By Michaela Lester
The 2020-2021 school year is, without question, one for the record books. Upon arrival, students realized that OBHS looked different from previous years, with the additions of hallway dividers, desk shields, and temperature scanners. Many students are happy to finally see their teachers and peers in a school environment since the abrupt closing of schools last March. That being said, an important aspect of OBHS was missing: competitive sports.
Section VIII of the New York Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced on August 26, 2020, that all fall sports would be postponed until 2021. The announcement put a damper on an otherwise successful reopening, so the OBEN administration strongly felt that something had to be done to boost students’ spirits.
By Matthew Wong
In a season like no other, Major League Baseball (MLB) concluded a shortened 2020 season with its annual awards. Traditionally, four awards are distributed every season, with each being given to one player from the National (NL) and American (AL) Leagues. The Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award is handed to the most outstanding all-around player of each league, and the Cy Young Award is given to a league’s best performing pitcher. The Rookie of the Year Award is bestowed upon the season’s best two players who are playing their first season in the MLB, while the Manager of the Year Award is awarded to the two best managers, one from each league. Each winner is chosen by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
By Matthew Wong
Almost three months after the suspension of its season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has its sights set on restarting the season in order to crown a champion. The NBA was the first sports league in North America to halt play in hopes of combatting the coronavirus, which has taken over 100,000 lives in the United States alone. After decreases in hospitalizations and dramatic slowing of the spread of the disease throughout the country, professional sports were given the green light to begin to resume activities, with restrictions. Even though the plan to restart the season is not perfect, Adam Silver, the NBA’s commissioner, asserted that there are monetary benefits to the players and owners to resume play.
By Beryl Rosenberg
With various sports events and seasons cancelled due to the Coronavirus, what are fans doing to stay connected to their favorite teams? Well, major sports leagues including the NHL, NBA, and U.S. Soccer are continuing to provide their fans with ways to keep up with their respective sports despite the separation.
By Katie Moore
With the absence of major league sports games due to the Coronavirus pandemic, new sports and activities have become increasingly popular. One in particular is marble racing. This new sport has taken the world by storm as one of the only forms of sports entertainment.
Marble racing is quite simply what it sounds like. A group of marbles in an array of colors are flung down a course, most frequently sand, and the first marble to reach the end is deemed the winner. Without the usual thrill sports provide for viewers, people at home are craving something to supply some entertainment.
By Craig Mannino
Michael Leandrou, Oyster Bay High School senior, earned his place in Baymen wrestler history after a phenomenal 35 win to 8 loss season, becoming county champion for the 145 weight class for two consecutive years and earning 4th place in New York State.
“My season was great overall. I had a rough start and some terrible injuries, but due to my coach’s help, I was able to push through and end on a good note,” Leandrou said in regard to his achievements.
According to Michael, the catalyst for his wrestling career began with an interest in boxing and UFC. “I loved boxing and was a boxer before I wrestled. I got big into UFC, so I wanted to learn more forms of martial arts.”
By Jillian Haguisan
Throughout the winter season, the OBHS Girls Varsity Fencing Team, led by Coach John Bruckner and Assistant Coach Virginia Kemp, worked tirelessly. Despite being a small team of only fifteen girls, they proved to be one of the best in Nassau County. On February 8th, the girls fenced in the Finals at Cold Spring Harbor, where they placed third out of twelve schools.
At the end of the season, the girls had a record of 8-3, ranking 4th overall. In order to qualify for Finals during post-season, they fenced the Quarter Finals against Garden City on February 6th. By the first round, the score was 5-4, Oyster Bay. However, the girls pulled through, ultimately winning the meet by an impressive 14-5.
By Matthew Wong
On January 26th, 2020, a helicopter carrying nine people crashed in Calabasas, California. Everyone on board was tragically killed, including NBA Legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi Bryant. The passengers were on their way to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, when investigators say the helicopter flew into harsh flying conditions. Thick clouds are most likely to blame for the crash, as the helicopter descended at a rate of 2,000 feet per minute until it hit into the Santa Monica Mountains. The tragic news of this event caused immense grief around the world, and condolences began pouring in for the families of Kobe Bryant and the others on board.
By Beryl Rosenberg
The Oyster Bay High School Varsity Cheer Team traveled to Disney World February 7th-9th to compete in the National High School Cheerleading Championship, the most prestigious high school cheer championship in the country. The OBHS cheerleaders placed 9th in their division--Small Varsity Coed Non-Tumbling. This was the first time the team competed at the national level, and they left Disney as winners.
For its 40th year, the 2020 competition hosted more than 20,000 athletes and 950 teams across all divisions. The event is nationally televised on ESPN, and videos of the OB team’s routine as well as those of other teams can be found on the UCA’s website.
By Kevin Biggiani
Tennis players, fans, aspiring athletes, or anyone looking to have a fun day should take the opportunity to attend the New York Tennis Expo whenever it is in town.
The New York Tennis Expo was recently held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 9th. This event was a prelude to the Association of Tennis Professions New York Tennis Open, which recently concluded on February 16, with Kyle Edmund of Great Britain winning the championship. The Expo is the largest event of its kind in the United States, and it does not cost anything to attend. Hard to believe, but yes, the Expo is free to attend!
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