Even before he got to know her, Skip Gehring had been tipped off about Adrine Demirciyan.
The Southold/Greenport high school girls basketball coach had heard from coaches in Greenport, where Demirciyan attends high school. Gehring recalled: “The coaches at Greenport were saying, ‘Don’t let her play JV. Get her right on your varsity.’ ” READ
Playing as a field hockey goalkeeper wasn’t on Ella Mazzaferro’s radar before this year. “I was completely against it in junior high,” she said. “I was like, ‘I’m not doing this.’ ”
From season to season, teams change. Players come and players go. It’s the cycle of high school sports.
Sometimes those changes are minimal and subtle. Other times they are more dramatic, like the transformation the Greenport/Southold field hockey team has undergone.
It was a celebration 20 years in the making, and the Southold/Greenport high school softball team was making up for lost time. So, the Clippers celebrated and celebrated, and then celebrated some more.
They screamed. They hugged. They danced. They threw confetti.
Coaches worry. It seems to come with the job. They worry about many things, some of which are out of their control.