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There will be plenty of outstanding memories for the members of this year’s Southold/Greenport girls basketball team. There was the playoff-clinching victory over The Stony Brook School last Saturday. The momentous accomplishment of Madison Tabor scoring her 1,000th career point. READ

01/15/14 1:34pm
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Greenport School District athletic director Jim Caliendo, right, and high school principal Leonard Skuggevik at an August public forum discussing the school’s new track program.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Greenport School District athletic director Jim Caliendo, right, and high school principal Leonard Skuggevik at an August public forum discussing the school’s new track program.

The Greenport school board is expected to appoint three track coaches at Wednesday night’s regular meeting, according to the agenda.

Superintendent Michael Comanda has made the following coach recommendations for the current school year:

• Maria Troise, boys varsity track

• Michael Gunther, girls varsity track

• Pamela Foote, junior high school boys and girls track

Over the summer, local parents started a fundraising campaign to get the school’s track ready for competitions by soliciting volunteers and donations.

For the past two years, Greenport track players have practiced in Mattituck, although the districts maintained separate track teams. Greenport school officials have said that since an agreement with Mattituck ended at the end of last school year, there was no time to plan and budget for reconstructing their own school’s track.

Since then the Southold School District, which didn’t have a track team, agreed to join Greenport in its efforts and the neighboring districts created a combined track team for this school year. Although the cinder track won’t be ready for home meets, players will be able to practice there and compete in away meets during the spring season, which starts in March.

In addition to donations, state Senator Ken LaValle secured additional aide for the districts’ joint-project last fall.

The school board is also expected to accept a $2,500 donation from Suffolk County National Bank for the track program.

Athletic director Jim Caliendo said construction remains on schedule and he’s excited for the season to begin. He also said he’s proud of the grassroots effort, which was done by residents, local business owners and the district’s maintenance workers.

“We’re good to go,” Mr. Caliendo said. “I’m very happy. The community has been outstanding.”

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Greenport school board meeting agenda, Jan. 15, 2014.

08/23/13 3:09pm
08/23/2013 3:09 PM

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Greenport School District athletic director Jim Caliendo, right, and high school principal Leonard Skuggevik at Thursday’s public forum discussing the school’s track.

Greenport School District officials are asking the community’s help to get the school’s track ready for competition.

During a public forum to discuss the track’s future, high school principal Leonard Skuggevik suggested to a group of parents that they focus on fundraising efforts as the district finalizes a complete list of what the track team will need this season and how much each item will cost.

Although the focus of Thursday’s meeting was about raising nearly $8,000 to purchase a high jump mat, Greenport Athletic Director Jim Caliendo said Friday he’s received calls from a few local school districts offering to donate the mat.

The Mattituck-Cutchogue and Greenport school districts are pursuing separate projects to reconstruct their respective high school tracks since ending an agreement that allowed Greenport students to practice in Mattituck.

For the past two years, Greenport athletes have practiced in Mattituck, although the districts have maintained separate track teams. During a Mattituck school board meeting in June, high school principal Shawn Petretti denied allegations that the district had canceled the agreement with Greenport and said the school was simply following Section XI rules. At the time, Mr. Petretti said Section XI, which governs high school sports in Suffolk County, states that a school district must provide facilities if enough students form a team.

Greenport school officials have said that because the announcement from Mattituck was made in the spring, there was no time to plan and budget for reconstructing their school’s track.

Since Mattituck and Greenport parted ways, the Southold School District, which doesn’t currently have a track team, has agreed to join Greenport in its efforts and plans to create a combined track team with Greenport this coming school year. The team will compete in the spring track season, which starts in March. There will not be a winter track team.

Mr. Caliendo said he believes about 100 students will play on the 7-12th grade boys and girls varsity teams this season. The teams will have three coaches.

He also gave an update on the district’s progress with the track, in which five of the six lanes are currently unusable because they are heavily covered with weeds. School officials said they believe the district last had a track team in the 1970s.

Mr. Caliendo said the Mezynieski family from Driftwood Farms in Orient and John Costello from Costello Marine Contracting in Greenport have volunteered to do the construction. He said he believes the work will be done before school starts next month. He added the district is also borrowing equipment from Mattituck schools to help fix the cinder track.

While there’s also a plan to clear weeds from Greenport’s pole vault runway, Mr. Caliendo said it will not be practice-ready for the track team this year.

He said a sand pit for long and triple jumps will be ready since the district is reusing sand recently removed from the elementary school’s playground, which is currently under construction.

