Mike Gunther, leading Greenport/Southold’s players in a stretching exercise during Tuesday morning’s practice, has begun his second stint as coach of the Clippers. (Credit: Garret Meade)
Mike Gunther is back.
In some ways, it may have seemed as if he had never left, but he has now officially begun his second spell as coach of the Greenport/Southold high school girls volleyball team. Gunther has taken over as coach of the Clippers from Sue Kostal, who he handed the program over to following the 2001 season. Some things have changed since then. Rally scoring was introduced in 2002 and the position of libero was later incorporated into the high school game. Gunther, 55, said he has also mellowed since he was last in charge of the Clippers, from 1999 to 2001.
Still, though, some things don’t change. (more…)
Matt Drinkwater, a returning starter at quarterback and linebacker, was an all-league first team selection last year. (Credit: Garret Meade)
The mere mention of the Drinkwater twins conjures images of smiling, happy faces. They are a fun-loving pair.
For John and Matt Drinkwater, a good humor is part of the game. It keeps teammates loose. Laughter can be good preparation for taking the field, where those smiles are turned into game faces and they get serious about the job to be done. (more…)
Angel Colon can play any position on the field except goalkeeper, according to Greenport coach Chris Golden. (Credit: Garret Meade)
Another first day of practice before the start of another high school boys soccer season brings with it another building job for Chris Golden. Then again, that is nothing new for the Greenport coach.
Last year the Porters had a young team, a really young team. It was essentially a junior varsity team, in terms of age. This year’s team is still young.
“The Kansas City Royals have nothing on us in terms of a small market franchise,” Golden said late Monday afternoon, squinting as he looked into a blinding sun while his players worked on a passing drill during their first practice. “So every year we are rebuilding. We’re always looking for pieces to our puzzle.”
Kevin Harvey, a miler from Sag Harbor, never ran in the Sound to Bay 10K before, but that didn’t prevent him from winning on Sunday morning. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
SOUND TO BAY 10K AND 5K
The four winners of the 16th annual Sound to Bay 10K and 5K on Sunday morning faced some obstacles. Not only didn’t they know exactly who they would be racing against, but they didn’t even know the course they would be running on.
Something is to be said for familiarity with a race course. It’s helpful for a runner to know the twists and turns of a course, where the hills are, and what side of the road is the best to run on.
Yet, despite being newcomers to the event, they managed, with the aid of a well-marked course, to find themselves first to the finish line. (more…)
Matt Brisotti, who holds the Drew University (N.J.) record for doubles wins with 64 and ranks fourth with 55 singles wins, now coaches the school’s men’s and women’s teams. (Courtesy photo)
For some, the transition from player to head coach is a gradual process. For Matt Brisotti, it was a relatively sudden shift in gears.
Just 14 months after graduating from Drew University in Madison, N.J., as one of the most accomplished tennis players in school history, Brisotti accepted a position as the head coach of the College of St. Elizabeth (N.J.) women’s tennis team in September of 2013. He was 23 years old and, he believes, the youngest coach in the NCAA at the time.
Then, this past March, the opportunity for Brisotti to coach at his alma mater arose, and he snatched it. (more…)
Greenport/Southold/Mattituck’s new feature back, Billy McAllister, brings speed and elusiveness to the Porters’ backfield. (Credit: Garret Meade)
When the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck high school football team unveils its offense for the upcoming season, it will include a new feature back, one with a notably different style than his predecessor.
Last year Frank Sierra, a bruising runner, pounded the ball and was tough to bring down. It seemed like it usually took more than one tackler to get the job done. Sometimes it seemed as if Sierra actually preferred to run straight forward into tacklers rather than try to avoid them. It was a style that worked for him and brought the Porters yardage.
This year, with Sierra having graduated, Matt Drinkwater will be handing the ball off to Billy McAllister instead. McAllister is a different animal. Whereas Sierra would be prone to running through a wall of tacklers, McAllister is more likely to run around them. (more…)
Jim Christy led Mattituck to a 13-1 record last season, his final with the Tuckers. (Credit: Garret Meade)
One doesn’t need to speak with Jim Christy for long to learn what he is all about.
Just a couple of minutes into a 70-minute interview on Monday, a reporter asked Christy if he knew what his career record as the Mattituck High School girls tennis coach is.
“No,” he answered. “No idea. I never kept track of that kind of stuff.”
The next questions: What about championships? How many of them have you won?
“That’s not something, again, I really paid too close attention to,” he said.
What mattered to Christy more than records, numbers and statistics were the players. He surely coached plenty of them during his time with the Tuckers. (more…)
Tournament director Jim Christy presenting a scholarship to Molly Kowalski before the women’s singles final on Friday. Declining player participation has brought an end to the 36-year tournament. (Credit: Garret Meade)
Like a once-bloated balloon, the Bob Wall Memorial Tennis Tournament deflated as player participation curiously dwindled and dwindled in recent years. Finally, that balloon popped.
The news that, after 36 years, the plug has been pulled on the tournament was greeted with sadness and puzzlement by players and others. Times/Review Newsgroup announced last week that it was withdrawing its sponsorship of the tournament in light of declining player participation. (more…)
At 13 years of age, Liz Dwyer became the youngest player to ever win the women’s singles title in the history of the Bob Wall Memorial Tennis Tournament. (Credit: Garret Meade)
BOB WALL MEMORIAL TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Liz Dwyer is all of 13 years of age, going on 14 (her birthday is Aug. 22). But she is not a typical 13-year-old. Most 13-year-olds don’t have her athleticism or tennis-playing ability.
In addition to being 13, Dwyer is also something else: the Bob Wall Memorial Tennis Tournament’s women’s singles champion. (more…)
Mattituck’s Chris Sledjeski goes airborne while Greenport’s Nick Droskoski tries to stop him. (Credit: Garret Meade)
With the exception of the summer league attire, this could have been mistaken for a basketball game one might see on the playground. It was run-and-gun ball played at a furious pace, a helter-skelter version employed by both teams. And the 3-point shots were flying, particularly on the Mattituck side.
Wait a minute. Where were the half-court sets? Where were the diagramed play calls from the bench?
“No. That’s not my system,” said Mattituck’s assistant coach, Tom Ascher, who has been running the team for coach Paul Ellwood this summer. “You get a couple of defensive changes, that’s about it.” (more…)