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11/25/14 2:00pm
Tim Stevens received medical clearance to resume physical activity two days before Greenport's first practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Tim Stevens, fully recovered from a broken fibula, received medical clearance to resume physical activity two days before Greenport’s first practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Tim Stevens learned a lesson the hard way. “Never go half speed,” he said.

That, Stevens figured, was his transgression when he suffered a season-ending injury while playing for the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck high school football team this year. Stevens was trying to make a tackle during a game when one of his teammates, Chris Dwyer, missed his attempted tackle, and banged his helmet into Stevens’ right leg. (more…)

11/24/14 12:00pm
Greg Gehring, a junior transfer with a penchant for passing, is expected to bring Southold assists. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Greg Gehring, a junior transfer with a penchant for passing, is expected to bring Southold assists. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Every now and then a team gets lucky, and a gift falls in its lap. Greg Gehring is the Southold High School boys basketball team’s early Christmas present.

Gehring, a junior point guard, is a transfer from Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School. He was a solid starter for the Monarchs last season, with a pass-first mentality. (more…)

11/22/14 5:43pm
Southold/Greenport's new coach, Howie Geismar, said he likes what he has seen from sophomore center Jamie Molnar. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold/Greenport’s new coach, Howie Geismar, said he likes what he has seen from sophomore center Jamie Molnar. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The break from the recent past — as in last season — is almost complete. The Southold/Greenport high school girls basketball team has a new coach (Howie Geismar), a new assistant coach (Maria Troisi) and a whole bunch of new players.

Perhaps the most telling way to look at it is like this: sophomores Toni Esposito, Madison Tabor and Katie Tuthill are the only returning players from last season’s team. And Tuthill, a forward, is out indefinitely with a concussion she suffered while playing field hockey in September.

“It’s like we wiped the slate clean and we’re starting over again,” said Geismar, the team’s fifth coach in five years who takes over from Joe Read. (more…)

11/21/14 5:00pm
Parker Tuthill is one of the guards who make up the strength of the Mattituck team. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Parker Tuthill is one of the guards who make up the strength of the Mattituck team. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The Mattituck High School boys basketball team looks pretty darn good. It has speed. It has shooters. It has ball handlers. And it has guards, plenty of guards — even some forwards who play like guards.

What the Tuckers don’t have any more is the high-flying, above-the-rim dimension that Gene Allen afforded them. (more…)

11/20/14 9:33pm
Mattituck's only two seniors, Lisa Angell, left, and Courtney Murphy, during Thursday's practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s only two seniors, Lisa Angell, left, and Courtney Murphy, during Thursday’s practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The sound of thumping basketballs and sneakers squeaking on the court echoed off the walls of the Mattituck High School gym. Basketball is back, but Tiana Baker isn’t.

The Mattituck Tuckers have undergone a major face-lift. Not only do they no longer have the graduated Shannon Dwyer, but their other all-conference player from last season, Baker, is gone, too. The sophomore shooting guard, one of Suffolk County’s rising talents, has transferred to St. Anthony’s High School.

Talk about taking a punch in the gut.

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11/19/14 7:00pm
Meghan McKillop held Mattituck's sign as the Class C teams lined up during the opening ceremony at Glens Falls Civic Center. (Credit: Jim Ellis)

Meghan McKillop held Mattituck’s sign as the Class C teams lined up during the opening ceremony at Glens Falls Civic Center. (Credit: Jim Ellis)

The words imparted by a wise physical education teacher to some young athletes way back in the late 1970s ring as true as ever. “You will always be better than someone,” he said, “and someone will always be better than you.”

That’s the way it is in sports. The range of athletic talent is staggering. A standout athlete at one level can be average or even mediocre at another level. (more…)

11/15/14 9:40pm
Mattituck's Emilie Reimer taking a swing while Broadalbin Perth's Chelsea LeBlanc (10) tries to provide an obstacle. (Credit: Jim Ellis)

Mattituck’s Emilie Reimer taking a swing while Broadalbin Perth’s Chelsea LeBlanc (10) tries to provide an obstacle. (Credit: Jim Ellis)

NYSPHSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The big question for the Mattituck High School girls volleyball team as it headed into the state tournament on Saturday wasn’t whether the Tuckers would advance to the final. No, the question regarding the Tuckers was a much more modest one: Would they win a state semifinal pool game for the first time in their history?

This is the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships, and wins do not come easily. For the Tuckers, they haven’t come at all.

The Tuckers have had success in reaching the state tournament, something they have done four times in five years. State semifinal wins, on the other, are another matter. The Tuckers haven’t been able to clear that hurdle yet. (more…)

11/13/14 6:17pm
Trish Brisotti signed on to accept an athletic scholarship from C.W. Post. Joining her in the signing ceremony were, from left, Mattituck athletic director Gregg Wormuth, her former coach Julie Milliman, and her parents Kerry and David. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Trish Brisotti signed on to accept an athletic scholarship from LIU Post. Joining her in the signing ceremony were, from left, Mattituck athletic director Gregg Wormuth, former Tuckers coach Julie Milliman, and Brisotti’s parents Kerry and David. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Before Trish Brisotti was even a full day old, she already owned her own lacrosse stick, a small plastic one that she still has.

“It was a tradition in my family that when you’re born, you’re presented with your first lacrosse stick,” Brisotti said. “It’s kind of weird.” (more…)

11/13/14 1:00pm
Mattituck middle hitter Emilie Reimer led the Tuckers to a Long Island championship win over East Rockaway Sunday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck middle hitter Emilie Reimer led the Tuckers to a Long Island championship win over East Rockaway Sunday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Emilie Reimer’s eyes lit up. The look on her face after she drives another volleyball to the floor and celebrates with her teammates is one of unrestrained joy. Reimer obviously loves what she does, and when someone plays like she does, what’s not to love?

Reimer is the best Mattituck High School volleyball player I have seen since I started covering the team in the mid-1990s.

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11/11/14 5:41pm
McGann-Mercy quarterback KJ Santacroce lets go a pass as running back Reggie Archer blocks in the Monarchs' Week 8 loss at Glenn. (Credit: Bill Landon)

McGann-Mercy quarterback KJ Santacroce lets go a pass as running back Reggie Archer blocks in the Monarchs’ Week 8 loss at Glenn. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Having to face Elwood/John Glenn once on the football field is tough enough. Bishop McGann-Mercy had to do it twice in as many weeks.

McGann-Mercy coach Mike Buck took a philosophical approach toward his team’s Suffolk County Division IV qualifying-round game at Glenn this past Saturday. “You got to go through them anyway,” he said. “That’s how I look at it.” (more…)