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OBHS Athletes Excel In and Out of Class

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 (NYSPHSAA). For the fall of 2011 season seven of the eight varsity teams had an average GPA of 90 percent or greater.

The Girls Cross Country team led the pack with a team average of 96.077 percent. The Boys Cross Country came in at 95.767 percent. Girls Field Hockey at 95.171 percent, Girls Tennis at 94.932 percent, Boys Soccer at 92.639 percent, Girls Soccer at 92.449 percent, and Girls Volleyball at 91.750 percent round out the very impressive field. The Football team had a team average of 89.142 percent, which is excellent, but missed the award by less than a point.

Not only did these seven teams distinguish themselves academically, but six of the teams also made it to post season play. Each of the coaches were invited to share the accomplishments of their teams.

Cross Country Teams

Coach Kevin Cotter was proud to relate that five runners from the Girls Cross Country team went to the States and were joined at the States by three runners from the Boys Cross Country team. Oyster Bay High School senior, Nick Mavros, was the sole member of the boys team that made All-Conference for conference 4. The top 15 runners in the Conference Meet are deemed All Conference in Nassau County. Although he was disappointed with his time of 18:35, it was the best time for Oyster Bay, and good enough for 15th place in the race. He was followed by Teddy Hamlin (32nd place), Dan McCartney (40th place), Nick Palczewski (41st) and Joe Cogliandro (42nd).

Nick Mavros and Teddy Hamlin also made All-County for Class C and qualified for the State Meet held in Verona, New York. In the State Championship meet, Nick Mavros placed 74th, while teammates Teddy Hamlin placed 108th and Junior Anthonu Albert placed 121st.

Nicole Giannetti became the first member of the girls cross country team to make all county since Kaitlyn Collins in 2007. By placing 9th place overall with a time of 19:19, Nicole was able to distinguish herself as one of the best runners in all of Nassau County.

In the same race Linda Cameron (21:12), Lauren Burke (21:46), Brooke Mahoski (21:58) and Aubri Juhasz (23:30) all ran their best times of the season and qualified for the state meet. In spite of their efforts, the girls’ team placed 2nd to Friends Academy, who represented Nassau County for Class C as a team.

At the New York State Championships Brooke Mahoski was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for Class C girls cross country in Nassau County. In muddy conditions the race was won by Mary Cain of Bronxville in 19:29. Nicole Giannetti placed 38th with a time of 22:27. She was followed by Linda Cameron (58th), Lauren Burke (101st) and Brooke Mahoski (114th).

Boys Soccer Team

The Boys’ Soccer team also made it to the playoffs coached by Mr. Tim Brady. Mr. Brady said the “highlights the of season included a strong second half where we matured as a team in terms of self-discipline and playing a strong team defense to clinch the 4th seed in the Class B playoff format. We lost to Wheatley in the semi-finals in Class B, 1-0 with Wheatley scoring the only goal with 7 minutes remaining in a match that was evenly played. Wheatley advanced to the NYS Final Four and played in the State championship.

“We will graduate 5 seniors this year: Striker - William Treiber who is All County with 7 goals and 5 assists, Mid Fielder - Jonathan Ramirez who is also All Conference with 4 assists, Mid Fielder - Ricardo Contreras who was named All Conference with 6 goals, Central Defender - Alex Carchietta who is also All Conference and was the quarterback of the defense, and Goal Keeper Lucas Santoro will also graduate this year. We will return 15 players next year as we return a strong and experienced group of underclassmen.

“Ricardo Contreras and William Treiber were selected to take part in the Exceptional Seniors Soccer Games vs. Suffolk County which was played on November 26th at Dowling College. The Exceptional Seniors Game is a College Showcase game that Nassau County and Suffolk County take part in. Ricardo and Willie must try out for this very competitive soccer team that includes all senior soccer players across Nassau County and were selected by a panel of Nassau County High School soccer coaches during a three day try-out period. To make this team is quite an honor and I am very proud of their accomplishments.”

