Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00
“This year’s Fencing season at Oyster Bay High School, for both the boys and the girls, was indeed one of the most exciting we have had in several years.” said Coach John Bruckner. With losing eight senior boys last year and this year having only one senior and two juniors left to lead a very young boy’s squad, it looked like a rebuilding year. The boys’ team placed third in the county and pulled off a five win and three loss record.
Helping to lead the way were five All County selections, led by sophomore Jack Greenfield who was All Long Island and All County First Team in epee. Followed by sophomore Matt La Rosa on the All County First Team in saber, sophomore Boyd Warwick-Clark on the All County Second Team in saber, junior Andrew Stefano on the All County Second Team in epee, and senior Jeff Gershon with All County Honorable Mention in foil.
Those losses in the regular season were really close. When OB again faced Garden City in the quarter finals, this time it was an OB victory 14-10. This past Saturday, with the threat of a nor’easter snowstorm, the boys and girls county finals were postponed to start the morning of Super Bowl Sunday. The boys faced Jericho in the semi’s, who they barely lost to 13-14 during the season, but lost 14-9 to end their season.
The Girls team looked promising this season with eight of nine starters returning, seven were now seniors. With every team they faced, the Oyster Bay Girls racked up another win. With eight wins and no losses, the last match of the season was against Garden City who also had an undefeated season. The wins continued to stay neck and neck throughout the match. Garden City pulled ahead in the 26th of 27 bouts to win 14 to 12. Oyster Bay was now in second place in the league.
Leading the team this season were six All County selections led by Seniors Courtney Collins who was All Long Island and All County First Team in epee, Carolyn Cyrana on the All County First Team in saber, Cassie Klipera on the All County Second Team in epee, Colleen McCartney and Megan Cifuni with All County Honorable Mention in foil, and junior Emily Eisenberg on the All County Second Team in foil.
In the quarter finals OB beat Valley Stream District 14 to 7, then on to the semi finals against Jericho. Jericho fought a tough meet and pulled off a victory in the 27th of 27 bouts to win 14-13, thus ending Oyster Bay’s season.
Another highlight of the season was the selection of girls’ team epee captain Courtney Collins of the prestigious award of being selected as the Nassau County Girls Fencer’s award. This award is given to only one boy and one girl countywide and is selected by the students themselves, with the criteria of a good fencer, someone you would emulate and someone you would have on your team. Courtney was also the co-captain of the Soccer Team and chosen as the Nassau County Unsung Hero distinction for Soccer. She serves as President of the OBHS chapter of the National Honor Society. Coach Bruckner said, “Courtney is well respected as a fencer and a person by her team and all others.”