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Top Staten Island sports photos from a year crippled by COVID

STATEN ISLAND N.Y. –– Sports around the borough came to halt in mid-March when the pandemic began.

After months of nearly no games, practices, or events, Staten Islanders were welcomed back to the field.

With new distancing and mask-wearing protocols, athletes of all ages returned to playing sports during these unpredictable times.

Check out some of the top sports photos from 2020.

January

Action from the 9/11 Winter Flag Football league in the FunPark Sportsplex, Castelton Corners. January 25, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon) Staten Island Advance/Annalise K

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McKee/Staten Island Tech Masiah Gilyard (5) scored eight points against Monsignor Farrell in a SIHSL contest, held at the Seagulls gym, in New Dorp. January 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez) Staten Island Advance/Annalise K

To the hoop

Moore Catholic’s Jordan Welle (20) drives to the basket against St. Joseph by-the-Sea’s Kassidy Zieris in a CHSAA League contest, held at the Vikings’ gym in Huguenot on January 7, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

2020 Staten Island Track Championships

Lola Dinneen controls the pace in the 4×800. January 12, 2019. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

February

Slam !!

Curtis sophomore Michael Oyekanmi is averaging 20.5 points per game against McKee/Staten Island Tech this season. The Warriors and Seagulls will lock horns in Sunday’s SIHSL Tournament quarterfinals at Petrides. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Nyema Lindsay on the move

Staten Island Academy Nyema Lindsay (3) brings the ball down court against Half Hollow Hills East in the Coaches Choice USA Staten Island vs. NY/NJ Showcase Challenge, held at the College of Staten Island’s Sports and Recreation Center, Willowbrook. January 5, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

CHSAA Intersectionals

Anthony Zopich, the state’s No. 4 long jumper, took the Intersectional Championship with a mark of 22-5. February 8, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

March

All smiles

Our Lady of Good Counsel is only in its second year of competition, but it finished atop the Debs Small Division at the Staten Island CYO Cheerleading Championships on March 7, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

SPT Moore

Moore Catholic defeated St. Joseph by-the-Sea 47-41 to win the CHSAA A Archdiocesan Championship game, held at the College of Staten Island’s Sports and Recreation Center, Willowbrook. March 7, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

St. Clare's Varsity

St. Clare’s performs its routine during Varsity Large Division action at the Staten Island CYO Cheerleading Championships on Saturday, March 7, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Alexandra Salmieri)

To the hoop

St. Joseph by-the-Sea’s Jamie Straham (44) slips between Cardinal Spellman’s Brianna Davis, left, and Shanice Sinclair to get to the basket during the Vikings’ 51-41 CHSAA A Archdiocesan semifinal game on March 3, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Last-second loss

Monsignor Farrell senior Justin Zieris, left, tied the score by hitting a free throw with 9.6 seconds left in Tuesday’s CHSAA A Intersectional semifinal contest against Fordham Prep. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

2020 NYSPHSAA State Federation Championships

Sierra Dinneen smiles atop the podium as she recieves her medal for her 1,000-meter win. March 7, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

PHOTOS: Kids still Shoot 4 Success while keeping their distance

Matt Reeves conducts an informal basketball training session at Midland Beach Park. March 21, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

April

Top Sports

NYC Parks and NYPD vehicles were present in front of the Grand Oaks country club although it appeared they were only enforcing social distancing guidelines as several groups played throughout the course. April 19, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

Golfers still get their fill during pause

Officially golf courses weren’t named as one of the city’s mandated closures. “There’s really nothing going on. It’s just about the last thing we could still do,” said one golfer. April 11, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

Top Sports

Ray Masucci gets in his swings at the LaTourette GC Sunday after it was ruled that the public and private courses could reopen during the pause. April 19, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

May

Still hoping for a season

Little League District 24 administrator Frank Cambria said he’s been conferring with the presidents of Staten Island’s seven leagues on a weekly basis about the future of the 2020 season. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

June

PHOTOS: Islanders flock to South Beach as weather warms

As playgrounds, basketball courts and tennis courts remained closed, many athletes have turned to running. June 13, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

July

Top Sports

Neck garters appeared to be the face covering of choice at the Great Kils Little League season opener. July 6, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

