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Somers' Senior Sharpshooter Earns Minutes on Court

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Pearse Martin goes in for a layup against Pleasantville.
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Somers senior Pearse Martin is a guard on the varsity basketball team.

How old were you when you started playing basketball and how did you get started?

I first started playing basketball in CYO when I was 8 years old.

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Talk about the run in the playoffs that the team is making and how much fun that has been?

It’s been so exciting to be part of a great team effort.

What are some of the team accomplishments and goals the team achieved so far that you’re proud of?

Winning two playoffs games.

What personal goals have you accomplished this season?

My goal this year was to play with confidence whenever I was on the court.

What do you think are your biggest strengths on the court?

My biggest strength on the court is my ability to shoot the ball. Having somebody that can shoot on the court can spread out the offense and can help create more open shots for other players.

How have you led the team this season as a senior?

Every day in practice I gave 100 percent, and as a senior, I think this set a good example for the rest of the team.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

After a Friday night win the team goes out to Chili’s for some lava cakes.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My father, because he was my first basketball coach and always gives me great advice on how I played after a game.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I went to St. Joseph’s Catholic School before I came to Somers in seventh grade.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I want to study either sports management or sports marketing. My goal is to work for a professional sports team one day.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

My favorite professional athlete is Kristaps Porzingis and my favorite professional sports team is the New York Yankees.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

I usually listen to whatever the rest of team wants to listen to.

For a young athlete growing up in Somers, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the basketball program and why should they go out for the team?

I have made so many friends playing sports in Somers, and many of the players on the basketball team have become my closest friends. Playing in the basketball program has taught me many lessons, both on and off the court.

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