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Oyster Bay High School Celebrates Remarkable Athletes

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.”

No stranger to athletic accolades, Caroline Kelly has been an excellent leader this year for the Lady Baymen basketball team.

Coach Lauren Tartamella said, “Caroline is a tough competitor. She is relentless on defense and makes big plays when needed. As a point guard Caroline averages 10 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists per game. Caroline has a strong work ethic and always gives one hundred percent. She is dedicated to trying to improve her game while being a positive role model for her teammates.”

Nick LaRosa is a senior and four year starter on the foil team. OBHS Varsity Fencing Coach John Bruckner added, “Nick is in his second year as the foil captain and has proven himself to be the leader of the entire team with the respect of all his fellow team-mates as well as his opponents. The previous two years as a sophomore and a junior, Nick was All-County being ranked #5 and #3 respectively in the county. Halfway through this season his current record is 17 and zero.”

Varsity Bowling Coach Tim Brady has an outstanding bowler on the team. “Cooper Lublin is a junior and has been a varsity bowler since the 8th grade,” Brady said. “Cooper competes in leagues and tournaments all year long and currently has a 195 league average with multiple 200 games and high scores of 254, 245, 240, 238, and 226 this season. Cooper is a two-time team captain and an All-Conference bowler from seasons past. He has also bowled a high three game series of 690 this season. Cooper is the anchor for the Boy’s Varsity Team that is currently challenging for 3rd place in a very competitive Nassau County Conference.”

Oyster Bay Wrestling Coach Doug Axman added his commentary.

“The Oyster Bay Wrestling Team just completed the first part of the season wrestling in four Holiday Tournaments,” he said. “The Baymen have been led by Alex Galizia who has won the Hank Paris Tournament and most recently the Locust Valley Tournament. Alex also placed in the Bethpage Holiday Tournament and the Glen Cove Tournament in which he was awarded the Oyster Bay MVP. Other wrestlers that have been tournament place winners this year are; Vincent Catala, Ian Estevez, James Mon and Cassidy Exum. The following Junior Varsity Wrestlers have also had their share of success with Mike Gettleman and Kevin Velesquez winning tournament championships along with place winners; Ryan Hauser and Andre Perez. The Baymen presently have a record of 2-2.”

And speaking of athletics, the Oyster Bay High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducting new members in the fall of 2013. If you know a former OBHS Athlete who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame fill out a nomination form and return it to the Athletic Office by April 1, 2013. Forms can be downloaded from the school website at http://www.obenschools.org/athletics/Hall%20of%20Fame%20Nomination%20Form.pdf

News

There is a new psychic medium on the North Shore of Long Island to compete with the original “Long Island Medium,” Theresa Caputo. Her name is Mary Drew and she has been working for more than a decade doing private readings. Recently, Drew has expanded her horizons and has been conducting readings at restaurants, public events and fundraisers.

“I discovered my ability to speak and to hear the deceased voices when I was 10 years old,” said Drew, who grew up in Brookville and now resides in Glen Cove. “The first deceased person I had an encounter with was my grandmother and it was a very profound experience, to say the least.”

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.

The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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