Meet February's Athletes of the Month
Khalil Williams Dylan Kaber Stephanie Vojvodich Jessica Duggan Jake Rankin
Oyster Bay High School’s Athletics Department has proudly announced its February selections for “Athlete of the Month.” The athletes were 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.
In Boys Basketball, senior Khalil Williams was named Athlete of the Month. Khalil is leading the Baymen by averaging 23 points with 14 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. A returning All-County player, Khalil is “having an excellent season so far for the Baymen,” said Coach Brian Boyle and Assistant Coach Dustin Abbate. He is currently 6th in Nassau County for scoring the most points per game. “He is a great example of a true leader on and off the court,” Coach Boyle said.
Senior Dylan Kaber is the Boys Fencing Team’s Athlete of the Month. Dylan is in his third season as a varsity fencer and his record is currently 17 wins and 6 losses, a .740 record. He is a second-year starter and is the #1 foil. According to Coach John Bruckner and Assistant Coach Virginia Kemp, Dylan is on track for All-County recognition for the second season in a row.
Junior Stephanie Vojvodich is Athlete of the Month for the Girls Varsity Bowling Team. This is Stephanie’s second year participating on the Varsity Bowling Team. Stephanie has a bowling average of 128. Her highest game during the season was a 170 and her highest three- game series was a 428. “I am looking forward to coaching Stephanie again next season,” said Coach Kevin Degnan.
The Athlete of the Month for the Girls’ Winter Track team is Jessica Duggan.
“Jessica is having a stellar season for the Lady Baymen,” said Coach Kevin Cotter. “Although she is not the fastest on the team, she works out among the best of the best, never too far behind, and never makes excuses.
“Some athletes give up on themselves because they feel that no matter how hardthey try, they won’t catch up with the best kids on the team,” Coach Cotter said. “Jessica is a smart athlete who is inspired by excellence, and motivated by it. As a result, she is reaching her potential as a track athlete, and impressing her teammates and coaches along the way. She is a great teammate, as she is versatile enough to try the shot put, the racewalk, or any relay that she is asked to run.”
Jessica is currently ranked 7th in the conference in the 200meter, and is a member of the 5th ranked 4 x 400meter team.
Senior Jake Rankin was chosen as Athlete of the Month for the varsity Wrestling Team. Jake has been a member of Varsity Wrestling for the past four years. This season, Jake has captured the Hank Paris Wrestling Tournament Championship, as well as the Valley Stream North Tournament Championship, and was a finalist in the Syosset tournament. On top of this, he also placed 5th at the very prestigious Eastern States Classic. He presently has a record of 24-4.
“As a Captain, Jake has shown great leadership qualities,” said Coach John Brush and Assistant Coach Doug Axman. “Jake’s dedication, hard work and discipline will prepare him for the end of the season championship tournaments.” Congratulations, athletes!