Send eight wrestlers into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships and there’s a decent chance some good things are going to happen.
Four of the eight Mattituck/Greenport/Southold wrestlers who made it to Times Union Center in Albany for Day One of the state tournament on Friday have secured a place in Saturday’s Division II semifinals. Luke Bokina, his twin brother Jack Bokina, James Hoeg and Tanner Zagarino are still in contention in their bids to become Mattituck’s first state champions.
Free throws. The very description implies they are easy. No defenders. No obstructions.
The mind had trouble believing what the eye was seeing. A halftime look at the scoreboard at Suffolk County Community College’s Brookhaven Gym in Selden showed Greenport High School’s boys basketball team with a mere 12 points. That required a second glance, and then a third and a fourth.
“It really is astonishing,” said Stony Brook coach Mike Hickey.
Talk about a single-mindedness of purpose.
The awards ceremony for the Section XI Dr. L. Robert “Doc” Fallot Memorial Championships had just started and some of the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school wrestlers were already talking about what was next: the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships later this month. READ
When the topic is Melanie Pfennig, the Mattituck High School girls winter track coach, Chris Robinson, doesn’t spare the praise. And it’s high praise, indeed. READ
The accolades, awards, honors and championships keep piling up for the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school wrestling team. But what the Tuckers accomplished Sunday night may prove to be the crowning achievement of their dynasty.
To sum it up, Mattituck coach Cory Dolson used a single word: “Amazing.”
Maddy Tabor did it.
The 5-foot-2 senior, the shortest player on the Southold/Greenport high school girls basketball team, came up big, turning Senior Night into Maddy Tabor Night at Southold High School. Tabor became recognized Tuesday night as the first Greenport girl to score 1,000 career points.
The only thing that could stop the Greenport Porters on Friday night was a troublesome popcorn machine, but even that was only temporary.
When a high school boys basketball team that has everything that Greenport has shoots like it did Friday at Southold High School, well, it just seems plain unfair.
No Pat McFarland didn’t mean the Southold High School boys basketball team didn’t have a chance, but it sure didn’t help. So, the remaining First Settlers did what they could — they helped themselves to a win.
It felt like a party, a big old party. A disc jockey played music. People danced in the stands, there were plenty of smiles to go around and the atmosphere was festive.