New York State will have a new Class B baseball champion.
A state championship can be a fragile thing. It unquestionably takes a wealth of talent to win one, but a team also needs to get hot at the right time. A little luck here and there along the way doesn’t hurt, either.
Something was different when the Mattituck High School baseball players stepped onto the field for their first preseason practice on Monday afternoon. It went beyond the fact that the Tuckers did so for the first time as defending state champions.
It was also the first time in six years that they did so without a first-string shortstop named Marcos Perivolaris.
Jon Dwyer’s ability to stay composed on the golf course helped him become Mattituck’s first all-county golfer in at least 10 years, according to coach Paul Ellwood. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)
Tee shots miss the fairway and land in the woods. Approach shots find the bunker. Putts are missed.
Yes, golf can be an infuriating game. Miscues happen to the best of them. It’s how a player handles those adverse situations that can make all the difference.
That is why Jon Dwyer’s most valuable golfing tool may not be found in his golf bag. It’s his personality. (more…)