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12/15/14 10:33am
GARRET MEADE PHOTO Sawyer Clark going strong to the hoop for two against Greenport.

Sawyer Clark going strong to the hoop for two against Greenport.

The boys varsity basketball team traveled to Greenport Friday, December 12 for their 2014-15 season opener. Coach Jay Card wanted his team to be competitive in every game this year and he wasn’t disappointed by his team’s effort.

But the Indians fell in a nail-biter to the Porters, 65-62, with a three point attempt missing at the buzzer. (more…)

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12/10/14 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The 2014-2015 Shelter Island varsity boys basketball team. Front row, Peter Kropf, Henry Lang, Sawyer Clark, Jack Kimmelmann. Back row, Assistant Coach Jim Colligan, Johnny Sturges, Tristan Wissemann, Semaj Lawrence, Billy Boeklen, Coach Jay Card Jr.

The 2014-2015 Shelter Island varsity boys basketball team. Front row, Peter Kropf, Henry Lang, Sawyer Clark, Jack Kimmelmann. Back row, Assistant Coach Jim Colligan, Johnny Sturges, Tristan Wissemann, Semaj Lawrence, Billy Boeklen, Coach Jay Card Jr.

After earning the school’s first Class D County Championship with exciting wins over Smithtown Christian and Greenport, the Shelter Island boys basketball team for 2013-2014 posted an impressive 63-35 win over Clark Academy to advance to the southeast regional championships. (more…)

11/18/13 7:55am

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | Two members of the New York State Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue program examining a dead leatherback sea turtle at Miss Annie’s Creek in Mashomack.

A dead leatherback sea turtle washed up on a beach at Miss Annie’s Creek in the Mashomack Preserve some time over the weekend.

Spotted by paddle boarder Richard Ruscica and hikers along the Green Trail on Saturday afternoon, Preserve Director Mike Laspia was contacted.

Mr. Laspia secured the turtle by rope to prevent it from washing back into the creek and contacted the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue program in Riverhead. An animal autopsy is scheduled for today to pinpoint the cause of death.

Leatherbacks are the largest turtles in the world, measuring up to seven feet and weighing up to 1,500 pounds. They can be found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. Although they feed in cool waters, they breed and lay eggs in the tropics.

Their primary diet consists of jellyfish, but almost a third of all leatherbacks have evidence of plastic bags in their stomachs and intestines.

12/31/12 3:09pm

DANIEL DE MATO  PHOTO | NOTHING BUT NET Shelter Island’s Riley Willumsen scores against East Rockaway late in the second half at home Friday, December 28. East Rockaway defeated Shelter Island in a tough match, 54 to 46.

The boys’ varsity basketball team hosted “The Rocks” from East Rockaway this Friday, December 28, losing a hotly contested game 54-46.

The game was close throughout and was ultimately decided at the foul line, with the visitors converting on 12 of 18 attempts and the Indians shooting a dismal one of 11.

For the past five years, East Rockaway has dominated Shelter Island, often beating them by 20-30 points.  But the Indians have continued to improve and actually battled the Rocks from start to finish. That poor free throw shooting and several untimely turnovers proved to be the difference.

It became apparent that the Rocks were focusing much of their defensive effort on junior Matt BeltCappellino, so the coaches urged other players to step up and assume more offensive responsibility. It was junior Nathan Mundy who took that challenge and executed some very good shot fakes and drives to the basket during the second half. Nathan scored 10 of his game high 14 points during the 3rd and 4th quarters. Matt totaled 13 points and senior Hunter Starzee contributed 11 additional points.

Once again, Hunter was a battler under the backboards and had a team high 10 rebounds. Senior Myles Clarke also grabbed seven rebounds and junior Riley Willumsen had a team high six assists.

But it was East Rockaway’s senior guard David McClure who led all scorers with 25 points. He is the Rock’s leading scorer, shooting from the perimeter, as well as driving to the basket for some easy lay-ups. His three point shot late in the fourth quarter gave the Rock’s a six-point lead. He also converted five of six free throws in the closing 90 seconds to help secure the win for the visitors.

Although the players suffered another non-league loss, they were somewhat satisfied with their overall effort. The goal is always about improving, developing more consistency and, most of all, gaining confidence. If they continue to do those three things, then winning will take care of itself.

