Articles by

Joe Werkmeister

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…)

08/28/14 3:00pm
Reggie Archer, a fourth-year varsity player for McGann-Mercy who lives in Riverhead, will be the featured back for the Monarchs this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Reggie Archer, a fourth-year varsity player for McGann-Mercy who lives in Riverhead, will be the featured back for the Monarchs this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Reggie Archer grew up playing football in PAL with Ken Simco, Troy Trent and many of the other guys who will make up the core of Riverhead’s varsity football team this season as seniors. When they reached high school, and the point where football takes on a more serious tone, their paths split.  (more…)

08/03/14 8:00am
A view of Bailie Beach in Mattituck (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

A view of Bailie Beach in Mattituck (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Any conversation about sewage management in Suffolk County should begin with the current state of our waters. In conformance with the federal Clean Water Act, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation assesses water bodies throughout the state. Numerous water bodies throughout Long Island are classified as “Impaired Waters” (303d list).  (more…)

07/24/14 5:00pm
Katie Hoeg brought Mattituck/Greenport/Southold five goals, two assists and six ground balls in its win over Center Moriches. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Katie Hoeg of Mattituck/Greenport/Southold will play in an all-star game Saturday. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

The first Long Island All-American lacrosse event will pit the top girls from Suffolk County against Nassau County this weekend. Five games will be played at Mitchell Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.  (more…)

07/23/14 12:55pm
TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | Regina Calcaterra of New Suffolk opening her State Senate campaign in the summer of 2009.

Regina Calcaterra of New Suffolk opening her State Senate campaign in the summer of 2009. (Credit: Tim Kelly, file)

In mid-September, the three co-chairs of a high-powered commission aimed at rooting out corruption in state politics arranged for a meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who set up the commission last summer. In the governor’s mid-town office, William Fitzpatrick, a district attorney from Syracuse, raised concerns he felt were hampering the commission’s effort, the New York Times reported today .

At the center of those concerns were alleged roadblocks  planted by Regina Calcaterra, a New Suffolk attorney who had been appointed the commission’s executive director. The commissioners threatened to quit, alleging that Ms. Calcaterra was running interference on investigations that pointed back to the governor’s office.

Lawrence Schwartz, the secretary to the governor, responded by saying of Ms. Calcaterra: “She is not going anywhere.”

These bombshell revelations were detailed by a three-month New York Times investigation published today.  (more…)

07/16/14 10:00am
Sarah Sinning helped lead Team U.S.A. to a silver medal last week in France. (Credit: worldinlinehockey.org)

Sarah Sinning helped lead Team U.S.A. to a silver medal last week in France. (Credit: worldinlinehockey.org)

Sarah Sinning of Peconic helped guide Team USA to a silver medal at the Junior Women’s World Championships, a weeklong roller hockey tournament in Toulouse, France. The tournament concluded July 13 with Spain defeating the U.S., 4-2.  (more…)