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Oyster Bay Fencing Team ‘Unstoppable’

In recent years, the Oyster Bay Fencing Team has been almost unstoppable. The boys brought championships home to Oyster Bay in 2011 and 2012.

Over the years many individual fencers have been singled out for honors. This year is no exception.  Every year, the players throughout the league vote for one fencer that they would want to have on their team. The winner is awarded the Fencers’ Fencer Award. In the past six years, the Fencers’ Fencer has been from Oyster Bay. In 2008 the award went to Gabby Kaplan. In 2010 Courtney Collins was the recipient. In 2011, the honor went to LeeAnne Dillmann followed in 2012 by Jillian Murray.  This year Joann Alerte was selected as the Fencers’ Fencer.

Nicholas LaRosa and Joann Alerte were just named All-Long Island. The boys and girls teams can claim a total of 10 fencers that have earned All-County distinction.

They are Nick LaRosa chosen for the first team foil and ranked number one, Matt Mahoski chosen for the first team saber and ranked number four, Jason Halpern on the second team epee and ranked number six, Anant Mehrotra chosen for the second team saber and ranked number eight, and Berkely Golon on the second team foil and ranked number eight.

From the girls team, the All-County fencers include Joann Alerte on the first team foil and ranked number two, Laura Broffman chosen for the second team saber and ranked number five, Nina Policano on the second team epee and ranked number seven, Grey Warwick-Clark chosen for the second team epee and ranked number eight, and Silvana Fazzalari, who was Honorable Mention on foil and ranked number ten.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the boy’s entered the semi-finals of the County Championships where they faced Massapequa. The Baymen won by a score of 14–3.  Jason Halpern sealed the deal with a 5-2 win to end the match.

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, Oyster Bay will host the Underclassmen Tournament open to ninth- and 10th-grade fencers. The tournament will be held at the James H. Vernon School at 4:30 p.m.

News

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Movie: Godzilla

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Sept. 26

Plein Art Competition

Saturday, Sept. 27



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