As most of you know, the Town of East Rockaway took a huge hit when Hurricane Sandy visited its shores. The storm surge caused major flooding in many parts of the town. East Rockaway’s varsity coach, Joe Lores said that 5 of his 11 varsity players had major damage to their homes and are now living with friends or families in the area. Their Middle/High School also sustained significant damage. Several feet of salt water spread throughout the first floor causing the gymnasium floor to be completely ruined. As a result, the boys JV and varsity teams conducted all of their practices at Malverne from 8:30-10:30 p.m. and the girls teams did the same at Lynbrook High School. The boys have since moved to a very small gymnasium in a private school in order to have practice earlier in the day.

Repairs will take almost one year to complete but the Rocks are a proud community. Once again, we see first hand how resilient New Yorkers can be and just how lucky we were on “Our Rock”, namely Shelter Island, to have escaped major damage from Sandy.

03/11/12 2:00pm

It should be the goal of every student athlete, as well as people in general, to want to improve and reach for that “next level” of success.

What that next level may be varies from person to person but, for the Shelter Island boys basketball program, it means becoming a .500 or better team. It also means making the playoffs for the first time in a long time.

Our middle school and high school basketball players need to reevaluate their aspirations and goals. As most of us realize, simply talking about it doesn’t work. We have got to want it and develop a plan that is designed to get us there. Keep in mind that most successful athletic teams have a plan in place and have enjoyed the taste of success. We only have to look at our school’s girls volleyball program and take notes on what has worked for them so well during the last three to four years.

A good starting point is to simply raise expectations. Individual players, as well as the team as a whole, must share the same vision if they are to be successful. This does not mean that the season is not successful unless a team wins it all. It is about developing realistic expectations and learning how to work together toward a common goal.

Some of the best types of motivational tools come from within. It’s about not stagnating or settling for mediocrity. It’s not about doing something because it is imposed; it’s about self-motivation and a desire to succeed as a team. This vision, these goals need to be shared with parents, coaches, teammates and others. Teaching and learning about goal setting, work ethic, sacrifice and working for the common good are all critical aspects of success. Student athletes need to be empowered and part of the process if they want to cultivate those self-motivational tools.

Most high school sports seasons are two to three months in duration. This represents approximately 25 percent of the calendar year. Basketball is a sport that requires individuals and teams to invest some time outside the season developing both individual and team skills. There is no high school sports program on Long Island that doesn’t recognize this essential fact.

In addition to practicing specific basketball skills, all of our players need to develop athletically. Simply put, they need to become quicker, stronger, more agile and they need to increase muscular endurance. These things can be accomplished in a fitness center, gymnasium, basement, backyard or field.

Athletes need to be taught proper weight training, with no chemicals added. They would benefit from keeping a log that reflects daily or weekly routines. Surely, they can play other sports, get jobs and have a life. We all can benefit from proper time management skills. The biggest thing for athletes to know is, “It’s not about the quantity of time that is put into something; it’s the quality of that time.”

Utilizing a heavy jump rope, running wind sprints, doing pushups, performing line drills and dozens of other activities can be used to become a better athlete. Try to vary routines, avoid working out during the hottest part of the day, drink plenty of water, work out with a partner, set personal goals, document successes in a log book and build in some fun.

Much of what was just mentioned will be taken into next year’s practice routines. If right-handed, a player should be sure to practice more time using the left hand. Work on specific basketball skills that will enhance the athlete as a player.

Lastly, attending basketball camp is great way for players or whole teams to learn new skills and to meet new people. There may even be some scholarship money available for some players to attend a camp. Several adults have approached the basketball coaches with this offer.

A separate meeting will be held sometime in April to discuss this opportunity for both middle and high school basketball players.

The basketball coaches are in the process of looking into summer and fall basketball leagues on eastern Long Island and entering a team if there is sufficient player interest. We know that many of our league opponents have taken advantage of this opportunity and they have realized the fruits of their hard work.

We can no longer hide behind our low enrollment on Shelter Island as an excuse. We need to be willing to work harder, elevate our skill level and challenge ourselves to become a more competitive team. We, as coaches, appreciate the support of parents, community coaches, graduates and the student athletes themselves.

Let’s take that next step and get to that next level together.