JFK and RCK Stay Sharp in Hoops


JFK and RCK recently participated in the 31st annual Town of Islip Sharpshooter Basketball Contest for fourth- and fifth-grade students, with four young athletes eahc from the two schools winning the initial school-level competitions to move on to the town competition.

Sponsored since 1993 by Islip’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, and the Islip Elks, the Sharpshooter “Just Say No to Drugs” challenge tasks local schoolchildren with scoring as many baskets as possible in one minute, serving to improve their basketball skills while providing an alternative to drug and alcohol abuse.

JFK’s first-place winners at the school level were Brayden Black, Luke LaFata Erin McCarthy and Grace Zanni. Runners-up were Max Berlin, Ethan Benardos, Anna Franchi, Emma Johnson and Emma Stein.

RFK’s first-place winners at the school level were Thomas Costarelli, Leah Dolson, Kirsten Sorbi and Travis Stockton. Runners-up were Justin Adams, Luca Centauri, Alisa Mendez and Terri Sonnanberg.

In the final round of the 2016 competition, with Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and Councilwoman Mary Kate Mullen in attendance, JFK’s Zanni earned third place among fifth-grade girls, while RCK’s Costarelli and Dolson both finished in fourth place overall in the fourth-grade boys and girls divisions, respectively.