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Field Hockey Players Clean Up For A Cause

In between their morning and afternoon pre-season practices, the Oyster Bay Junior Varsity and Varsity Field Hockey teams washed cars for a wonderful cause, the Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics holds a great place in the game of field hockey, especially here on Long Island. To start off the season each year, every field hockey team in Nassau County competes in the Joan Gruanbaum Memorial Tournament in remembrance of the former Great Neck North coach and teacher who was a lifelong volunteer for the Great Neck Spirits, a chapter of the Long Island Special Olympics. The 29 girls involved in the field hockey program at Oyster Bay High School along with their coaches, Morgan Cestari and Kristen O’Leary, raised $390 dollars for the Special Olympics which they donated Saturday, Sept. 7 at the 11th annual Joan Gruanbaum Memorial Tournament.

The team had an amazing Varsity season last year. They defeated their biggest rival, Carle Place, twice last season; once at the senior game and again in the semi-final playoff game. They went on to play Friends Academy in the Nassau County class C finals and went into double overtime, sadly losing 0-1 within the final 2 minutes. However, the team played beautifully.

Although five key players have graduated, they left a legacy for the Oyster Bay field hockey program to carry on. They have high expectations this year and have had a promising preseason to back it up. The school has a JV team this year, which they have been unable to field the previous two years. That is great news for the growing field hockey program at Oyster Bay.

This year’s goal for the Varsity team is to make it back to the county championships and win it. This season’s key defensive player is Lindsay Sweet. Halsey Quinn will be dictating the midfield. The leading scorer to the forward line, Hannah Kaiser, will return.  

The field hockey teams will do another fundraiser for the Play4theCure game on Oct. 2 against Baldwin and will raise money for breast cancer at the annual pink game.   

Visit the athletics page on the school website (www.obenschools.org) for team schedules, directions to the away games and all their achievements.

News

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, Long Islanders taking mass transit may find themselves caught up in the mad dash of the holiday rush. But on the Oyster Bay line, riders are lucky in that they don’t experience the same level of stress over parking as some of the busier lines do.

“The Oyster Bay station never seems to get that crowded, but we’ll see what happens during Thanksgiving holiday when a lot of people come to visit families. I don’t think I’ll have a problem commuting, though,” says Michael Miniero, an Oyster Bay resident who regularly commutes to work on the LIRR.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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