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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

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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