10/25/14 6:01pm

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS B TOURNAMENT | RED DEVILS 6, CLIPPERS 0

Don’t let that 8-7-2 record fool you. The Center Moriches High School girls soccer team is a lot better than that.

Athletic. Relentless. Skillful.

The third-seeded Red Devils were all of the above Saturday when they gave No. 6 Southold/Greenport more than it could handle in a Suffolk County Class B Tournament outbracket game. Hailey Krauss, a speedy sophomore forward, was a constant menace, striking for the first two goals in a 6-0 rout in Center Moriches. She also had two assists for the Red Devils, who earned a semifinal date with No. 2 Babylon (13-1-2) on Wednesday. (more…)

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10/23/14 10:32pm
Sam Henry, one of Greenport/Southold's eight seniors, prepares to serve. Henry made 13 digs against Bishop McGann-Mercy. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Sam Henry, one of Greenport/Southold’s eight seniors, prepares to serve. Henry made 13 digs against Bishop McGann-Mercy. (Credit: Garret Meade)

CLIPPERS 25, 25, 25, MONARCHS 13, 23, 14

Jenna Standish had been looking forward to Senior Day 2014 ever since she was a freshman. The senior outside hitter and her teammates on the Greenport/Southold high school girls volleyball team found the wait to be a worthwhile one.

Standish made a special day even more memorable by her fine all-around play as the Clippers took down Bishop McGann-Mercy in three games and eliminated the Monarchs from playoff contention on Thursday. The playoff-bound Clippers played what their coach, Mike Gunther, said was one of their best matches of the season, a 25-13, 25-23, 25-14 win in their final home match of the regular season at Greenport High School. (more…)

10/22/14 11:41pm

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Small roster sizes are nothing new for the high school football team that plays in Greenport. For decades the Porters have had to make do with what they had in terms of low player numbers.

But when the plug was pulled on the remainder of Greenport/Southold/Mattituck’s season on Tuesday, it sent a shock wave through the North Fork, particularly in Greenport, which has a proud tradition in the sport. (more…)

10/22/14 1:05pm
(Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Injuries took their toll on the Porters’ season this year. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

With its latest loss, the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck high school football team may have sensed that its season would be cut short of the playoffs. As it turned out, the Porters’ season was cut even shorter than that.

The final image of the Porters this year will be of them trudging off the field at Port Jefferson High School following a 19-0 loss on Saturday.

The remainder of the Porters’ season has been canceled because of a shortage of players, the result of injuries.  (more…)

10/21/14 9:37pm
Shayne Johnson (10) and Sean Moran congratulate each other after teaming up for Johnson's second goal. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shayne Johnson (10) and Sean Moran congratulate each other after teaming up for Johnson’s second goal. (Credit: Garret Meade)

FIRST SETTLERS 4, ROYALS 1

The biggest fans of the Smithtown Christian High School boys soccer team on Tuesday very well may have been their counterparts in Southold.

In order to nab a share of the Suffolk County League VIII championship, Southold needed to win its final regular-season game on Tuesday and have first-place Pierson/Bridgehampton lose its game the same day at Smithtown Christian. The First Settlers took care of business on their end. With a first-half hat trick by Shayne Johnson, they downed Port Jefferson, 4-1, at Richard M. Osmer Memorial Fields in Southold. The game was stopped by the officials because of darkness with 7 minutes 15 seconds left. (more…)

10/18/14 5:51pm
Greenport/Southold/Mattituck quarterback Matt Drinkwater releasing a pass during Saturday's game against Port Jefferson. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Greenport/Southold/Mattituck quarterback Matt Drinkwater releasing a pass during Saturday’s game against Port Jefferson. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

ROYALS 19, PORTERS 0

Late in Saturday’s high school football game, one of the balloons used to decorate the surroundings for homecoming at Port Jefferson High School got loose, steadily climbed in the air on an angle as if riding on an escalator and floated away. One couldn’t help but wonder if Greenport/Southold/Mattituck’s playoff chances sailed away with the balloon.

