08/21/14 8:30am
08/21/2014 8:30 AM
Matt Brisotti, who holds the Drew University (N.J.) record for doubles wins with 64 and ranks fourth with 55 singles wins, now coaches the school's men's and women's teams. (Courtesy photo)

Matt Brisotti, who holds the Drew University (N.J.) record for doubles wins with 64 and ranks fourth with 55 singles wins, now coaches the school’s men’s and women’s teams. (Courtesy photo)

For some, the transition from player to head coach is a gradual process. For Matt Brisotti, it was a relatively sudden shift in gears.

Just 14 months after graduating from Drew University in Madison, N.J., as one of the most accomplished tennis players in school history, Brisotti accepted a position as the head coach of the College of St. Elizabeth (N.J.) women’s tennis team in September of 2013. He was 23 years old and, he believes, the youngest coach in the NCAA at the time.

Then, this past March, the opportunity for Brisotti to coach at his alma mater arose, and he snatched it. (more…)

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08/20/14 10:34am
08/20/2014 10:34 AM
The McGann-Mercy football team practices Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

The McGann-Mercy football team practices Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Across Suffolk County on Monday morning, on the first day of practices for the high school football season, teams set out for the grueling start of two-a-days.

At Bishop McGann-Mercy, the official start of the season was met with patience. (more…)

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08/19/14 3:24pm
08/19/2014 3:24 PM
Greenport/Southold/Mattituck's new feature back, Billy McAllister, brings speed and elusiveness to the Porters' backfield. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Greenport/Southold/Mattituck’s new feature back, Billy McAllister, brings speed and elusiveness to the Porters’ backfield. (Credit: Garret Meade)

When the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck high school football team unveils its offense for the upcoming season, it will include a new feature back, one with a notably different style than his predecessor.

Last year Frank Sierra, a bruising runner, pounded the ball and was tough to bring down. It seemed like it usually took more than one tackler to get the job done. Sometimes it seemed as if Sierra actually preferred to run straight forward into tacklers rather than try to avoid them. It was a style that worked for him and brought the Porters yardage.

This year, with Sierra having graduated, Matt Drinkwater will be handing the ball off to Billy McAllister instead. McAllister is a different animal. Whereas Sierra would be prone to running through a wall of tacklers, McAllister is more likely to run around them. (more…)

08/18/14 10:52pm
08/18/2014 10:52 PM

RIVERHEAD RACEWAY ROUNDUP

With Old Timers Night featuring the annual Wall of Fame induction ceremony, it was an evening to recall the driving legends that have passed through the pit gate at Riverhead Raceway. Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead showed why he is on the path toward becoming a driving legend in his own right, sweeping the Twin 30 NASCAR Modified features on Saturday night.

The wins were Rogers’ sixth and seventh of the year, giving him a career total of 31, tying him with Tommy Washburn and Jackie Reinhard for sixth on the all-time win list. (more…)

08/17/14 7:00am
08/17/2014 7:00 AM

As a university instructor and professor, I’ve spent a lifetime teaching students the fine points of math, science and history. While teaching in schools can be challenging at times, it doesn’t compare with the teaching that guides and skippers do on a daily basis when sports step out of their cars or cabins to “go fishin.”  (more…)

08/16/14 7:00am
08/16/2014 7:00 AM
Chet Zelenski, 91, of Greenport has been a member of Southampton Golf Club for 71 years. (Credit: Jay Dempsey)

Chet Zelenski, 91, of Greenport has been a member of Southampton Golf Club for 71 years. (Credit: Jay Dempsey)

I have a bad case of senioritis. No, not that senioritis. Your golf guy is more than a few decades past cutting classes, pulling pranks, and tossing his tassel. I’m talking about enjoying life as a senior citizen. Ah yes, the golden years.  (more…)

08/14/14 8:00am
08/14/2014 8:00 AM
Jim Christy coached tennis for 33 years. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Jim Christy led Mattituck to a 13-1 record last season, his final with the Tuckers. (Credit: Garret Meade)

One doesn’t need to speak with Jim Christy for long to learn what he is all about.

Just a couple of minutes into a 70-minute interview on Monday, a reporter asked Christy if he knew what his career record as the Mattituck High School girls tennis coach is.

“No,” he answered. “No idea. I never kept track of that kind of stuff.”

The next questions: What about championships? How many of them have you won?

“That’s not something, again, I really paid too close attention to,” he said.

What mattered to Christy more than records, numbers and statistics were the players. He surely coached plenty of them during his time with the Tuckers. (more…)

08/13/14 10:00am
08/13/2014 10:00 AM
Tournament director Jim Christy presenting a scholarship to Molly Kowalski before the women's singles final on Friday. Declining player participation has brought an end to the 36-year tournament. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Tournament director Jim Christy presenting a scholarship to Molly Kowalski before the women’s singles final on Friday. Declining player participation has brought an end to the 36-year tournament. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Like a once-bloated balloon, the Bob Wall Memorial Tennis Tournament deflated as player participation curiously dwindled and dwindled in recent years. Finally, that balloon popped.

The news that, after 36 years, the plug has been pulled on the tournament was greeted with sadness and puzzlement by players and others. Times/Review Newsgroup announced last week that it was withdrawing its sponsorship of the tournament in light of declining player participation. (more…)

08/11/14 5:10pm
08/11/2014 5:10 PM
Seconds after the start of the 44th annual World's Longest Sunfish Race, Around Shelter Island, NY, the Sunfish were bunched together. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Seconds after the start of the 44th annual World’s Longest Sunfish Race, Around Shelter Island, NY, the Sunfish were bunched together. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Brian McGinnes, representing the Wet Pants Sailing Association in Sayville, won the 44th annual World’s Longest Sunfish Race, Around Shelter Island, NY on Saturday in 4 hours 59 minutes 9 seconds.

It was McGinnes’ first circumnavigation of Shelter Island in a Sunfish, and he defeated a number of experienced sailors in this event, including last year’s winner, Mattituck Yacht Club’s John Condon. Condon placed second and missed becoming the only five-time winner of this nautical marathon by a mere 58 seconds. (more…)