Berner Middle School Expands Sports Options

MASSAPEQUA, NY — Athletic opportunities have expanded for students at Berner Middle School with the creation of a competitive cheerleading squad and an expansion of the intramural program.

The new cheerleading squad is a response to student interest and will be open to seventh and eighth graders during the winter sports season 1 Shannon McEntee, district director of physical education, health, athletics and recreation , said this will provide a feeder program for competitive college and university teams at the high school level.

Unlike matches against other schools that is typical of most sports, competitive cheerleading teams will participate in tournaments. McEntee said the middle school cheerleading season usually includes three full-day competitions, attended by numerous schools.

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“Any addition to our athletic program is really exciting,” he said. “Our new middle school cheerleaders will be exposed to being scored, the length of tournaments and how they are run. See the article : Camper: Day 14. It definitely supports our middle school program.”

The students’ request for a cheerleading team prompted a review of Berner’s entire athletic program to see if there were any additional opportunities that could be offered. This led to the expansion of the extracurricular intramural program. Initially only for sixth graders, it is now open to seventh and eighth graders as well.

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Superintendent Dr. William Brennan explained that while 7th and 8th graders have the opportunity to join teams, some want to play sports in a less competitive environment, and intramurals are the perfect opportunity for that. See the article : Sunday Night Football: The rivalry between Dallas and Philadelphia is a battle of polar opposites. He is excited that many have already taken advantage of the expanded program, which has included sports such as flag football, soccer and spikeball in the Berner gym and athletic fields.

“It’s just having fun with all our friends and being able to play against each other,” said eighth-grader Colin Doherty during a recent game of flag football on the turf.

Seventh-grader Chase Gerula, who was in the same flag football game, plays baseball competitively, but was looking for an opportunity to play other sports more casually during other seasons. Through Berner’s expanded intramural program, she has made new friends.

“It definitely creates opportunities to meet new kids,” Chase said. “Kids can also find interest in a new sport.”

Ed Hoffman, Berner’s chairman of physical education and athletics, said students in grades 6-8 have always been able to use the gym after school, but athletic activities were limited to sixth grade only. Physical education teachers made seventh and eighth graders aware of the intramural expansion during their classes and sought input for activities.

“We base our intramural sports on the feedback we get from the students,” Hoffman said. “We want to offer the sports they want to play.”

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