By Kaitlyn Aasheim
For many students, sports are an escape from school and stress. Last year, amid the pandemic, high school sports were shut down. Recently, New York State gave the ‘Okay’ for athletes that play high-risk sports to start playing again. These sports include basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and boys’ lacrosse. Players throughout New York were thrilled to hear this news.
Last March, the COVID-19 pandemic affected student-athletes all around the world. Flashforward to almost one year later, athletes have still not been able to play all of the sports they love. From being active all year-long to suddenly halting on a Friday in March, athletes have waited for the day that they can play their beloved sports once again.
By Shannon Walsh
The Superbowl occurs annually on the first Sunday of February, denoting it as the first major sports event of each year. Although COVID-19 has disrupted sports this year, it did not prevent all sporting events. With an altered season, the NFL was still able to execute the Super Bowl seamlessly during a global pandemic.
This year the Super Bowl was held at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted the Kansas City Chiefs, making it the first Super Bowl where a participating team was the host. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won 31 to 9. 22,000 fans were in attendance, and while this number is high, when compared to 2019's 70,000 fans, this year's population seems miniscule.
By Jillian Haguisan
In December, the OBHS Athletic Department announced that three Varsity winter sports--bowling, fencing, and track--would commence on January 4th.
“Everyone was very weary because of the holidays and the spike in November,” Kevin Trentowski, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, shared. However, on January 4, all three sports successfully held their first practice while still following social-distancing guidelines.
By James Skvarla
The National Basketball Association has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2020-2021 season, with the Brooklyn Nets playing on December 22nd against the Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks playing on December 23rd against the Indiana Pacers. With this new season comes a fresh start for both teams, giving them an opportunity to showcase their talents in empty stadiums due to Coronavirus protocols. But just how exactly is each team expected to do this season? To answer this question we have to look at the factors involved when it comes to each team's rosters.
The Brooklyn Nets are projected to do very well this season with the return of their star small forward Kevin Durant, along with star point guard Kyrie Irving. But just how much has the team changed since last season? Let's take a look to see what the Brooklyn Nets have done this past off season.
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.”
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