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10/19/16 1:50pm
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They call her, for good reason, “The Flying Squirrel.”

More than anything, it’s a reference to Viki Harkin’s athleticism. At 5-foot-5, she has a vertical leap that can catch opponents by surprise, just like she has caught people by surprise with her ascension on the volleyball court.
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09/11/15 2:00pm
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Mattituck celebrated a series of wins on their way to the state championships last year. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Last season Mattituck celebrated a series of playoff wins on its way to the state championships for the fourth time in five years. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

At the start of the high school girls volleyball season, it’s the dream of every team in New York State to play their final game of the year at the Glens Falls Civic Center, the site of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships. READ

11/19/14 7:00pm
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Meghan McKillop held Mattituck's sign as the Class C teams lined up during the opening ceremony at Glens Falls Civic Center. (Credit: Jim Ellis)

Meghan McKillop held Mattituck’s sign as the Class C teams lined up during the opening ceremony at Glens Falls Civic Center. (Credit: Jim Ellis)

The words imparted by a wise physical education teacher to some young athletes way back in the late 1970s ring as true as ever. “You will always be better than someone,” he said, “and someone will always be better than you.”

That’s the way it is in sports. The range of athletic talent is staggering. A standout athlete at one level can be average or even mediocre at another level. (more…)

11/13/14 1:00pm
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Mattituck middle hitter Emilie Reimer led the Tuckers to a Long Island championship win over East Rockaway Sunday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck middle hitter Emilie Reimer led the Tuckers to a Long Island championship win over East Rockaway Sunday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Emilie Reimer’s eyes lit up. The look on her face after she drives another volleyball to the floor and celebrates with her teammates is one of unrestrained joy. Reimer obviously loves what she does, and when someone plays like she does, what’s not to love?

Reimer is the best Mattituck High School volleyball player I have seen since I started covering the team in the mid-1990s.

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