Girls Varsity Volleyball Team

OBHS alum and newlywed Erin Murcott coached the Volleyball team to the playoffs this season. This year’s Girls Varsity Volleyball team finished with a record of 10-4. Their season ended on November 5 in the semi-final playoff game against East Rockaway. The team was led by captains Danielle Agostinello, Melissa Campos, and Francisca Zuniga. Libero Caroline Kelly was awarded with All-Conference honors due to her defensive skill in the back row. Setter Danielle Agostinello was named to the All-Tournament team due to her stellar performance in the semi-final game against East Rockaway. Kristen Poppe was named the team’s scholar athlete for her excellence in the classroom. The girls displayed excellent chemistry both on the court and off which contributed to their successful season. The team will miss its two seniors Danielle Fetiere and Francisca Zuniga, but look to be just as competitive next year.

Girls Soccer Team

The Girls Soccer team is coached by Mr. Bob Bennett who coached his final season as he is retiring at the end of this school year. Mr. Bennett shared that, “The Oyster Bay Girls Soccer team finished their season in a tough semifinal game against Carle Place. The OB girls dominated most of the game going into 2 overtime sessions. After 2 hours of play and 1 round of penalty kicks (shoot-out), the OB girls came up 1 goal short by losing the final round 3-2. All of the girls should be commended on their skills and sportsmanship that was demonstrated throughout the season. Forward strikers, Val Sakellaridis, Emily Siringo and Cassie Iacono were fast and furious on the offensive line.

Mid fielders Rebecca Layne, Marissa Matarese, Kristen Maggie, Daniele Maggie, Lillian Tiberia, Lia Kakoulidis, Shannon Kelly and Cindy Maldonado did a great job as the first line of defense in addition to supporting the forward strikers. Defenders Melissa LaCorte, Marissa Venuto, Hannah Nalaboff, Hannah Guarini and goalkeeper Sarah Lewis did a great job preventing many shots from entering the net. Additional support was contributed by Colby Laufer, Dionysa Caviris, Anna Sakellaridis and Riane Woodman. In addition to the above mentioned players, the team’s future looks very promising with a highly competitive, skilled group of underclassmen moving up the ranks.

Although the girls came up short in the semi-final match, they did defeat 2011 County and Long Island Champion Cold Spring Harbor team during the regular season. Cold Spring Harbor went all the way to the State Finals.

Post season honors were awarded to the following players by the Nassau County Girls Soccer Coaches Association: All-County Melissa LaCorte, All-Class Marissa Venuto and Rebecca Layne, All-Conference Marissa Matarese and Scholar Athlete Valarie Sakellaridis.

Varsity Field Hockey Team

In her second year as head coach of the Varsity Field Hockey, Ms. Morgan Cestari led her team to the post season.

This year, the Varsity Field Hockey team was filled with young talent and had a great 2011 season. Captains Caitlin Madden, Joanna Sugar, and Ally Puccio were strong role models and experienced varsity players who brought the team to a new level this season. The Oyster Bay High School Varsity Field Hockey team won the League Championship this year in regular season play. They also raised over $300 in October during their Play4theCure fundraising. In playoffs, the team played their best game of the season against rival Carle Place. Oyster Bay dominated the game but could not find the cage on offense. Tied 1-1 the game went into overtime and Oyster Bay lost 1-2. It was a well fought game and everyone walked off proud of the way the season ended.

For their exceptional play this season, several players received awards from Nassau County. Ally Puccio received All-County recognition for her presence in the midfield. Tiffany Ha and Lindsay Sweet earned All-Conference recognition for their dominance in the backfield. Joanna Sugar earned All-League for her play on the forward line. Additional recognition goes to Halsey Quinn for this season’s Unsung Hero and Tiffany Ha for this year’s Exceptional Senior. Hannah Kaiser was recognized as being one of the top 3 leading scorers in Nassau County throughout the regular season. Ally Puccio was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player and Oyster Bay High School Athlete of the Month. Danielle Gallagher was voted team’s Most Improved Player. The two graduating seniors, Caitlin Madden and Tiffany Ha, contributed tremendously to this year’s team. They were both dedicated leaders that will be greatly missed on the field.

Looking to next year, the team hopes to capture a spot in the Nassau County Field Hockey finals. With the majority of the team returning, next season looks promising for Oyster Bay Varsity Field Hockey.