Things don’t look good for the Porters.

The injury-ravaged Porters suffered a severe blow to their playoff hopes as they were shut out by a stout Port Jefferson defense, 19-0. (more…)

10/17/14 10:33pm
From left, Smithtown Christian's Timothy Voisich and Greenport's Robert Nickolas and Angel Colon in action during Friday night's game. {Credit: Garret Meade)

From left, Smithtown Christian’s Timothy Voisich and Greenport’s Robert Nickolas and Angel Colon in action during Friday night’s game. {Credit: Garret Meade)

KNIGHTS 2, PORTERS 1

Greenport forward Bayron Rivas was on the doorstep of the Smithtown Christian goal, with a prime scoring opportunity, only to see it snuffed out by goalkeeper George Flores. Later in the first half of the high school boys soccer game, Greenport defender Alex Perez cleared a ball off the goal line, only to see it sail just beyond the top of the penalty area, where Smithtown Christian midfielder Nikita Grob picked it out of the air with a spectacular left-footed volley that he drilled into the net for a 1-0 lead.

That dramatic contrast between a seemingly sure goal denied and a goal out of nowhere, Greenport coach Chris Golden said, tells the story of the Porters’ season.

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10/16/14 7:36pm

BAYMEN 25, 25, 25, TUCKERS 21, 20, 22

Two games cruelly slipped from its grasp, and with them the Mattituck High School girls volleyball team has all but seen its playoff hopes slip into uncertainty.

The Tuckers blew an 11-point lead in the first game, four 5-point leads in the third game, and dropped a tough loss to Hampton Bays, 25-21, 25-20, 25-22, on Thursday at Mattituck High School. With the victory, its fifth in a row, Hampton Bays (10-3, 6-3 in Suffolk County League VII) clinched a playoff berth for at least the sixth straight year, according to coach Andy Fotopoulos.

Mattituck’s playoff picture is murky. The defending Long Island Class C champions, who dropped to 6-8, 4-6, need to win their two remaining matches, both on the road, in order to gain automatic entry into the postseason. They will play first-place Bayport-Blue Point (10-2, 8-0) on Oct. 22 and last-place Southampton (0-8, 0-8) on Oct. 28. (more…)

10/16/14 5:00pm
Longtime Mattituck boys tennis coach Mike Huey took over the girls program this fall. He was recently honored as the state coach of the year for boys tennis. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Longtime Mattituck boys tennis coach Mike Huey took over the girls program this fall. He was recently honored as the state coach of the year for boys tennis. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

The Mattituck High School boys tennis team did quite well for itself this past spring, putting up a 12-4 record and reaching the second round of the Suffolk County Team Tournament. What the Tuckers didn’t know at the time, though, was they were playing for the top boys tennis coach in New York State.

That was the determination of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, which selected Mike Huey as its coach of the year for 2014. (more…)

10/14/14 8:23pm
Southold/Greenport's goal scorer, Megan Van Bourgondien, lifting her leg high in the air in an attempt to control the ball. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold/Greenport’s goal scorer, Megan Van Bourgondien, lifting her leg high in the air in an attempt to control the ball. (Credit: Garret Meade)

CLIPPERS 1, WHALERS 0

Injuries have been as much a part of the Southold/Greenport high school girls soccer team’s season as balls, socks and cleats. So, it must have been a breath of fresh air for the Clippers to play fully healthy for the first time since their season-opening game, with the return from injury of Annie Lincoln and Hannah Sutton on Tuesday.

The Clippers’ health status didn’t remain at 100 percent for long. In the second half, sweeper Isabelle Simon and forward Jill Golden went down with injuries. The good news for the Clippers is coach Vaughn Locascio said he didn’t think the injuries were serious, noting that both players were walking after the game. Another piece of good news for the Clippers was the result: 1-0 in their favor over Pierson/Bridgehampton at Southold High School.

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