday the Baymen played the Plainedge Red Devils and won; North Shore High School Vikings played the Roosvelt High School Rough Riders and won.
On Friday at 5 p.m. Roosevelt played Plainedge (who won) and at 7 p.m. the winners of Wednesday’s games, North Shore and Oyster Bay played for the championship. Oyster Bay won at the end of an exciting game with 41-38.
After the last goal has been scored and championships have been won or lost in a season, statistics are relegated to history and coaches look ahead to next year. There is one statistic that lives on and is perhaps the most important of all, that is the GPA‘s of the athletes. At the end of each season, each team takes an average of the GPA’s of all students on the roster.
If the team average GPA is 90 percent or better, the team earns a Scholar/Athlete Award. In the 2012 Fall Sports Season, all but one of the teams garnered the average GPA to merit Team Scholar Athlete Awards. The football team had an average team GPA of 89.92 percent. They missed by eight one hundredths of a percent.
With the Internet and video games keeping more and more children inside and sedentary, the physical education team at the James H. Vernon School has been proactive in promoting fitness above and beyond the requisite gym classes.
This year the Vernon physical education teachers Jennifer Doxsee, Tom Neary and Keven Degnan brought an international program called the Mileage Club for third and fourth-graders to Vernon. The Mileage Club is a voluntary lunch time program that gets children to walk on the playground several times a week. Each child gets a mileage marker card that is checked each time a student completes a lap. For every mile completed the child will receive a “toe token” that can be put on a shoe lace or worn on a chain. A “5-mile charm” is given to commemorate that milestone. Almost the entire third and fourth-grade classes have already earned at least a one-mile token so far.
The 2012 Blue Ribbon 5K Run for Prostate Cancer, which had been scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 18, has been postponed until Sunday, Dec. 9, and has been moved to a new location, Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, 7800 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury.
“It is never an easy task to have to postpone an event, not to mention having to move it to a different location,” observed Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) Chief Administrative Officer Linda Ottaviano. “Fortunately, with the enthusiastic cooperation of Town Supervisor Venditto and the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department, we have been able to reschedule the event and relocate it to the scenic grounds of Syosset-Woodbury Community Park,” added Rhonda Samuel, Executive Director of Integrated Medical Foundation (IMF), who hosts the event.
The Oyster Bay Cross Country team ran at the Suffolk Officials Invitational at Sunken Meadow Park on Oct. 13. While Oyster Bay High School senior Teddy Hamlin improved by nearly two minutes from last year’s time (placing 12th in the Varsity race, and earning a medal), it was the freshman runners who were most impressive.
The team was able to win by a tie-breaker against Great Neck South. Both teams had scored 57 points, but the Baymen’s sixth runner, Michael Bizzoso scored in front of Great Neck’s sixth man to secure first place. Comsewogue placed third, while Sachem North (79 points) and Huntington (88 points) placed fourth and fifth.
The Oyster Festival reaches into the community and helps many people as they work to help others. The family of Ann and Bill Fetzer of Bayville continue to honor their son Matthew, who lost his battle with cancer on April 7, 2005, at age 10. Their nonprofit group worked to fund the Matthew Fetzer Foundation at the Oyster Festival. The MFF supports children with cancer and has an annual toy drive for children in the hospital.
“Matthew’s Lobster Booth was voted third best food at this year’s Oyster Festival’s Best of the Food Court Contest,” said Ann Fetzer.
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