Athletes of the Month are Leaders on the Field
Oyster Bay High School’s Department of Athletics proudly announces its June selections for “Athlete of the Month.” This month’s athletes are from Badminton, Baseball, Crew, Girls Lacrosse, Girls Track & Field and Softball. 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 year’s Athlete of the Month for Badminton is senior Brittany Browner. Brittany is a four-year varsity starter. Although she has been primarily a doubles player, this season she stepped up to play third singles. She compiled a 6-6 record at that position. In addition, she represented Oyster Bay this year at the Nassau County Individual Singles tournament. “Her work ethic and commitment to our team’s success will be missed next season,” said Coach Greg Bilello.
Thomas Fletcher, a junior, led the Baseball team this season with a .490 batting average, earning him the title of Athlete of the Month, according to Coach Jeff Schiereck. With a team leading on base percentage of .556, Thomas also led the team in at-bats, runs scored, doubles, and stolen bases. In the field, Thomas pitched, played third base, shortstop, and catcher. “Never outworked, Thomas only struck out two times the whole season and hit safely in 15 straight league games,” Coach Schiereck said.
Junior Stephen Mushorn is Athlete of the Month for Boy’s Crew because he has taken the team “to its highest level yet,” said Coach Jason Moskowitz. At New York State Champs, he placed 11th in both the Men’s Four, and Double. “Most notably, Stephen has made tremendous strides in his technique and physical ability showing promise for greater success next year,” Coach Moskowitz said.
Senior Maggie Frankel is Athlete of the Month for Girls Lacrosse. “Maggie is one of the hardest working student athletes I have had the honor to coach,” said Coach Charles Rizzuto. “A leader in the true sense of the word, Maggie makes up one-third of possibly the best team of captains we have had, along with Caroline Scamell and Emily Vomvas,” he said. She is an Honorable Mention All-County player this year, due in large part to her ability to excel on both sides of the ball. However, it is really Maggie’s work ethic that earned her this honor, according to Coach Rizzuto. “She is the last one off of the practice field every day, staying extra to work on her shooting, dodging and play on the draw circle. Washington and Lee University got a great one, both on and off of the lacrosse field!”
Gaby Treble has been an outstanding Track and Field athlete this season, according to Coaches Kevin Cotter and Nicole Schwartz. On May 10th she earned the right to have her name among Oyster Bay track legends by breaking the Pentathlon Record by nearly 300 points! As only a freshman, she has dominated the 100M race, the 110m hurdles, and the long jump. She is also part of the team's 4X1 race! “Gaby's athleticism has shined throughout the season and she has competed in the county finals. She continues to thrive as a track and field athlete, and her competitive nature and diligence to improve have been two characteristics that describe her,” her coaches said.
Two Softball athletes were named Athlete of the Month this year by Coach Victoria Wink. Kristen Aasheim is a sophomore pitcher who has been the winning pitcher on the mound for the last five games, including the semi-final games. She has 78 strikeouts in 106 innings pitched. She has also been a threat at the plate all season with a .500 batting average and 31 RBIs. She leads the team in doubles (11) and triples (4).
Lilly Galasso is a senior third baseman for the team. Hitting fourth in the lineup all season, Lilly has posted a .500 batting average in 80 at bats and has lead the team in RBIs (34). She has been a sure hand in the field with 48 assists and a .957 fielding average at third base. Congratulations, athletes!