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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10/13/14 1:26pm
Babylon's Brian Larsen (22) and T. J. Riegelhaupt try to catch up to Mattituck's Kaan Ilgin. Ilgin had a goal and an assist in the game. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Babylon’s Brian Larsen (22) and T. J. Riegelhaupt try to catch up to Mattituck’s Kaan Ilgin. Ilgin had a goal and an assist in the game. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 6, PANTHERS 1

When a high school boys soccer team has the wealth of talent that Mattituck has, there’s only one thing to do: spread the wealth.

The Tuckers sure did that on Monday. Six players scored and six assisted as the Tuckers picked up their seventh straight win, 6-1, over Babylon. (more…)

10/11/14 12:48am
Bishop McGann-Mercy junior Marco Sciara caught six of the seven passes thrown his way for 98 yards and a touchdown. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Bishop McGann-Mercy junior Marco Sciara caught six of the seven passes thrown his way for 98 yards and a touchdown. (Credit: Garret Meade)

MONARCHS 32, PORTERS 13

Not only was it Greenport/Southold/Mattituck’s homecoming football game, but it was also a homecoming of sorts for Marco Sciara.

Sciara, who lives in East Marion, would most likely be wearing a Porters uniform if he didn’t attend Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in Riverhead. He had been looking forward to this game. With family and friends watching at Greenport High School’s Dorrie Jackson Memorial Field on Friday night, Sciara said he wanted to put on a show.

He didn’t disappoint. (more…)

10/10/14 8:00am
A candlelit tribute to Tom Cutinella made during a vigil at the Shoreham-Wading River football field last Thursday. (Credit: Thomas Baker)

A candlelit tribute to Tom Cutinella made during a vigil at the Shoreham-Wading River football field last Thursday. (Credit: Thomas Baker)

Football, a sport that has been as bruised and battered as some of its players sometimes, has taken hit after hit in recent years. In the NFL, we have seen Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson involved in domestic abuse and child abuse cases, respectively. The commissioner, Roger Goodell, has come under fire for his handling — or mishandling — of the Rice case. The danger of concussions hangs over the sport like a sword of Damocles. College football has had its own misdeeds, scandals and problems.  (more…)

10/09/14 7:42pm

BLUE WAVES 6, CLIPPERS 1

The last day of the high school girls tennis regular season brought one last chance for Riverhead and Southold/Greenport to win — something they haven’t done a lot this fall. In search of a rare victory, the two bottom teams in Suffolk County League VIII that began the day with only one win between them, were in for a surprise.

When the teams arrived in Peconic for Thursday’s match, they found the four courts at Robert W. Tasker Memorial Park unavailable because of maintenance work being done to the courts. That meant that all seven of the individual matches had to be played on the three courts across the street at Jean W. Cochran Park. Southold/Greenport usually uses the courts at both of the parks for their home matches.

With less than three hours of daylight to work with (the courts are not lighted), both Riverhead coach Jerry Duvall and Southold/Greenport coach Howie Geismar agreed that each match would be a pro set, with the first to win eight games the winner.

It worked out well for Riverhead, which snapped a five-match losing streak and finished its season on a winning note thanks to a 6-1 result. It was the Blue Waves’ first win since they defeated the Clippers by the same score on Sept. 19. (more…)

10/07/14 8:25pm
Greenport/Southold's libero, Sam Henry, attempts a dig while teammate Jenna Standish watches. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Greenport/Southold’s libero, Sam Henry, attempts a dig while teammate Jenna Standish watches. (Credit: Garret Meade)

CLIPPERS 25, 25, 25, WHALERS 14, 14, 18

The Greenport/Southold Clippers had a surprise in store for their former girls volleyball coach, Sue Kostal. When Kostal, now an assistant coach for Pierson/Bridgehampton, returned to the Greenport High School gym on Tuesday for the first time since she coached the Clippers last year, her former players dogpiled her.

It was a sign of affection for Kostal, but hospitality goes only so far. Once the Suffolk County League VIII match began, the Clippers were all business. They turned in a consistent, smooth performance to secure a playoff-clinching win, 25-14, 25-14, 25-18. (more…)