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01/17/17 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Emma Martinex sets the ball with Frances Regan (16) and Lydia Shepherd (22) in the home match against East Moriches.

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Emma Martinez Madjisova sets the ball with Frances Regan (16) and Lydia Shepherd (22) in the home match against East Moriches.

As the junior high early winter sports season draws to a close, it’s a pleasure to see the young athletes getting comfortable on the court.

JH girls volleyball Coach Brian Becker said, “Things are starting to click and the girls have come a long way since the start of the season —if we look back to start of season when we were happy to just hit the ball. Now we are actively working on getting three hits.” (more…)

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12/19/16 4:30pm
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO

Junior high athletics are all about learning the basics of the sport, improving skills and having fun. Games are played giving equal playing time to all athletes.

As girls and boys begin to physically mature and are exposed to playing a sport daily, their skills increase, sometimes dramatically, even over a fairly short 10-week season. (more…)

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11/22/16 10:00am
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO Action from a Shelter Island volleyball match in September. Sarah Lewis, number 11, is lending a hand to help school the JV team this year.

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO Action from a Shelter Island volleyball match in September. Sarah Lewis, number 11, is lending a hand to help school the junior high team this year.

Thanksgiving is in the air, a signal that the sports seasons are changing.

At the high school level, the girls and boys basketball teams are hitting the hardwood, while the cheerleaders are starting to think about their new routines. Winter track for boys and girls is a new offering this year. At the junior high level the boys are playing basketball, and the girls are serving up volleyballs. (more…)

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01/18/15 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO |The Shelter Island girls junior varsity volleyball team Back row, from left,   Coach Brian Becker, Amelia Reiter, Jaime Lenzer, Holly Ross, Amelia Clark, Elizabeth Cummings and  Assistant Coach Alexis Perlaki. Middle row, from left,  Jennifer Lupo, Lauren Gurney, Maria Carbajal, Emma Gallagher and Abby Kotula Front row, from left, Ella Mysliborski, team mascot Bobo Bear and Lily Garrison

COURTESY PHOTO |The Shelter Island girls junior high volleyball team Back row, from left,
Coach Brian Becker, Amelia Reiter, Jaime Lenzer, Holly Ross, Amelia Clark, Elizabeth Cummings and Assistant Coach Alexis Perlaki. Middle row, from left, Jennifer Lupo, Lauren Gurney, Maria Carbajal, Emma Gallagher and Abby Kotula
Front row, from left, Ella Mysliborski, team mascot Bobo Bear and Lily Garrison

Junior high sports are, by definition, a work in progress.  For some it is the first time playing a particular sport, a leap of faith into an unknown world, compounded by the inherent self-consciousness of being a 7th or 8th grader. That being said, those that brave the 10-week season often find themselves significantly improved and far more confident in their chosen sport. (more…)