01/21/15 5:00pm
Mattituck freshman point guard Mackenzie Daly has been getting playing experience in her first varsity season. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Mattituck freshman point guard Mackenzie Daly has been getting playing experience in her first varsity season. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

The candidates for the Mattituck High School girls basketball team were gathered in a circle after tryouts, listening with hope as coach Steve Van Dood read off the list of players who had made the varsity team. Among those waiting and hoping was Mackenzie Daly, a freshman point guard who had played junior high school basketball last season.

Daly did not have to wait long, though, to hear what she wanted to hear. As Daly recalls, she believes hers was the first name Van Dood read out. (more…)

01/20/15 9:39pm
Mattituck junior forward Dan Fedun, dribbling around Hampton Bays' Kris Cheslock, put up 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Tuckers. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck junior forward Dan Fedun, dribbling around Hampton Bays’ Kris Cheslock, put up 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Tuckers. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 74, ROYALS 64

Coming off back-to-back defeats to the two powers in Suffolk County League VII boys basketball (a 31-point loss to Babylon and a 30-point loss to Southampton), Mattituck was expecting to get back on the winning track on Tuesday night. The Tuckers got what they were looking for — a win over winless Port Jefferson — but it didn’t come as smoothly as they would have liked. (more…)

01/20/15 5:00pm
Mattituck's Tanner Zagarino (top) wrestles against Raheem Brown of Riverhead Saturday in the 170-pound finals of the North Fork Invitational. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Mattituck’s Tanner Zagarino (top) wrestles against Raheem Brown of Riverhead Saturday in the 170-pound finals of the North Fork Invitational. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Tanner Zagarino has the face of a model, but the heart of a wrestling champion.

One wouldn’t think that wrestling and a modeling career would go hand in hand, but Tanner Zagarino has found a way to balance the two very different pursuits.  (more…)

01/17/15 9:25pm
Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Tanner Zagarino, right, wrestling against Riverhead's Raheem Brown, won the 170-pound title and was selected the North Fork Invitational's Champion of Champions. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Tanner Zagarino, top, wrestling against Riverhead’s Raheem Brown, won the 170-pound title and was selected the North Fork Invitational’s Champion of Champions. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

NORTH FORK INVITATIONAL

Every second of a wrestling match counts. With the right move (or the wrong move), a match can turn in an instant, the proverbial blink of an eye.

Such was the case in the 170-pound final of the 18th annual North Fork Invitational on Saturday night. Mattituck/Greenport/Southold sophomore Tanner Zagarino was trailing by 3 points in the dying moments of the match and looked spent, but he still had something left in him. With about 10 seconds to go, Zagarino, the No. 1 seed, took down Riverhead senior Raheem Brown for 2 points and kept him down, picking up 3 back points for a dramatic 10-8 triumph at Mattituck High School. It was his third tournament title this season. (more…)

01/15/15 9:55pm
Babylon's Shannon Hartigan and Mattituck's Katie Hoeg tangling under the boards. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Babylon’s Shannon Hartigan and Mattituck’s Katie Hoeg tangling under the boards. Both players led their teams in rebounds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 45, PANTHERS 39

Mattituck coach Steve Van Dood likes to say that winning a high school girls basketball game is a matter of stepping up and performing. Who is going to rise to the occasion? Who is going to take charge?

On Thursday night it was Brianna Perino and Courtney Penny who made a difference for the Tuckers against visiting Babylon.

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01/13/15 9:40pm
Mattituck's Ryan Mowdy blocking a shot while Bishop McGann-Mercy's Eddie Kneski (15) and Joe Jeskie (3) watch. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s Ryan Mowdy blocking a shot while Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Eddie Kneski (15) and Joe Jeskie (3) watch. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 66, MONARCHS 58

More than a few eyebrows may have been raised over how Bishop McGann-Mercy was taking it to Mattituck in the first half of Tuesday night’s high school boys basketball game. The Tuckers were having trouble guarding McGann-Mercy’s Kevin Santacroce. They never held the lead in the opening 16 minutes, trailing virtually the entire half. An upset was in the making.

Or so it seemed. (more…)

01/12/15 8:30pm
Port Jefferson's Jillian Colucci and Mattituck's Courtney Penny reach for a rebound. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Port Jefferson’s Jillian Colucci and Mattituck’s Courtney Penny reach for a rebound. (Credit: Garret Meade)

ROYALS 50, TUCKERS 44

Putting a basketball through a hoop that is 18 inches in diameter is not as easy as it might seem. Some days it is harder than others. When shots don’t drop, there is not much a team can do.

Tell the Mattituck High School girls basketball team about it.

The Tuckers shot, shot and shot again. Much more often than not, they missed the mark and it cost them. (more…)

01/09/15 10:34pm

TUCKERS 69, BAYMEN 31

Coming off two games in which his Mattituck High School boys basketball team did not play to the level that he would have liked, coach Paul Ellwood heard concern in the voice of his assistant coach, Kevin Chartrand, when the Tuckers fell behind, 6-0, to Hampton Bays on Friday night.

Ellwood, on the other hand, liked what he was seeing.

The pace was fast, both ways, and the Tuckers like to run, so they ran away with a 69-31 win at Hampton Bays High School. (more…)

01/09/15 12:44am
Southold/Greenport's Madison Tabor moves around Stony Brook's Anne Skorobohaty to attempt a layup. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold/Greenport’s Madison Tabor moves around Stony Brook’s Anne Skorobohaty to attempt a layup. (Credit: Garret Meade)

CLIPPERS 58, BEARS 24

So, it is true, a diamond is a girl’s best friend. In this case, a diamond press defense.

Southold/Greenport may not get many style points for its play on the basketball court, but the Clippers may have found a diamond in the rough, namely, their recently unveiled diamond press.

The Clippers had practiced the diamond press and dabbled with it briefly in a couple of games, but it wasn’t until Thursday that they used it extensively. Coach Howie Geismar had to like what he saw. (more…)

01/08/15 11:25pm
Liam Walker was recognized for recently becoming only the second Southold boy to score 1,000 career points. He was joined by coach Phil Reed, left, and the school superintendent, David Gamberg, in a pregame ceremony in which he was presented with a ball to mark the milestone. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Liam Walker was recognized for recently becoming only the second Southold boy to score 1,000 career points. He was joined by coach Phil Reed, left, and the school superintendent, David Gamberg, in a pregame ceremony in which he was presented with a ball to mark the milestone. (Credit: Garret Meade)

BEARS 57, FIRST SETTLERS 53

Southold still has many of the same players from its high school boys basketball team of last season, but those players are not the same. The First Settlers are a year older, a year wiser, a year more physically mature, and just plain better than they were in 2013-14.

It goes beyond their skillful 1,000-point scorer, Liam Walker, who has silky smooth moves and a high basketball IQ to go with his impressive statistics. They have reliable ballhandlers and bring grittiness to the court.

The First Settlers are vastly improved, and it shows in their record. They are already only one win shy of equaling their win total from last season. (more…)