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Little League Prep and Winter Track

Posted on 09 January 2009

Spring is Here


The weather forecast for the weekend has a lot of wet and cold in it, but so do most of March and April. Already looking ahead to those months, the Pierson softball and baseball teams are helping the Little Leaguers get ready for their season, with player clinics at Pierson High School starting this Sunday.

Incoming varsity softball coach Melissa Edwards and her Lady Whalers will start Sunday’s session, working with Little League softball players 7-and-up from 1 to 2 p.m. and those 9-and-up from 2 to 3 p.m.

Little League coaching coordinator Jeff Warne will be leading the baseball sessions this week, using much of the indoor gear the Whalers will train with in a few weeks. Baseball players 7-and-up are welcome to work out from 3 to 4 p.m. and the players 9-and-up are expected to go from 4 to 5 p.m.

Little League player registration will be available at the clinics and board members will be on hand to answer questions parents might have. Registration forms are also available online at

Anyone interested in coaching the Little Leaguers this spring is asked to attend the clinics. A coaching clinic has been scheduled for Sunday, February 1 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Attendance at this special clinic is a prerequisite for all managers and coaches, as is CPR and AED safety certification.

The Little League player clinics will continue throughout the winter with sessions set for January 24, February 1 and 8, and March 8 and 15, all in the Pierson gym. Completed registration forms will also be accepted at the clinics.


13-and-up Baseball at SYS


Whaler varsity baseball coach Sean Crowley will be leading a series of wintertime workouts for baseball players 13-and-up at SYS. The workouts will make use of the facility’s batting cages, arena court and pitching lanes.

The first of those workouts is set for this Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with subsequent sessions January18 and 25, February 1 and 8, and March 1 and 8. There is a $90 fee to participate in all the sessions and a $20-a-day drop-in option.

Coach Crowley has also asked Dr. Steve Petruccelli, a local chiropractor and former collegiate pitcher, to provide specialized training and video analysis for players interested in those additional services.


Early Tops in Track


Ross boys’ winter track coach Jim Kinnier has his team running in tomorrow’s League Relay races at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. Last Sunday those boys competed in their last crossover meet on that same track, Stephen Early winning his section of the 300-meter race in 43.1 seconds.

Early was also a top finisher in the 55-meter dash, coming in second at 7.6 seconds in his heat. Teammate Mike Remkus also finished second in his 55-meter heat, posting a time of 8.7 seconds. Peter Skerys ran the 1600-meter race in six minutes 17.7 seconds.

Coach Kinnier, who is Pierson math teacher and coach of the Class D champion Pierson girls’ cross-country team, is pleased with his team’s performances, pointing out, “They are improving almost every time.”

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