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Golf influencer Isabelle Shee, sister team up on new project

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Golf influencer Isabelle Shee, sister team up on new project

The next move for golf influencer Isabelle Shee is a sister act.

Isabelle — also known as “Sock Girl” to her 154K Instagram followers — is veering in a new direction with her younger sister Kat, as the duo is behind the emerging YouTube channel “Shee Golfs.” Featuring an array of golf-centric vlogs, the idea for the siblings to join forces creatively came about during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“My sister and I were just quarantining together and the only thing we could do while quarantining was to play golf and take cute photos and film silly videos together,” Kat recently told The Post. “So we started off one day just going to a golf course and just filming a golf vlog together.”

Kat, 22, who played golf for four years at St. John’s University in New York, said she and Isabelle, 25, later added their footage to YouTube and were stunned by the response.

“It really took off. It got like 130K views on our first video, and it was so surprising to us, and we were like, ‘Wow, that’s really cool,’ and we can actually turn it into something big potentially,” Kat said.

With over 18K subscribers and counting, Isabelle and Kat’s YouTube channel includes videos such as “The 4 Emotions of Golf” to “Breaking Putts Made Simple,” as well as cameos from their “Golf Sister” friends, Tisha Alyn and Maiya Tanaka.

Strategizing content for their channel, however, is more strenuous in comparison to Instagram.

“To plan content on YouTube, it takes a lot of effort and a lot of editing versus Instagram. You can just take really quick swing videos and nice photos, and you can really plan that out,” Isabelle said.

“I personally would not have been able to do YouTube alone cause it’s just so much work, and so, it’s really refreshing to be on this journey together with Kat because we literally spent our childhood together on the golf course and to be able to relive that as adults is really cool,” she continued. 

Although golf content is the current focus, Isabelle and Kat hope to eventually segue into different areas of interest. 

“We have very similar goals, so we’ve always wanted to showcase our passion for golf just because it’s really been the platform we’ve had and it’s been such a big part of our lives, but I think we both agree that we want to expand out of golf,” Isabelle said, noting the process is gradual.

“We started off with just golf vlogs. We start at the golf course, and then we start incorporating maybe a two-minute thing that starts at the beginning of the video that’s of us getting there, in the car, and then after that, we start expanding, ‘what you eat before you go,’ and ‘what you make,’ and then you start incorporating more of your life into it. And I think that’s part of the reason why we’ve been able to slowly grow out of golf instead of it being so abrupt,” she continued.

No matter where the next chapter leads them, Isabelle and Kat are enjoying the creative journey together.

“We didn’t spend that much time together in the last four years cause she [Kat] really was at school, and sometimes, more social media, I feel like it’s hard to motivate yourself and just hold yourself accountable, but with us, we always divvy up the work and bounce ideas off of each other, and we really just make sure we have consistent videos coming out,” Isabelle said.

“It’s really nice to have that teamwork,” she added.

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Donald Douglas, longtime PSAL executive director, dead at 58

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Donald Douglas, the longtime executive director of the Public School Athletic League, died late Friday night, according to friend and PSAL colleague Dwayne Burnett.

Douglas was 58, according to his Facebook page.

Douglas died of a heart attack, while vacationing on the island of Jamaica, after a bad fall eventually caused a blood clot to form, according to Burnett. The Brooklyn native and Bushwick High School alum had retired this week from his post. He was PSAL director since 2004, when he was promoted from deputy director, and spent more than 35 years working for the New York City Department of Education.

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Don’t make this catcher mistake

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Don’t make this catcher mistake

The 2021 fantasy baseball draft season is upon us, and with its arrival comes a variety of strategies to test out and employ.

Drafting with position scarcity in mind is something we see every year, and though the catcher position is routinely linked to the strategy, the belief that you need to draft one of the top backstops early is a mistake. If you have been leaning in that direction, it’s time to change gears before you fall over.

In fantasy football, position scarcity has people drafting No. 1-ranked tight end Travis Kelce early because, in securing him, you are obtaining a significant advantage over your opposition. His production dwarfs that of anyone else at his position and on a 10-man roster in a weekly matchup, the impact is huge. The same cannot be said regarding the No. 1 catcher, J.T. Realmuto.

There is plenty to love about Realmuto from a fantasy perspective. His three-year average has him as a .273 hitter with 25 home runs and 81 RBIs. The numbers are strong, but does drafting him in the fourth or fifth round over a 40-homer Pete Alonso or a 200-strikeout Lance Lynn still give you an advantage? Not when you understand it’s just one-fourteenth of your overall team production or when you see what you can get at the position several rounds later.

Casting aside 2020 data, we can look at a number of backstops who not only hit 20 or more home runs, but also hit .270 or better in 2019 and can be obtained at a much lower cost. Willson Contreras, Mitch Garver, Christian Vazquez and Omar Narvaez immediately stand out.

JT Realmuto
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You also have players such as Yasmani Grandal and Roberto Perez, who matched the power, but fell short on the batting average, or James McCann and Travis d’Arnaud, who posted strong averages, but hit for slightly less power. That’s already eight players who can provide similar numbers at a fraction of the cost, and we’re just scratching the surface.

If Realmuto was a .300-30-100 player, the conversation would certainly be different. He’s a great player but he isn’t performing at a level that leaves your opposition in the dust. If his production can be matched 10 rounds later, you’re better off using that early pick on an elite arm or a bigger bat at another position. Leave your catchers for later.

Howard Bender is the VP of operations and head of content at FantasyAlarm.com. Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel weekdays from 6-8 p.m. Go to FantasyAlarm.com for all your fantasy football advice.

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Mets star Pete Alonso opens up on why he quit social media

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PORT ST. LUCIE — Pete Alonso wasn’t the only big voice in the Mets organization to deactivate his social media accounts over the offseason.

But the first baseman going dark on Twitter and Instagram had nothing to do with the aftermath of a stock market saga, which was the reason owner Steve Cohen ditched Twitter, and everything to do with a new outlook on life away from a screen.

“I think that real life is just absolutely fantastic and for me, I think life is a blessing, it’s something that I feel like a lot of people, sometimes including myself, take for granted,” Alonso said Friday after a workout. “And I want to spend every second soaking in every single day because every single new day is a blessing, and I feel like especially in wake of what happened last year, there’s a lot of things that I feel like were taken for granted.

“In 2019, if you see everybody wearing this mask, you kind of scratch your head and just be like, ‘Whoa, what’s going on?’ But there’s a lot of new social norms that are in place now that we took for granted. I think for me, I just want to be appreciative of every single day. I want to live in real life.”

Alonso had been one of the more active Mets interacting with fans through social media, especially during his Rookie of the Year season in 2019, when he adopted “#LFGM” as the team’s new rallying cry.

Though he will no longer be in touch with fans online, Alonso is very much looking forward to welcoming them back in person at Citi Field this season. After playing at an empty stadium in 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions, the Mets are expected to have at least a portion of Citi Field open to fans when the 2021 season begins.

“Playing on TV is absolutely fantastic, but being there in person where one swing of the bat or making a diving play or striking somebody out, you can make that many people in person smile, stand, clap, cheer, yell even just by doing something,” Alonso said, with a big smile breaking out. “Once I heard 40,000 people at Citi Field go absolutely bonkers, that’s an adrenaline rush that I’m addicted to.

“I can’t wait until it’s packed out again like that. If it’s 25 percent, 30 percent, I can’t wait to hear people cheer again in person. For me, it’s addicting, and I love it.”

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