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The Comsewogue Warriors (4-7) varsity field hockey team hosted the Centereach Cougars (5-5-1) Oct. 12 and went on to celebrate a 2-0 win.

The Warriors will travel to Northport Oct. 15 and host Smithtown West Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The Cougars will host Lindenhurst Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. and travel to Patchogue-Medford High School Oct. 17.

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Smithtown resident Aiden Eddelson, 9, in the booth with SportsNet New York’s broadcasters during the bottom of the third inning. Photo from SportsNet New York

If you asked Smithtown fourth-grader Aidan Eddelson about the New York Mets, he could tell you the batting average of most players on the team. He could tell you where most pitchers like to pitch to outfielder Brandon Nimmo and can tell you which player thinks he’s the best dancer.

“[Shortstop Amed] Rosario’s from the Dominican Republic, he bats right, and he also thinks he’s the best dancer on the Mets,” Aidan said, speaking live from SportsNet New York broadcast booth Sept. 26.

The 9-year-old fan was given the opportunity to be the SportsNet New York’s kidcaster during the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Atlanta Braves versus New York Mets game Sept. 26. The SNY Kidcaster Contest asks young Mets fans to submit a video of them broadcasting a home run made by Nimmo in a previous Mets game. Only a few days after Aidan mailed his submission, he was asked to join the station’s veteran broadcasters Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling in their booth. The professionals said they were surprised how knowledgeable young Aidan was about the team.

“I did not know that,” Hernandez said, when he heard Aidan comment on Rosario’s dancing capability.

Aidan was paying attention to the players warming up for their turn at bat.

“Aidan’s been a fan since birth, whether he’s known it or not.”

— Roie Eddelson

“I actually saw him dancing over there before, and he was dancing when he was getting ready,” the young Mets fan said.

Aidan and his father, Brian, spent several hours in the days before the broadcast researching the team so they could be prepared. While Aidan knew those at bat would be at the bottom of the lineup, he didn’t know who exactly would be standing at the plate.

“Aidan’s been a fan since birth, whether he’s known it or not,” Aidan’s mother, Roie, said. “To be 9 years old and accomplish that is just something we’ll never forget.”

Everyone in the Eddelson family is a Mets fan, especially with his parents being born in Queens and Brooklyn. That enthusiasm has bled down into Aidan and his 6-year-old brother, Jack.

Aidan, who attends Mount Pleasant Elementary school, watched his first Mets game during the 2015 World Series when the Mets faced the Cincinnati Reds. He has been a dedicated fan ever since, saying he and the rest of his family have done their best to never miss a game.

Despite the family’s lifelong commitment to the team, it will never stop them from complaining about how they perform each season.

“They always do well in the beginning 30 games in the season, and then they downfall for some reason,” Aidan said. “They were first this year and last year, and then they just went down.”

“[The Mets] always do well in the beginning 30 games in the season, and then they downfall for some reason.”

— Aidan Eddelson

Nonetheless, Aidan’s mother said she and her family will always believe in their home team. Her husband confirmed it.

“This year, they ended on a high note,” Aidan’s father said.

Aidan said he plays little league hockey, soccer and baseball, where his favorite position is catcher. If he had a choice of career, it would either be a major league sports player or sports broadcaster. Therefore, it was really heartening for Aidan to hear, at the end of the broadcast, the veteran game pundits had only encouraging words for the young superfan.

“You did a fantastic job, you were so well prepared, and you had great notes,” Cohen said. “Ronny might become the general manager, Keith might retire, so there might be a spot in the booth before we know it.”

This post has been amended to reflect the correct spelling of young Eddelson.

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Three Village students once again have a youth cheerleading program to participate in. Photo from 3VPJ Hawks Cheerleading

Things are getting cheerier in the Three Village school district.

Those attending Ward Melville High School’s homecoming may have noticed several little ones with shirts reading “future cheerleader.” After a 10-year absence, youth cheerleaders are returning to the community after the recent merging of the Three Village Wildcats and Port Jefferson Royals youth football program — now called the 3VPJ Hawks.

Members of the 3VPJ Hawks youth cheerleading program learn stunts from Ward Melville High School cheerleaders. Photo from Trish Gallery

While Port Jefferson still had its youth cheering program, the Three Village Wildcats cheer team ended a decade ago. In May, the Hawks board voted unanimously to bring back the program with Three Village students after Ellie DePaul, the organization’s new director of cheerleading, made a motion to initiate one. In June, recruiting began for boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 11 who were interested.

“The program, I feel, is really going to benefit the high school at the end of the day because you’re not having cheerleaders coming to seventh-grade tryouts without having any cheer background,” DePaul said.

Trish Gallery’s 11-year-old daughter Julia is one of the Hawks, and the mother said she agreed the team is helpful to a budding cheerleader. She said her daughter and fellow cheerleaders have been learning various skills, how to stay healthy and work together as a team. She said she noticed her daughter is gaining confidence.

