08/28/14 3:00pm
Reggie Archer, a fourth-year varsity player for McGann-Mercy who lives in Riverhead, will be the featured back for the Monarchs this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Reggie Archer, a fourth-year varsity player for McGann-Mercy who lives in Riverhead, will be the featured back for the Monarchs this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Reggie Archer grew up playing football in PAL with Ken Simco, Troy Trent and many of the other guys who will make up the core of Riverhead’s varsity football team this season as seniors. When they reached high school, and the point where football takes on a more serious tone, their paths split.  (more…)

08/28/14 10:00am
Sean Moran and his Southold teammates indicated they are chasing something bigger than a county championship this year. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Sean Moran and his Southold teammates indicated they are chasing something bigger than a county championship this year. (Credit: Garret Meade)

On the first official day of soccer practice, players certainly can dream.

Some high school teams have modest goals in that they just want to improve their lot. Others want to transform themselves from a mediocre side into a competitive one. While yet others want to contend for a league or even county title.

The Southold High School boys team can dream, too, although the First Settlers have some loftier goals. They want to reach for the sky and are hopeful of completing the season in upstate Middletown on Nov. 16 on a joyous note. (more…)

08/27/14 4:00pm
08/27/2014 4:00 PM
Mike Gunther, leading Greenport/Southold's players in a stretching exercise, has begun his second stint as coach of the Clippers. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mike Gunther, leading Greenport/Southold’s players in a stretching exercise during Tuesday morning’s practice, has begun his second stint as coach of the Clippers. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mike Gunther is back.

In some ways, it may have seemed as if he had never left, but he has now officially begun his second spell as coach of the Greenport/Southold high school girls volleyball team. Gunther has taken over as coach of the Clippers from Sue Kostal, who he handed the program over to following the 2001 season. Some things have changed since then. Rally scoring was introduced in 2002 and the position of libero was later incorporated into the high school game. Gunther, 55, said he has also mellowed since he was last in charge of the Clippers, from 1999 to 2001.

Still, though, some things don’t change. (more…)

08/27/14 10:00am
Mattituck players loosen up during Monday morning's practice in Aldrich Lane. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck players loosen up during Monday morning’s practice in Aldrich Lane. (Credit: Garret Meade)

For the first time in a long time, there was a new look and feel to the Mattituck High School boys soccer team’s first practice of the season Monday morning.

Because workers were putting the finishing touches on the new track at the school, the Tuckers’ training session was held at the soccer fields on Aldrich Lane in Laurel where the Mattituck Soccer Club typically plays.

They had the complex to themselves. There were no distractions on what was a beautiful, sunny August morning. (more…)

08/26/14 10:00am
Matt Drinkwater, a returning starter at quarterback and linebacker, was an all-league first team selection last year. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Matt Drinkwater, a returning starter at quarterback and linebacker, was an all-league first team selection last year. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The mere mention of the Drinkwater twins conjures images of smiling, happy faces. They are a fun-loving pair.

For John and Matt Drinkwater, a good humor is part of the game. It keeps teammates loose. Laughter can be good preparation for taking the field, where those smiles are turned into game faces and they get serious about the job to be done. (more…)

08/25/14 10:55pm
08/25/2014 10:55 PM
Angel Colon can play any position on the field except goalkeeper, according to Greenport coach Chris Golden. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Angel Colon can play any position on the field except goalkeeper, according to Greenport coach Chris Golden. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Another first day of practice before the start of another high school boys soccer season brings with it another building job for Chris Golden. Then again, that is nothing new for the Greenport coach.

Last year the Porters had a young team, a really young team. It was essentially a junior varsity team, in terms of age. This year’s team is still young.

“The Kansas City Royals have nothing on us in terms of a small market franchise,” Golden said late Monday afternoon, squinting as he looked into a blinding sun while his players worked on a passing drill during their first practice. “So every year we are rebuilding. We’re always looking for pieces to our puzzle.”

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08/25/14 8:44pm
Mattituck coach Mat Litchhult talking to Kaan Ilgin during a water break during Monday morning's practice. Ilgin is one of 28 players in New York State to be named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's All-America Watch List. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck coach Mat Litchhult talking to Kaan Ilgin during a water break at Monday morning’s practice. Ilgin is one of 28 players in New York State to be named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s All-America Watch List. (Credit: Garret Meade)

After earning several individual honors following the 2013 high school boys soccer season, there is little doubt that Kaan Ilgin’s reputation precedes him as one of the most dangerous players around these days.

Without scoring a goal or creating one, playing a game and taking a competitive kick, the Mattituck High School senior forward has been awarded yet another honor and a challenge. He was named one of 28 players in New York to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s fall boys All-America Watch List. Only five players from Suffolk County and six from Long Island public schools made the list (TopDrawerSoccer covers youth, high school and college soccer). (more…)