On Saturday, Feb. 22, as temperatures rose to well above freezing for the first time in weeks and the melting snow created a thick fog, the Oyster Bay High School Varsity Lady Baymen Basketball Team showed up at Long Island University ready to play.
The Winter Varsity Sports Season is into post-season play in Oyster Bay. Many fine young athletes have excelled this season and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for February.
Cassidy Exum has been a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year. Since that time, he has achieved All-County honors, which includes a Nassau County Small School County Championship. This year, Exum started his competitive season with success. He was a place winner in the annual Locust Valley Tournament, a Hank Paris Tournament Champion and a Bethpage Tournament Champion, where he was presented with the Champion of Champions Award. Exum’s success is due to his work ethic, dedication and discipline.; he is a fierce competitor which will help him as he competes for his second Nassau County Championship. Exum is coached by 2012 Coaches of the Year Jay Davis and Doug Axman.
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
“I’m very proud that the Town of Oyster Bay is once again hosting this event at the renowned Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage,” said Town Supervisor John Venditto, to the crowd on hand. “Three other teams, the East Coast Jumbos, the New Jersey Dare Devils and the New Jersey Avalanche have been invited to the event and will be participating.”
Portledge seventh-grader Vincent Salgado will travel to Quebec, Canada in February to play goaltender for the Junior Islanders hockey team in the 55th Quebec Pee Wee Hockey Tournament. Salgado joins 17 other elite players to participate against 2,300 young hockey stars from 16 countries in what is considered the most important minor hockey tournament in the world. Salgado began skating at age 4 and playing hockey on the house league at the Iceland Rink near his home in New Hyde Park at eight and has sinced played on a variety of Long Island teams, including the Ice Cats and the Gulls.
The Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL), the largest league in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), donated 1,130 pounds of food to Long Island Cares, Inc., The Harry Chapin Food Bank. The food was collected through donations by players, parents, coaches and spectators during the food drive at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview last year.
The wrestling season for the Baymen is well underway. With a small team this year, the Baymen have already seen success this season. Senior Cassidy Exum has captured two individual holiday tournaments, the Hank Paris Tournament and the Bethpage Tournament, where he was honored with the Champion of Champions Award. Junior David Lapidus has achieved tournament placing and honored with the Glen Cove Tournament MVP Award. Sophomore Kevin Velasquez, who achieved All-County honors last year, has also been a tournament place winner this year. Along with Seniors Matt LoRusso, Anthony Panella, Jake Dimatos and freshman Andre Perez, also an All-County Wrestler, the Baymen are ready for a competitive season.
Christine Grippo of Locust Valley and Ed Melnik of Oyster Bay both successfully completed the 4th annual Sayville Running Company 10 Mile Run to the Blue Point Brewery held on the roads of Patchogue, Blue Point and Bayport on Saturday morning, Jan. 18.
Grippo finished the run in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 22 seconds, a 7:33 minute per mile pace that brought her to the finish line in 159th place overall and 12th in the women’s 30-34 age group. Melnik crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 27 minutes, 20 seconds, a pace of 8:50 minutes per mile that was good for 456th overall and ninth in the 60-64 age group.
The Winter Varsity Sports Season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many fine young athletes have excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the OBHS Coaches as Athletes of the Month for January.
Coming off an outstanding Cross Country season, one in which she qualified for the New York State Cross Country Championships, Linda Cameron is off to a fast start this Winter Track season. Cameron won a gold medal competing at the Nassau County Track Coaches Association’s Holiday Relay Invitational at the historic New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory, running the 1,000 meters in a time of 3:17.6. In addition, at an early season Conference Crossover Meet, Cameron ran a very impressive 1,500 meters race, finishing with a time of 5:26. Running at the Long Beach Hot Chocolate Relays, she helped her sprint medley relay team win commemorative mugs. She is poised to have an exceptional Winter Track season, and is looking forward to competing at the Conference Championships on Jan. 25. Cameron was chosen by Coach Tom Neary and Coach Christopher Weber.
There is an expression in athletics called “being in the zone” which means that the athlete is physically and mentally focused and able to perform at the height of their abilities. This year the Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Award for outstanding leadership, achievement and citizenship went to two Oyster Bay High School athletes, Berkeley Golon and Caroline Kelly. The Nassau Zone Award recipients exemplify and demonstrate an understanding of the New York State Learning Standards for Health and Physical Education by exhibiting a physically active lifestyle, both during and outside of school. Golon and Kelly demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior, including good sportsmanship, character, civility, and citizenship. The award winners also demonstrate leadership, are a positive influence on their peers, exhibit and value a healthy lifestyle and lifelong learning. Nassau Zone Awards are given to students who show exceptional achievement in physical education class and achieve a high level of fitness on an approved fitness test.
The St. Patrick’s CYO Track team is now looking forward to their 13th season and gearing up for registration. Last spring, the team competed in six meets throughout Long Island. In the fall, they competed in three more meets, including the CYO Fall Championship at Mitchell Field.
The fall Cross Country team had a great season, competing in several USATF Cross Country meets, and many runners qualified for the USATF Regional Championship in Wappingers Falls. One of the runners went on to compete at the Nationals in San Antonio, TX.
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