Meet October's Athletes of the Month
Oyster Bay High School kicked off its “Athletes of the Month” series, a tradition of recognizing student athletes who exhibit qualities that make them exemplary role models for their teammates. Coaches selected the following students as October’s Athletes of the Month.
Junior Jenny Collette has earned the honor for Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey. Jenny has been a starter on the varsity team since 8th grade and plays center midfield “where she does an incredible job of keeping the ball on our offensive half,” said Coaches Lauren Scripture and Bridget Lincoln.
“Jenny jabs the ball away from opponents to gain possession and move us up the field,” Coach Scripture said. “Her stick skills are among the best in Nassau County.”
Jenny has scored nine goals and has had two assists so far in the season, including two game winning goals.
Junior Miriam Coor, who has been rowing for four seasons since her freshman year, is Athlete of the Month for the Varsity Crew Team. Miriam finished 1st place Novice 8+ freshman year at the New York State Championship and had a fabulous final finish at the New York State Championship in 2019, according to Coach Kathleen Brown.
“We are very proud that Miriam represented Oyster Bay at the highly prestigious, international Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston earlier this month,” Coach Brown said. “Miriam is a fierce rower, always striving to improve with daily practices and workouts. She has a quiet demeanor, with a determined spirit that positively influences those around her. Varsity, novices and middle schoolers, alike, are inspired by her disciplined dedication.”
The Athlete of the Month for the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team is Erica Duke. Erica, a senior and captain this year, has led the team with her leadership skills and soccer versatility for the past four years, according to Coaches Nicole Schwartz and Michael Montello.
“Duke’s speed, strength, precise assists and powerful shots have helped the team reach success,” Coach Schwartz said.
This year, Erica has not only played positions such as forward and outside midfield, but she has also played on the defensive end.
“When on the field, Erica’s determination and drive is contagious; while off the field, she continues to hold high expectations for both herself and her teammates,” Coach Schwartz said. “A great role model, teammate, and an ever-growing intellectual, Erica Duke highly deserves this Athlete of the Month Award.”
The Athletes of the Month for Girls' Varsity Cross Country are freshmen Mia Gagliardi and Sophia Dean. These athletes recently earned medals for placing in the top 25 at the Suffolk Coaches Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park. Members of a team that is currently 10-0, both girls endure long workouts and strenuous training on a daily basis, according to Coaches Kevin Cotter and Kristen Larke.
“While entering a varsity sport as freshmen can be a challenging adjustment, Mia and Sophia have nearly perfect attendance, are rarely injured and show genuine gratitude for being part of such a close-knit team,” Coach Cotter said.
Juniors Rachel Kowalsky and Karina Khaledi are Athletes of the Month for Girls Varsity Tennis. Rachel is a three-year starter and currently a second singles player for the team. So far this season, she is a perfect 9-0 at her position.
“Rachel plays tennis with finesse,” said Coach Greg Bilello. “She doesn't overpower her opponents, but rather hits accurate shots while utilizing the entire court. She is a positive influence on our extremely young varsity team and leads by example.”
Karina has been playing for the team since she was in 8th grade. She currently plays first doubles with her partner Sabrina Rezk. Karina's doubles team has a record of 6-3 in Conference III at this point in the season.
“Karina has developed into a powerful player who returns most balls hit to her at the baseline,” Coach Bilello said. “She moves well on the court and is excellent at the net. She has a great attitude and is extremely helpful to everyone on the team.”