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Bishop McGann-Mercy's Bereket Watts turns the ball upfield against Hampton Bays' Loaiza Cristian. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Bereket Watts turns the ball upfield against Hampton Bays’ Loaiza Cristian. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

BAYMEN 7, MONARCHS 0

Playing with only nine players because of injuries and a suspension, the Bishop McGann-Mercy boys soccer team dropped a 7-0 decision to Hampton Bays in a Suffolk County League VII match at Stotzky Memorial Park in Riverhead on Monday. (more…)

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Mattituck freshman Drew Hahn returning a shot during her fourth singles match against Eastport/South Manor junior Olivia Mann. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck freshman Drew Hahn returning a shot during her fourth singles match against Eastport/South Manor junior Olivia Mann. (Credit: Garret Meade)

SHARKS 5, TUCKERS 2

The Mattituck High School girls tennis team finally met its match, and the Tuckers had to go outside of their league to do so.

Wins in three-setters at third and fourth singles by juniors Nicole Horn and Olivia Mann sent Eastport/South Manor on to a 5-2 non-league win over the Tuckers in Manorville on Monday. It was the first loss of the season for the Tuckers (6-1, 6-0 Suffolk County League VIII). (more…)

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09/22/14 5:30pm

McGann-Mercy’s former athletic director Paul Mastronardi resigned last week. (The Press News Group/Kerry Monaco photo)

Problems routinely cross an athletic director’s desk. Putting out fires are part of the job.

Paul Mastronardi resigned last week as the athletic director at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, and joked that he may have done more firefighting in that capacity than he has done as a firefighter for the New York City Fire Department.

Despite some turbulence in the form of coaching changes as the McGann-Mercy athletic program sought to reach a higher level of accomplishment, Mr. Mastronardi’s short stay at the private Catholic school in Riverhead came to an end last week in an amicable fashion, he said. Mr. Mastronardi said he resigned after nine months on the job in order to return to his passion: coaching football.

Mr. Mastronardi, in a 22-minute phone interview with The Riverhead News-Review on Monday afternoon, said he is following his heart. “I’m a football coach,” he said.

Mr. Mastronardi, said he has received “many offers” to return to coaching, which he had done for 25 years prior to his role as McGann-Mercy A.D., though no particular schools were mentioned. He was the Eastport/South Manor High School coach before taking on his first job in athletic administration at McGann-Mercy.

Before his position at Eastport, Mr. Mastronardi coached two years at South Side High School, compiling a 3-13 record. The school opted to not bring him back in 2011, according to an article in the Long Island Herald. He then compiled an 11-14 record over three seasons at Eastport, including a 7-1 regular season in 2013.

Mr. Mastronardi took over the McGann-Mercy job after his predecessor, John Lonardo, resigned to pursue a private business opportunity. His arrival coincided with what was heralded as the school’s new vision for a stronger athletic program, which in turn would be expected to help boost student enrollment and course offerings at the school.

“This is an attempt to bring the school to a new level of excellence,” McGann-Mercy principal Carl Semmler said at a parents-only meeting in February, during which details of the changes were discussed.

But many parents at the time — one of whom leaked audio from the February meeting to the News-Review — were already outraged at one of Mr. Mastronardi’s first decisions: not to re-hire football coach Jeff Doroski. In June, former NFL quarterback Michael Buck was tapped for the role.

Other coaching changes included the resignation of varsity baseball coach Ed Meier and the replacement of the girls’ varsity basketball coach, Brian Babst, and soccer coach, Meaghan Macarthur. Mr. Doroski, Mr. Meier, and Ms. Macarthur had all attended Mercy as students themselves.

Asked if resigning had been marinating in his mind for a while, Mastronardi said: “You know when it really hit? When people started playing games.”

The start of the current football season — Mercy’s opening game was 10 days ago — apparently rekindled Mastronardi’s desire to be on the sideline again with a clipboard and a whistle. He said it really hit him when he watched his former Eastport/South Manor team play its season-opening game against Miller Place.

Mastronardi, who lives in Westhampton Beach, spoke highly of his time at McGann-Mercy, where he oversaw many teams, from crew to cheerleading. He said the school has made financial commitments to improve its athletic facilities with a new softball field, a new state-of-the-art trainer’s room and a nearly completed strength training facility that will cover almost 4,000 square feet.

“I think it’s a wonderful school; it’s a wonderful community,” he said. “The children are absolutely wonderful human beings. It was certainly a wonderful experience for me …  It’s all good. I have nothing but positive things to say about Mercy.”

What was left unaddressed was whether a successor had been hired or not. A reporter who called Mr. Semmler’s office was told he was not available and was referred to a school publicist, who received an email request for answers about the future of the athletic director position.

The following statement was released on behalf of Mr. Semmler: “Paul Mastronardi has decided to resign as our Athletic Director. During his time here we have made significant strides in the athletic vision at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School. We will continue to foster a plan that is aggressive yet also fits into the school culture.”

Asked if he saw himself getting back into athletic administration, Mr. Mastronardi replied, “Absolutely not. Unequivocally not.”

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09/22/14 10:15am
Credit: YouTube

Credit: YouTube

By now, you may have heard, that the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck football squad notched their first win of the season on Friday night, beating The Stony Brook School by a score of 21-6.

