Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
With fans wildly cheering from the sidelines, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Lacrosse team kept rival Cold Spring Harbor at bay before ultimately beating them 9-4 to capture their first ever Class C Nassau County Championship.
Coach Brian Crocco credits the team’s offensive balance with their success in the championship game and throughout the 14-2 season. “What we have found all season is that while we do have a few serious impact players who contribute quite a bit to our offensive success, what has been most remarkable is that we have shared the scoring well, especially in big games. During the championship game, we had seven different goal scorers contribute for the win — two seniors, three juniors, and two sophomores. We have six guys with at least 20 points each this season, so in crucial situations we have found that any number of guys can make a play.”
Friends and Cold Spring Harbor played a tight game until the fourth quarter, with the Quakers leading 3-2 at the half and 5-4 at the end of the third. “In the third quarter we made some key defensive stops and in the fourth scored a few important goals to lengthen the lead,” said Coach Crocco. “Scoring two goals in the last moments of the second and third quarters was key for building momentum,” he added. Senior Chretien Teitelbaum’s (Upper Brookville) performance the whole game in goal helped Friends win the battle, especially in an eight-save third quarter. Junior Will Sands (Locust Valley) finished the game with three goals and four assists and his feeds to senior Liam Kearney (Bayville) and sophomore Pierce DellaFera (Lattingtown) at the end of the third quarter put the Quakers in a great position to win the fourth quarter — and the game.
The strong defense by Quaker midfielders limited Cold Spring Harbor’s ability to score as seniors Kyle Dineen (East Meadow), Will O’Kane (Lattingtown), Garrett Doran (Locust Valley) and juniors Brandon Yaraghi (Mill Neck) and Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) played hard on Friends’ defensive half of the field. The team of close defensemen — senior Peter Picoli (Locust Valley), junior Austin Rossi (Oyster Bay) and junior Nick Chapman (Oyster Bay) — were asked to handle their individual matchups with little help, and performed admirably. “We have been graced with a terrific senior class, and their play and leadership has set a high standard for Friends’ future lacrosse teams,” said Crocco. “This is a championship for them, and for all the alumni that have helped make this program what it is today.”
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Local author Rajdeep Paulus of Locust Valley is living the writer’s dream. After having her first young adult novel published last year with positive reviews, she has just released her second novel, and will be holding a book signing at The Book Revue in Huntington on March 12.
Her first book, Swimming Through Clouds, is about a high school transfer student and her friendship with the basketball captain during their senior year. The sequel, Seeing Through Stones, was released March 1.The mom of four girls only recently tried her hand at novel writing; an English major in college who then taught for a few years, says, “I spent about a decade doing the mom thing...then as my youngest got to be school age, my husband asked me, ‘What do you want to do with your life now?’”
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
February, Black History Month, was celebrated by the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church of Oyster Bay with a series of special events.
“The whole month was inspiring, so I am looking forward to doing it next year,” said Black History-Harriet Tubman Committee Chair Diane Cortes-Evans.
The month included a visit from Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who attended the Feb. 9 service and presented Pastor Linda Vanager with a citation from the NYS Legislature for the church’s work in preserving the Pine Hollow Cemetery, and a lecture by historian Simon Rutledge.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:01
On Saturday, Feb. 22, as temperatures rose to well above freezing for the first time in weeks and the melting snow created a thick fog, the Oyster Bay High School Varsity Lady Baymen Basketball Team showed up at Long Island University ready to play.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:48
The Winter Varsity Sports Season is into post-season play in Oyster Bay. Many fine young athletes have excelled this season and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for February.
Cassidy Exum has been a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year. Since that time, he has achieved All-County honors, which includes a Nassau County Small School County Championship. This year, Exum started his competitive season with success. He was a place winner in the annual Locust Valley Tournament, a Hank Paris Tournament Champion and a Bethpage Tournament Champion, where he was presented with the Champion of Champions Award. Exum’s success is due to his work ethic, dedication and discipline.; he is a fierce competitor which will help him as he competes for his second Nassau County Championship. Exum is coached by 2012 Coaches of the Year Jay Davis and Doug Axman.