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02/25/15 8:00am
Mattituck/Greenport/Southold senior Adam Goode is one of four Tuckers who will be wrestling in the state tournament in Albany on Friday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold senior Adam Goode is one of four Tuckers who will wrestle in the state tournament in Albany on Friday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)

Louis Troisi’s name has been mentioned time and time again in Mattituck/Greenport/Southold wrestling circles. That’s because Troisi made a name for himself as the only Mattituck wrestler to have ever reached the state podium and earned all-state status. He did that in 2007 when he took third place at 130 pounds in Division II.

The current Tuckers are undoubtedly well aware of Troisi’s place in the program’s history. Coach Cory Dolson has often spoken about his desire to see more Tuckers become all-state wrestlers. That could become a reality by the end of this week. (more…)

02/22/15 7:17pm
Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Gladysz finished sixth in the 1,000 meters in 2 minutes 40.13 seconds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Gladysz finished sixth in the 1,000 meters in 2 minutes 40.13 seconds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

LONG ISLAND ELITE TRACK INVITATIONAL

Jacob Robinson walked out of St. Anthony’s High School with a couple of well-earned plaques in his hand on Sunday afternoon. The Riverhead High School senior was involved in a pair of fourth-place finishes in the Long Island Elite Track Invitational.

Robinson, wearing his trademark white headband, clocked a time of 36.31 seconds in the 300-meter dash. The only faster times among the 31 competitors were turned in by Luke Germanakos of Lynbrook (35.17), Kyle Watkins of Longwood (35.75) and Kory Fitzgerald of Half Hollow Hills West (36.10). They are all seniors. Bishop McGann-Mercy junior Dale Kelly came in sixth in 36.47. (more…)

02/22/15 6:30pm
Shoreham-Wading River eighth-grader Lexie Smith running in the frosh/soph 1,500-meter race. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Megan Kelly won her heat in the 300 meters and finished 16th overall with a time of 45.81 seconds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

LONG ISLAND ELITE TRACK INVITATIONAL

One of the qualities Shoreham-Wading River coach Paul Koretzki likes best about his standout long-distance runner, Katherine Lee, is her knack for rising to the occasion and coming up big in the big track and field meets.

She did it again on Sunday.

Lee wasn’t impressed with her time, but it was fast enough to bring her first place in the 3,000 meters in the Long Island Elite Track Invitational at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington. The freshman tuned up for the upcoming state meet by clocking a time of 11 minutes 4.50 seconds. Bay Shore junior Alexandra Peck was second in 11:09.77. (more…)

02/16/15 8:45pm
Mattituck's Alex Beebe taking aim in the face of Hampton Bays' onrushing Sarah Jiudice during Monday evening's county semifinal. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s Alex Beebe taking aim in the face of Hampton Bays’ onrushing Sarah Jiudice during Monday evening’s county semifinal. (Credit: Garret Meade)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS B SEMIFINAL | BAYMEN 61, TUCKERS 22

It was the start that finished the Mattituck Tuckers.

A high school girls basketball game is 32 minutes long, but it can be won in the first quarter. Exhibit A: Mattituck’s Suffolk County Class B semifinal in Hampton Bays on Monday evening. The Tuckers came out in a shooting funk and never got out of it. (more…)

02/13/15 11:43pm
Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's wrestlers won their third straight Suffolk County Division II team championship on Friday night at Center Moriches High School. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s wrestlers won their third straight Suffolk County Division II team championship on Friday night at Center Moriches High School. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

SECTION XI CHAMPIONSHIPS

After all those years of never having won a Suffolk County team championship, the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school wrestling team has the makings of a dynasty.

For the third year in a row, the Tuckers are Suffolk Division II champions.

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02/13/15 12:02pm
New York Times columnist David Carr at last year's WebSummit in Dublin. (Credit: Flickr/WebSummit. http://ow.ly/J17Xg)

New York Times columnist David Carr at last year’s WebSummit in Dublin. (Credit: Flickr/WebSummit. http://ow.ly/J17Xg)

The impact a person can have on someone, even someone that person never met, is extraordinary. That was brought home to me late Thursday night as I considered how someone I had never met gave me a greater appreciation and enthusiasm for what I do for a living.

