For the fifth consecutive year, pee-wee hockey players from across the globe descended upon Long Island to compete in the New York Islanders annual Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament. Charles B. Wang’s Project Hope charity and the Islanders Children’s Foundation funded this unique international tournament with the goal of creating opportunities for cultural exchange through youth hockey events.
After three days full of games, Finland’s Ilves Islanders skated away with the gold and silver medals in a thrilling back and forth final. They showcased a group of talented young players with the ability and hockey sense of much older teams.
Japan, which traveled the furthest to attend the tournament, showed their European friends and North American hosts that the under-represented hockey nation is growing a crop of young, smooth skaters.
The Oyster Bay High School Varsity Wrestling Team continued their winnings ways this season by capturing their eighth League Championship Title since the wrestling program began in 1999. It was a great week of wrestling with victories against Mineola 15-19 and highly rated rival Locust Valley 36-33. It was an extremely exciting and competitive match.
The Baymen completed an undefeated league season with additional victories over Wheatley, Cold Spring Harbor, Roosevelt and Carle Place to win the Nassau County League 4B Championship.
The wrestling team presently has an overall record of 12-2 and is currently ranked eleventh in the New York State Sportswriters Poll in the Small School Division.
Oyster Bay High School teacher assistant and yearbook adviser, Charlie Rizzuto, took the initiative to host a fundraising event based on the NBC Television game show, “Minute to Win It,” where contestants compete in a series of challenges using common items usually found in a house. On the show, the contestants have one minute to complete the game or challenge.
Here at Oyster Bay High School, the teams were given three minutes to complete their tasks. Bonus points were awarded to any team that completed it in a minute.
On the show one or two contestants usually compete at a time. At Oyster Bay, most games had three, four or five people playing from each team at a time. The goal being that with 10 teams and 10 people on a team, and only 10 events, everyone was kept involved by playing in most of the games.
The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. (ucpn) will be hosting its 8th annual Polar Bear Plunge benefit fundraiser. The event will be held Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Beach & Marina in Oyster Bay, with festivities to begin at 1 p.m. and the plunge to take place at 2 p.m. (This is the day that clocks are turned an hour ahead, good way to remember the date of the plunge and to make that clock adjustment!)
Come ‘chill-out’ and help raise funds for a cause that will warm your heart. The day is always filled with fun and will include a DJ, free hot chocolate, coffee, tea, soup and the Atlantic Steamer Fire Company will be cooking and serving free hot dogs!. There will be raffles and other surprises including a dancing Polar Bear! An indoor assembly area will also be available and the event will be held rain, snow or shine!
“Home ice advantage” is a common expression used throughout the National Hockey League, and one usually utilized for good reason: as of Jan. 16, only two out of the 30 NHL teams had a winning percentage below .500 on home ice.
For New York Islanders’ forwards Matt Martin and Matt Moulson, playing at the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum represents more than just a statistical advantage as the two athletes host a different member of the armed forces and his or her family for each of the team’s 41 home games. Win or lose, regulation, overtime or shootout, Martin and Moulson meet with their guests after games near the Islanders’ locker room – where, uncharacteristically, hockey isn’t the only topic of conversation.
Gatorball is a new and exciting game testing agility and throwing ability for members in grades 3-6. Sessions will be held on Mondays from 6:15-7:15 p.m., beginning Jan. 23 and will run 8 sessions through March 19 (with no session Feb. 20). The registration fee for Gatorball is $55.
Please Note: Registrants for athletic programs must have a current Club membership. The membership fee is $35 and is valid through May 31, 2012. Once registration fees are paid, there will be no refunds for cancellation, withdrawals or early termination.
After holding a successful clinic in 2011, The L. I. Thunderbolts Softball Club is now taking reservations for their second Winter Skills Clinic, which will take place in early 2012 at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, located at 25 Country Drive, Plainview. Geared for girls ages 7 – 12, this is a perfect way to get ready for the softball season; a limited amount of spots are available.
Session 1: Hitting will be held on Jan. 15, 22 and 29 for a cost of $65. Session 2: Pitching or Fielding will be held Feb. 5 and 12 for a cost of $55. Session 3: Hitting will be held Mar. 4, 11 and 18 for a cost of $65.
The Town of Oyster Bay will host National Hockey League (NHL) pioneer Willie O’Ree on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the state-of-the-art Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage, said Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto. O’Ree was known for his speed and checking abilities throughout his career and was a threat every time he touched the ice. His accomplishments on the ice, however, tell only part of his proud history. He also made an immeasurable social impact as the first black player to compete in a National Hockey League game.
“Willie O’Ree is often referred to as the “Jackie Robinson of ice hockey” due to the similarities of both as trailblazers in their respective sports.” Supervisor Venditto said. “The Town of Oyster Bay is fortunate to have Mr. O’Ree as a special guest at the rink. His historical significance in the sports world can’t be understated. He is an icon to the game of hockey.”
The event will be held on Friday, Jan. 20, and will begin at 7 p.m. with registration. Refreshments will be available for purchase at an additional cost, at this time.
The Oyster Bay High School Varsity Wrestling Team started the 2011 - 2012 wrestling season in a very strong and impressive way.
With a great team effort, the Baymen won the prestigious Hank Paris Memorial Wrestling Tournament Championship competing against 11 other teams in Nassau County. Individual Championships were won by the following wrestlers; Ryan Arnel, Blake Meyer, Rob Morgan and Dylan Rankin. Rob Morgan also won the Most Pins Trophy and reached a career record of 100 wins in his finals victory.
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