Another Stellar Season in OBHS Sports
The Athletics program in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Schools has been functioning at an impressively high standard for many years now. The Fall 2016 season is no exception as we saw three teams represented at the New York State Championships this season. All teams participated in ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month” in October by wearing pink socks or jerseys, and the volleyball team hosted a “Dig Pink” game that raised over $350 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Teams competed in the Nassau County playoffs. The Field Hockey Team made it to the Nassau County finals where they lost to a tough Carle Place team.
Many athletes distinguished themselves with individual achievements. Victoria Vigliotti earned the Girls’ Soccer Scholar Athlete Award. Charles Collette and Nicholas Baratta were named Football Academic All-Conference. Nicholas Zucconi earned Boys’ Soccer Academic All-County. Emily Moore was honored with the Girls’ Volleyball Scholar Athlete Award. Sarah Collette is a Field Hockey All-County athlete, while teammate Alexandra Gagliardi earned the Field Hockey Scholar Athlete Award.
The Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance will once again be hosting an awards dinner ceremony honoring “Outstanding Physical Education Student Award” winners Kevin Duke and Emily Moore of Oyster Bay High School on Monday, December 12, 2016 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY.
The award recipients exemplify and demonstrate an understanding of the NYS Learning Standards for Health and Physical Education by exhibiting a physically active lifestyle, both during and outside of school. By demonstrating responsible personal and social behavior - including good sportsmanship, character, civility, and citizenship. By demonstrating leadership and being a positive influence on their peers. By demonstrating and valuing a healthy lifestyle and lifelong learning. By exhibiting exceptional achievement in Physical Education class and achieving a high level of fitness on an approved fitness test.
It is easy to see why Coach Kevin Cotter won two “Coach of the Year” awards last year. Both his Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country Teams made it all the way to the New York State Championships. Aidan Doxey was named All-County for Boys Cross Country for the third consecutive year. Laura Angelone, Isabella Pace, Michela Rutigliano and Jessica Thienel were all named Girls’ Cross Country All-County.
The Girls’ Cross Country Team was Division Champion. They were undefeated in their division for the second year in a row with an overall record of 11-2. They finished 3rd in the county.
The boys had a 9-4 record and finished 2nd in the division, suffering only one loss in the division to Cold Spring Harbor.
Both teams qualified for the States again. Aidan Doxey was the top finisher for the boys, and Jessie Thienel was the top finisher for the girls. Each team finished in 10th place at the States in Chenango Valley, NY.
Courtney Kowalsky was named Girls’ Tennis All-County and New York All-State. She was also selected for the Section 8 Sportsmanship Award.
Coach Greg Bilello had this to say about his season:
“This year’s team was a young group playing in a very competitive conference IIA. We had two brand new players as well as three 8th graders on the roster of 12. We still managed to get 2 wins during the season and look forward to the future development of our players, especially Jessica Layne, Emma McGuckin, Rachel Kowalsky and Maggie Frankel. Our new players include Jackie Baxter, Julia Coschignano, Karina Khaledi, Katherine Pinnock, and Cameron McKean. This year’s team also had three seniors who will be missed: Courtney Kowalsky, Kim Khaledi, and Michelle Yu.
Both Jessica Layne and Courtney Kowalsky competed in the Section 8 Singles County Tournament at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. Jessica had a tough draw and was eliminated in the early rounds. She fought hard, but could not overcome the experience and power of the girl she faced. Courtney was the 2 seed in the tournament and to nobody’s surprise made it to the county finals. She faced her friend Merri Kelly (MK) Hannity from Cold Spring Harbor. Courtney lost the first set 6-4 but battled back to take the second set 6-1. It came down to the deciding third set where MK Hannity prevailed 6-4 to win the Nassau County Championship. Although finishing second, Courtney qualified for the NYSPHAA Championships two weeks later.
Courtney received the four seed at the State Tournament which earned her a first round by. After waiting to play she easily defeated Emily Stanley from Victor in 2 sets 6-4/6-4. On Sunday she faced a tough nationally ranked player Nathalie Rodilosso who was the 6 seed. She defeated her in 2 sets 6-2/6-3. This gained her the semi-finals where she lost to the 2 seed Julia Andreach 6-4/6-1. On Monday, Courtney played a rematch with MK Hannity for 3rd place in New York State. She defeated MK Hannity in her final match for Oyster Bay High School 6-2/6-1 to earn 3rd place in NYS singles.
Courtney Kowalsky’s accomplishments are many in her time at OBHS. She was a two-time Nassau County Doubles Champion and a two-time New York State Doubles Champion with a 16-0 record in County and State doubles competition. This year she was second in Nassau County singles and third in New York State with a 66-4 record in season, county, and state singles competition.”
Courtney was the team captain that worked with teammates of all levels. She is excited about heading to Brown University in the fall and continuing her tennis career and education.
Including Courtney, there are eight OBHS senior athletes in the process of committing to and being admitted to schools to continue playing at the collegiate level.
Among the eight are Ashley Duggan who has committed to play Lacrosse for Elon University next year. Ashley is a three-year starter entering her 4th season on varsity and her 2nd year as captain. She made the “Top 100 Players on Long Island” in 2016. Her skill-set is strong in all positions on the field and she has played everywhere but goal. Ashley also played soccer and runs winter track. Elon University will improve by adding a player like Ashley Dugan to their field and community.
Senior Baseball player Harrison Treble has committed to play for St. Bonaventure University next year. Harrison has been a starting player on the Varsity Baseball Team since he was in the 9th grade. He has played outstanding defense as catcher and outfielder. Harrison has lead the team in hitting over the last three years. Mr. Treble was an All-League player as a freshman and sophomore and an All-County player as a junior. Harrison is eager to begin training, playing, and learning at St. Bonaventure University.
Each season the New York State Public High School Athletic Association gives out New York State Scholar Athlete Team Awards. To earn this recognition, the team’s total grade point average for 75% of the roster must be 90.00 or above. Oyster Bay High School had 7 of the 9 fall varsity teams earn this title which is a great accomplishment.
The two teams that did not qualify were football with an 88.23 average and cheerleading which is not recognized as a sport in the fall season had an 85.64 average. The lowest grade on any of these ten teams (149 athletes) was a 70.25.
The Vernon baseball field has been redone and will be ready for play in the spring. The Winter season is up and running. Check the Athletics webpage for schedules and updates on the OB Athletics twitter feed.