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07/30/14 5:00pm
Southold junior Aidan Walker holds the distinction of having defeated the school's best player, his brother Liam, in one-on-one games. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold junior Aidan Walker holds the distinction of having defeated the school’s best player, his brother Liam, in one-on-one games. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Even at this stage in his young life, Aidan Walker can lay claim to a degree of fame: He has defeated Southold High School’s best basketball player in one-on-one competition. And more than once, too.

Not many people can say that. (more…)

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07/30/14 12:28am
North Fork second baseman Brad Witkowski tags out Southampton's Donovan May, who tried to steal second base in the first inning. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

North Fork second baseman Brad Witkowski tags out Southampton’s Donovan May, who tried to steal second base in the first inning. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

HCBL SEMIFINALS, GAME 2 | BREAKERS 6, OSPREYS 4

The end is sudden.

A pitcher winds up, fires, the ball pops in the catcher’s mitt, and that’s it. A season is over. An intense run of 42 games in 59 days has ended for the North Fork Ospreys.

And with it came silence from the Ospreys’ dugout and a largely silent reaction from their fans. While the Southampton Breakers rejoiced and exchanged high-fives, the glum-looking Ospreys began the process of coming to terms with the notion that their summer is over. (more…)

07/28/14 9:23pm
Penn Murfee slides home for North Fork's first and only run in Game 1 of its semifinal series against Southampton. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Penn Murfee slides home for North Fork’s first and only run in Game 1 of its semifinal series against Southampton. (Credit: Garret Meade)

HCBL SEMIFINALS, GAME 1 | BREAKERS 7, OSPREYS 1

A five-runs-batted-in game doesn’t come along often for a player. They are to be savored. They are to be cherished. They are to be remembered.

Mitchell McGeein knows the deal. But the Southampton Breakers first baseman also knows the good feeling that comes with it is fleeting.

“It will last until I go to bed, but then as soon as I get up in the morning, it’s like it never happened,” he said. “It’s another day at the ballpark and try to repeat what I did today.” (more…)

07/27/14 2:15pm
Kieran Corcoran returning a shot Sunday morning when he and Chris Ujkic won their eighth straight men's doubles title in the Bob Wall Memorial Tournament. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Kieran Corcoran returning a shot Sunday when he and Chris Ujkic won their eighth straight men’s doubles title in the Bob Wall Memorial Tournament. (Credit: Garret Meade)

BOB WALL MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

It takes two tennis players to form a doubles team, but Kieran Corcoran and Chris Ujkic play as one.

They share a great understanding, talking, flashing signals and encouraging each other on the court. (more…)

07/26/14 9:35pm

TOMCATS 4, OSPREYS 1

Welcome to the league where parity is king.

This captivating horse race of a Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League regular season went down to the wire. With the top six teams running neck and neck in the standings, and a razor-blade thin difference between each of them, the scenario on Saturday was quite remarkable before teams played their 40th games of the 40-game season. All four playoff spots had finally been secured, but there was — get this — a four-way tie for first place.

How about that? (more…)

07/25/14 10:49pm
Rocky Point's John Drews, left, running shoulder to shoulder with Southold's Alex Lincoln. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Rocky Point’s John Drews, left, running shoulder to shoulder with Southold’s Alex Lincoln. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Don’t sell the Southold First Settlers short.

Sure, the First Settlers may get caught playing shorthanded every now and then, but they can’t be faulted for coming up short on effort. (more…)

07/22/14 11:32pm
Riverhead's starting pitcher, Zach Hamilton, pitched five scoreless innings during which he held North Fork to one hit. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead’s starting pitcher, Zach Hamilton, pitched five scoreless innings during which he held North Fork to one hit. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

OSPREYS 3, TOMCATS 2

Like the blinding orange orb in the evening sky that descended on a slight arc toward left field at Jean W. Cochran Park, the sun is setting on the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League regular season.

The race for the playoffs is tight, remarkably tight. Like a game of musical chairs, six contending teams are cautiously circling, eyeballing the four playoff spots. When the music stops playing, two of those teams will be left standing, and disappointed.

Given the circumstances, the value of every win is magnified. Who knows how much good the North Fork Ospreys did for themselves by pulling off the stunning escape act they executed on Tuesday night? (more…)

07/21/14 10:42pm
Mattituck freshman Liz Dwyer shooting over Sayville's Molly Andrews during Monday evening's summer league game at Patchogue-Medford High School. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck freshman Liz Dwyer shooting over Sayville’s Molly Andrews during Monday evening’s summer league game at Patchogue-Medford High School. (Credit: Garret Meade)

When Shannon Dwyer left the Mattituck High School girls basketball team, she told her younger sister Liz, “You’re going to miss me.”

No doubt about it, the Tuckers do miss the graduated Shannon Dwyer, a two-time Times/Review Newsgroup athlete of the year and an All-Conference forward who averaged 13.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season.

Perhaps there is some consolation, however, in that they have a living, breathing reminder of Shannon Dwyer in the form of her sister. It isn’t that Liz Dwyer bears a striking facial resemblance to Shannon so much as a similar speech pattern, athleticism and gait on the basketball court. (more…)

07/15/14 10:44pm
Mattituck's Dan Fedun has a step on Hampton Bays' Shane Courtenay while attempting a layup. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s Dan Fedun has a step on Hampton Bays’ Shane Courtenay while attempting a layup. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The Mattituck High School boys basketball team didn’t lose a lot from last season in terms of numbers, but in terms of a player, the Tuckers lost a lot. A heck of a lot.

Sure, the Tuckers graduated only two players, but one of them was Gene Allen, and what a player he was. Allen was a two-time All-Conference forward who averaged 15 points and 13 rebounds per game last season, leading the team in both categories. For his high school career, he showed remarkable balance, finishing with 660 points and 662 rebounds. (more…)

07/14/14 10:49pm
Mount Sinai's Julia Golina and Victoria Johnson (14) try to stop Mattituck's Liz Dwyer, who produced 15 points and 11 rebounds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mount Sinai’s Julia Golina and Victoria Johnson (14) try to stop Mattituck’s Liz Dwyer, who produced 15 points and 11 rebounds in Monday’s game. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Nowadays, perhaps more than ever before, the words of their past coaches echo in the minds of Alex, Alexa and Allie, the three A’s who constitute the new coaching troika for the Mattituck girls basketball summer team.

Alex Berkoski, Alexa Orlando and Allie Wilcenski, all members of the Mattituck High School Class of 2013 and former prominent players for the Tuckers, are the new coaches for the summer league team and they laugh when recounting how they find themselves repeating what their coaches told them when they were players. (more…)