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Kyle and Emily Scully are driven by their competitive spirit

Emily and Kyle Scully pose at their home

Emily and Kyle Scully pose at their home in Selden. (Feb. 7, 2013) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

The competitive nature of siblings Kyle and Emily Scully was apparent from a young age.

"We've always been competitive," Emily said. "We would play football on the front lawn or go to the track and race each other."

The sibling rivalry was taken to a new level last weekend.

Emily, a junior who attends Newfield High School and runs on the Middle Country track team, won the Suffolk large school 600-meter championship on Feb. 1 at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood, finishing in 1 minute, 42.71 seconds.

The next day, Kyle, a sophomore, secured two pins and won two bouts by major decision to win the Suffolk League III wrestling championship at 106 pounds.

Kyle said he felt a little added pressure going into his meet knowing his big sister might be able to one-up him but it was nothing compared with how their parents felt in the stands. "It's nerve-wracking but exciting at the same time," their mother, Rose said.

Both parents were in attendance for their children's championships, and though Emily's was a more dramatic come-from-behind victory, they were elated at both accomplishments.

"We were expecting her to come in third or fourth, then around the last turn, she was ahead of the next two girls and no one else caught her," her father, Kevin, a 1980 graduate of Newfield, said. "It was a big surprise."

There were fewer surprises in Kyle's run to the league championship -- his last two victories were 11-1 and 9-1.

"I was pretty excited because I didn't win it last year and I wanted to redeem myself and win it this year and wrestle in counties," Kyle said.

Emily was alerted to her brother's accomplishment by a phone call from her mom. "She was very excited to have two kids win championships," Emily said.

Emily was at soccer practice when her brother won -- she plays for a travel team in Farmingdale -- and Kyle was busy at wrestling practice when his sister won her race.

Although Emily does her best to get to as many home wrestling matches at Newfield as she can, it's difficult for the siblings to keep direct tabs on each other's athletic careers.

Because of the snowstorm, the Suffolk State Qualifier for Emily has been pushed back to Monday, and Kyle's Suffolk County wrestling championships has been rescheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

Both know that they should have their biggest supporter -- and toughest lifelong competition -- fully behind them in the stands as they look to add even more trophies to the family mantle.

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