And if you weren’t able to make it to the game, perhaps you checked out our photos from there.

But even for those who were there — including the players — one thing you probably weren’t able to do is watch the game in 45 seconds. That’s what The Stony Brook School made possible with a time lapse video it put up.

Watch it below:

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Billy McAllister rips off some yards as lineman Tyshe Williams gives him a block for more yards. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Billy McAllister rips off some yards as lineman Tyshe Williams gives him a block for more yards. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The Greenport Porters picked up their first win of the season Friday night, 21-6, at The Stony Brook School. Dominick Panetta caught a touchdown pass, made two interceptions (returning one for a touchdown) and recorded 4 tackles.

Click here to read a recap. And to see more photos, scroll below:

John Drinkwater leaps high for a  Matt Drinkwater pass. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

John Drinkwater leaps high for a Matt Drinkwater pass. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Matt Drinkwater on a QB scamper around end. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Matt Drinkwater on a QB scamper around end. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Billy McAllister cuts through a large hole for a good gain. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Billy McAllister cuts through a large hole for a good gain. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Dominic Panetta races around leftend for a touchdown. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Dominic Panetta races around leftend for a touchdown. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

John Drinkwater sacks QB Erik Holvik for and eight yard loss late in the game. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

John Drinkwater sacks QB Erik Holvik for an 8-yard loss late in the game. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Greenport's Dominic Panetta looks for running room after an interception. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Greenport’s Dominic Panetta looks for running room after an interception. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Late in the game, junior QB Dylan Marlborough gets some yardage on a quarterback keeper. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Late in the game, junior QB Dylan Marlborough gets some yardage on a quarterback keeper. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

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Greenport/Southold/Mattituck's Dylan Marlborough on a  quarterback keeper late in the game. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Greenport/Southold/Mattituck’s Dylan Marlborough on a quarterback keeper late in the game. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

PORTERS 21, BEARS 6

Now people will know who No. 18 is on the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck high school football team.

That wasn’t necessarily the case before Friday night’s game at The Stony Brook School. Not only wasn’t Dominick Panetta’s uniform number listed next to his name on the team roster, but his name was misspelled and he was listed as a sophomore (he is a junior).

Well, based on what he did in his varsity debut, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Panetta should be accorded greater respect in the future. In his first game for the Porters, Panetta caught a touchdown pass, made two interceptions (returning one for a touchdown) and recorded 4 tackles.

Guess who the unquestioned player of the game was in the Porters’ 21-6 win at Buyers Park? (more…)

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Mattituck sophomore forward Alya Ayoub was involved in the Tuckers' last two goals against Pierson/Bridgehampton, scoring one and assisting on the other. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck sophomore forward Alya Ayoub was involved in the Tuckers’ last two goals against Pierson/Bridgehampton, scoring one and assisting on the other. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 4, WHALERS 1

Pud. Pud. Pud. Pud.

It’s one of the sweetest sounds in soccer. The sound of shoe leather meeting a ball is music to a coach’s ears because it’s the sound of winning soccer. It was heard Thursday as the Tuckers stroked the ball around the Mattituck High School soccer field, passing to feet and keeping their opponents from Pierson/Bridgehampton running and chasing.

The possession game is alive and well in Mattituck, and that’s a good sign for the Tuckers. They played what their coach, Malynda Nichol, said was their best game of this young season and were rewarded with a 4-1 win, the first two goals coming off the foot of freshman forward Alex Beebe. (more…)

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Zach Holmes of Greenport/Southold/Mattituck tries to thwart an attempted tackle by Babylon's James Messina. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Zach Holmes of Greenport/Southold/Mattituck tries to thwart an attempted tackle by Babylon’s James Messina. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Friday night marked the opening game for the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck high school football team’s season, and Dorrie Jackson Memorial Field at Greenport High School may have never looked so nice. Along with the plush grass field, which has been well-watered, there were new NFL-style goal posts. The recently painted purple and gold bleachers looked brilliant in the fading sunlight as kickoff time approached. And there, on the south end of the field, was the sharp looking scoreboard, which was installed last season.

Ah, yes, the scoreboard.

On a night when the game was cut and dried, it was the scoreboard that provided the only real controversy — if you want to call it that — of the evening. (more…)

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Southold/Greenport's Raeanne Berry dribbling forward while being followed by teammate Jasmine Fell and Bishop McGann-Mercy's Madeleine Joinnides (5) and Alexandra Hulse (9). (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold/Greenport’s Raeanne Berry dribbling forward while being followed by teammate Jasmine Fell and Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Madeleine Joinnides (5) and Alexandra Hulse (9). (Credit: Garret Meade)

MONARCHS 3, CLIPPERS 3 (OT)

A spirited contest between two improved high school girls soccer teams brought what could be considered a just result. It could be said that neither Bishop McGann-Mercy or Southold/Greenport deserved to lose in their Suffolk County League VII game on Tuesday, and neither team did, thanks to Siobhan Merrill.

Merrill, a sophomore center midfielder, rescued McGann-Mercy from what would have been its first loss of the season by scoring the tying goal with 4 minutes 10 seconds left in the second overtime period of a 3-3 draw at Southold High School. (more…)