January's 'Athletes of the Month' Announced
Recognized for exhibiting qualities that make them exemplary role models for their teammates, the Oyster Bay High School’s Department of Athletics proudly announces its January selections for ‘Athlete of the Month.’ Athletes are chosen by their coaches based on qualities such as leadership, dedication, attitude, level of improvement, and skill. The sports spotlighted this month are Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Bowling, Cheerleading, Fencing, Boys’ Winter Track and Wrestling.
Boys’ Varsity Basketball player Anthony Reilly, a senior, is Athlete of the Month because he has “solidified himself as one of the most dominant players in Conference ABC, leading the Baymen to an 8-0 record,” according to Coach Brian Boyle and Assistant Coach Dustin Abbatte. Anthony is off to a great start this season, averaging 19 points and 13 rebounds per game, also giving out 4 assists.
Stephanie Vojvodich was selected for the honor for her performance on the Girls’ Varsity Bowling Team. She has a bowling average of 122 and her highest game of the season was a score of 146. Her highest three-game series score was 387. Coach Keven Degnan said, “Stephanie is an asset to the program!”
Cheering for the Winter Cheerleading Team for the past two years, eighth-grader Jessmy Palacios has earned the honor of Athlete of the Month because she “has improved tremendously since last year and continues to motivate herself and her teammates to try new skills and work hard,” Coach Chelsea Bressingham said. “Jessmy brings a positive attitude to practice every day and is always excited to try new skills.”
A senior in her fifth year of Varsity Fencing, Jodi Yeh was named Athlete of the Month because she is on track to be one of the top fencers in Nassau County, according to Coach John Bruckner. “She is a strong leader and is once again the foil co-captain,” he said. Last year Jodi was All-County and All-Long Island. She is continuing a strong season and currently has 18 wins and 4 losses.
Senior Christopher Syrett is Athlete of the Month for Boys’ Varsity Winter Track. “Christopher is currently the top-ranked triple jumper in our Conference and is also ranked second overall in the long jump,” said Coach Christopher Weber. “He recently triple-jumped 41 feet, smashing his previous best jump by close to two inches. Christopher has been a valuable member of Winter Track team for the past three years and is looking forward to competing in this year's Conference and County Championship meets,” he said.
Two members of the Varsity Wrestling Team were selected to be recognized by Coach John Brush and Assistant Coach Doug Axman.
Senior Keith Cassar has been a member of the Varsity Wrestling Team for the past five years. Since that time, Keith has achieved tremendous success, according to Coach Brush. He presently is a four-time All-County wrestler, which includes two Nassau County Wrestling Championships. Last year, Keith became the most successful wrestler in Oyster Bay history by becoming an All-State wrestler.
“Keith’s success is due to his intense dedication, hard work and discipline. As a captain, he is a team leader as well as a fierce competitor. Keith will be looking to continue his success in this year’s Nassau County and New York State Wrestling Championships,” Coach Brush said.
Senior Jack Wieboldt has been a member of the Varsity Wrestling Team for the past four years. Since that time, "Jack has reached tremendous success," his coaches said. He is a three-time All-County wrestler and has placed in numerous tournaments during his career. This year he has placed in the MacArthur Tournament and the Syosset Tournament. He also won the Valley Stream North Tournament Championship.
“Jack's success is due to his work ethic, dedication and discipline. As a captain, he is a true team leader and always exhibits sportsmanship. Jack is a fierce competitor which will help him succeed in the rest of this year’s competitions, as well as the Nassau County Championships,” Coach Brush said.
Congratulations to all the athletes!
Keith Cassar Jack Wieboldt