OBHS Athletes of the Month Announced
Oyster Bay High School’s Department of Athletics proudly announces its “Athletes of the Month” for February. Athletes are selected by their coaches and chosen for exhibiting qualities that make them exemplary role models for their teammates, such as leadership, dedication, attitude, level of improvement, and skill. February’s athletes represent Bowling, Fencing, Girls’ Basketball and Girls Winter Track.
Sophomore Marc Iocono is Athlete of the Month, representing the Baymen Bowling Team. Marc’s average for the season was a 138, his highest game was a 180 and his highest three games series was a 464. This is Marc’s first year on the Oyster Bay Bowling team.
“Marc is dedicated, hardworking and always exhibits excellent sportsmanship,” said Coach Keven Degnan. “Oyster Bay High School and the bowling team are very proud to have Marc as a student and athlete.”
Giuseppe Tumminello a junior in his third year of Varsity Fencing, is the highest ranked fencer on the boys’ team. He was selected as All-County first team in epee, and was ranked number four in Nassau County, with a winning record of 14 and 7. “Giuseppe has earned the title of ‘Athlete of the Month’ and we look forward to next year when he returns for another great season,” said Coach John Bruckner.
Senior Gianna Gotti was selected for the title for Girls Varsity Basketball. In addition to leading The Lady Baymen Basketball Team to the second seed in the playoffs, Gianna is also the second-leading scorer in Nassau County, averaging 24 points per game. Gianna also became the 25th female in Long Island history to score 2,000 points.
“Her torrid pace continues, as she is the 57th leading scorer in New York State history,” said Coach Sandy Rossen, “and she is not done yet!”
For Girls Varsity Winter Track, athletes Eve Pace, Michela Rutigliano, Hannah Lopes and Gisele Lachman were selected as Athletes of the Month.
“This foursome ran a very gutsy race in the 4 x 800 meter relay, setting a new school record, and placing 8th in a county meet with 26 schools competing, which is not a bad night considering Oyster Bay has the smallest enrollment of all schools that compete in winter track,” said Coach Kevin Cotter.
Each individual contributed greatly to the team throughout the season, according to Coach Cotter.
“Rutigliano, the only team member to score in all three of her events at the conference meet, competed in several events including the high jump,” he said. “Pace, who also helped teammates set a record in the spring medley relay this season, has great range, and can compete in any distance from 100 to 3000 meters. Lachman was the team's top miler this season, and could have easily qualified for the 1500m at the county meet,” he continued. “She has excellent 200m speed, and is one of the top sophomore talents in more than one event. Lopes ran the 3000m this season and adjusted her speed accordingly for the 4 x 800. She is a great teammate who runs whenever she is asked to run.”
The four runners are also members of the cross country team that qualified for states this fall.
“After less than a week between seasons, they came into the fall season exhausted,” Coach Cotter said, “but with the commitment to compete throughout the season, they are commended for their tireless work and the sacrifices they make for their team.”
From left are Eve Pace, Michela Rutigliano, Hannah Lopes and Gisele Lachman.
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