05/28/15 10:05pm
05/28/2015 10:05 PM
Mattituck Melanie Pfennig finished in fifth place in the 1,500 meters at the Division Championships. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk).

Mattituck’s Melanie Pfennig finished in sixth place in the 1,500 meters at the Division Championships. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk).

DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS

Shoreham-Wading River High School has a proud history of producing good long-distance runners. Perhaps it’s the wooded areas near the school that provide the right training venue for them, surmised Paul Koretzki, Shoreham’s girls track and field coach.

Whatever it is, it’s working.

Shoreham runners produced three of the top four places (and four of the top eight) in the Suffolk County Division III 1,500 meters, not to mention the champion, Kaitlyn Ohrtman. The 3,000-meter champion, Katherine Lee, also ran for the Wildcats.

The 1,500-meter race in the Division Championships on Thursday at Northport High School held out the promise of being a good one, and it did not disappoint. Ohrtman, a junior, led from the early going and held on for an impressive victory in 4 minutes 41.42 seconds.

Perhaps just as impressive was who followed her. Lee, a freshman, took second place in 4:45.31, ahead of the third-place finisher, Bishop McGann-Mercy junior Meg Tuthill (4:47.90). Shoreham sophomore Alexandra Hays was fourth in 4:48.55.

The race featured a heavy presence of local runners, with Melanie Pfennig of Mattituck (4:58.29) sixth, Kaitlyn Butterfield of McGann-Mercy (4:58.64) seventh, Francesca Lilly of Shoreham (4:59.67) eighth and Kaylee Bergen of Mattituck (5:14.74) 11th.

On the first day of the meet two days earlier, Lee had coasted to victory in the 3,000 in 10:28.60. Hays was fourth in 10:51.84 and followed by Pfennig and Bergen (10:59.16).

Tuthill, who lives in Southold, earned a winner’s medal in the 800, edging out Lee by 1/100th of a second with a time of 2:17.76.

Ohrtman also ran the anchor leg for a triumphant 4×800-meter relay team. She joined forces with Lilly, Lee and Hays for a first-place time of 9:31.21.

Tuthill handled the anchor leg for McGann-Mercy, which was second in 9:35.18. Butterfield, Maddie Joinnides and Devyn O’Brien also ran for that team.

Shoreham pole vaulter Haley Lindell cleared 9 feet to land in third place. One of her teammates, Payton Capes-Davis, was sixth at 8-0.

Capes-Davis, Ohrtman, Megan Kelly and Alexandra Kuhnle were fourth for Shoreham in the 4×400-meter relay in 4:15.03. The McGann-Mercy team of Dayna Young, Olivia Kneski, Delaney Macchirole and Juliana Cintron-Leonardo was fifth in 4:16.54.

McGann-Mercy’s 4×100-meter relay team of Young, Macchirole, Cintron-Leonardo and Adafih Blackburn was fifth in 52.54.

In the 400, Joinnides (1:01.18) and Kneski (1:02.49) took fifth and sixth.

Shoreham’s Courtney Wrigley was sixth in the high jump at 4-8.

Megan Dinizio of Mattituck was sixth in the 100 in 13.87.

Bayport-Blue Point earned the team title with 126 points. Shoreham finished fifth in the team rankings with 66 points, McGann-Mercy was eighth with 31 and Mattituck was 15th with 5.

TWO THIRDS FOR SMITH In Division II, Ra’Shae Smith of Riverhead had third-place throws in both the discus (105-1) and the shot put (37-5 1/2).

Ashley-Ann Courts of Riverhead finished fourth in the long jump with a distance of 17-4.

Riverhead ranked 12th with 17 points. Huntington won the team title with 91 points.

bliepa@timesreview.com

05/27/15 9:08pm
05/27/2015 9:08 PM
The Mattituck Tuckers (23-1) wrapped up their second straight county championship and fifth in 13 years. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

The Mattituck Tuckers (23-1) wrapped up their second straight county championship and fifth in 13 years. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS B FINALS, GAME 2 | TUCKERS 11, PANTHERS 6

The Mattituck High School baseball players were let out of school earlier than usual on Wednesday and had a chance to get a little batting practice in before taking the bus ride to Babylon for their big game. It was during that batting practice session when Chris Dwyer could sense that he was in the zone. Within hours, it became obvious to everyone else that Dwyer was locked in at the plate.

Dwyer could do no wrong in the batter’s box. His stellar 4-for-4 batting led the way as Mattituck’s relentless offense pounded 16 hits to beat Babylon, 11-6, and take the Suffolk County Class B championship series in two games. (more…)

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05/27/15 5:45pm
Mattituck senior Jack DiGregorio carries the ball against Babylon in Wednesday's county championship. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Mattituck senior Jack DiGregorio carries the ball against Babylon in Wednesday’s county championship. (Credit: Bill Landon)

SUFFOLK CLASS C FINALS  |  PANTHERS 9, TUCKERS 5

A team’s first trip to the red and white LaValle Stadium at Stony Brook University rarely ends well. Before Mount Sinai broke through in 2008, there were the beatdowns at the hands of Shoreham-Wading River.

John Glenn needed a loss against Mount Sinai before clinching a title of its own in 2010. That year, the Knights defeated Bayport-Blue Point for the Class C title.  (more…)

05/26/15 8:28pm
05/26/2015 8:28 PM
Joe Tardif drove in four runs, three from his second home run of the year, as Mattituck shut out Babylon, 7-0, in the opener to the county Class B finals. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Joe Tardif drove in four runs, three from his second home run of the year, as Mattituck shut out Babylon, 7-0, in the opener to the county Class B finals. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS B FINALS, GAME 1 | TUCKERS 7, PANTHERS 0

Joe Tardif has a knack for amazing people with his athletic exploits. He did it again on Tuesday — with his pitching arm, his bat and his glove.

Tardif delivered a fine pitching performance, drove in four runs (three from a home run) and made one of the nicest fielding plays of the day as Mattituck took the first game of the Suffolk County Class B baseball finals, 7-0 over Babylon. The top-seeded Tuckers (22-1) can wrap up their fifth county championship in 13 years on Wednesday if they win the second game in Babylon. (more…)

05/26/15 1:00pm

Who said a race car driver can’t win a race in the first few laps? Certainly not Ryan Preece.

The driver from Berlin, Conn., scored a 35-lap NASCAR Modified victory at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night after spending the first five laps of the race fighting side by side for the lead with Timmy Solomito and Tom Rogers Jr. before edging out in front.

Preece, making only his second start of the season, not only claimed the victory but also the lead for the track championship lead by one point over Tom Rogers Jr., 105-104. (more…)

05/25/15 4:00am
05/25/2015 4:00 AM

The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League will work with Go4theGoal Foundation to help strike out pediatric cancer this summer. Its inaugural Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer event will take place June 26-28 on fields around the East End, all in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the New Jersey-based not-for-profit organization. (more…)

05/23/15 10:00am
05/23/2015 10:00 AM
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…)