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Joe Werkmeister

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10/29/14 5:44pm
Mattituck goalkeeper Emma Fasolino makes a save on Port Jefferson forward Jillian Colucci, who leads the county in goals scored this year. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Mattituck goalkeeper Emma Fasolino makes a save on Port Jefferson forward Jillian Colucci, who leads the county in goals scored this year. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

CLASS B SEMIFINALS  |  ROYALS 1, TUCKERS 0

Two days. Time was against the Mattituck girls soccer team to devise a plan to disrupt one of the most potent offenses in the county.

After Saturday’s overtime thriller against McGann-Mercy, the Tuckers returned to the practice field Monday with the realization that the top-seeded Port Jefferson Royals awaited Wednesday afternoon.  (more…)

10/25/14 7:04pm
Mattituck freshman Jane DiGregorio celebrates her game-winning goal Saturday against Mercy. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck freshman Jane DiGregorio celebrates her game-winning goal Saturday against Mercy. (Credit: Garret Meade)

CLASS B PLAYOFFS  |  TUCKERS 3, MONARCHS 2

Mattituck coach Malynda Nichol presented freshman Jane DiGregorio two options early this season.

One would be to stay on the junior varsity, where as a quick, talented forward, she would undoubtedly score plenty of goals. The second option was to join the varsity, where her playing time would be limited, but she could experience the big club.  (more…)

10/24/14 11:24pm
McGann-Mercy students celebrated with the players on the field following Friday night's playoff-clinching win. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

McGann-Mercy students celebrated with the players on the field following Friday night’s playoff-clinching win. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

MONARCHS 28, WARRIORS 6

The bleachers were empty and most the McGann-Mercy football players were on their way to the locker room. Near the north end zone, where moments earlier the players chanted “playoffs! playoffs!” with classmates who stormed the field, Reggie Archer and some his fellow seniors remained.

The joy of the moment gave way to a bittersweet reality: they had likely just played their final home game at McGann-Mercy High School. (more…)

10/24/14 2:00pm
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Dayna Young (10) and Mattituck's Alex Beebe running neck and neck for a ball. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Dayna Young (10) and Mattituck’s Alex Beebe running neck and neck for a ball earlier this season. The two teams play Saturday in the playoffs. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The Mattituck girls soccer team will open the 2014 playoffs Saturday in a home game against McGann-Mercy. The Tuckers are the No. 4 seed and the Monarchs are seeded fifth in Class B.

The game starts at 3 p.m. The winner advances to play top-seeded Port Jefferson Wednesday.  (more…)

10/21/14 7:50pm
Mattituck sophomore Melanie Pfennig (left) and senior Kaylee Bergen were the top two runners for the Tuckers Tuesday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Mattituck sophomore Melanie Pfennig (left) and senior Kaylee Bergen were the top two runners for the Tuckers Tuesday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The Mattituck girls cross country team doesn’t have the deepest roster compared to most teams competing in Tuesday’s Section XI Division Championships. Throughout the season, the Tuckers have had about 12 girls consistently at practices and competitions.

“I’d rather quality over quantity any day,” said Mattituck coach Julie Milliman.

And quality the Tuckers have.  (more…)

10/08/14 10:32am
West Point football coach Jeff Monken helped arrange for the Cutinella family to receive a jersey and scholarship offer for Tom Cutinella. (Credit: courtesy photo)

West Point football coach Jeff Monken helped arrange for the Cutinella family to receive a jersey and scholarship offer for their son, Tom. (Credit: Courtesy Photo)

Tom Cutinella dreamed of attending West Point, his father, Frank, said during a eulogy for the 16-year-old Tuesday morning.

It was a dream that, in a way, became reality one day earlier thanks to the effort of a Shoreham-Wading River alumnus and the football staff at West Point.  (more…)

09/12/14 10:42pm
McGann-Mercy running back Reggie Archer tries to find a hole against the Bayport defense. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

McGann-Mercy running back Reggie Archer tries to find a hole against the Bayport defense. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

PHANTOMS 33, MONARCHS 6

From the moment Bishop McGann-Mercy received the No. 6 seed in Division IV, a peculiar position for a team whose only victory a year ago came via forfeit, this much was evident: the schedule would again be unforgiving.

A new era of Mercy football, under new coach Mike Buck, kicked off Friday against one the teams itching to break into the upper echelon of Division IV in Bayport-Blue Point, the preseason No. 4 seed. For the Monarchs, they’re simply trying to regain their footing in the division.

A festive, big crowd turned out under the lights at McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead for the home opener. It took only a matter of seconds for the Phantoms to put a damper on the evening for the home fans.

On the first play from scrimmage, Bayport quarterback Brendan Bateman connected with Edgar Somerville for a long pass up the left sideline that went for a touchdown.

Ten seconds into the game, the Phantoms led 7-0. They never looked back in a 33-6 win.

The Phantoms led from start to finish, controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the field and executing a balanced attack on the ground and in the air.

The Monarchs, who relied heavily on the arm of quarterback Kevin Santacroce, a junior, hung with the Phantoms for most of the first half. But the game swung heavily in the Phantoms’ favor in the final minutes of the second quarter.

Bayport capped a seven-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Bateman to Somerville — their second connection of the game — to go ahead 14-6 with 2:49 left.

The Monarchs fumbled the ball on the ensuing kickoff, giving possession right back to Bayport just 20 yards from the end zone. The turnover proved costly. Five plays later, running back George Ringer scored from a yard out. Just like that, the lead ballooned to 20-6.

Mercy’s lone score came toward the end of the first quarter. And it came with some trickery. Santacroce handed off to Samuel Schrage, who carried the ball a few steps to his right before pulling up and firing a pass downfield to Marco Sciara. He hauled in the pass and ran up the right sideline for a 62-yard touchdown. The Monarchs failed on the extra point attempt so Bayport held on to a 7-6 lead.

The Phantoms scored on a 70-yard interception return by Dylan Rooney on the first possession of the third quarter that made it 27-6.

The Phantoms will find out just how close they are to competing with the division’s best next week. The Phantoms host John Glenn, the No. 1 seed.

Mercy, meanwhile, will travel to Southampton, where last season was supposed to end. That game, however, was  cancelled and the Mariners were forced to forfeit because of alleged locker room misconduct. The Mariners finished 1-7. They began this season as the last seed in Division IV.

joew@timesreview.com

Mercy quarterback Kevin Santacroce lets go a pass as Shelton Williams (77) looks for a block. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Mercy quarterback Kevin Santacroce lets go a pass as Shelton Williams (77) looks for a block. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Mike Buck coached his first game at McGann-Mercy Friday. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Mike Buck coached his first game at McGann-Mercy Friday. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The students at Mercy packed the stands for the home opener. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The students at Mercy packed the stands for the home opener. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

08/30/14 8:00am
A seaplane flies over Mattituck Aug. 22, one of several aircraft observed over a three-hour period. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

A seaplane flies over Mattituck Aug. 22, one of several aircraft observed over a three-hour period that night. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Three hours into an exhaustive stakeout to document the greatest threat to North Fork life — helicopter noise — I reached an inauspicious conclusion: On this night in Mattituck, the loudest noise was neither helicopter, seaplane, nor any other flying craft that pollutes our precious skies.  (more…)