By Isabella Negron
Oyster Bay High School’s very own JV volleyball team faced a tough loss against Wheatley High School on March 18th, keeping their record at 0-2. Both teams played well, despite new restrictions placed on the JV team as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This season has been a challenging one for the JV Baymen, who must not only adjust to playing on a high school team, but must also play under Covid restrictions. Volleyball, a high-risk sport, requires masks and testing, among other protocols. Players are doing their best to adjust to these regulations on top of worrying about the fate of their future varsity season.
By Kaitlyn Kelly
The Oyster Bay Varsity Volleyball team played East Rockaway High School on March 18th. This was the Baymen’s first time seeing the Rock since counties last year, where they took the win in a tight game. The Baymen had been working hard for weeks at practice in order to bring home the win.
Oyster Bay won the game 3-1 in four total sets. Although a close match, the Baymen pulled through with their energy and determination.
By Kaitlyn Aasheim
To kick off their season on March 13th, the Oyster Bay Varsity Volleyball team defeated Wheatley in four tight sets.
Set one at Wheatley High School was a close match, but Wheatley defeated the OB varsity team. The final score of set one was 25-19 Wheatley, due to defensive errors and not covering tips.
Junior outside hitter Kaitlyn Kelly says, “Something I think we can work on is our defense and covering.”
By Grace Barrios
The NCAA named the Big Ten Conference the top men’s college basketball conference this year. Teams like Iowa, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio State all play in this prestigious conference. On March 12, the Big Ten tournament started with 14 competing teams in Indianapolis at the Lucas Oil Stadium.
Illinois, led by Coach Brad Underwood since 2017, has proven to be more than ready to play ball in this tournament. They have been ranked in the top 10 nationwide for almost the entirety of their season, and when they arrived at Indiana, they were third in the country.
By Ava Aschettino
After high contact sports were presumed to be on-pause this school year due to the ongoing pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave these sports the go-ahead in January, with restrictions. Deemed “high risk” by the New York State Department of Health, football, wrestling, ice hockey, rugby, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, martial arts, competitive cheer and group dance were finally granted the green light to resume during their respective seasons, beginning February 1st.
By Matthew Wong
Tom Brady, arguably the greatest athlete in sports history, is on top of the world once again. On Sunday, February 7th, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by Brady, beat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 to become Super Bowl LV champions. The Buccaneers did so in their home stadium, a first in National Football League (NFL) history. Tom Brady secured his seventh Lombardi Trophy, earning two more than any other player in NFL history and one more than any NFL team. He also took home his fifth Super Bowl Most Valuable Player trophy.
By Kaitlyn Aasheim
For many students, sports are an escape from school and stress. Last year, amid the pandemic, high school sports were shut down. Recently, New York State gave the ‘Okay’ for athletes that play high-risk sports to start playing again. These sports include basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and boys’ lacrosse. Players throughout New York were thrilled to hear this news.
Last March, the COVID-19 pandemic affected student-athletes all around the world. Flashforward to almost one year later, athletes have still not been able to play all of the sports they love. From being active all year-long to suddenly halting on a Friday in March, athletes have waited for the day that they can play their beloved sports once again.
By Shannon Walsh
The Superbowl occurs annually on the first Sunday of February, denoting it as the first major sports event of each year. Although COVID-19 has disrupted sports this year, it did not prevent all sporting events. With an altered season, the NFL was still able to execute the Super Bowl seamlessly during a global pandemic.
This year the Super Bowl was held at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted the Kansas City Chiefs, making it the first Super Bowl where a participating team was the host. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won 31 to 9. 22,000 fans were in attendance, and while this number is high, when compared to 2019's 70,000 fans, this year's population seems miniscule.
By Jillian Haguisan
In December, the OBHS Athletic Department announced that three Varsity winter sports--bowling, fencing, and track--would commence on January 4th.
“Everyone was very weary because of the holidays and the spike in November,” Kevin Trentowski, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, shared. However, on January 4, all three sports successfully held their first practice while still following social-distancing guidelines.
By James Skvarla
The National Basketball Association has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2020-2021 season, with the Brooklyn Nets playing on December 22nd against the Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks playing on December 23rd against the Indiana Pacers. With this new season comes a fresh start for both teams, giving them an opportunity to showcase their talents in empty stadiums due to Coronavirus protocols. But just how exactly is each team expected to do this season? To answer this question we have to look at the factors involved when it comes to each team's rosters.
The Brooklyn Nets are projected to do very well this season with the return of their star small forward Kevin Durant, along with star point guard Kyrie Irving. But just how much has the team changed since last season? Let's take a look to see what the Brooklyn Nets have done this past off season.
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