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09/20/14 12:24am
Greenport/Southold/Mattituck's Dylan Marlborough on a  quarterback keeper late in the game. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Greenport/Southold/Mattituck’s Dylan Marlborough on a quarterback keeper late in the game. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

PORTERS 21, BEARS 6

Now people will know who No. 18 is on the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck high school football team.

That wasn’t necessarily the case before Friday night’s game at The Stony Brook School. Not only wasn’t Dominick Panetta’s uniform number listed next to his name on the team roster, but his name was misspelled and he was listed as a sophomore (he is a junior).

Well, based on what he did in his varsity debut, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Panetta should be accorded greater respect in the future. In his first game for the Porters, Panetta caught a touchdown pass, made two interceptions (returning one for a touchdown) and recorded 4 tackles.

Guess who the unquestioned player of the game was in the Porters’ 21-6 win at Buyers Park? (more…)

09/18/14 8:33pm
Mattituck sophomore forward Alya Ayoub was involved in the Tuckers' last two goals against Pierson/Bridgehampton, scoring one and assisting on the other. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck sophomore forward Alya Ayoub was involved in the Tuckers’ last two goals against Pierson/Bridgehampton, scoring one and assisting on the other. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 4, WHALERS 1

Pud. Pud. Pud. Pud.

It’s one of the sweetest sounds in soccer. The sound of shoe leather meeting a ball is music to a coach’s ears because it’s the sound of winning soccer. It was heard Thursday as the Tuckers stroked the ball around the Mattituck High School soccer field, passing to feet and keeping their opponents from Pierson/Bridgehampton running and chasing.

The possession game is alive and well in Mattituck, and that’s a good sign for the Tuckers. They played what their coach, Malynda Nichol, said was their best game of this young season and were rewarded with a 4-1 win, the first two goals coming off the foot of freshman forward Alex Beebe. (more…)

09/17/14 5:00pm
Zach Holmes of Greenport/Southold/Mattituck tries to thwart an attempted tackle by Babylon's James Messina. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Zach Holmes of Greenport/Southold/Mattituck tries to thwart an attempted tackle by Babylon’s James Messina. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Friday night marked the opening game for the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck high school football team’s season, and Dorrie Jackson Memorial Field at Greenport High School may have never looked so nice. Along with the plush grass field, which has been well-watered, there were new NFL-style goal posts. The recently painted purple and gold bleachers looked brilliant in the fading sunlight as kickoff time approached. And there, on the south end of the field, was the sharp looking scoreboard, which was installed last season.

Ah, yes, the scoreboard.

On a night when the game was cut and dried, it was the scoreboard that provided the only real controversy — if you want to call it that — of the evening. (more…)

09/16/14 8:53pm
Southold/Greenport's Raeanne Berry dribbling forward while being followed by teammate Jasmine Fell and Bishop McGann-Mercy's Madeleine Joinnides (5) and Alexandra Hulse (9). (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold/Greenport’s Raeanne Berry dribbling forward while being followed by teammate Jasmine Fell and Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Madeleine Joinnides (5) and Alexandra Hulse (9). (Credit: Garret Meade)

MONARCHS 3, CLIPPERS 3 (OT)

A spirited contest between two improved high school girls soccer teams brought what could be considered a just result. It could be said that neither Bishop McGann-Mercy or Southold/Greenport deserved to lose in their Suffolk County League VII game on Tuesday, and neither team did, thanks to Siobhan Merrill.

Merrill, a sophomore center midfielder, rescued McGann-Mercy from what would have been its first loss of the season by scoring the tying goal with 4 minutes 10 seconds left in the second overtime period of a 3-3 draw at Southold High School. (more…)

09/15/14 7:41pm
Southold/Greenport junior Julia Daddona tossing the ball before serving during her third singles match against Center Moriches. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold/Greenport junior Julia Daddona tossing the ball before serving during her third singles match against Center Moriches. (Credit: Garret Meade)

RED DEVILS 7, CLIPPERS 0

The Southold/Greenport high school girls tennis players wear red uniforms, but in terms of their years playing the sport, many of the Clippers are green.

