12/09/14 12:00pm
Mattituck/Greenport senior Adam Goode is one of the team's three returning county champions. He went 26-10 last season. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Mattituck/Greenport senior Adam Goode is one of the team’s three returning county champions. He went 26-10 last season. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Look at the evidence. Look at what the Mattituck/Greenport high school wrestling team did last season.

The Tuckers put up an 18-3 record, going undefeated (8-0) in Suffolk County League VII for the second season in a row. Heading into their season-opening match against Longwood Wednesday, they have won 16 consecutive league matches over the last two seasons. For the first time in team history, they won back-to-back league titles, giving them a total of five. (more…)

12/08/14 9:14pm
Southold/Greenport's Grace Syron (10) and Toni Esposito pursue the ball along with Mattituck's Katie Hoeg. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold/Greenport’s Grace Syron (10) and Toni Esposito pursue the ball along with Mattituck’s Katie Hoeg during Monday’s night’s non-league game at Mattituck High School. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 53, CLIPPERS 25

The Mattituck High School girls basketball team had a number of things to feel good about regarding its home opener. The Tuckers enjoyed good scoring balance. They dominated the boards and played hounding defense. Their two leading players, Liz Dwyer and Katie Hoeg, turned in their typically solid games.

So, coach Steve Van Dood, what was the biggest thing the Tuckers took away from their non-league game against Southold/Greenport on Monday night?

“The win,” he said. (more…)

12/06/14 11:01pm
From left, Chris Dwyer, Will Gildersleeve and Joe Tardif with Mattituck's newly won prize. (Credit: Garret Meade)

From left, Chris Dwyer, Will Gildersleeve and Joe Tardif with Mattituck’s newly won prize. The Tuckers are champions of the first Kendall Madison Tip-Off Classic. (Credit: Garret Meade)

KENDALL MADISON TIP-OFF CLASSIC | TUCKERS 67, WHALERS 59

It’s just two games into the high school boys basketball season, and Mattituck already has a title and a shiny new addition to its trophy case.

Chris Dwyer, Dan Fedun and Parker Tuthill scored 14 points each while Mattituck’s defense played tough in a 67-59 defeat of Pierson in the final of the first Kendall Madison Tip-Off Classic on Saturday night in East Hampton High School’s dark gym. (more…)

12/05/14 10:55pm
Greenport's Matt Drinkwater looks for someone to pass to while being guarded by Bridgehampton's Matt Hostetter. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Greenport’s Matt Drinkwater looks for someone to pass to while being guarded by Bridgehampton’s Matt Hostetter. (Credit: Garret Meade)

KILLERS BEES 59, PORTERS 33

The early start to the Suffolk County League VIII boys basketball season places a premium on a quick start. Perhaps more than ever, it’s important for teams to bolt quickly out of the starting blocks.

The Greenport Porters tripped at the starting line. (more…)

12/03/14 7:00pm
Joe Tardif and Will Gildersleeve (21) are both all-league senior guards for Mattituck. (Credit: Garret Meade file)

Joe Tardif and Will Gildersleeve (21) are both all-league senior guards for Mattituck. (Credit: Garret Meade file)

PREVIEW

It may not exactly be all defense all the time, but defense surely is on the Mattituck Tuckers’ minds a lot these days.

If it sounds as if coach Paul Ellwood is playing the same record over and over again during his high school boys basketball team’s preseason practices, there’s a reason for it. He is emphasizing defense perhaps more than ever. (more…)

12/02/14 5:00pm
Mattituck's Katie Hoeg, wrestling for the ball with a Center Moriches player last season, is an all-league forward heading into her fourth varsity season. (Credit: Garret Meade file)

Mattituck’s Katie Hoeg, wrestling for the ball with a Center Moriches player last season, is an all-league forward heading into her fourth varsity season. (Credit: Garret Meade file)

PREVIEW

This may be Steve Van Dood’s favorite time of the year. When November comes around and it’s time to roll the basketballs out of the equipment room, Van Dood is in his element.

“I love it,” the Mattituck High School girls basketball coach said while his players ran drills during a recent practice. “It’s like Christmas. This is great. The most wonderful time of the year, as the song goes.” (more…)

11/25/14 2:00pm
Tim Stevens received medical clearance to resume physical activity two days before Greenport's first practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Tim Stevens, fully recovered from a broken fibula, received medical clearance to resume physical activity two days before Greenport’s first practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Tim Stevens learned a lesson the hard way. “Never go half speed,” he said.

That, Stevens figured, was his transgression when he suffered a season-ending injury while playing for the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck high school football team this year. Stevens was trying to make a tackle during a game when one of his teammates, Chris Dwyer, missed his attempted tackle, and banged his helmet into Stevens’ right leg. (more…)

11/24/14 12:00pm
Greg Gehring, a junior transfer with a penchant for passing, is expected to bring Southold assists. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Greg Gehring, a junior transfer with a penchant for passing, is expected to bring Southold assists. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Every now and then a team gets lucky, and a gift falls in its lap. Greg Gehring is the Southold High School boys basketball team’s early Christmas present.

Gehring, a junior point guard, is a transfer from Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School. He was a solid starter for the Monarchs last season, with a pass-first mentality. (more…)

11/22/14 5:43pm
Southold/Greenport's new coach, Howie Geismar, said he likes what he has seen from sophomore center Jamie Molnar. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold/Greenport’s new coach, Howie Geismar, said he likes what he has seen from sophomore center Jamie Molnar. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The break from the recent past — as in last season — is almost complete. The Southold/Greenport high school girls basketball team has a new coach (Howie Geismar), a new assistant coach (Maria Troisi) and a whole bunch of new players.

Perhaps the most telling way to look at it is like this: sophomores Toni Esposito, Madison Tabor and Katie Tuthill are the only returning players from last season’s team. And Tuthill, a forward, is out indefinitely with a concussion she suffered while playing field hockey in September.

“It’s like we wiped the slate clean and we’re starting over again,” said Geismar, the team’s fifth coach in five years who takes over from Joe Read. (more…)

11/21/14 5:00pm
Parker Tuthill is one of the guards who make up the strength of the Mattituck team. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Parker Tuthill is one of the guards who make up the strength of the Mattituck team. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The Mattituck High School boys basketball team looks pretty darn good. It has speed. It has shooters. It has ball handlers. And it has guards, plenty of guards — even some forwards who play like guards.

What the Tuckers don’t have any more is the high-flying, above-the-rim dimension that Gene Allen afforded them. (more…)