The Fall 2013 Varsity Sports Season is in the books. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for November 2013.
Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter chose Alex Tosi, Jason Cassella, Jack Sherbal, Stevie Sweet, Dylan Mavros, Aiden Doxy and Matt Palczewsi for this honor. The “Top 7” members of the boys’ cross country team are returning to the New York State Championships after a two-year lapse. The boys, led by Alex Tosi, defeated division champions Friends Academy by just one point. Tosi, Cassella, Sherbal and Sweet all ran their best times of the season in their final and most crucial race, at Bethpage State Park. While Tosi again broke the 18-minute barrier, Cassella, Sherbal and Sweet were all well under 19 minutes for the challenging 5k course.
The 5- and 6-year-olds ended their football season Saturday afternoon against a tough Seaford team. The late afternoon start did nothing to help the Generals’ slow first half start that they experienced all season. After the last game speech at halftime, the Generals came out in the second half ready to play. The defense led by Francesco Allocca (12 tackles) gave up only one second-half score. Rodney Hill Jr. stepped in as quarterback in the second half and led the
Generals to their only score: a 54-yard run by Alloca. Liam Gorney also stepped up with some great running.
Coach Rodney and Coach Charles are really proud of all the boys this year:
The Oyster Bay Rough Rider U14 Boys soccer team participated in the Whitewater Challenge Tournament in the Poconos, PA, over the Columbus Day weekend, playing against U15 opponents. The team finished in second place.
In the first game the Rough Riders defeated the FC Pocono team from E. Stroudsburg, PA, 2-0, with goals by Keith Cassar and Drew Jacklin. Dennis Mejia was in goal and recorded the shutout.
The 5- and 6-year-olds traveled to Uniondale where Coach Rodney played high school football 20 years ago, and suffered a tough loss. Once again the little Generals had a slow first half start, giving up three TDs. As has been the norm this season, they came out hard in the second half and gave up one score. Good plays on offense were made by Nicholas Spampinato, and Nicholas (Cole) Meyer played hard on the defensive line, so the linebackers could make tackles.
Long Island Aquatic Club (LIAC) announced that Oyster Bay residents Maggie and Luke McNamara have qualified to compete at the National Age Group Challenge Meet. These athletes are two of 67 LIAC swimmers invited to attend this prestigious competition.
A year to remember is the only way to describe the tennis season the Oyster Bay Girls’ Varsity Tennis squad just completed.
After finishing undefeated, at 12-0 in their league, the girls defeated Plainedge, on Tuesday, to win the Conference and Division crowns. The match was a thriller, with ninth-grader Michelle Yu, and seventh-grader Juliet D’Aversa winning the deciding contest in a 4-3 win. The other three wins came from 10th-grader first singles Celeste Matute, second singles Courtney Kowalsky who is in the ninth grade, and the third doubles pair of senior Hannah Kulis and sophomore Paige Gunther.
The latest recaps on how the teams are doing:
5- and 6-Year-Old Generals
The 5- and 6-year-olds had a rough time against the Elmont Cardinals as the Cardinals’ speed proved to be a little too much for the Generals, winning with a final score of 28-7. The high winds shut down the Generals’ aerial attack, but Patrick Kelly got the running game going behind the blocking of Zach Spinelli and John Arato. Despite the difference in speed the defense played strong after two early scores of each half by Elmont. Next week the Generals are prepared to take on Floral Park.
The Peanuts Battled Franklin Square, but came up short losing 14 -7. After giving up two first half touchdowns the Defense shutout the Warriors in the second half with great efforts from Francesco Allocca and Liam Gorney. The offense struggled missing a key piece from the O-line, but Nicholas (Nicky) Spampinato on the O-Line and Rodney Hill Jr. from the Quarterback position stepped up to help lead Oyster Bay to their only touchdown by Allocca. The Little Generals continue to improve and are looking forward to their match up next Sunday.
Senator Carl Marcellino and Brian Zimmerman of the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District were honored for their outstanding efforts on the part of the environment by the Huntington Oyster Bay Audubon Society at its 2nd Annual Walk/Run for Wildlife and Conservation on Sept. 28.
In his remarks accepting the award, Senator Marcellino praised the Audubon Society as being one of the organizations he truly respects. He commended Audubon as an organization which remains true to its values, visions and goals. The senator said he has had positive interactions with the Audubon Society, whether on a local or state level.
Two local karate academies recently teamed up to raise money for a charitable organization, and had tremendous success. On Sept. 7, Oyster Bay Family Karate with the help of The Karate Academy of Bethpage raised over $10,000 for Saint Judes.
“It was such an amazing day, both schools participated in karate tournaments and fun games,” says Sensei Bobby Rekha, owner of Oyster Bay Family Karate, who helped organize the event with Sensei Larry Batista.
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