By Shania Kuo
With the winter season for sports drawing to a close, it’s time for fencers to hang up their gear and sheath their weapons once more. For graduating seniors, this will be their last year alongside the team as they whisper bittersweet farewells to the strip. However, for many fencers, this year marked a series of achievements despite a few disappointments.
The beginning of the season saw a rush of new members, creating a team of approximately fifty athletes. In addition, the team welcomed 2014 Oyster Bay alumnus and former foil captain, Virginia Kemp, who replaced former Assistant Coach Dan Ruthkowski. With last year’s energy still running high for returning members, fencers trained vigilantly for their meets. Through brutal conditioning and fencing drills, teammates forged a thorough bond with each other.
However, both the boys’ and girls’ teams quickly hit a stuttering point.
By Caleigh O’Toole
This past football season was quite a whirl wind for the Oyster Bay Baymen. Without a JV team, the school focused all of its energy on the varsity team. Led by Coach Joe Knoll and senior captains Steven LoRusso, Jack Weiboldt, Patrick Wygand and Chris Colvin, the boys pulled through with a 2 and 6 record, but the numbers do not accurately represent their season.
The year commenced with a pretty rough start, including homecoming. It was a tight game all the way through. Whenever OB scored, the Baymen could not come through with extra points. The game eventually came down to a field goal, and just as fans were about to go wild, the kick went a little too far right and missed the goal post by only inches. The OB football team lost with a devastating score of 16-14, East Rockaway. However, as the season progressed, it became evident to all that the team had come a very long way since that game.
By John Tiberia
Few players sleep, breath and eat soccer like these five athletes. The top five soccer players who have ever played the game are Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, and, the best, Edson Arantes, also known as Pele. But, what makes these players so talented?
By Steven Keehner
As we conclude our third consecutive Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Finals match up, I wonder: why should I care? While the NBA is at an all-time high when looking at pure talent, I believe that the league is at a low when looking at the competitiveness and entertainment value. While I could attribute this to being a Knicks fan, I also believe we could look at a few specific points to understand why this is the case.
By Ariel Margolin
Lebron James is undeniably the face of basketball today. He is the man who has it all: the abilities on the court and the camera-garnering smile off the court. In today’s world of basketball, skills alone will not make you the most sought after; the ability to be likeable makes you the top orange-baller, and Lebron certainly has this quality, and then some.
By Lena Gluck
Oyster Bay High School has a rising star in the sport of Wrestling. Keith Cassar, an eleventh grader at OBHS, has recently become the first Oyster Bay wrestler to make it to All-State.
By Steven Keehner
Skateboarding, surfing, and incredible music: these are just a few things associated with Los Angeles. But just one year after the city of St. Louis was left without an NFL team, San Diego has also fallen into a nearly identical situation. On January 12th, 2017, the Chargers’ ownership group announced the relocation of the team to Los Angeles. This has given "The City of Angels" their second NFL franchise in as many years. This move has also come as a shock to many NFL fans, myself included. I almost immediately thought: why is a city that has struggled to care about the Rams moving to Los Angeles getting another team?
By Jennifer Velasquez
The success of this year’s Varsity Fencing team is transcending previous years. With a relatively new team made up of fewer experienced fencers and more underclassmen, it can be rather difficult for such strong bonds to form so quickly among teammates, but this year’s team has definitely surpassed that challenge.
One of this year’s foil captains, Jodi Yeh, stated, “I think this year’s team is different because we all have great chemistry together. Everyone gets along, and I feel like there is a special connection among everyone.”
For those who are unfamiliar with fencing, it is a traditional sport that requires one to fight his or her opponent by using “Rapier-style” swords; whoever successfully makes contact with his or her opponent first wins the point.
By Steven Keehner
Around this time of the year, I, like thousands of Americans, devote my Sundays to football. Some may think of this habit as borderline unhealthy: sitting on a couch from 1 pm to 7 pm, eyes glued to a TV. Following the end of the daytime games, I noticed that I had time to spare until the "NBC Game of the Week". So, I decided to channel surf until then.
By Giselle Grassi
Starting in the fall of 2015, the Oyster Bay High School crew team has continuously worked hard to achieve goals that are new to our high school's list of athletic accomplishments. This 2016 fall season has Oyster Bay lined up to compete in many races, otherwise known as regattas, in New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey.