04/16/14 9:31pm
Stony Brook's Ben Walter steals second base while Southold second baseman Patrick McFarland applies the tag. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold third baseman Alex Poliwoda tags out Stony Brook’s Mike Palermo. (Credit: Garret Meade)

BEARS 1, FIRST SETTLERS 0

The record is incongruous with the team.

The Southold High School baseball team is 1-8. For a team with unquestioned talent, that record is awfully hard to believe. It even has the First Settlers themselves shaking their heads, trying to figure out how they put themselves in the difficult position they are in. (more…)

04/14/14 6:55pm
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Paul Annunziata stealing second base while Mattituck shortstop Marcos Perivolaris covers the bag during the second inning. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Paul Annunziata stealing second base while Mattituck shortstop Marcos Perivolaris covers the bag during the second inning. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 14, MONARCHS 4

This high school baseball season has been a big hit for Mattituck, and for good reason, too. The Tuckers are hitting the proverbial cover off the ball.

Bountiful offensive production goes a long way toward explaining the Tuckers’ first-place standing in Suffolk County League VIII. So imagine the stir it caused when the league’s last-place team, Bishop McGann-Mercy, led through the first half of Monday’s game. (more…)

04/11/14 7:48pm
Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Molly Kowalski gets off a shot despite the efforts of Hampton Bays' Paula Cardenas. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Molly Kowalski gets off a shot despite the efforts of Hampton Bays’ Paula Cardenas. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 20, BAYMEN 4

It’s called paying your dues.

The Hampton Bays High School girls lacrosse team, in only its second varsity season, has taken its share of lumps. The Baymen, still awaiting their first win in the team’s short history, suffered their sixth loss of the season on Friday at the hands of a team that can sympathize with what they are going through. (more…)

04/10/14 9:48pm
Second baseman Max Eggimann, one of Greenport's nine players, fielding a ground ball during Thursday's game against Smithtown Christian. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Second baseman Max Eggimann, one of Greenport’s nine players, fielding a ground ball during Thursday’s game against Smithtown Christian. (Credit: Garret Meade)

KNIGHTS 8, PORTERS 4

The process of writing out the lineup card is a simple one for the Greenport High School baseball coach, Chris Golden. No real surprises are involved. Regardless of the day, regardless of the game, the same nine names will be scribbled down.

That’s because the Porters have only nine players on their team. When they play the field, the only person sitting on their bench is their scorekeeper, McKenzie Lennox. It’s an oddity even for a small school team. They have taken to calling themselves the Notorious Nine. (more…)

04/09/14 5:00pm
Mattituck/Greenport eighth-graders Luke Bokina, left, and Jack Bokina both earned All-American status. The twins competed in a national tournament in Virginia Beach, Va. (Credit: Garret Meade file)

Mattituck/Greenport eighth-graders Luke Bokina, left, and Jack Bokina both earned All-American status. The twins competed in a national tournament in Virginia Beach, Va. (Credit: Garret Meade file)

All-American. The words seem to jump off the page and grab a reader’s attention the way a wrestler grabs hold of an opponent.

Those two words now apply to a pair of Mattituck/Greenport high school wrestlers.

Twin brothers Luke and Jack Bokina both earned All-American status by virtue of their performances in the recent National High School Coaches Association Wrestling Championships. Luke took second place in the middle school tournament at 85 pounds while Jack finished fifth at 90. All-American honors went to the top eight wrestlers in each weight class. (more…)

04/08/14 8:39pm

Jack Hussnatter was living proof that discipline and a healthy sense of humor can make for a winning combination. Former players and coaching colleagues remember the late Mattituck coaching legend for both qualities.

A longtime coach who made his name in boys basketball, most notably at Mattituck High School, Hussnatter was described as tough but fair, quick-witted, and often with a cigar in his mouth. An innovative strategist in some ways ahead of his time, he was well-liked by players, who are surely saddened by his death at his Mattituck home on April 1. He lived in Mattituck for the last 50 of his 82 years. (more…)

04/07/14 8:44pm
Parker Tuthill brought Mattituck one of its three wins at singles, defeating Shoreham-Wading River's Brandon Porcele in two sets. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Parker Tuthill brought Mattituck one of its three wins at singles, defeating Shoreham-Wading River’s Brandon Porcele in two sets. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 4 1/2, WILDCATS 2 1/2

Tiebreakers in tennis are pressure situations. Tiebreakers in a decisive third set are even tougher still.

With a light rain falling on a wet court and a chill hanging in the air, Ty Bugdin and Sean Granberg felt the heat. Then they responded. (more…)

04/04/14 8:07pm
Pat Robbins scored one of Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's goals against Kings Park on Friday at Mattituck High School. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Pat Robbins scored one of Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s goals against Kings Park on Friday at Mattituck High School. (Credit: Garret Meade)

KINGSMEN 13, TUCKERS 4

Progress requires patience. It’s a step by step sort of thing, as the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold boys lacrosse team knows only too well. Improvements are made piecemeal, with each day presenting another challenge and another area to work on.

The biggest task facing the Tuckers these days may be finding a way to putting an end to their slow starts in games. Slow starts, especially against stronger teams, can put them in a big hole quickly, something they can ill afford. (more…)

04/03/14 9:17pm
Angelina Pagano of Greenport/Southold took third place in the 100-meter high hurdles in 21.8 seconds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Angelina Pagano of Greenport/Southold took third place in the 100-meter high hurdles in 21.8 seconds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

ROYALS 98, CLIPPERS 38

The Greenport/Southold girls track and field coach, Mike Gunther, has the gift of voicing a memorable phrase, often with some wit attached to it. “He came up with ‘just do it’ before Nike did,” said his wife, Carolyn.

One reporter referred to such choice quotes as “Guntherisms.” (more…)

04/03/14 8:42pm
Greenport/Southold freshman Ben Bracken, a newcomer to the high jump, set a personal record by clearing 5 feet 4 inches. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Greenport/Southold freshman Ben Bracken, a newcomer to the high jump, set a personal record by clearing 5 feet 4 inches. (Credit: Garret Meade)

ROYALS 112, CLIPPERS 18

Mike Insogna sprinted to second-place finishes in both the 100 and 200 meters for Greenport/Southold’s boys track and field team, which saw two of its high jumpers set personal records on Thursday.

Insogna, a freshman, clocked a time of 12.3 seconds in the 100, finishing ahead of third-place teammate Billy McAllister (12.7), during his team’s 112-18 loss in a Suffolk County League VIII dual meet at Port Jefferson High School. Shortly after that, Insogna was timed in 25.4 in the 200; Chris Sponza, Greenport/Southold’s only senior, was third in 25.6. (more…)