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Portledge Teams Capture Championships

On Thursday, Feb.14, for the third time in the last four years, the Portledge Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball teams both became the champions of IPPSAL (Independent Private and Parochial School’s Athletic League). The evening’s opening act, the IPPSAL Varsity Girls Basketball Championship game between Portledge School (Locust Valley) and Waldorf School of Garden City, turned out to be nothing but a formality as the Portledge Lady Panthers raced their way to their fourth consecutive IPPSAL crown. The 63 to 28 victory, which became Head Coach Skip Amadio’s 100th win at the Portledge helm, demonstrated the team’s dominant style of pressure defense and fast break attack. Sophomore Morgan Follet (Bayville) was unstoppable early, as she totaled 20 first half points, most of which came after a Portledge steal or blocked shot. As always the Lady Panthers’ great defense was keyed by the quick hands of junior guard Tamara Simpson (North Babylon) and the long arms of senior center Ceci Mulry (Glen Cove). Whenever Waldorf managed to avoid a steal by Simpson, who is being heavily recruited by many Division I college programs, Mulry was there to swat away their attempts to score.

After the girls celebrated their domination of IPPSAL, it was time for the Varsity Boys team to take the floor. Being the 3rd seed, the boys had a much tougher time in their championship match up against the top seeded Martin De Porres School (Queens).  Coach Nick Woll’s squad didn’t back down an inch though, as they demonstrated their incredible conditioning and attention to detail by pressing the high flying Monarchs of Martin De Porres throughout the hard fought contest. In the end, the Panthers’ pressure defense was the key to their double digit win. Key contributions to the Portledge victory were made by junior forwards Terence Simpson (North Babylon) and Kyle Flowers (Jamaica), sophomore point guard David Lustberg (Huntington).

Both the Varsity Girls and Boys teams will now move on to the New York State Independent School Class “C” Championships, which began on Thursday, Feb. 28.

News

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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