By Scarlett Shelley
After 162 games, the Major League Baseball season has come to an end. On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, the Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros, and won their first World Series title since 1995.
The Atlanta Braves won the World Series in a six game fight against the Houston Astros. On Sunday, October 31, 2021, the Braves suffered a tough loss, losing 9-5, breaking the spirits of some players and fans; however, the Braves pushed through, destroying the Astros 7-0, and winning four games in this six game series. Bringing their total World Series wins to four, this year’s win is the first for the Braves since 1995. The Braves previously won the World Series in 1914, 1957, and 1995.
By Kaitlyn Kelly
Senior Caleigh O’Toole is approaching the end of her career as a varsity athlete. Caleigh is a three-season athlete who played a significant role on the girls varsity volleyball team, girls varsity basketball team, and girls varsity lacrosse team this year.
In addition to being a captain of the girls varsity basketball team, Caleigh had a total of 17 kills, 15 blocks, and 14 aces this volleyball season.
Athletes who have played alongside Caleigh say that she puts everything into bettering herself and those around her. Whether she’s winning or losing, she's always the first one to support her peers.
By Kaitlyn Aasheim
On Wednesday, May 19th, Oyster Bay’s varsity softball team had their last home game against West Hempstead. After starting their season 0-9, they were searching for a senior day win. The team was able to come out on top against West Hempstead, defeating them 9-5.
The score remained close throughout the entire game. After West Hempstead scored 1 run in the top of the first inning, Oyster Bay came back to score 3 runs in each of the following 3 innings. West Hempstead was able to keep Oyster Bay scoreless the rest of the game, but Oyster Bay defeated West Hempstead 9-5.
By Matthew Wong
When the New York Knicks are winning, everything in life feels better. The grass looks greener. The air outside smells crisp and clean. People seem nicer. If you were to tell me at the beginning of the season that the Knicks were going to the National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs as the number four seed in a highly competitive Eastern Conference, I wouldn’t have believed it.
According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the Knicks were projected to win only 22 games out of 72 and compete for the worst team in the league. This prediction was fair. For the majority of the 2000s, the New York Knicks have been the laughing stock of the NBA. However, since the 2021 All-Star Break in early March, the team flipped a switch and became one of the best teams in the league. The driving factors behind the Knicks’ success have been head coach Tom Thibodeau, Most Improved Player of the Year favorite Julius Randle, and a plethora of skilled young and veteran players.
By Matthew Wong
History was made on Sunday, April 12th, 2021. The 2021 Masters Tournament crowned Hideki Matsuyama its new winner and hinted at a return to normalcy with an increased number of fans back on the course.
The tournament is played at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, every year during the month of April (except last year’s tournament, which was rescheduled to November due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
A return to the original tournament date and the welcoming of 12,000 golf fans was overshadowed by Hideki Matsuyama’s win. In winning this prestigious golf tournament, Matsuyama became the first Japanese man to win a golf major.
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.
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