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12/19/14 10:37pm
12/19/2014 10:37 PM
Will Gildersleeve of Mattituck driving to the basket during Friday night's game against Wyandanch. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Dan Fedun of Mattituck goes up for a shot while being defended by Wyandanch’s Mikey Lamb. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

TUCKERS 66, WARRIORS 53

Mattituck avenged an elimination loss from last year’s Suffolk County Class B boys basketball playoffs, recording a 66-53 League VII victory over Wyandanch at home Friday night.

Junior guard Joe Tardif was the Tuckers’ spark plug, scoring 21 point and making 4 steals while leading a ball-hawking and alert defense. (more…)

12/19/14 10:03pm
Southold's Shayne Johnson leans over Shelter Island's Semaj Lawrence and Peter Kropf (33). (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold’s Shayne Johnson leans over Shelter Island’s Semaj Lawrence and Peter Kropf (33). Southold takes a 4-1 record into the holiday break. (Credit: Garret Meade)

FIRST SETTLERS 57, INDIANS 49

Happy holidays.

They undoubtedly will be for the Southold High School boys basketball team. The First Settlers ought to be in the holiday spirit, with their early-season results.

What’s the reason for all that good cheer? A 4-1 record (3-0 in league play) will do the trick.

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12/16/14 9:56pm
12/16/2014 9:56 PM
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…)

12/15/14 8:46pm
12/15/2014 8:46 PM

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…)

12/14/14 7:00am
12/14/2014 7:00 AM
Madison Tabor of Southold/Greenport drives toward the basket against East Hampton Saturday afternoon. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Madison Tabor of Southold/Greenport drives toward the basket against East Hampton Saturday afternoon. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Sophomore guard Madison Tabor enjoyed a career game of her short Southold/Greenport girls basketball career Saturday afternoon.

She scored a career-high 23 points — 16 in the second half — to pace the Clippers to a 41-24 victory over East Hampton in a non-league home game.  (more…)

12/13/14 10:49am
12/13/2014 10:49 AM
Tyshie Williams drives to the basket against Shelter Island Friday night. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Tyshie Williams drives to the basket against Shelter Island Friday night. (Credit: Garret Meade)

PORTERS 65, INDIANS 62

Late heroics by Willy Riggins and Tyshie Williams averted a possible controversial result and pushed the Greenport boys basketball team to victory over Shelter Island on Friday night.

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12/12/14 6:00pm
12/12/2014 6:00 PM
McGann-Mercy senior Reggie Archer received the 2014 Boden Award Dec. 5. He's pictured with his mother (left), football coach Phil Lombardi and Denise Boden. (Courtesy photo)

McGann-Mercy senior Reggie Archer received the 2014 Boden Award Dec. 5. He’s pictured with his mother (left), football coach Phil Lombardi and Denise Boden. (Courtesy photo)

A four-year varsity football player, Reggie Archer was honored Dec. 5 with the 2014 Boden Award, which is given annually to a Mercy football player. An all-county running back/defensive back, Archer helped lead the Monarchs into the playoffs twice during his tenure.   (more…)

12/11/14 9:42pm
12/11/2014 9:42 PM
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…)