That being the case, the young Clippers have to measure their progress incrementally. Through their first five team matches this season the Clippers have not only gone winless, but they have lost all 90 sets they have played. Coach Howie Geismar has noticed a positive sign recently, though. Instead of losing sets by 6-0, the Clippers are now starting to win some games. (more…)

09/13/14 12:32am
Greenport/Southold/Mattituck's Chris Dwyer is unable to pull in a pass while Babylon's Stephen Cavalieri provides coverage on the play. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Greenport/Southold/Mattituck’s Chris Dwyer is unable to pull in a pass while Babylon’s Stephen Cavalieri provides coverage on the play. (Credit: Garret Meade)

PANTHERS 35, PORTERS 0

The 2014 high school football season for Rick Punzone began in the same place where his reign as Babylon’s head coach began 11 years ago — in Greenport. And the result, not surprisingly, was the same, another win by powerhouse Babylon.

Babylon, the Long Island Class IV champion for the past two years, brought Punzone a milestone. He became the first Babylon coach to pick up his 100th career win, courtesy of a 35-0 blanking of Greenport/Southold/Mattituck at Dorrie Jackson Memorial Field on Friday night. After Babylon’s 25th consecutive win, the longest such streak on Long Island, the game ball was presented to Punzone, who exchanged handshakes and hugs with his players. (more…)

09/11/14 8:20pm
Greenport/Southold freshman Madison Hilton pushing the ball forward and closing in on Hampton Bays goalie Ashlyn Von Bartheld. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Greenport/Southold freshman Madison Hilton pushing the ball forward and closing in on Hampton Bays goalie Ashlyn Von Bartheld. (Credit: Garret Meade)

CLIPPERS 8, BAYMEN 2

The path in front of the field hockey goal at Greenport High School could be named Madison Avenue. It would be a fitting appellation.

That’s because the Greenport/Southold team has not one, but two Madisons — Madison Hilton and Madison Tabor. In their brief time together on the field, the duo has already picked up a joint nickname: “Maddy squared.”

Through the Clippers’ first two games this season, “Maddy squared” has combined for three goals, including two in an 8-2 rout of visiting Hampton Bays on Thursday. (more…)

09/11/14 10:00am
From left, Jeremy Rempe, Jon Rempe and Owen Klipstein are among the leading runners for a Southold team that is making a run at county and league titles. (Credit: Garret Meade)

From left, Jeremy Rempe, Jon Rempe and Owen Klipstein are among the leading runners for a Southold team that is making a run at county and league titles. (Credit: Garret Meade)

PREVIEW

After sending his cross-country runners off on their training run last Thursday afternoon, Karl Himmelmann speculated on the near future for his Southold team. It’s a bright future. Curious to see how the new season unfolds, he said, “I’m excited, really excited.”

Himmelmann has good reason to be. He called this the “deepest boys field I’ve had in the five years I’ve been coaching.” (more…)

09/11/14 8:00am
Billy McAllister, taking a handoff from Dylan Marlborough, is the Porters' new feature back. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Billy McAllister, taking a handoff from Dylan Marlborough, is the Porters’ new feature back. (Credit: Garret Meade)

PREVIEW

When the time period for a National Football League team arrives to make a draft pick, it is said that the team is “on the clock.” High school football coaches know the feeling well. That is how they feel on the first day of preseason practice: They are on the clock, with X number of days to prepare for the season-opening game.

The pressure of pressing time can make coaches feel like students cramming for a big exam.

“Absolutely,” Greenport/Southold/Mattituck’s coach, Jack Martilotta, said. “It’s always a race to prepare for the first game.” (more…)

09/09/14 7:17pm
Sean Moran, heading the ball, scored Southold's lone goal against Center Moriches on a penalty kick. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Sean Moran, heading the ball, scored Southold’s lone goal against Center Moriches on a penalty kick. (Credit: Garret Meade)

RED DEVILS 7, FIRST SETTLERS 1

Kevin Albert is a high school soccer player making up for lost time. The Southold First Settlers were the unfortunate ones to get in his way on Tuesday.

Albert, a senior forward for Center Moriches, has come back from two back injuries, one that cost him his entire junior season. This past summer he came down with a strep infection that traveled from his throat to his back, leading to a couple of surgeries.

Now he is back, and playing better than ever. (more…)