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Joe Werkmeister

12/16/14 9:56pm
Mercy's Mia Behrens drives to the basket as teammate Julia Cintron-Leonardo blocks out a defender. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Mercy’s Mia Behrens drives to the basket as teammate Julia Cintron-Leonardo blocks out a defender. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

An often heard phrase echoing throughout gymnasiums from basketball coaches is a plea to “value the basketball.”

In Tuesday’s non-league game between Bishop McGann-Mercy and Westhampton, all bets were off. The basketball traded hands between the two teams so frequently, it was like a game of hot potato. At times, the shot clock barely reset after a turnover before another turnover gave possession right back to the first team.  (more…)

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12/15/14 8:46pm

TUCKERS 68, ROYALS 40

Daniel Fedun didn’t know what to expect this season making the jump from JV to varsity. His role, he figured, would be a hustle guy, the kind of player whose work doesn’t always appear in the stat sheet.

Mattituck coach Paul Ellwood quickly grew to appreciate the hustle Fedun supplied and began using him as the first player off the bench.  (more…)

12/11/14 9:42pm
Mattituck's Katie Hoeg, pictured against Southold Monday, scored eight points in the league opening win against Southampton Thursday night. (Credit:  Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s Katie Hoeg, pictured against Southold Monday, scored eight points in the league opening win against Southampton Thursday night. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 46, MARINERS 15

The tide can shift quickly at a small school, where one player can lift a program, or one graduating class can leave a void that takes several seasons to fill.

Consider two years ago, Southampton boasted one of the best teams on Long Island, and not just for small schools. The Mariners played teams like Long Island Lutheran in non-league that season, which ended with a trip to the state semifinals.  (more…)

11/15/14 10:39am
Two accidents were reported on County Road 51 early Saturday morning. (Credit: Google Maps)

Two accidents were reported on County Road 51 early Saturday morning. (Credit: Google Maps)

A Cutchogue woman crashed into an unoccupied Southampton Town police car early Saturday morning on a closed roadway in Manorville as police and firefighters were responding to a single-car accident that seriously injured a Manorville man, Southampton Town police said. (more…)

11/08/14 12:30pm
Southold's Owen Klipstein and Mattituck's Melanie Pfennig, pictured at last week's state qualifier, were the top finishers for their teams at Saturday's state championship. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Southold’s Owen Klipstein and Mattituck’s Melanie Pfennig, pictured at last week’s state qualifier, were the top finishers for their teams at Saturday’s state championship. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Mattituck sophomore Melanie Pfennig posted the top time for the Tuckers at Saturday’s cross country state championship at SUNY Canton.  (more…)

11/06/14 12:00pm
Mario Arreola (left) and Shayne Johnson will lead their respective teams into the regional finals Saturday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mario Arreola (left) and Shayne Johnson will lead their respective teams into the regional finals Saturday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The matchups for Saturday’s boys soccer regional finals have been set.

Mattituck will host Rye Neck  of Section I at 4 p.m. in Class B at Diamond in the Pines. Southold will follow with its regional final game against Rhinebeck of Section IX at 6 p.m. in Class C.  Admission for both games is $7. The times for both games were pushed back from their original listings Thursday afternoon. (more…)

11/01/14 5:34pm
McGann-Mercy quarterback KJ Santacroce lets go a pass as running back Reggie Archer blocks in front. (Credit: Bill Landon)

McGann-Mercy quarterback KJ Santacroce lets go a pass as running back Reggie Archer blocks in front. (Credit: Bill Landon)

KNIGHTS 48, MONARCHS 13

No more than a handful of plays into Saturday afternoon’s game, the pristine white road uniforms of McGann-Mercy High School were stained muddy brown.

The pounding rain, accompanied by gusts of wind, made for one sloppy day for football at John Glenn High School.  (more…)

11/01/14 8:00am
Mario Arreola (left) and Shayne Johnson will lead their respective teams into county championship games today. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mario Arreola (left) and Shayne Johnson will lead their respective teams into county championship games today. (Credit: Garret Meade)

UPDATE: Southold’s game has been postponed until Tuesday. Check back later for more details.

ORIGINAL STORY: Diamond in the Pines has become an annual destination for the Mattituck boys soccer team. Once again this afternoon, the Tuckers will play for a county championship. This time, looking for their fifth straight title.

Top-seeded Mattituck will play No. 2 Center Moriches at noon for the Class B title in Coram. The time of the game was moved up with poor weather in the forecast.  (more…)