- Oyster Bay-East Norwich Schools
OBHS Celebrates 'Athletes of the Month'
Oyster Bay High School’s Department of Athletics proudly announced its selections for “Athlete of the Month,” which comprises the fall teams of the modified athletic schedule this year. 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.
The Varsity Football Team recognizes Justin Ingebrigtsen as its Athlete of the Month. A junior, Justin has earned All Conference and All County Honorable Mention. During the season, Justin recorded 49 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles, 16 offensive receptions and one touchdown. “This success was earned through his hard work and dedication,” said Coach Dan Ruskowski. “Next year, Justin looks forward to bringing his game to the next level.”
The Boys’ Cross Country Team will share the Athlete of the Month distinction among three seniors who have been All County runners for the second consecutive year. “Nick Tardugno completed an outstanding season, running undefeated in every conference meet and becoming only the second Bayman to run a 5k course under 16 minutes,” said Coach Kevin Cotter. “Izzy Silver was the second runner in each conference meet, helping the Baymen to their third consecutive undefeated division championship. His fastest time of the season was 17:16.1 on the 5k course,” he said. “Riley Keffer did what he usually does—battled all season. The All County runner saved his best race for last, as he ran the 5k course in 17:11.2 seconds,” Coach Cotter said. “Keffer, along with Will Capone and Connor Wick helped the team qualify for the section championships—a race in which the top eight teams of 56 were selected to compete. They will be greatly missed.”
The Girls’ Cross Country Team celebrates the Athlete of the Month by sharing the honor among three seniors. Greta Flanagan, Lauren Swezey and Gaby Ortuno have been mainstays on the running sports and had excellent seasons in spring cross country, according to Coach Kevin Cotter. Greta finished her fourth season by breaking a 37-year-old 5k record on a 5k course (18:35.2) and earning All County for the fourth year in a row. The former All-State runner will be running for SUNY Geneseo in the fall. Lauren Swezey worked hard to earn All Conference this year. “She ran during the off season, came to intramural runs in the fall, and is very dedicated to her teammates and coach,” Coach Cotter said. Lauren helped the Baymen earn a spot to the county race. Only 6 teams out of 18 qualified, and Oyster Bay was the only class C team that earned a spot in the race.
Gaby Ortuno, no stranger to track, enjoyed her first season as a long-distance runner for the Baymen. Missing All County by a matter of seconds, she was an easy selection for All Conference, as she placed among the top girls in every race this season.
Junior Bridget Zahradnik is the Athlete of the Month for Girls’ Volleyball. “Bridget has led the volleyball team in aces and kills,” said Coach Jen Iles. “Bridget has had a high of 30 kills in one game and averages 8 aces a game. Her contributions to the team have helped them reach a record of 8-1 this season,” she said.
Sophomore Angela Maldonado is a crucial member of the Varsity Cheerleading Team, earning her the honor of Athlete of the Month. “Throughout our entire season she has done nothing but push herself and her teammates to do their absolute best,” said Coach Jessica Paprocki. “Not only did she give pep talks to her teammates at every game and competition, but at every practice as well. Her positivity has pushed us through the hardest times of our season, and we are grateful for every moment of it. Angela also worked extremely hard to make our senior game a memorable experience for the football and cheer seniors. She is an extremely selfless person and we are so lucky to have her as a leader of our team!”
Junior Rose Miglionico is a second-year varsity player and the Field Hockey Athlete of the Month. She is a starter on the forward line and “always finds her way to the post,” said Coach Lauren Scripture. “Rose can carry the ball quickly down the field, and her timely deflections in the circle have helped her become the top goal scorer for the season. She scored 9 goals, including a hat-trick in our second game of the season and the goals just kept coming,” she said. “Rose has a great attitude and always keeps a positive mindset no matter the situation. I am so grateful to have one more season with Rose on the team.”
The Athletes of the Month for Girls’ Tennis are juniors Nicole Voumvourakis and Sabrina Rezk. Both girls are three-year starters on the Girls’ Tennis Team. They play first Doubles and together have four wins in the shortened tennis season, according to Coach Greg Bilello.
Hector Ruiz-Bonilla is the Athlete of the Month for Boys’ Soccer. Hector is a junior forward who led the Baymen with eight goals and three assists this season. He was the second-leading scorer in the conference and was the co-player of the week in Conference AB9 for week 2 of the fall season, according to Coach Brian Donahue.
Chiara Rutigliano is the Athlete of the Month for Girls’ Soccer. “Chiara puts her heart and soul into every soccer practice and every soccer game,” said Coach Nicole Schwartz. “Her diligent work ethic is contagious and, while a freshman, she sets the tone for all her teammates grades 9-12. This was Chiara's first year on the Girls' Varsity Soccer Team, and she was a star in the midfield!”