Bellport Varsity Volleyball League Champions 76

The Bellport High School girls varsity volleyball team clinched the League 4 Championship title and finished the season 10-0, with an overall record of 14-5. Larry Auth, who has coached the team for the past 23 years, noted that during his tenure this exceptional team has now garnered 15 league titles and nine second-placements.

“All the players have been dedicated to the team,” Auth said. “Everyone contributed to the team in different areas and worked together to make this a successful season.”

Prior to the Oct. 29 playoff game against West Islip, senior team captains Jaelyn Conquest, Alyssa Mantione and Jamie Trowbridge described the team’s prescription for success. Alyssa and Jamie have played volleyball for all four years of high school, while Jaelyn divided her time with both volleyball and soccer during her high school career.

Jamie explained that in order to be an “unstoppable team,” everyone has to do their job on the court and play their positions well. “If everyone is on their A-game, then the team can accomplish a lot,” she said. “But they have to come to the court prepared and ready to play their best, and that’s what happened this year.”

While commitment and dedication are commendable traits that mold a winning team, Alyssa believes that the team’s communication skills are what have helped this team achieve success. ”By communicating with one another both on and off the court, we have been able to keep everyone’s confidence at a high level, and that confidence has risen even more every time we’ve won a game,” she noted.

Jaelyn, who was designated as an All-League player last year, said a captain must maintain a positive attitude for the team, even when things are not going so well on the court. She is confident that next year’s team will adopt all of the fore-mentioned core values, taking them to the next level and garnering another championship title.

“If we play with our hearts then we can say we did everything we could,” Alyssa added. “It’s what we feel we accomplished on the court that makes the game good or bad. It’s all attitude.”

(Courtesy South Country Central School District)

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Bellport HS Students Clean Up Village Marina 64

Bellport High School students braced the cold on January 10th to clean up the Bellport Village Marina, also known as “The Dock,” after a winter storm partially flooded the location. The activity was sponsored by the Key Club under the direction of co-advisers Lori Dougherty and Meredith McCarthy. The student-volunteers collected four large trash bags of paper and plastic debris to assist in preserving the local bay area and to prevent a negative impact on the ecosystem.

Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District

Dont Miss The Last “Blood Moon” Eclipse of the Decade 439

Get outside this weekend and catch a glimpse of the full moon, it will be the last total lunar eclipse until 2021.

This weekend, sky-gazers will have the opportunity to witness a rare cosmic event- a super blood wolf moon.  If you are a lunar enthusiast you will not want to miss this rare three lunar phenomena.  On January 20th, 2019 there will be a supermoon as the moon will be atypically close to the earth.  January’s full moon is traditionally known as the wolf moon. In this case, during totality the full moon does not disappear completely, instead it turns a blood red color.

What is a Total Lunar Eclipse?

In a lunar eclipse, the Earth casts a shadow on the moon. This is rare as typically when the moon makes its monthly round about, its orbit is tilted, so it usually glides above or below Earth’s shadow.

Total lunar eclipses occur only during a full moon, and only when the sun, Earth, and moon are precisely aligned so that the darkest part of our planet’s shadow completely blankets the lunar disk.

What Makes the Blood Red Moon- Red?

During the total eclipse, sunlight shining through Earth’s dusty atmosphere is refracted toward the red segment of the light-spectrum before it’s cast onto the surface of the moon.  This refracted light causes the lunar disk to go from a gray color during the partial phase of the eclipse to a red-orange color during totality.

Why is it a Super Wolf Moon?

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, Native Americans and colonial Europeans named the January full moon the wolf moon, because wolves in the region would purportedly start howling in hunger due to the midwinter food paucity.

This month’s wolf moon eclipse will be even more spectacular because the moon will appear to be slightly larger than usual. The moon will be at perigee about an hour just before the height of the eclipse. This will make the lunar disk appear 13 percent larger and about 16 percent brighter than the average full moon- which is why it is a super moon.

When Was the Last Total Eclipse? 

According to National Geographic, the last total eclipse of the moon occurred on July 27, 2018, and was visible across Africa and parts of Asia. This year’s total eclipse will be the first to be seen in its entirety in North America in nearly three and half years. If you happen to miss this one, you will have to wait until May 26, 2021 to get your next chance to see a blood moon.

How Do We See This Lunar Phenomenon?

Most people who live in the Western Hemisphere will be able to see all or part of the eclipse.  North America, Central America, and South America should be able to view all the phases of the eclipse.

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to watch with your naked eye. Views will vary and if the sky happens to be too cloudy you may not have a view at all.

Do not worry, if the weather does not cooperate or you live in the wrong time zone, you can still watch this amazing phenomena online here.

When is it and What Time?

The eclipse is this Sunday, January 20th.  For those of us who live in Patchogue the eclipse will begin about 10:33 EST., starting with the partial eclipse phase, when Earth’s shadow begins to cover the moon.  The entire event will last about three and a half hours ending about 1:50 am on January 21st.  Totality will last 63 minutes and the moon is expected to be at its most vivid color at approximately 12:12 p.m. EST.

 

If you live in Patchogue Click here for a detailed timeline of the Blood Moon Eclipse.

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