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Half Hollow Hills East's Tyler Kirschner dribbles the (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Half Hollow Hills East's Tyler Kirschner dribbles the ball toward the goal during practice at Hills West High School. (July 23, 2012)

Long Island soccer dilemma

High school soccer players are being forced to decide between playing for their school or for an academy team, which is much more competitive.

From left, Half Hollow Hills West's Jonathan Proctor,
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

From left, Half Hollow Hills West's Jonathan Proctor, Half Hollow Hills East's Tyler Kirschner and Half Hollow Hills West's Brett Nason, are being forced to decide between playing for their high school team or an academy team, which is much more competitive. (July 23, 2012)

Half Hollow Hills East's Tyler Kirschner dribbles the
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Half Hollow Hills East's Tyler Kirschner dribbles the ball toward the goal during practice at Hills West High School. (July 23, 2012)

Half Hollow Hills West's Brett Nason with the
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Half Hollow Hills West's Brett Nason with the shot on goal during practice at Hills West High School. (July 23, 2012)

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Half Hollow Hills West's Frederick Fils-Aime, left, and
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Half Hollow Hills West's Frederick Fils-Aime, left, and Half Hollow Hills West's Brett Nason participate in wind sprints during practice at Hills West High School. (July 23, 2012)

Half Hollow Hills West's Jonathan Proctor,left and Brett
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Half Hollow Hills West's Jonathan Proctor,left and Brett Nason participate in agility drills during practice at Hills West High School. (July 23, 2012)

Half Hollow Hills East's Tyler Kirschner, rear, and
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Half Hollow Hills East's Tyler Kirschner, rear, and Half Hollow Hills West's Brett Nason participate in ball drills during practice at Hills West High School. (July 23, 2012)

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