I was in the process of preparing to post a basketball story to The Suffolk Times’ website when I noticed a picture of The New York Times’ media columnist, David Carr, on his newspaper’s website. Being in a hurry to do what I needed to do, I made a mental note to go back later and check out why Mr. Carr’s photo was up there. I assumed it was a video of a panel discussion he had moderated earlier that evening.

I was wrong. (more…)

02/12/15 10:51pm
Pierson coach Dan White consoles Southold senior Liam Walker following Walker's final game for the First Settlers. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Pierson coach Dan White consoles Southold senior Liam Walker following Walker’s final game for the First Settlers. (Credit: Garret Meade)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS C TOURNAMENT | WHALERS 60, FIRST SETTLERS 46

Sooner or later, the end comes for all of them, the great players and the no-so-great alike. On Thursday night, it was Liam Walker’s turn to make his exit from his storied high school basketball career.

The final result seemed virtually assured by the time the fourth quarter started, so Walker and his Southold teammates couldn’t help but see the end coming. When it became official with the final buzzer at Pierson High School, Walker carefully untucked his jersey, took off his wristband and joined his teammates as they lined up to shake hands with the Pierson players. Disappointment was written across the senior’s face.

Just like that, the high school career of one of the best players to wear a Southold uniform came to an end.

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02/11/15 4:00pm
A banner hanging in the Southold High School gym lists four males who have scored 1,000 career points for the First Settlers. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

A banner hanging in the Southold High School gym lists four males who have scored 1,000 career points for the First Settlers. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Being a history buff, perhaps I am more sensitive to this than most, but there is something really sad about lost history. I think it’s important to know about the past, the past of your people, the past of your country — your past. That includes the past of schools and teams.

What got me to thinking about this last month was the first of what evolved into over a dozen email exchanges between myself and a gentleman named Matt Regan. I was on vacation in Florida, taking in some much appreciated sunshine and enjoying the wildlife at Busch Gardens in Tampa, when Regan’s query came across my cellphone. He questioned a report that appeared on The Suffolk Times’ website, stating that Liam Walker had become the second Southold High School boys basketball player to score 1,000 career points, joining Sean O’Hara, who finished his high school playing days with 1,118 points in 2006.

Doesn’t Southold have more 1,000-point scorers than that? (more…)

02/09/15 12:00pm
Mattituck senior Nikki Zurawski, sitting between her parents John and Patricia, signed a national letter of intent for Sacred Heart University. Mattituck coach Malynda Nichol and athletic director Gregg Wormuth also participated in the signing ceremony. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck senior Nikki Zurawski, sitting between her parents John and Patricia, signed a national letter of intent for Sacred Heart University. Mattituck coach Malynda Nichol and athletic director Gregg Wormuth also participated in the signing ceremony. (Credit: Garret Meade)

For five years — that’s right, five years — Nikki Zurawski has been a staple of the Mattituck High School girls soccer team. As an eighth-grader, Zurawski was brought onto a powerful Tuckers team. “I was a little munchkin on the team,” she recalled.

But she was a “munchkin” who could play. Zurawski not only played that season, but she started all but one game.

“We were very powerful, and Nikki came up as an eighth-grader and fit right into that team,” Mattituck’s athletic director, Gregg Wormuth, said. “So we knew at that there was something special, that she was going to be a special player for Mattituck.” (more…)

02/06/15 10:20pm
Pat Mejsak, who scored 10 points for Southold, is challenged by Bridgehampton's Tylik Furman while attempting a shot. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Pat Mejsak, who scored 10 points for Southold, is challenged by Bridgehampton’s Tylik Furman while attempting a shot. (Credit: Garret Meade)

KILLER BEES 68, FIRST SETTLERS 36

Winning a league championship is nice. Going unbeaten through a league season is even nicer. Just ask the Bridgehampton High School boys basketball team.

Fourteen Suffolk County League VIII games played, 14 league games won. Bridgehampton showed why it has a 17-1 overall record, putting the finishing touches on the regular season Friday night and winning in resounding fashion at Southold High School. When the game ended, the scoreboard showed the Killer Bees on the positive end of a 68-36 score. (more…)