VOLLEYBALLThe Eastport-South Manor boys team prefers to not view itself as a "small school," even if their quaint grades 7-12 school in Manorville says otherwise. After advancing to the Suffolk quarterfinals in the spring, it has taken on a large-school persona.

"We never look at those schools as being so much bigger, even though they are," coach Bruce Stiriz said.

ESM (3-0) has cruised in League III play thus far and owns a victory over League I Lindenhurst. With the Suffolk playoffs being separated this year to accommodate the Long Island and state championships, ESM will not have the opportunity to test themselves against large-school powerhouses like Half Hollow Hills.

"We really have a good team, and we were looking to play Hills, so we'll have to look elsewhere," Stiriz said.

Elsewhere includes those non-league tests and the potential to go upstate as L.I.'s small-school representative. In order to get there, setter Ryan Brisson must continue his stellar play. He has notched 105 assists in four matches.

"It is nice to have a guy who can run the offense and play to the other team's weaknesses," Stiriz said.

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