The Spring Varsity Sports Season is into post-season play in Oyster Bay. Every season the academic averages of all varsity sports teams are taken collectively and each team whose average is greater than 90 percent is honored with the Scholar/Athlete Team distinction by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). In a remarkable testament to the well-rounded OBEN student, all nine Spring Varsity Teams earned this prestigious award.
The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen varsity softball team was crowned Class B Nassau County Champions last week when they defeated Carle Place High School in the finals at Mitchel Park in Uniondale. The Lady Baymen swept the best of three series with 2-0 and 11-9 victories. The week before in the Class B semi-finals, the Lady Baymen swept East Rockaway High School by scores of 6-0 and 13-1 to advance to the county finals. Next up for the county champs is the Long Island Championship game on June 5 at Mitchel Park in Uniondale and hopefully another Fire Department escort back into town.
The Locust Valley High School Wrestling Team was crowned New York Division II State Wrestling Champions. Nassau County Legislator Donald MacKenzie was on hand to congratulate the members and coaches of the team. Locust Valley Wrestling Head Coach Joe Enea and members of the Locust Valley High School Wrestling Team are pictured.
Oyster Bay endurance runners Matt Kelly and Kate Cifarelli each successfully completed the May 10 Long Island Greenbelt Trail 25 Kilometer Run from Plainview to Cold Spring Harbor and back. Kelly completed the course in two hours, 54 minutes, 26 seconds, and Cifarelli reached the finish line in three hours, 20 minutes, 56 seconds.
The event was staged by the Greater Long Island Running Club and made possible by a great cadre of senior staff, led by race director Nick Palazzo, coordinator of volunteers Lou LaFleur, Bob Sherman, Fred von der Heydt, Linda Ottaviano, Rich Innamorato, and Curt and Irene Robinson.
The Locust Valley Varsity Girls Lacrosse team finished the regular season as Conference III Champions. The Lady Falcons were 9-0 in league play and 11-4 overall.
The team worked hard all season and their dedication paid off. The Lady Falcons exhibited that they know how to play and act as a family, both on and off the field.
The Spring Varsity sports season is in full swing. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Six fine young athletes were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for April 2014.
Varsity Girls’ Track Coach Tom Neary had this to say about his choice: “Nicole Giannetti set the school record in the 2000m steeple chase at the Cold Spring Harbor ‘Seahawk Invitational’ on April 23 with a time of 7:34.9. She broke the previous record by seven seconds! Nicole is undefeated in both the 1500m and 3000m runs this spring. Nicole won the girls 1500 meter run during the Nassau Coaches Invitational at MacArthur on Saturday, April 26. Nicole will be attending Haverford College in the fall.”
The new “Spring Sports” season will be instructed by Jamar West, who is an instructor at the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports management. Three separate sports programs will be running for six-week sessions beginning this month.
“The Team Challenge Course” will encourage members to work together as a group, think creatively, and collaborate in unique ways to overcome obstacles. Members are guaranteed a good time while also learning about the importance of communication, leadership, trust, and team-building. Classes will be held Mondays, from May 12 through June 23, for members in grades K-6. There will be no session on May 26.
Town of Oyster Bay residents are invited to “Learn to Skate” this spring by registering for skating lessons at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Ice Skating Center, at 1001 Stewart Ave. in Bethpage, according to Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone.
“Skating lessons for people of all ages take place at our rink throughout the year,” Macagnone said.
Registration for Series 5 (May 3 through June 26) began on April 19. Those interested can register at the rink, online (www.TheRinx.com) or by phone (516) 797-4126.
Students at St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay raised more than $3,300 during the week of April 7, also known as “LAX 4 LOVE.”
LAX 4 LOVE was started by the Defeo family three years ago when Amanda (class of 2013), Matthew, and John Defeo came up with this outstanding cause. LAX 4 LOVE is a non-profit organization ultimately designed for less fortunate athletes who cannot play the sports they love due to financial setbacks. Through LAX 4 LOVE, potential athletes will have access to the equipment needed in order to safely play the sports they love.
On Monday, May 12, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Long Island (SVDPLI) will host its 11th Annual Golf Classic at the Tam O’ Shanter Club in Brookville. The event raises money and awareness for people in need on Long Island. This year’s honoree, Theresa Kelly, executive vice president of business banking at Flushing Bank, will join attendees in celebrating SVDPLI’s 65 years of dedicated service to the Long Island community.
The event’s chairman, Frank Pelliccione, VP of business development for Flushing Bank, said, “We are extremely proud of our efforts in the community and look forward to the continued involvement of the sponsors and players who help make this event such a success every year.”
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