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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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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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11/09/14 2:13pm
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Mattituck's three captains, from left, Colby Prokop, Carly Doorhy and Emilie Reimer picked up the Long Island Class C championship plaque, the Tuckers' fourth in five years. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s three captains, from left, Colby Prokop, Carly Doorhy and Emilie Reimer picked up the Long Island Class C championship plaque, the Tuckers’ fourth in five years. (Credit: Garret Meade)

LONG ISLAND REGION FINAL | TUCKERS 25, 25, 25, ROCKS 21, 18, 20

The Mattituck High School girls volleyball team has developed something of a habit in recent years, and it’s not a habit the Tuckers want to break.

Another year. Another regional championship plaque. Another trip to Glens Falls.

The Tuckers didn’t care much for the way their Long Island region final match against East Rockaway started on Sunday, but they had to love the way it ended. It ended with the Tuckers securing their fourth appearance in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships in five years. (more…)

11/03/14 10:56pm
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From left, Julia Orlando, Lisa Angell, Emilie Reimer and Meghan McKillop (2) rejoice after the Tuckers capture their fifth county championship in 12 years. (Credit: Garret Meade)

From left, Julia Orlando, Lisa Angell, Emilie Reimer and Meghan McKillop rejoice after the Tuckers capture their fifth county championship in 12 years. (Credit: Garret Meade)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS C FINAL | TUCKERS 25, 25, 18, 25, PANTHERS 21, 13, 25, 19

The screams emanating from the Mattituck High School girls volleyball team’s bus could be heard from quite a distance away in the Suffolk County Community College West parking lot in Brentwood. They were screams of sheer joy. Earlier, the Tuckers were singing in the bus as they awaited their happy ride home.

A second straight county championship will generate that sort of activity. (more…)

10/31/14 9:15pm
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Mattituck players celebrate their semifinal victory over Greenport/Southold, which advances the Tuckers to a county final for the ninth time in 11 seasons. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck players celebrate their Suffolk County Class C semifinal victory over Greenport/Southold. The Tuckers advance to a county final for the ninth time in 11 seasons. (Credit: Garret Meade)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS C SEMIFINAL | TUCKERS 25, 25, 23, 23, 25, CLIPPERS 18, 11, 25, 25, 16

What may be even more impressive than watching Emilie Reimer hit a volleyball is listening to her strike a ball. It’s a thunderous sound.

“You can hear it,” Mattituck coach Frank Massa said. “You can close your eyes and know who’s hitting the ball.”

It was a sound that was heard time and time again on Friday.

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