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08/20/14 8:00am
Proud pickle ball players Monday cut a ribbon on the Shelter Island courts after recieving the  blessing of town Recreation Director Garth Griffin. That’s Marji Cyr wielding the scissors and Jini Martens holding the ribbon on the right.

BERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Proud pickle ball players Monday cut a ribbon on the Shelter Island courts after recieving the blessing of town Recreation Director Garth Griffin. That’s Marji Cyr wielding the scissors and Jini Martens holding the ribbon on the right.

Pickle Ball has come to Shelter Island complete with a ribbon cutting on the Shelter Island tennis courts.

A group of 30 or so players have been matching up for a couple of months, but on Monday they gatherred to make it official.

Marji Cyr and Betsy Ludlow have been the guiding spirits bringing the sport here.

It’s a game for all ages and skill levels, played with a whiffle ball and short paddles. Similar to tennis, badminton and ping-pong, but truly in its own category, the name comes from the Pacific Northwest where, it’s said, the sport was invented.

Out there, “the pickle boat” is the last boat to return with its catch, and at the sport’s birth, someone  said that choosing up sides was like picking through the leftovers of the last boat.

Ms. Cyr says anyone is welcome to play, and the pickle ball matches are at the courts every Monday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and after 5:30 p.m.

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08/19/14 8:00am

 

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Shelter Island Bucks General Manager Dave Gurney said he would assist anyone interested in running the team in 2015.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Shelter Island Bucks General Manager Dave Gurney said he would assist anyone interested in running the team in 2015.

The Shelter Island Bucks team is looking for new leadership.

The Bucks have been a big part of summer life on the Island the past three years, but now one of the men who brought baseball to Fiske Field, Dave Gurney, is stepping down from the day-to-day running of the team. (more…)

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08/18/14 10:00am
AMABROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Jeff van der Eeems making his first few strokes after leaving Hay Beach for a six hour circumnavigation of Shelter Island.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Jeff van der Eeems making his first few strokes after leaving Hay Beach for a six hour circumnavigation of Shelter Island last Friday.

At 6:45 a.m., dressed in a bathing suit, T-Shirt and cap, he walked down the beach pulling his kayak on a trailer to the water’s edge just south of Hay Beach Point.

It was windier than he would have preferred, more like a late September morning than the middle of August. But as someone told him once, “Make the tide your friend,” and his friend was telling him that now was the time to disembark for a circumnavigation of Shelter Island. (more…)

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08/17/14 12:00pm

 

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO |  Ryan Golden of Binder Pools, left, and J.P. Ahoua of SG United, competing Monday at Fiske Field.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO |
Ryan Golden of Binder Pools, left, and J.P. Ahoua of SG United, competing Monday at Fiske Field.

The 12th annual Challenge Cup kicked off this week with eight teams vying for the coveted Simon Gavron trophy in a tightly contested seven to a side soccer match. (more…)

08/16/14 12:25pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Hooked for life. Four-year-old William Birch beams as he shows off the first snappers he has ever caught while fishing off his family’s dock on Little Ram Island last week.

COURTESY PHOTO |
Hooked for life. Four-year-old William Birch beams as he shows off the first snappers he has ever caught while fishing off his family’s dock on Little Ram Island last week.

The sport fishing season is halfway over and it is no secret that it hasn’t been a good one.

Things started well enough with striped bass of all sizes and mid-sized bluefish chasing schools of mossbunkers around Shelter Island through most of May. Anglers casting from our beaches or fishing from boats nearby were able to score with catches of stripers up to 25 pounds and blues of 5 to 6 pounds without too much trouble. (more…)