By Neal Mehta
On October 30th, 2019, the Washington Nationals won their first World Series Championship in their franchise’s history. After a 19-31 record in their first 50 games, they came back from a losing deficit and finished the season 93-69, the third best record in the National League West, which allowed them to clinch the NL Wild Card Game. But more incredible than their mid-season turnaround was the fact they overcame two of the MLB’s powerhouse teams: the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros.
The Dodgers finished their explosive season with a 106-56 record and possessed a strong lineup and lockdown starters. Their top three starters, Hyun Jin-Ryu, Clayton Kershaw, and Walker Buehler had an average ERA of 2.87, and their team batter a total of 861 RBIs and 279 HRs during the regular season.
By Stefanie Sadocha
OBHS students Miriam Coor and Giselle Grassi placed tenth at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, MA. After being selected by Sagamore Rowing Association to attend the regatta, Coor, a junior, and Grassi, a senior, placed in the top twenty five percent of Women’s Youth Doubles across the country.
The Head of the Charles Regatta is one of the largest and most competitive regattas, taking place each October. Over 10,000 rowers attend this annual regatta, and Sagamore Rowing Association only sends a few rowers each year.
By Katie Moore
More than half way through the season, the Lady Baymen are proving to be great competitors. The girls are led by their new coach, Mrs. Pape, and the team continues their nearly undefeated season, hoping to add to their total of seven wins.
The JV roster includes Taylor Hall, Angelina Pavlovic, Kaitlyn Aasheim, Marissa Iemmiti, Jackie Kieran, Faith Lingen, Sofia Gagliardi, Olivia Milana, Kate Webster, Katherine Jennette, Aurora Aschettino, Ryleigh Greene, and Bella Negron.
Sophomore Taylor Hall recently spoke about the team’s success. “We keep a positive attitude during practices and games. We listen to our coach and really consider everything she says to us. We work really hard, and it has definitely paid off so far!”
By Alina Kelly
Oyster Bay High School junior Giselle Grassi competed at the US Rowing Youth Nationals in Sarasota, Florida, after an amazing race at the New York State Rowing Championship, where Giselle raced her single and came in first place, qualifying her for Youth Nationals.
Giselle departed for Sarasota on Tuesday, June 4th, accompanied by her mother and coaches. On Wednesday, Giselle was able to practice on the racecourse, located in Nathan Benderson Park.
On Thursday, Giselle raced in time trials, which determine if one will make it to semifinals. After racing the 2000-meter racecourse, she finished 6th place with a time of 7:52.
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.
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