By Craig Mannino
Oyster Bay senior Jake Rankin earned his place in Oyster Bay wrestling history by becoming County Champion for the 285 weight class and placing 6th in the New York State Tournament after his extraordinary 34 wins to 7 losses.
“I’m extremely proud of what I did this season. My goal was to be the best heavyweight in OB history since I was in 10th grade. I accomplished that and cemented my spot in that room as one of the best wrestlers in OB,” Rankin said.
By Shania Kuo
Oyster Bay’s Rachel Kowalsky has set a milestone by making the All-Long Island Fencing Team for Women’s Epee and earning her spot as number one in Nassau County for Epees.
For the last two years, Rachel has shown outstanding promise and dedication in fencing. During the season, she fences for the school from 4:00-6:00 pm and then attends club at H3 from 6:30-9:00 pm. Since Rachel is dedicated to her academics as well, her schedule is rigorous.
As to be expected, Rachel is ecstatic about being number one in the county. She states, “The girls this year were really tough competitors, and many are my friends whom I see at the tournaments.”
By Greta Flanagan
Cross country is one of the lesser known sports at OBHS, often shadowed by the big-time sports like football. However, cross-country runners are still climbing to the top of the pack. This year’s girls cross country team recently ended a spectacular season as conference champions for the first time in several years. Although they have only six girls on the team, just enough to actually compete, they've managed to reign undefeated and defeat 13 other teams.
Runners are extremely grateful and proud of their own accomplishments as well as their teammates’, and they hope to keep the championship title another year.
“I am so proud of every member on the team. We work so hard every day, and it truly paid off. I cannot wait to see what we can do in the future. Being conference champions is a huge accomplishment!” says junior Michela Rutigliano, who has been a part of the team since her arrival in eighth grade.
By Shania Kuo
A strange trend has occurred among members of the fencing team. After the winter fencing season ends, several fencers join the track team, only for many to drop the sport soon after. The reason? Well, that’s what I’m here to break down today.
When most people think of fencing, they think of swords. While the weapons are, in fact, the highlight of fencing, arm strength is only part of the sport. It’s actually leg strength that makes the difference between a missed opportunity and a point.
For example, in fencing, footwork is key for the sabre weapon. In sabre, fencers are not allowed to cross their feet and must move quickly to gain right of way, which determines who gets the point in the bout. As a result of the fast-paced bouts in sabre, it is critical for sabres to build up their leg endurance and speed.
By Ashley Hazan
Every year Bethpage Federal Credit Union searches for a student who shows tremendous work ethic and progress both in athletics and academics. This year, Oyster Bay Senior Sahill Yadav has been awarded the title of Scholar Athlete. When interviewed by one of OB’s own, Sahill humbly stated, “Once I found out I would be selected for this prestigious award, I was thrilled. I’m thankful for my parents, teachers, and coaches who supported me along the way. I will still continue to train and work hard.”
High school is difficult for everyone, in varying degrees. Whether it’s schoolwork, tests, or the dreaded ACT/SAT, high school students face hardships every day. For an individual to take on a heavier workload is not an impossible task, but one many students struggle to balance.
By Jillian Haguisan
By Ava Aschettino
Even though the fencing season may be over for the 2017-2018 school year, OBHS students still have the opportunity to participate in a sport that has a point (get it?!). On Friday nights from 7-9 pm at Vernon, Mr. Bruckner hosts open gym fencing. Any student in grades 8-12 is allowed to participate.
In order to get started, students are required to have a parent or guardian sign a permission slip and return it to the athletic office.
By Matilde Bechet
Oyster Bay High School’s Boys Varsity Basketball has much to be proud of this season. Led by Captains Devon Marmorale, Bradley Beck, and Anthony Reilly, the team’s roster also included Khalil Williams, Michael Salvato, Jack Rispoli, Luke Puccio, Gianluca Pavlovic, Edward Kemp, Yahve Jean-Baptiste, Joe Deblasio, Elia Deblasio, Brian Casey, and Andrew Butler. With such a united team, the Baymen were able to finish their season with a record 18 wins and 3 losses.
The Baymen hoped to keep their winning streak alive; however, OB lost a close game to Malverne High School on January 12th with a score of 61-62. OBHS had to sit tight before taking on Malverne a second time during their regular season, and later a third time during the championship game.
On January 15th, Oyster Bay played known rival Cold Spring Harbor. While OB went home with a loss, the setback didn’t slow the team’s momentum. After that game, the Baymen went on to achieve 8 consecutive wins.
By Mikah Coveli
Amy Purdy is no stranger to a challenge. The two-time Paralympian athlete has medaled in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, and she competed again this year at Pyeongchang, South Korea. At the age of 38, she performed on the popular television show Dancing With the Stars and made it to the finals before finishing as a runner-up behind Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis. In 2005, she co-founded Adaptive Action Sports with her partner, Daniel Gale, to fight for the introduction of action sports to disabled athletes in a world where such individuals largely lack opportunities to participate in them.
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