Top Sports

Scenes from the Great Kills Little League 2020 Season Opening matchup between the Deluca Mets and Johnson’s Orioles. July 6, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

Photos of 2020

Members of the Marlins listen in at the opening ceremony of the Great Kills Little League. July 6, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon) Alexandra Salmieri

Top Sports

Stephen Tuite is second to tee off. The boys hit the links at Silver Lake Golf for the first time since the pandemic began for the Jody’s Junior Golf Tournament. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

August

diving competition

A beautiful dive takes to the sky over the Great Kills Swim Club which held the Staten Island Inter-club Swimming Championship. Monday, August 3, 2020. (State Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)

diving competition

Cara Patrissy, 17, Hillside. The Great Kills Swim Club held this summers Staten Island Inter-club Swimming Championship. Monday, August 3, 2020. (State Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)

Photos of 2020

The Great Kills Swim Club held this summers Staten Island Inter-club Swimming Championship. Monday, August 3, 2020. (State Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)Alexandra Salmieri

September

October

PHOTOS: Great Kills tops South Shore 4-1 to capture the LL District 24 12s crown

Great Kills celebrates the LL District 24 12s All-Star championship. October 21, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

Farrell tops St. Peter's 38-23 in Flag Win

Views from the CHSFL 7-on-7 Flag Football matchup between Monsignor Farrell and St. Peter’s. October 8, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

Youth flag football alive and popping at Midland Field

Jets vs. Patriots-Ross in 9-11 Flag Football League 5th-6th grade action, held at Midland Field, in Midland Beach. October 24, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Youth flag football alive and popping at Midland Field

Panthers vs. Tigers in 9-11 Flag Football League Pre-K/K action, held at Midland Field, in Midland Beach. October 24, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Ocean Breeze youth cross country series three in the chute

Action from the Ocean Breeze youth cross country series No. three meet, held Ocean Breeze Park in South Beach. October 11, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez).

Photos of 2020

Great Kills LL tops South Shore LL in the 12s division round robin to clinch the top seed. October 2, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon) Staten Island Advance

Photos of 2020

Great Kills tops South Shore 4-1 to capture the LL District 24 12s All-Star championship. October 21, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon) Staten Island Advance

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Blessed Sacrament’s James Rockfeller (498) out kicked teammate Sean Gannon (499) on the final stretch to win the CYO youth cross country season opener fifth-sixth grade one-mile first wave race in 7 minutes, 3.4 seconds at Mt. Loretto, Pleasant Plains. October 4, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez). Staten Island Advance

Photos of 2020

Views from the CHSFL 7-on-7 Flag Football matchup between Monsignor Farrell and St. Peter’s. October 8, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon) Staten Island Advance

November

Photos of 2020

Warriors vs. Spartans in a Staten Island Boys Football League Senior Midgets Championship game, held at St. John Vianney High School turf field. November 21, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez). Staten Island Advance

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Monsignor Farrell’s lone scorer Liam McGoveron (14) against St. Francis Prep in a CHSAA AA regular game, held at the Lions Oakwood field. November 7, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez) Staten Island Advance

Photos of 2020

Giants vs. Bandits in a Staten Island Boys Football League Flyweight Championship game, held at St. John Vianney High School turf field. November 21, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez). Staten Island Advance

Photos of 2020

Packers vs. Broncos in Next Level Sports Youth Flag Football League 3rd-4th grade North division action, held at the Corporal Thompson Park, in West Brighton. November 1, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez). Staten Island Advance

December

Tottenville-Erasmus 2019 PSAL football title game

E-Hall’s Sebastian Sagar forces Tottenville’s Anthony Pucciarelli to rush his pass. December 4, 2019. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

Tottenville-Erasmus 2019 PSAL football title game

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SPT Tottenville Erasmus Championship
Tottenville QB Anthony Puccierelli tries to elude defenders in the fourth quarter. December 4, 2019. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

Special Olympics New York 14th annual Staten Island Polar Plunge at South Beach

Scenes from the Special Olympics New York 14th annual Staten Island Polar Plunge, held at South Beach. December 6, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez).

Photos of 2020

Scenes from the Special Olympics New York 14th annual Staten Island Polar Plunge, held at South Beach. December 6, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez). Staten Island Advance

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