OBHS Celebrates Outstanding Athletes
The Autumn Varsity Sports Season is in the books in Oyster Bay. It was a great season that saw many of the teams participate in post season play. The Girls Cross Country teams were Conference Champions and the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams are going to the State Championships. The Girls Tennis player Courtney Kowalsky made her third straight trip to the New York State Championships.
Varsity Football Coach Joe Knoll had this to say, “The Varsity Football Team recognizes Charles Collette as its Athlete of the Month. Charles is a senior co-captain and a two year starter that has played as a Quarterback, receiver, outside linebacker and Special team’s player. He played wherever the team needed him and excelled at all the positions. Charles had 8 touchdowns for the season; 7 rushing and 1 passing.
On defense he solidified our perimeter defense and was a tenacious tackler from his outside linebacker position. Charles had the most memorable play of the year when he sacked the Mineola quarterback to end the game and secure the victory for Oyster Bay.
He was a good captain, an excellent leader, that earned him the respect of both his teammates and opposing teams’ players. With his success on the field and confidence in the classroom, he has developed a dynamic personality. Regardless of the situation, our team knew that if we had him, we had a chance for success. He truly Anchored Down.”
Charles’ twin sister, Sarah, was also selected as Athlete of the Month for her sport. When asked, Varsity Field Hockey Coach Annmarie Rudd said, “Senior Sarah Collette is a three-year varsity starter. As co-captain this year she has stepped up into the leadership position to help lead the team. On the field Sarah is able to hold her ground as the midfielder against some of the toughest competition in Nassau County. No matter what, she is always there to support her team defensively or offensively. This season Sarah improved by adding a few goals towards her team's record. Her competitive skills and passion for field hockey will be greatly missed next year.
Senior Kaela Kilfoil is one of the toughest forwards I have seen yet. Despite some bumps and bruises throughout her three years on varsity, she still managed to improve her own game and help out the team. Kaela's fast speed and quick stick work helped her overcome some of the counties strongest defenders. This season she has shown a tremendous amount of compassion for the sport and has helped to lead alongside her captains. Next year won't be the same without her offensive skills.”
“Bella Pace is the Girls' Cross Country team's athlete of the month” says Coach Kevin Cotter. “Bella is the epitome of a team player. She schedules college visits, doctor appointments and other activities around her team's schedule. She has not missed a race in October, running with ankle pain, and helping her team to another division championship.
Bella recently was recognized as All-Conference and All-County, and is looking for her highest place in a state meet. Bella plans on continuing her running success at the collegiate level.”
Varsity Girls Soccer Coach Nicole Schwartz said this about her selection, “Lindsey Tiberia is a third year Varsity Soccer player who has been an incredible asset to the team. Lindsey is an extremely hard worker who always motivates her teammates to try their best during practice and in the games. Lindsey’s tenacity is noticeable as she will always come off the field feeling exhausted and accomplished, having played her heart out the entire game. Tiberia’s leadership role and knowledge of the game are evident on the field as she consistently helps the defensive end with her positive constructive remarks as a sweeper, and then also leads the team with assists in the midfield. She is quite the versatile player, having been an asset to her team as a sweeper, a midfielder and a forward throughout this season. Lindsey Tiberia is passionate about soccer and her enthusiasm and love for the game is contagious amongst all of her teammates.”
An outstanding Varsity Volleyball player gets the nod this month. Coach Kim Catania said, “Katie Thompson is a starting outside hitter for Varsity Volleyball. Her front row efforts have played a big role for our team this season. She mixes up her hits and they pay off when the team needs them. From a defensive stand point, she has had some great touches on the ball. Making key plays at the right moments. Katie is not only a leader on the court but as well as off the court. She is always there to pick her team mates up when they need it, and is always there ready to put a smile on anyone’s face. Katie is one player any coach would love to have on their team, she will be missed next year.”
The fledgling Varsity Crew program is doing very well right out of the gate. Coach Kevin Coomey and Coach Manny Valentin chose Mike McGee as the Men's Varsity Rowing Athlete of the Month. A rising sophomore on the 2nd year team, Mike was the bow seat in the lightweight double at the Tail of the Passaic on October 8th, finishing 3rd in the event and getting Oyster Bay's first medal on the boys’ side in the team's short history. Additionally, Mike traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to compete in the prestigious Head of the Quinobequin on October 16th. The team's only home race was November 6th on Centre Island, at the Long Island Frostbite.