05/18/17 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The Laspias stop to check out an information board located along the new trail.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The Laspias stop to check out an information board located along the new trail.

Saturday, May 13 was forecast to be a nor’easter, but although the leaden skies promised rain at any moment, the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Laspia Family Trail at Mashomack Preserve was dry, except perhaps for a moist eye or two.

Mike and Susan Laspia retired from their duties as Mashomack Preserve’s director and operations manager, respectively, in the fall of 2016, capping a remarkable career with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) that spanned four decades.  (more…)

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05/03/17 4:30pm
HELENE STARZEE PHOTO Shortstop Phoebe Starzee making a nice running catch over her shoulder in the varsity matchup Monday between Shelter Island and Southold/Greenport at Fiske Field.

HELENE STARZEE PHOTO Shortstop Phoebe Starzee making a nice running catch over her shoulder in the varsity matchup Monday between Shelter Island and Southold/Greenport at Fiske Field.

The Shelter Island School varsity softball team is on a roll. As Coach Jackie Brewer predicted, the team is continuing to get better and better as they close in on the end of the season.

On Monday the team hosted Southold/Greenport. With many of their games ending at five innings this year, it was great to see some exciting fielding that allowed the team to go the full game against the Clippers. (more…)

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04/29/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Shelter Island HIgh School alums Margaret Michalak and Matt BeltCappellino had a chance to meet up at the Collegiate Club Volleyball Nationals in Kansas City, Missouri.

COURTESY PHOTO Shelter Island High School alums Margaret Michalak and Matt BeltCappellino had a chance to meet up at the Collegiate Club Volleyball Nationals in Kansas City, Missouri.

When high school athletes think about playing sports in college, normally they envision a varsity team at a NCAA level. While that may be the goal of elite athletes willing to dedicate themselves to their chosen sport six or seven days a week, there are other choices to continue playing sports at the collegiate level. (more…)

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04/28/17 2:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Domily Gil, left, received congratulations from Sarah Lewis and other teammates after her inside the park home run April 20 against Center Moriches.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Domily Gil, left, received congratulations from Sarah Lewis and other teammates after her inside the park home run April 20 against Center Moriches.

While April showers have postponed a few games and the spring break disrupted practice schedules, the Shelter Island softball team is back on the field and looking forward to the second half of the season. (more…)

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04/14/17 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Southpaw Abby Kotula firing a pitch in a recent JV home game against Greenport.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Southpaw Abby Kotula firing a pitch in a recent JV home game against Greenport.

When you meet Abby Kotula you’re impressed with a couple of things. First, she’s petite. Second, you quickly find out she’s determined and intelligent. Trained in music, gymnastics and dance, she has a way of approaching life with confidence born of thorough preparation.

An athlete for as long as she can remember, Abby has played baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball and is currently a three-sport athlete at Shelter Island School. This past fall, in her first year of high school, she was a member of the cross country team, the cheer team and this spring is pitching and playing second base on the JV baseball team, the only girl on the roster. (more…)