Heather Walker and Lisa DeLuca, both parents of Greenport track team athletes, kicked around fundraising ideas after the public forum and said they plan to launch a Facebook page to promote the cause.

Ms. DeLuca said she was impressed with how the district was able to develop a plan within a short period of time.

“I can’t believe how you were able to get everything done,” she told Mr. Skuggevik and Mr. Caliendo. “So, thank you.”

“That’s what I’m here to do,” Mr. Caliendo replied.

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08/19/13 5:00pm
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | From left, three Greenport freshmen — Nick Wallace, Justin Bracken and Bayron Rivas — during Monday's practice.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | From left, three Greenport students — Nick Wallace, Justin Bracken and Bayron Rivas — during practice in March. The school is planning to restore its own track in time for the upcoming school year.

Greenport school officials will hold a public meeting Thursday to discuss the district’s progress with restoring its track in time for the upcoming school year.

The grassroots campaign started when the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District recently ended its agreement to allow Greenport students to practice on its facilities. For the past two years, Greenport students have practiced in Mattituck and both districts have participated on separate teams. [Last week, Mattituck announced it will hold a special election in October for a track bond proposal].

The Southold School District, which currently doesn’t have a track team, has agreed to join Greenport in its efforts and plans to create a combined “Clippers” track team with Greenport this upcoming school year, Greenport Superintendent Michael Comanda said Monday.

He said the track will need to be completed by December in order for it to be ready for the track team to practice on this spring. Although the team will be able to practice on the track this season, its meets will all be hosted elsewhere.

Greenport school board president Heather Wolf and Lisa DeLuca, a Greenport parent helping to organize the plan, said in a letter addressed to parents and students that the school is committed to providing a facility for track athletes and some local contractors have offered to help with the project.

“The administration and school board, along with Greenport’s new Athletic Director Jim Caliendo, have been scrambling to enlist community members to help restore the practice track at Greenport,” Ms. Wolf and Ms. DeLuca wrote. “Since the announcement from Mattituck was made in the spring, there was no time to plan and budget for this.”

In addition to refurbishing the track, they said equipment needs to be purchased and coaches hired.

Mr. Caliendo, district administrators and school board members will be on hand at Thursday’s 7 p.m. meeting at the school to discuss the future of Greenport track.

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10/20/10 7:02pm
10/20/2010 7:02 PM


BOB LIEPA PHOTO Jessica Carlson of Southold/Greenport, left, and Karlin McIntyre of Bishop McGann-Mercy ran neck and neck after a loose ball.


If nothing else, the Southold/Greenport high school girls soccer team can say that it is undefeated against the Bishop McGann-Mercy Monarchs this season.

The Clippers defeated McGann-Mercy, the only team they have beaten this season, for the second time on Tuesday. Both teams entered the Suffolk County League VIII game with only one win each. Justina Babcock notched a goal and an assist and Megan Knapp assisted twice in a 3-0 result at Southold High School that snapped a five-game losing streak by the Clippers.

In a season in which they have seen their share of difficulties, it was a good day for the Clippers (2-9-1, 2-7-1), who were 2-0 winners over McGann-Mercy (1-11, 1-8) on Sept. 29.

“There were a lot of positives from the game today,” Southold/Greenport Coach Kevin McGoey said. “We moved the ball around well. We were able to move it to the outside and get some crosses in to score a couple of goals.”

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10/04/10 7:22pm
10/04/2010 7:22 PM


GARRET MEADE PHOTO Kerri Hands of Greenport/Southold/Shelter Island tried to weave her way through Southampton's defense.


The area in front of a field hockey goal is anything but a lonely place. An aspiring goal scorer will find her way impeded by plenty of congestion, with sticks, legs and bodies seemingly everywhere.

“It’s crazy,” said Emily Wesnofske, a sophomore right midfielder for the Southampton Mariners. “You’re just thinking, shoot, get it in, or if it’s defense, just get it out.”

That’s one reason why scoring is difficult and goals can be hard to come by, even for talented teams like Southampton. The Mariners have good stick skills and have put opponents on their heels, but their inability to finish has cost them at times.

“If you can’t put the ball in the net, it doesn’t matter,” said Southampton Coach Kim Hannigan.

Southampton kept pressuring the Greenport/Southold/Shelter Island Clippers in a Suffolk County Division III game on Monday and wondering if a goal would ever come. Then the Mariners could finally breathe a sigh of relief when Emily Wesnofske broke the ice 3 minutes 20 seconds into the second half, sending Southampton on to a 2-0 win at Greenport High School.

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