Greenport/Southold’s Heather Koscinch turned in a second-place showing in the 3,000 meters in 14 minutes 9.9 seconds during Monday’s meet in Hampton Bays. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
BAYMEN 86 1/2, CLIPPERS 63 1/2
The coach of the Greenport/Southold high school girls track and field team — the team without a home — must have felt truly at home. And why not? Mike Gunther lives a little more than a long discus throw away from Hampton Bays High School. Not only that, but he is a former assistant coach for the Baymen’s boys and girls teams.
Gunther’s influence may be the only thing the two track programs share in common. Hampton Bays has a beautiful, bright, all-weather track surrounding field turf, with a new scoreboard to go with it; the Clippers practice on a dirt track at Greenport High School and run all their meets on the road. Hampton Bays has an established program; the Clippers are in only their second year since the re-introduction of the sport in Greenport.
The Clippers are the ultimate underdogs. They raised their roster size from 13 in 2014 to 25, but 13 of their current athletes are in their first year in track. Nonetheless, the Clippers (2-3, 2-2 Suffolk County League VIII) have made strides. They have already improved upon their 1-5 record of last year with wins over The Ross School and Wyandanch. (more…)
Horses and boats have much in common. When you begin to fish frequently from small craft and subsequently sail on larger party boats, you see the obvious advantages of having your own boat. When you take trail rides or pack trips with horses or rent horses to ride in field trials for pointing dogs, you quickly see the advantages of having your own horse, too. But then you look at the big picture, and you wonder: Should I really be doing this? (more…)
TUCKERS 6, EAGLES 1
Garrett Malave brings a lot of tools in his tennis bag. He has great footwork, which comes in handy for leverage in hitting shots and court coverage (there aren’t many shots he cannot get to). He strikes shots with force, plenty of spin and deadly accuracy. He uncoils to deliver an improved serve that challenges opponents with its power and movement.
In addition to all of that, Malave looks bigger and stronger than he did a year ago. Something else for opponents to worry about. (more…)
Southold/Greenport’s Toni Esposito slides home before Mattituck catcher Rachel Voegel receives a throw during Friday’s game at Mattituck High School. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
TUCKERS 17, CLIPPERS 5 (6 INNINGS)
It’s North Fork softball’s version of Mets-Yankees. Two rivals, one town. Southold/Greenport red against Mattituck blue. It’s a rivalry in which the wins are sweeter and the losses are more painful.
The two high school teams experienced both sides of that coin this season, with the latest showdown ending decidedly in Mattituck’s favor. A seven-run rally in the fifth inning helped the Tuckers to a 17-5 win on their home field Friday. The game, played in bitter cold, was stopped in the sixth inning when the 12-run mercy rule came into affect after Ashley Chew charged across home plate on a throwing error.
Southold’s Alex Poliwoda makes a connection on a pitch during Thursday’s game against Pierson/Bridgehampton. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
FIRST SETTLERS 6, WHALERS 3
All the pieces seemed to be in place for the Southold High School baseball team. The First Settlers had a promising young pitcher on the mound, a lineup full of potent bats and a defense that has shown some neat glovework. Everything was there, really, except for one person: the coach.
Mike Carver was in a New York City hospital to have Tommy John surgery on an ailing elbow Thursday and thus unavailable to guide his team in a big Suffolk County League IX game against Pierson/Bridgehampton. Had Carver been at the game in Southold, he undoubtedly would have liked what he would have seen.
Andrew Young has won his first seven matches this season for Mattituck. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
The high school boys tennis standings for Suffolk County League VII may take some people by surprise, seeing Mattituck in first place. Tuckers coach Mike Huey, in all candor, admitted that he is one of them.
First place is a lofty setting for a team that entered the season with its top three singles players returning and question marks pretty much everywhere else, but that is the place the Tuckers (6-1, 5-0) occupied Tuesday morning. Shoreham-Wading River (3-3, 3-1) was second in a league that can boast a good deal of parity. (more…)
Life is good for Southold High School baseball these days.
If such an award was given, the First Settlers would be in contention to be the Suffolk County comeback team of the year. Just look at where they were positioned entering this week’s action: atop League IX with overall and league records of 8-1. After winning their first five games of the season, the First Settlers dropped their only loss (2-1 to Smithtown Christian) before embarking on another win streak, taking three in a row.
“It’s a good feeling sitting where we are right now,” coach Mike Carver said. “It’s one of those years when things are going well and you get a little luck.” (more…)