Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00
The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association said that Becky Kaplan has been selected in the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League Draft on Jan. 18 at the Indiana Convention Center. Sky Blue FC drafted her in the fourth round. As Sky Blue plays its home games at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, New Jersey, it¹s the closest NWSL franchise to Kaplan’s home in Oyster Bay.
Kaplan had a breakout 2012 senior season at the University of Maryland, posting career highs in goals (12), assists (6), points (30) and shots (53). She had a knack for scoring at key moments for the Terrapins and had a team-best six game-winning goals this past season. For her efforts, she was a second team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and a third team NSCAA All-Southeast Regional honoree.
“I personally started to train Becky at eight years old when she started in the Oyster Bay/East Norwich Soccer Club,” said Long Island Rough Riders President Peter Zaratin. “Her father, Robert, wanted her to be a goalkeeper but I convinced him that she would eventually be an exceptional field player if she developed a passion for the sport.”
She was then given permission by the Northport/Cow Harbor Soccer Club Board of Directors to play with a LIJSL boys’ team, the Northport/Cow Harbor Bruins, which helped her development as well. Becky then competed for the LIJSL’s East Meadow Shooting Stars, leading East Meadow to the State Open Cup and Region 1 Premier League titles, and finished her youth soccer career with the LIJSL’s Massapequa Rascals.
Kaplan is the all-time leading scorer at Oyster Bay High School, having scored an amazing 149 goals for the Baymen.
She spent the past few summers playing with the Long Island Rough Riders of the W-League, a level below the new NWSL.
“I am glad that Becky is now playing at the highest level of women’s professional soccer in the United States,” commented Coach Zaratin. “We look forward to seeing her progress as we still think that she hasn’t reached her full potential. Hopefully, the next opportunity will be with the Women’s National Team!”
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with music, and critically acclaimed pianist Stan Wiest will be hosting a holiday sing-a-long at Locust Valley Library to help get everyone in the mood on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Wiest has been playing piano since he was 5 years old, and now, at age 69, has recorded his first CD; an album that has been so well-received, it is a top seller on Amazon.com. The talented pianist spent much of his early career traveling and says he played every supper club in Manhattan, while also working full time on a TV soap opera. To promote his album, his local circuit also includes a presentation at Forest Books in Glen Cove on Dec. 12.
About 30 years ago, Wiest stopped traveling to be with his wife and kids and has been running a music entertainment business in Fort Salonga. Now, with his new album, he’s back on the road, something he never expected to happen at this point in his life.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
It was a cold night for the annual Menorah lighting at the Derby Hall Bandstand last Monday. The event, which is sponsored by the Oyster Bay Civic Association, was well attended though, with Oyster Bay Jewish Center’s Rabbi Marvin Demant leading the crowd in cheerful Chanukah songs.
“Every year we gather at the gazebo to celebrate the miracle of Chanukah,” said Rabbi Demant. “It is actually very special this year because Thanksgiving and Chanukah will overlap for the first time in almost 100 years.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Nicole Giannetti entered her third cross country state meet in her career with one goal in mind: to place in the top 20 and earn an all-state medal. After finishing 38th in 2011 and 26th in 2010, the goal was definitely within her reach.
“She was ranked 25th according to one website, so we knew it was going to be close,” said Coach Kevin Cotter. “After looking at some of the times of her competitors, I told her she could potentially finish in the top 10. If she fell short, at least she would still remain in the top 20 and earn that elusive medal.”