Nill’s Kickboxing Journey Begins

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Emiley Nill warms up in her dressing room prior to her first International Sport Karate Association kickboxing match against Victoria D’Errico at the Radisson Hotel in Hauppauge on November 17.

A Photo Story by Michael Heller

Emiley Nill, a senior at Pierson High School, competed in her first-ever International Sport Karate Association kickboxing match on Friday at the Radisson Hotel in Hauppague and Sag Harbor Express photographer Michael Heller was there to tell the story through pictures. “It was tiring, more tiring than I thought it was going to be,” Nill said later. “There was a lot to remember in that six minutes. It was very overwhelming at first, but I’m excited now for the next one. It’s a big relief — it was a long time coming.”

As her coach and trainer Michelle Del Giorno looks on, Emiley has her bood pressure taken by a physician – as well as taking a required pregnancy test – as part of the registration process.

Emiley collects her thoughts in her dressing room prior to Friday night’s fight.

Emiley has her wrists taped up in her dressing room by her cut man Jeff Yeager.

Emiley makes her entrance at the Radisson Hotel in Hauppauge.

Emiley sizes up her opponent, Victoria D’Errico.

Emiley lands a kick to her opponent’s head early in the first round.

Emiley gives the glove-up “I’m ready” sign to her trainer Bob Mauro at the conclusion of the break between the second and final third round.

Emiley lands a right jab.

Emiley is announced the winner by unanimous decision by referee Chris Wagner.

Pierson High School senior Emiley Nill receives congratulations from relieved friends and family.

The winner’s medal

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