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11/22/14 5:43pm
11/22/2014 5:43 PM
Southold/Greenport's new coach, Howie Geismar, said he likes what he has seen from sophomore center Jamie Molnar. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold/Greenport’s new coach, Howie Geismar, said he likes what he has seen from sophomore center Jamie Molnar. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The break from the recent past — as in last season — is almost complete. The Southold/Greenport high school girls basketball team has a new coach (Howie Geismar), a new assistant coach (Maria Troisi) and a whole bunch of new players.

Perhaps the most telling way to look at it is like this: sophomores Toni Esposito, Madison Tabor and Katie Tuthill are the only returning players from last season’s team. And Tuthill, a forward, is out indefinitely with a concussion she suffered while playing field hockey in September.

“It’s like we wiped the slate clean and we’re starting over again,” said Geismar, the team’s fifth coach in five years who takes over from Joe Read. (more…)

11/21/14 5:00pm
11/21/2014 5:00 PM
Parker Tuthill is one of the guards who make up the strength of the Mattituck team. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Parker Tuthill is one of the guards who make up the strength of the Mattituck team. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The Mattituck High School boys basketball team looks pretty darn good. It has speed. It has shooters. It has ball handlers. And it has guards, plenty of guards — even some forwards who play like guards.

What the Tuckers don’t have any more is the high-flying, above-the-rim dimension that Gene Allen afforded them. (more…)

11/20/14 9:33pm
11/20/2014 9:33 PM
Mattituck's only two seniors, Lisa Angell, left, and Courtney Murphy, during Thursday's practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s only two seniors, Lisa Angell, left, and Courtney Murphy, during Thursday’s practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The sound of thumping basketballs and sneakers squeaking on the court echoed off the walls of the Mattituck High School gym. Basketball is back, but Tiana Baker isn’t.

The Mattituck Tuckers have undergone a major face-lift. Not only do they no longer have the graduated Shannon Dwyer, but their other all-conference player from last season, Baker, is gone, too. The sophomore shooting guard, one of Suffolk County’s rising talents, has transferred to St. Anthony’s High School.

Talk about taking a punch in the gut.

(more…)

11/19/14 7:00pm
11/19/2014 7:00 PM
Meghan McKillop held Mattituck's sign as the Class C teams lined up during the opening ceremony at Glens Falls Civic Center. (Credit: Jim Ellis)

Meghan McKillop held Mattituck’s sign as the Class C teams lined up during the opening ceremony at Glens Falls Civic Center. (Credit: Jim Ellis)

The words imparted by a wise physical education teacher to some young athletes way back in the late 1970s ring as true as ever. “You will always be better than someone,” he said, “and someone will always be better than you.”

That’s the way it is in sports. The range of athletic talent is staggering. A standout athlete at one level can be average or even mediocre at another level. (more…)

11/19/14 6:57am
Mattituck coach Mat Litchhult is interviewed on TV after Sunday's state championship win. Two days later, Litchhult resigned as Mattituck's coach.

Mattituck coach Mat Litchhult is interviewed on TV after Sunday’s state championship win. Two days later, Litchhult resigned as Mattituck’s coach.

Mat Litchhult, who directed the Mattituck boys soccer team to its third New York State championship Sunday, stunned his team and local soccer community, announcing that he will step down as coach.  (more…)

11/16/14 7:30pm
11/16/2014 7:30 PM
Mattituck soccer players at the high school Sunday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

Mattituck soccer players at the high school Sunday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

There were several reasons why Tuckers goalkeeper Ben Knowles had tears in his eyes Sunday night.

First and foremost, his Mattituck boys soccer team had clinched the third state title in school history earlier in the day. Secondly, the team bus was escorted by local police and fire department personnel from the town line to Mattituck High School. The soccer players were also greeted by community members as Queen’s “We are the Champions” blasted outside the school.  (more…)

11/16/14 4:35pm
The celebration was on after Mattituck's 3-0 win over Beekmantown in the Class B state finals Saturday morning in Middletown. (Credit: Michael Lewis)

The celebration was on after Mattituck’s 3-0 win over Beekmantown in the Class B state finals Saturday morning in Middletown. (Credit: Michael Lewis)

For two excruciating years, the Mattituck Tuckers lived with the belief and bitter memory that they were the best Class B boys soccer team in the state, but had nothing to show for it.

In 2012, they dominated Livonia in the semifinals, but lost to the state champions.

Last year, they felt they were the better team in the Long Island championship, but fell in overtime to eventual state winner Carle Place.  (more…)

11/16/14 1:51pm
The celebration was on after Mattituck's 3-0 win over Beekmantown in the Class B state finals Saturday morning in Middletown. (Credit: Michael Lewis)

The celebration was on after Mattituck’s 3-0 win over Beekmantown in the Class B state finals Saturday morning in Middletown. (Credit: Michael Lewis)

State champs!

The Mattituck boys soccer team downed Beekmantown 3-0 Sunday morning at Middletown High School to clinch the third state title in school history. A senior-laden team that experienced a taste of the states two years ago, only to come up just short, the Tuckers left little doubt of their supremacy this time. (more…)

11/16/14 1:49pm

Tarpey, Soccer BL5 11/20/03Ts

Sunday’s state championship came 11 years to the day since the Mattituck boys soccer team last won a state title.

That victory came 21 years after the Tuckers first won a state championship in 1982.

In honor of Mattituck’s state championship hat trick we present the stories the team’s two previous title games.  (more…)

11/15/14 9:40pm
11/15/2014 9:40 PM
Mattituck's Emilie Reimer taking a swing while Broadalbin Perth's Chelsea LeBlanc (10) tries to provide an obstacle. (Credit: Jim Ellis)

Mattituck’s Emilie Reimer taking a swing while Broadalbin Perth’s Chelsea LeBlanc (10) tries to provide an obstacle. (Credit: Jim Ellis)

NYSPHSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The big question for the Mattituck High School girls volleyball team as it headed into the state tournament on Saturday wasn’t whether the Tuckers would advance to the final. No, the question regarding the Tuckers was a much more modest one: Would they win a state semifinal pool game for the first time in their history?

This is the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships, and wins do not come easily. For the Tuckers, they haven’t come at all.

The Tuckers have had success in reaching the state tournament, something they have done four times in five years. State semifinal wins, on the other, are another matter. The Tuckers haven’t been able to clear that hurdle yet. (more…)