Staying Sharp at Hoops in East Islip’s Elementaries

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Eight great hoops shooters from East Islip’s John F. Kennedy and Ruth C. Kinney elementary schools were among more than 8,000 fourth- and fifth-grade students participating in the 30th annual Town of Islip Sharpshooter Basketball Contest.

Sponsored since 1993 by Islip’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, and co-sponsors Southside Hospital, the Islip Elks and the Town of Islip Housing Authority, the Sharpshooter “Just Say No to Drugs” challenge encourages local schoolchildren to improve their basketball skills while serving as an alternative to drug and alcohol abuse. The initial school-level competitions provide each student a chance to score as many baskets as possible in one minute.

JFK’s first-place winners at the school level were fourth-graders Ryan Fioresi and Emma Stein, and fifth-graders JoJo Cruz and Lauren Holmes. Runners-up were fourth-graders Mairead Cardillo and Charlie Heffernan, and fifth-graders Christian Anatra and Sara Simonetti.

RCK’s first-place winners at the school level were fourth-graders Luca Centauro and Leah Dolson, and fifth-graders Nicole Palmer and Justin Shayew. Runners-up were fourth-graders Jesse Najera and Joanna Wylie, and fifth-graders Anthony Rigogliosi and Jayouna Wilkins.

In the final round of the 2016 competition, attended by Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron and Councilwoman Mary Kate Mullen, JFK’s Stein came in second place overall among all fourth-grade girls.