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Joe Werkmeister

05/23/15 10:00am
Jeff Doroski will return this fall as Mercy's head football coach. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Jeff Doroski will return this fall as Mercy’s head football coach. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Jeff Doroski will return as the McGann-Mercy football coach next fall.

After a contentious departure in early 2014, which led to him taking the varsity head coach positions of Riverhead softball and Hampton Bays football, Doroski will once again be on the sideline of his alma mater when the Monarchs kick off in September.  (more…)

05/21/15 12:00pm
John Drinkwater of Greenport led all of Suffolk County in home runs this season. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)

John Drinkwater of Greenport led all of Suffolk County in home runs this season. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)

As the Greenport Porters’ season progressed, every at-bat for senior John Drinkwater became an event in itself. Forget the score, forget the standings, all eyes trained on Drinkwater as he stepped into the batter’s box.

Where was he about to hit the next ball?  (more…)

05/14/15 1:42pm
Mattituck's James Nish hits a home run earlier this season. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)

Mattituck’s James Nish hits a home run earlier this season. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)

The League VIII champion Mattituck baseball team will open the Class B playoffs with a best-of-three series against No. 4 Port Jefferson.

The top-seeded Tuckers take a 19-1 record into the postseason as they pursue a fifth county title in the past 13 years.  (more…)

05/14/15 10:00am
Mattituck's Tyler Siefert (left) and Chelsea Marlborough will lead their respective teams into the postseason. (Credit: Daniel DeMato/Katharine Schroeder)

Mattituck’s Tyler Siefert (left) and Chelsea Marlborough will lead their respective teams into the postseason. (Credit: Daniel DeMato/Katharine Schroeder)

Mattituck’s boys and girls lacrosse teams will both open the 2015 playoffs at home, according to brackets released by Section XI.

The boys, who finished second in League IV with a 10-2 record, will host Port Jefferson on May 21. The Tuckers, who went 11-3 overall, are the No. 2 seed and the Royals are the No. 3 seed in Class C.  (more…)

05/13/15 12:00pm
Aneisha Scott, a former Riverhead lacrosse player, played on the conference championship winning St. Joseph's College lacrosse team this spring. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Aneisha Scott, a former Riverhead lacrosse player, played on the conference championship winning St. Joseph’s College lacrosse team this spring. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

There’s the attackman who tore her ACL as a senior in high school. There’s the girl from Rocky Point who had never played lacrosse. There’s the goalkeeper who got peppered with goals in high school, losing nearly every game.

The bios of the women who make up the St. Joseph’s College lacrosse team read unlike most championship-caliber squads. They are not the high school All-Americans, the women whose pictures constantly appeared in newspapers, the prolific goal scorers.

They are the diamonds in the rough.  (more…)

04/06/15 2:17pm
McGann-Mercy pitcher Nicole Gravagna throws out a runner at first base Monday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

McGann-Mercy pitcher Nicole Gravagna throws out a runner at first base Monday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

MONARCHS 10, MARINERS 5

An early morning start on the day after a holiday can be a cause for alarm for any coach. Are the players going to be mentally ready? Will they come out sluggish?

Before Monday’s home opener for the McGann-Mercy softball team, first-year coach Rich Schaub was confident his group was ready. The Monarchs put together a strong practice Saturday, giving Schaub reason to believe that would carry over.  (more…)

03/28/15 10:00am
Jeffrey Avilas Ramos, a Mattituck High School junior, competes in eSports called Major League Gaming playing mostly Call of Duty. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Jeffrey Avilas Ramos, a Mattituck High School junior, competes in eSports called Major League Gaming playing mostly Call of Duty. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Down a steep wooden staircase, in a small basement room to the right, an RCA TV sits atop a folding table. An Energy Guide sticker cuts off a portion of the TV’s bottom right corner. A cable on the left side dangles down to the floor, where it connects to an XBox One.

Jeffrey Avilas Ramos leans forward in a folding chair, his eyes fixated on the screen. The sounds of gunfire blast from the speakers. Ramos never flinches.  (more…)