“She’s learning skills like the stunts,” Gallery said. “That’s something you really don’t learn anywhere else. Those stunts are giving her a lot of confidence.”

DePaul said Ward Melville High School varsity cheerleaders Sydney Crichton, Bri Wilson and Nicolette DePaul, her daughter, who once were Three Village Wildcats cheerleaders, jumped at the chance to help out with the more than 60 girls ranging from ages 4 to 11 who make up three cheer teams. DePaul said the members have also been working with the Setauket-based Shine Dance Studios to enhance their dance moves and Silver Stars Gymnastics in East Setauket where the team practices tumbling on the mats — a skill she said is vital for cheering in later years.

Wilson, 17, a senior who has been a member of Ward Melville’s varsity cheerleading team for three years, said she’s been cheering for the school district since junior high school and, up until third grade, was part of the Wildcats cheer youth program along with Crichton and Nicolette DePaul. The three were interested in bringing the youth program back because they knew how valuable it was, including gaining them an advantage when trying out for school cheer.

“Getting to share my love with these little girls and to think, ‘Wow, in a few years from now they’re going to be like us is insane.'”

— Bri Wilson

“We knew what we were supposed to do on the sidelines,” Wilson said. “How to get the crowd pumped. Even though we were little, we knew what we were doing.”

She said she loves helping out with the younger children and hopes to be on a college cheer team next year and a coach in the future.

“Getting to share my love with these little girls and to think, ‘Wow, in a few years from now they’re going to be like us is insane,’” she said.

Gallery said her daughter loves working with the Ward Melville students.

“She really looks up to the varsity cheerleaders,” the mother said. “She just feels so special when they share their talent with her, and they take her under their wings.”

Wilson said cheering is important because it creates a positive environment and brings a “game to life.”

“It has such a different feel with the crowd getting involved and being excited,” Wilson said. “We start screaming for the team and so do the parents and anyone in the crowd which definitely helps the team.”

Ellie DePaul said she thinks cheerleaders are an essential part of the school community.

“I really think it’s an intricate part of school spirit — community spirit — having the girls cheer on the athletes just really boosts the spirit of the community,” DePaul said.

For more information about the 3VPJ Hawks, visit www.3vwildcats.com.

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The Comsewogue Warriors varsity football team steamrolled its way to a homecoming victory Oct. 6, dismantling Rocky Point 55-0. The win moves the Warriors to 4-1 this season. Comsewogue will be back in action Oct. 13 at Miller Place for a 2:30 p.m. game.

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Capping off a week of school-spirited events and a parade complete with floats from each grade level, the Earl L. Vandermeulen High School Royals football team took the homecoming win against Bayport-Blue Point, 34-16, Oct. 6.

Many spectators were in town to celebrate their 40 year high school reunion and joined in the festivities by riding in the parade and cheering on the Royals. Others lined the streets of Port Jefferson Village as the students and Disney-themed floats, student-musicians led by music teacher Mark Abbonizio, families, board of education members, teachers and administrators shared their royal pride.

The Newfield Wolverines hosted the Huntington Blue Devils Oct. 5 and went on to a 41-14 win. Both teams are 2-3 in the league.

On Oct. 13, the Wolverines will have an away game and challenge Copiague, and the Blue Devils will travel to Northport.

Residents of the Three Village Central School District rooted the Patriots on to a homecoming win against Walt Whitman High School Oct. 6.

The Patriots varsity football team beat the Walt Whitman High School Wildcats 32-10. Ward Melville now ranks 5-0 in the league, which is the first time since 1974.

Before the big game, students and families enjoyed a parade and carnival where attendees participated in games, crafts and listened to live music.

The Patriots will travel to William Floyd Oct. 13 and Longwood High School Oct. 20. Their next home game is Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats destroyed Hampton Bays in its homecoming game Oct. 6, defeating the Baymen 50-0. The win moved the Wildcats to 4-1 this season. They’ll be back in action Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at Babylon.

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Kings Park Kingsmen varsity football dominated the field against West Babylon Eagles in a 30-0 shutout homecoming victory Oct. 6.

Quarterback Kevin Decker led his team to victory by throwing for 125 yards and one touchdown.  Senior tailback Vince D’Alto also played well with 12 carries for a total of 101 yards in the shutout.

The win brings the Kingsmen up in the Division III rankings to 3-1 for the 2018 season. Kings Park  will travel to take on Hauppauge Oct. 13 at 6 p.m.

Click through the gallery above to see photos of the shutout homecoming victory. 

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Port Jefferson’s boys golf team defeated Mount Sinai on the links 8-1 Sept. 27 at Willow Creek Golf & Country Club in Mount Sinai, moving its record to 4-1 this season. The Royals will be back in action Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. at Port Jefferson Country Club against Longwood.

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