November's 'Athletes of the Month' Shine
Nine Oyster Bay High School student-athletes wrapped up the fall athletic season as November’s “Athletes of the Month,” the Department of Athletics announced. Chosen by their coaches, the athletes were recognized for exhibiting qualities that make them exemplary role models for their teammates, such as leadership, dedication, attitude, level of improvement, and skill.
Freshman Matthew Keczmer, of the Varsity Crew Team, has raised both his rowing ability and competitive drive to new levels in his first season of competitive rowing, according to Coach Kevin Coomey. “Matthew is a versatile rower, capable of sculling and sweeping on both sides at a high level and willing to do whatever is asked of him in order to set a great example for the whole team,” Coach Coomey said. “Usually the stroke seat, Matthew takes a leadership role in his boats, and his maturity and willingness to help with anything makes him a great leader on land as well. Though the fall season has concluded, Matthew has the ability and drive to be a long-standing leader on the team for many seasons moving forward.”
From the Varsity Field Hockey Team, senior Matilde Bechet and junior Lindsay Gorney were selected for the distinction. Matilde, a second-year varsity player, was nominated as captain. “As a forward starter, she made our first goal of the season and set a high standard for her teammates,” said Coach Annmarie Rudd. “Matilde has shown outstanding leadership on and off the field. Every day she has contributed to the team by being a positive role model and pushing her teammates to work hard,” she continued. “Her upbeat personality and field hockey skills will be missed on the field next season.”
Lindsay is a first-year varsity starter who “has made a big impression out on the field,” Coach Rudd said. “She led the team each game with her astonishing air dribbling skill that got us up the field every game. Lindsay's perseverance pushed her teammates to support each other on the offensive line to challenge the opposing team and score some goals this season,” she added. “Furthermore, Lindsay was a voice on the field, providing support and encouragement for her teammates. We look forward to her leading the offensive line with her determination and skills next season.”
Chosen for the honor from the Varsity Football Team was Yahve Jean-Baptiste, a junior and a two-way starter that has played as a tailback, receiver, inside linebacker and special team’s player. “He played wherever the team needed him and excelled at all the positions, said Coach Joe Knoll. “Yahve had 5 rushing touchdowns for the season. He rushed for an amazing 211 yards leading the Baymen to victory against Friends Academy. On defense, he helped solidify our defense and was a tenacious tackler from his inside linebacker position,” he said. “Yahve had the most memorable play of the year when he intercepted the Island Trees quarterback and returned it for a touchdown. With his success on the field and confidence in the classroom, he has developed a dynamic personality,” Coach Knoll added. “Regardless of the situation, our team knew that if we had him, we had a chance for success. He truly ANCHORED DOWN.”
Seniors Mikah Covelli and Allison Suttenberg were recognized from the Girls' Varsity Cross Country Team. “These student-athletes bring something special to their teammates that will be greatly missed next year,” said Coach Kevin Cotter. “Mikah joined the team two years ago as a new student to Oyster Bay. While her times were average, and she often ran at the back of the pack, Mikah kept working. She attended a summer running camp in 2016, and then ran cross country, winter track and spring track,” he said. “Mikah finally had the season she had been hoping for, finishing in the top 5 in several meets and helping her team to a 10-3 season. Mikah was selected All-Conference and will join her teammates in the New York State Championships.”
Allison was nominated by her teammates as the Lady Baymen's "Sportsmanship" winner. “Allison does everything in her power to make newcomers feel welcome, and is a vital part of the team,” Coach Kotter said. “Allison supports her teammates equally by lending an ear, offering advice or helping out in any way necessary. While she may not be the fastest on the team, she always makes the last 200 meters of her race interesting, and is a fierce competitor to whomever is running next to her!”
Captain Lindsey Tiberia, a senior, has been an invaluable player on the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team, according to Coach Nicole Schwartz. “As the team’s captain, Lindsey always acted as a role model and showed her teammates the high expectations she held for the team and the program,” she said. “Lindsey played sweeper when her team needed her on defense, and she played center mid-field when her team needed her to help assist and create runs to move the team forward. Overall, Lindsey did it all and always with a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed next year!”
Co-Captains Reilly Iles and Ashley Hazan were recognized from the Varsity Volleyball Team. Reilly, a junior, is the setter on the team and was selected as an All-County athlete. She averaged 9 assists, 5 aces and 6 kills in each game she played, according to Coach Jennifer Iles. Senior Ashley Hazan was the libero on the team and was named All-Conference. Ashley averaged 12 digs and 3 kills per game.
Allison Suttenberg and Mikah Covelli
Ashley Hazan and Reilly Iles