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Oyster Bay High School Boys And Girls Fencing Teams

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.

Oyster Bay boys team is undefeated at 6 and 0, defeating Manhasset, Wheatley, Garden City, Great Neck North, Jericho and Hewlett. Foil captain Nick LaRosa leads the team with a record of 17 and 0 with Berkeley Golon and Oliver Gonzalez. Epees are led by Jason Halpern at 11 and 3 with brothers Michael and Andreas Tsoumpariotis. And saber captain Matt Mahoski is at 14 and 4 with Anant Mehrotra and Chris Roerden. 

Fencing in Nassau County has only one league, and Oyster Bay is the smallest school with one of the biggest squads. The boys team lost five All-County fencers due to graduation last year, but had a strong underclass squad, who have stepped up to fill their shoes. The boys have a great start on their way to retaining their Nassau County Championship titles of the last two years. 

Home meets are held in the gym at the Vernon Middle School, East Norwich, starting at 5 p.m. Upcoming home meets are Wed. Jan 16 vs. Wheatley and Tues. Jan. 29 vs. Great Neck North.

News

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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