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11/25/14 2:00pm
Tim Stevens received medical clearance to resume physical activity two days before Greenport's first practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Tim Stevens, fully recovered from a broken fibula, received medical clearance to resume physical activity two days before Greenport’s first practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Tim Stevens learned a lesson the hard way. “Never go half speed,” he said.

That, Stevens figured, was his transgression when he suffered a season-ending injury while playing for the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck high school football team this year. Stevens was trying to make a tackle during a game when one of his teammates, Chris Dwyer, missed his attempted tackle, and banged his helmet into Stevens’ right leg. (more…)

11/24/14 2:27pm
11/24/2014 2:27 PM
Kaan Ilgin scored twice in Mattituck's win for the Class B county title earlier this month. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Kaan Ilgin scored twice in Mattituck’s win for the Class B county title earlier this month. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

It has turned into quite a whirlwind 10 days for Kaan Ilgin.

On Nov. 15, the senior forward scored two goals in Mattituck’s 3-0 Class B victory over Beekmantown, which clinched the team’s first New York State boys soccer championship in 11 years and third overall. He was named the final’s most valuable player and awarded a special game ball.

Later that day, Ilgin and the Tuckers were feted with a Mattituck Fire Department escort on their way to a celebration at the school.

On Nov. 17, he learned he was invited to the High School All-American Game.

On Nov. 18, Ilgin and his teammates were honored at the Mattituck Board of Education meeting.

And now he is considering turning pro. (more…)

11/24/14 12:00pm
Greg Gehring, a junior transfer with a penchant for passing, is expected to bring Southold assists. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Greg Gehring, a junior transfer with a penchant for passing, is expected to bring Southold assists. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Every now and then a team gets lucky, and a gift falls in its lap. Greg Gehring is the Southold High School boys basketball team’s early Christmas present.

Gehring, a junior point guard, is a transfer from Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School. He was a solid starter for the Monarchs last season, with a pass-first mentality. (more…)

11/22/14 5:43pm
11/22/2014 5:43 PM
Southold/Greenport's new coach, Howie Geismar, said he likes what he has seen from sophomore center Jamie Molnar. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold/Greenport’s new coach, Howie Geismar, said he likes what he has seen from sophomore center Jamie Molnar. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The break from the recent past — as in last season — is almost complete. The Southold/Greenport high school girls basketball team has a new coach (Howie Geismar), a new assistant coach (Maria Troisi) and a whole bunch of new players.

Perhaps the most telling way to look at it is like this: sophomores Toni Esposito, Madison Tabor and Katie Tuthill are the only returning players from last season’s team. And Tuthill, a forward, is out indefinitely with a concussion she suffered while playing field hockey in September.

“It’s like we wiped the slate clean and we’re starting over again,” said Geismar, the team’s fifth coach in five years who takes over from Joe Read. (more…)

11/21/14 5:00pm
11/21/2014 5:00 PM
Parker Tuthill is one of the guards who make up the strength of the Mattituck team. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Parker Tuthill is one of the guards who make up the strength of the Mattituck team. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The Mattituck High School boys basketball team looks pretty darn good. It has speed. It has shooters. It has ball handlers. And it has guards, plenty of guards — even some forwards who play like guards.

What the Tuckers don’t have any more is the high-flying, above-the-rim dimension that Gene Allen afforded them. (more…)

11/20/14 9:33pm
11/20/2014 9:33 PM
Mattituck's only two seniors, Lisa Angell, left, and Courtney Murphy, during Thursday's practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s only two seniors, Lisa Angell, left, and Courtney Murphy, during Thursday’s practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The sound of thumping basketballs and sneakers squeaking on the court echoed off the walls of the Mattituck High School gym. Basketball is back, but Tiana Baker isn’t.

The Mattituck Tuckers have undergone a major face-lift. Not only do they no longer have the graduated Shannon Dwyer, but their other all-conference player from last season, Baker, is gone, too. The sophomore shooting guard, one of Suffolk County’s rising talents, has transferred to St. Anthony’s High School.

Talk about taking a punch in the gut.

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