Articles by

Joe Werkmeister

04/19/14 2:13pm
Mattituck's Audrey Hoeg is tightly guarded against Shoreham Saturday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s Audrey Hoeg is tightly guarded against Shoreham Saturday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

WILDCATS 20, TUCKERS 11

The day began with a strange role reversal. Seven games into the girls lacrosse season, the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold Tuckers were looking down in the standings at Shoreham-Wading River.

The Wildcats, one of the most dominant programs in Suffolk County over the last decade, have won as many state championships as Mattituck has had seasons (five). But as the teams met at Shoreham-Wading River High School Saturday afternoon, it was the Tuckers (5-2) off to the better start in 2014.  (more…)

04/08/14 3:00pm
McGann-Mercy senior Luis Cintron won four events in a dual meet against Ross Monday, including the 400-hurdles. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

McGann-Mercy senior Luis Cintron won four events in a dual meet against Ross Monday, including the 400-hurdles. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

In both hurdle races in track and field, a runner must clear 10 hurdles to complete each race. The shorter race, the 110-meter hurdles, and the longer 400 may seem quite similar.

As Bishop McGann-Mercy senior Luis Cintron knows, conquering both races presents a unique challenge.  (more…)

04/07/14 2:38pm
News-Review staff members accept the Stuart C. Dorman Award for Editorial Excellence from the New York Press Association. Pictured are general assignment reporter Paul Squire, government reporter Tim Gannon, education reporter Jennifer Gustavson, environmental reporter Carrie Miller, executive editor Grant Parpan, editor Michael White, managing editor Joseph Pinciaro, web editor Joe Werkmeister, publisher Andrew Olsen and account executive Joseph Tumminello.

Times/Review staff members accept the Stuart C. Dorman Award for Editorial Excellence from the New York Press Association. Pictured are general assignment reporter Paul Squire, government reporter Tim Gannon, education reporter Jennifer Gustavson, environmental reporter Carrie Miller, executive editor Grant Parpan, editor Michael White, features writer Rachel Young, managing editor Joseph Pinciaro, web editor Joe Werkmeister, publisher Andrew Olsen and account executive Joseph Tumminello.

Of the more than 60 awards handed out each year by the New York Press Association, only one judges a newspaper from cover to cover. Writing, advertising, photography and design are all measured when the Past Presidents’ Award for General Excellence is judged.

For the first time since 1999, The Suffolk Times has claimed first place general excellence in the contest’s largest circulation division.

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04/01/14 7:18pm
DiGreggorio scored two goals with two assists in Tuesday's win over McGann-Mercy.

DiGreggorio scored two goals with two assists in Tuesday’s win over McGann-Mercy. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

TUCKERS 18, MONARCHS 2

Late in the fourth quarter Tuesday, during a seemingly mundane moment, first-year McGann-Mercy coach Tom Palasek spotted a teaching opportunity.

As one defenseman headed toward the sideline, another player prepared to race onto the field as his replacement. Only he was about to cross onto the field too early and at the wrong spot on the field. During a lacrosse game, players race on and off to the field with regularity, the kind of little detail a coach rarely has to pay attention to during the action. (more…)

03/12/14 6:00pm

Mercy varsity baseball coach Skip Gehring goes over instructions with his team during practice Tuesday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

It’s not the soreness that’s been a problem so much for Mercy’s new baseball coach. It’s the blisters.

Such is the price to pay for the constant barrage of fly balls hit into the outfield during practice.

“In the first week of practice I probably hit 800 fly balls to the outfielders,” said Skip Gehring, who replaces Ed Meier as the varsity coach this season.  (more…)

03/08/14 4:00pm
Shelter Island senior Nathan Mundy leans in for a short jumper against Coleman Catholic Saturday. (Credit: Beverlea Walz)

Shelter Island senior Nathan Mundy leans in for a short jumper against Coleman Catholic Saturday. (Credit: Beverlea Walz)

CLASS D REGIONAL FINALS  |  COLEMAN CATHOLIC 73, SHELTER ISLAND 46

As the reality began to set in, that one of the finest seasons in Shelter Island history and reached its end, the large contingent of Islanders in the SUNY New Paltz gym rose to their feet.

As Coleman Catholic celebrated its Class D regional final win Saturday afternoon and prepared to accept its trophy, the Shelter Island crowd erupted with a “Shelter! Island!” chant, filling the small upstate gym. (more…)

03/07/14 6:00pm

Matthew Dunning going for two on the break in Shelter Island’s victory Tuesday over Clark Academy in Westchester County. (Credit: Beverlea Waltz photo)

Preparing for an unknown opponent is akin to putting together “a jigsaw puzzle.”

Such has been the task for the Shelter Island coaches as the boys basketball team prepares to face Coleman Catholic Saturday afternoon in the Class D regional finals with a trip the state Final Four in Glens Falls on the line. Through newspaper articles, video clips and any other information they can find, the Island coaches have been busy setting up their game plan for tomorrow’s historic game.  (more…)

03/01/14 2:00pm

Mattituck/Greenport eighth-grader Jack Bokina (top) lost 8-7 in a 99-pound wrestleback match Saturday morning against Jacob Nolan. (Credit: Paul Wager)

One more win stood between Jack Bokina and the podium at the Division II New York State Wrestling Championships Saturday morning. An eighth-grader wrestling for Mattituck/Greenport, Bokina was aiming to become the first Tucker wrestler to finish all-state since 2007. (more…)

02/28/14 8:18pm

James Hoeg of Mattituck/Greenport went 1-2 in the 145-pound bracket of the Division II state championship Friday in Albany. (Credit: Paul Wager)

The New York State Wrestling Championships can be an unforgiving destination. The Mattituck/Greenport wrestling team, which sent a record seven wrestlers into the Division II tournament, experienced that in more ways than one Friday.  (more…)

02/21/14 11:00am

McGann-Mercy athletic director Paul Mastronardi, who previously coached at Eastport-South Manor, said he will coach football and lacrosse at Mercy, but would not be the head coach. (The Press News Group/Kerry Monaco photo)

From Mercy High School’s humble beginnings in the 1950s, when 47 students in a temporary building on Roanoke Avenue made up its inaugural class, the small Riverhead school has served as the East End’s home for secondary students seeking a Catholic education in a close-knit community. As the school expanded, eventually becoming Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in 2002, students there continued to gravitate toward athletics as a part of their education.

The Monarchs, while successful at times in certain sports, have never been known as a powerhouse program.

Administrators now hope to change that.  (more…)