‘Athletes of the Month’ Raise the Bar on Skill, Sportsmanship
Oyster Bay High School’s Department of Athletics proudly announces its April/May selections for “Athlete of the Month.” 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. This month’s athletes are from Crew, Golf, Boys Lacrosse, Boys Tennis, and Boys Spring Track & Field.
According to Varsity Crew Coaches Jason Moskowitz and Tore Barbaccia, sophomore Giselle Grassi has been selected as Athlete of the Month because she is doing “an amazing job.” Recently, on a 2,000 indoor rowing test, she pulled a time of 7:29. “This is an incredible time for any high school rower, let alone a sophomore,” her coaches said. Also a testament to her skills, earlier this month Giselle was invited to participate in the USRowing Development Camp with the Junior National Team.
Senior Jordana Testa has been the Golf Team’s number one golfer in each match this season, according to Golf Coach Bobby Kopp, earning her the title of Athlete of the Month. As the team captain, Jordana “helps bring out the best in all of the players and is always given the toughest draw from opposing teams,” he said. “As a senior she has developed a strong game.” Jordana will continue her golf career at the collegiate level as a member of the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons next year.
The Varsity Boys Lacrosse Team’s Athlete of the Month is senior Jack Wieboldt, who has been impressive so far as the team’s primary faceoff man, according to Coach Brian Soper. In a 17-9 victory over Hicksville, he personally accounted for 22 ground balls on his own. “It was single-handedly the most dominant performance you could have in a lacrosse game without scoring a single goal or tallying an assist,” Coach Soper said. He is also a team captain for 2018.
Senior Patrick Maloney is the Boys Varsity Tennis Athlete of the Month. He is currently undefeated halfway through the season and has not given up a single game versus an opponent, according to Coach Glen Steinberg. Patrick will be attending Michigan University next year where he will be playing tennis for the Division I Wolverines.
The Boys Varsity Track Athlete of the Month is senior Christopher Syrett. Christopher is the team’s highest point earner in league meets this season and is currently one of the top long, triple, and high jumpers in Nassau County Class A. “He is a crucial leg on the team’s 4 x100 meter relay team and will compete in his first pentathlon next month," said Coach Christopher Weber. Christopher will be attending Farmingdale State College in the fall where he will continue his track & field career while pursuing a degree in engineering. Congratulations, athletes.