04/19/14 2:13pm
04/19/2014 2:13 PM
Mattituck's Audrey Hoeg is tightly guarded against Shoreham Saturday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s Audrey Hoeg is tightly guarded against Shoreham Saturday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

WILDCATS 20, TUCKERS 11

The day began with a strange role reversal. Seven games into the girls lacrosse season, the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold Tuckers were looking down in the standings at Shoreham-Wading River.

The Wildcats, one of the most dominant programs in Suffolk County over the last decade, have won as many state championships as Mattituck has had seasons (five). But as the teams met at Shoreham-Wading River High School Saturday afternoon, it was the Tuckers (5-2) off to the better start in 2014.  (more…)

04/16/14 9:31pm
04/16/2014 9:31 PM
Stony Brook's Ben Walter steals second base while Southold second baseman Patrick McFarland applies the tag. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold third baseman Alex Poliwoda tags out Stony Brook’s Mike Palermo. (Credit: Garret Meade)

BEARS 1, FIRST SETTLERS 0

The record is incongruous with the team.

The Southold High School baseball team is 1-8. For a team with unquestioned talent, that record is awfully hard to believe. It even has the First Settlers themselves shaking their heads, trying to figure out how they put themselves in the difficult position they are in. (more…)

04/14/14 6:55pm
04/14/2014 6:55 PM
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Paul Annunziata stealing second base while Mattituck shortstop Marcos Perivolaris covers the bag during the second inning. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Paul Annunziata stealing second base while Mattituck shortstop Marcos Perivolaris covers the bag during the second inning. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 14, MONARCHS 4

This high school baseball season has been a big hit for Mattituck, and for good reason, too. The Tuckers are hitting the proverbial cover off the ball.

Bountiful offensive production goes a long way toward explaining the Tuckers’ first-place standing in Suffolk County League VIII. So imagine the stir it caused when the league’s last-place team, Bishop McGann-Mercy, led through the first half of Monday’s game. (more…)

04/13/14 8:05am
04/13/2014 8:05 AM

WaterBottles

In our throwaway world, early spring can be depressing.

When we travel the highways of the Northeast, the snow-covered winter trash emerges in ugly profusion as the snow recedes. Where trash containers are ample, where pickups are frequent, as is the case in many interstate rest areas, you hardly notice the stuff. Where some officials closed rest areas and pulled collection bins out of parking areas along Route 81, by contrast, the scene resembles a Mumbai dumping area from Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers.”  (more…)

04/11/14 7:48pm
04/11/2014 7:48 PM
Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Molly Kowalski gets off a shot despite the efforts of Hampton Bays' Paula Cardenas. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Molly Kowalski gets off a shot despite the efforts of Hampton Bays’ Paula Cardenas. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 20, BAYMEN 4

It’s called paying your dues.

The Hampton Bays High School girls lacrosse team, in only its second varsity season, has taken its share of lumps. The Baymen, still awaiting their first win in the team’s short history, suffered their sixth loss of the season on Friday at the hands of a team that can sympathize with what they are going through. (more…)

04/10/14 9:48pm
04/10/2014 9:48 PM
Second baseman Max Eggimann, one of Greenport's nine players, fielding a ground ball during Thursday's game against Smithtown Christian. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Second baseman Max Eggimann, one of Greenport’s nine players, fielding a ground ball during Thursday’s game against Smithtown Christian. (Credit: Garret Meade)

KNIGHTS 8, PORTERS 4

The process of writing out the lineup card is a simple one for the Greenport High School baseball coach, Chris Golden. No real surprises are involved. Regardless of the day, regardless of the game, the same nine names will be scribbled down.

That’s because the Porters have only nine players on their team. When they play the field, the only person sitting on their bench is their scorekeeper, McKenzie Lennox. It’s an oddity even for a small school team. They have taken to calling themselves the Notorious Nine. (more…)

04/09/14 5:00pm
04/09/2014 5:00 PM
Mattituck/Greenport eighth-graders Luke Bokina, left, and Jack Bokina both earned All-American status. The twins competed in a national tournament in Virginia Beach, Va. (Credit: Garret Meade file)

Mattituck/Greenport eighth-graders Luke Bokina, left, and Jack Bokina both earned All-American status. The twins competed in a national tournament in Virginia Beach, Va. (Credit: Garret Meade file)

All-American. The words seem to jump off the page and grab a reader’s attention the way a wrestler grabs hold of an opponent.

Those two words now apply to a pair of Mattituck/Greenport high school wrestlers.

Twin brothers Luke and Jack Bokina both earned All-American status by virtue of their performances in the recent National High School Coaches Association Wrestling Championships. Luke took second place in the middle school tournament at 85 pounds while Jack finished fifth at 90. All-American honors went to the top eight wrestlers in each weight class. (more…)

04/08/14 8:39pm
04/08/2014 8:39 PM

Jack Hussnatter was living proof that discipline and a healthy sense of humor can make for a winning combination. Former players and coaching colleagues remember the late Mattituck coaching legend for both qualities.

A longtime coach who made his name in boys basketball, most notably at Mattituck High School, Hussnatter was described as tough but fair, quick-witted, and often with a cigar in his mouth. An innovative strategist in some ways ahead of his time, he was well-liked by players, who are surely saddened by his death at his Mattituck home on April 1. He lived in Mattituck for the last 50 of his 82 years. (more…)

04/08/14 3:00pm
McGann-Mercy senior Luis Cintron won four events in a dual meet against Ross Monday, including the 400-hurdles. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

McGann-Mercy senior Luis Cintron won four events in a dual meet against Ross Monday, including the 400-hurdles. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

In both hurdle races in track and field, a runner must clear 10 hurdles to complete each race. The shorter race, the 110-meter hurdles, and the longer 400 may seem quite similar.

As Bishop McGann-Mercy senior Luis Cintron knows, conquering both races presents a unique challenge.  (more…)