After four quarters of nail-biting action and back-and-forth baskets, the Friends Academy Varsity Girls Basketball team ultimately prevailed against Stony Brook in the March 6 Class C Long Island Championship, 29-25 at Hofstra University.
Bringing home the Long Island title represented the furthest the girls basketball program has come. “This is the first Long Island Championship in the history of the program,” said head coach Ryan Schneider.
After proving themselves at the junior varsity level, Oyster Bay High School’s Girls Lacrosse program is ready to take the next step by competing as a varsity team.
The Girls Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School began in the spring of 2009 with a middle school team consisting of seventh and eighth grade students. The driving force behind the formation of a school sponsored program came from the overwhelming number of students involved in the Rough Rider Lacrosse Program, an organization dedicated to promoting the game of Lacrosse to the youth of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area. With so many girls participating in the Rough Rider Lacrosse Program, it was a logical choice to offer them the chance to compete for their school.
Swimmers of all ages are invited to enjoy a fun-filled morning while raising funds for a worthy cause at Winthrop-University Hospital’s Twelfth Annual Swim-a-Thon on Sunday, April 21 from 7 to 11:30 a.m. at Hofstra University’s Swim Center. The event will raise vital funds for the Hospital’s Child Life Program through which certified specialists utilize play and education to improve children’s understanding of medical procedures, teach relaxation techniques and provide emotional support for the entire family. Participants will enjoy swim coaching, massage therapy, live music by the Mineola High School jazz band and Central Beat rock band, crafts, yoga, raffles, prizes and more. Registration for adults is $20, $10 for children ages four to 18 and students with a valid school ID. Info; www.winthrop.org/events or call 663-4423.
The Long Island Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDPLI) will host its 10th Annual Golf Classic at the Tam O’ Shanter Club in Brookville on Monday May 13. This year’s honoree, Thomas S. Gulotta, former Nassau County Executive, will join attendees in celebrating the good work of this organization.
Last year, SVDPLI helped 234,572 people with over $8.3 million in financial and material support. Their mission is to help people overcome times of hardship and they accomplish this by visiting the homes of those in need and providing services in the comfort and privacy of the client’s home. The type of assistance provided varies and is based on the needs of each family.
The Glen Cove COBRAS Senior Softball team, formed in 1995, is now recruiting new players for the 2013 season. If you are 60-69 years old and enjoy playing competitive slow pitch softball, then the team would like to have you come and work out with them this spring. Glen Cove residency is not required, so call those out-of-town friends. For information call Michael Maher at 516-676-1561.
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.
Alessandra Puccio, a senior at Oyster Bay High School, was recently named a News 12 Long Island Scholar Athlete. A two-time All-County field hockey player, Puccio is also All-Conference in the high jump and hurdles. And with a 98 unweighted average and a 2120 SAT score, she excels academically. Puccio is also editor of the school paper and plays the French horn. She has even performed at Carnegie Hall.
Kids of all ages are welcome to come play hockey at Cantiague Park in Hicksville, and this winter is no exception. Both shape-up sessions for those who want to get in shape for hockey season and tryout dates have been announced. The schedule, broken down by age group, is as follows:
In recent years, the Oyster Bay Fencing Team has been almost unstoppable. The boys brought championships home to Oyster Bay in 2011 and 2012.
Over the years many individual fencers have been singled out for honors. This year is no exception. Every year, the players throughout the league vote for one fencer that they would want to have on their team. The winner is awarded the Fencers’ Fencer Award. In the past six years, the Fencers’ Fencer has been from Oyster Bay. In 2008 the award went to Gabby Kaplan. In 2010 Courtney Collins was the recipient. In 2011, the honor went to LeeAnne Dillmann followed in 2012 by Jillian Murray. This year Joann Alerte was selected as the Fencers’ Fencer.
The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association said that Becky Kaplan has been selected in the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League Draft on Jan. 18 at the Indiana Convention Center. Sky Blue FC drafted her in the fourth round. As Sky Blue plays its home games at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, New Jersey, it¹s the closest NWSL franchise to Kaplan’s home in Oyster Bay.
Kaplan had a breakout 2012 senior season at the University of Maryland, posting career highs in goals (12), assists (6), points (30) and shots (53). She had a knack for scoring at key moments for the Terrapins and had a team-best six game-winning goals this past season. For her efforts, she was a second team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and a third team NSCAA All-Southeast Regional honoree.
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