I’m really not good at goodbyes, but I’ll try my best.
The first time I saw Phil Reed — I don’t know how many years ago — he was a face in the background, a big, tough-looking football coach, one of several assistant coaches for the Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School football team, toiling on a hot late-summer day during a preseason practice. READ
For the first time since they heard the terrible news, the Southold First Settlers stepped onto a basketball court to play a game on Tuesday in Port Jefferson. They did so with heavy hearts and a lump in their throats. READ
Standing in the dry air in the Suffolk County Community College arena, Darius Brew began his approach. This wasn’t just any high jump for the Mattituck High School senior, so some adjustment was required. READ
It wasn’t until after a bumpy ending that the Mattituck Tuckers could breathe a collective sigh of relief. Sure, they had won, but their Suffolk County League VII girls basketball game in Center Moriches on Monday night was a little more interesting than they would have liked.
The Tuckers, who twice held 20-point leads in the third quarter before coach Steve Van Dood pulled his starters to the bench, hit some speed bumps in the fourth quarter. Center Moriches mounted an 18-4 run, trimming Mattituck’s lead to a mere 5 points at 56-51 when Caroline Casey converted a conventional 3-point play with 13.7 seconds remaining.
A free throw by Liz Dwyer and a steal and two more free throws by Katie Hoeg in the closing seconds allowed the Tuckers to preserve their sixth straight win, 59-51.
Jane DiGregorio is a bubbly, happy person. It shows with her ever-present smile — even while playing in a basketball game.
DiGregorio can be seen wearing a grin on her face during the heat of a game. She can be making a layup, snapping a pass or playing pressure defense, grinning the whole time. READ
It was the feel-good story of a feel-good season.
On second thought, better make that plural. Call them the feel-good stories of a feel-good season for the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school wrestling team.
The Mattituck Tuckers played like warriors. Their problem was they played against actual Warriors.
For three quarters on Friday night the Tuckers played the first-place Wyandanch Warriors even. It was the fourth quarter that proved problematic for the Tuckers, though.
Wins by the Mattituck High School girls basketball team over Shoreham-Wading River had been rare, if not non-existent, in the 21st century.
After the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school wrestlers took care of business, completing their regular season, they shook hands with their counterparts from Southampton, but still had one final piece of business to attend to. The Tuckers lined up on the mat at Mattituck High School for picture-taking fans in the bleachers.
It was the picture of perfection — times four. READ
When the top two high school girls basketball teams in Suffolk County League VII played on Wednesday, a close game was anticipated. Such a game never materialized.
League-leading Mattituck used its trapping defense to create points off turnovers and its rebounding prowess to pave the way to a 21-point victory over second-place Pierson/Bridgehampton. Liz Dwyer and Katie Hoeg scored 15 points each as the Tuckers rolled, 58-37, at Mattituck High School.