06/29/15 9:00am
06/29/2015 9:00 AM
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)

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…)

12/15/14 8:46pm
12/15/2014 8:46 PM

TUCKERS 68, ROYALS 40

Daniel Fedun didn’t know what to expect this season making the jump from JV to varsity. His role, he figured, would be a hustle guy, the kind of player whose work doesn’t always appear in the stat sheet.

Mattituck coach Paul Ellwood quickly grew to appreciate the hustle Fedun supplied and began using him as the first player off the bench.  (more…)

12/03/14 7:00pm
12/03/2014 7:00 PM
Joe Tardif and Will Gildersleeve (21) are both all-league senior guards for Mattituck. (Credit: Garret Meade file)

Joe Tardif and Will Gildersleeve (21) are both all-league senior guards for Mattituck. (Credit: Garret Meade file)

PREVIEW

It may not exactly be all defense all the time, but defense surely is on the Mattituck Tuckers’ minds a lot these days.

If it sounds as if coach Paul Ellwood is playing the same record over and over again during his high school boys basketball team’s preseason practices, there’s a reason for it. He is emphasizing defense perhaps more than ever. (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…)

10/29/14 5:43pm
10/29/2014 5:43 PM

The bus ride home today for the Mattituck High School boys golf team was an awfully quiet one, quieter than any Paul Ellwood could remember in his four years as the team’s coach.

The Tuckers had a lot to think about — like how much of a difference a single stroke can make. In this case, it made the difference between being a league championship team and being a runner-up. (more…)

10/28/14 8:52pm
10/28/2014 8:52 PM

Eastport/South Manor vs. Mattituck.

Mattituck vs. Eastport/South Manor.

It has evolved into one of the best rivalries in high school boys golf. The competition is stiff, and interesting things seem to happen when these two teams meet on the links.

When the teams played last week in what was supposed to be the final match of the season with the League VII championship at stake, lightning struck. Literally. (more…)

09/03/14 4:00pm
09/03/2014 4:00 PM
Chris Mauceri had a 44.40 nine-hole average last year for Mattituck, which won its fourth league title in five years. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Chris Mauceri had a 44.40 nine-hole average last year for Mattituck, which won its fourth league title in five years. (Credit: Garret Meade)

PREVIEW

Coming off a magical season last year, the Mattituck High School boys golf team has taken quite a hit. The Tuckers graduated three all-league players, the entire top half of their lineup, and they don’t have a single senior in their numbers as they swing into the 2014 season.

“We are in the rebuilding stage, if you will, not a lot of proven areas,” said Paul Ellwood, who takes a 32-3-1 record into his fourth year as the team’s coach. “We’re a little raw talent-wise, but there is something to work with there.” (more…)

02/11/14 9:29pm
02/11/2014 9:29 PM
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck's Gene Allen rises above the rim for an attempt at the basket during his team's loss to Wyandanch in an outbracket game on Tuesday evening.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck’s Gene Allen rises above the rim for an attempt at the basket during his team’s loss to Wyandanch in an outbracket game on Tuesday evening.

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS B OUTBRACKET GAME | WARRIORS 77, TUCKERS 68

They call them the Warriors for a reason.

Not only is that the nickname of the Wyandanch Memorial High School boys basketball team, but the term exemplifies its fighting spirit.  (more…)

02/07/14 10:07pm
02/07/2014 10:07 PM
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Tyler Reeve, one of Mattituck's two seniors, said the Tuckers turned in their worst performance of the season against Southampton.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Tyler Reeve, one of Mattituck’s two seniors, said the Tuckers turned in one of their worst performances of the season against Southampton.

MARINERS 80, TUCKERS 57

It may have been a night for the two seniors on the Mattituck High School boys basketball team, but it surely wasn’t the Tuckers’ night.

Against a potent team like Southampton, which has athleticism, length and skill, opponents need to be sharp and near the top of their game just to be competitive. (more…)

01/17/14 8:39pm
01/17/2014 8:39 PM
ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Joe Tardif of Mattituck facing some opposition from Port Jefferson as he drives toward the basket during Friday's game.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Joe Tardif of Mattituck facing some opposition from Port Jefferson as he drives toward the basket during Friday’s game.

TUCKERS 61, ROYALS 48

From top to bottom, Suffolk County League VII boys basketball may be the strongest the league has been in many years. With the big three — Babylon, Center Moriches and Southampton — ruling the top few places, the league’s five other teams are left to battle it out, trying to scratch out a treasured playoff berth with little room for error. It makes every win precious and every game important.

That included Friday’s league game between Mattituck and Port Jefferson.

Things didn’t start out well for the visiting Tuckers, who got off to a slow start and found themselves on the short end of a 28-13 score in the second quarter.

Was it panic time? No, but it did give the Tuckers cause for concern.

“When they made that 28 to 13, I was like, ‘It don’t look good,’ ” said Mattituck coach Paul Ellwood, who chuckled at recounting the memory.

Ellwood could afford to smile and have a laugh afterward. His Tuckers had acquitted themselves quite well the rest of the way, staging their biggest comeback win of the season, 61-48. The result leaves Mattituck (8-4, 5-3) needing only two wins from its final six regular-season games — four of which will be at home — to secure a playoff berth.

Port Jefferson (4-7, 2-6), the loser of five straight games, finds itself needing a virtual miracle to get into the playoffs. The Royals would have to win five of their final six regular-season games in order to do that, an unlikely scenario.

After the Tuckers found themselves in that 15-point hole, they started digging themselves out of it. They closed the second quarter on a 10-3 run, with baskets by Parker Tuthill, Chris Dwyer (one of his five 3-pointers), Joe Tardif and Will Gildersleeve (another 3-pointer). That sliced the deficit to 8 points by halftime.

Then the Tuckers whittled down Port Jefferson’s lead some more. They opened the third quarter on a 17-4 surge for their first lead since a game-opening 3-pointer by Dwyer.

Mattituck’s inside force, Gene Allen, didn’t score his first points of the game until he sank a pair of free throws with 4 minutes 23 seconds remaining in the third quarter, pulling the Tuckers within 35-34. A conventional 3-point play by Allen and a trey by Tuthill then put the Tuckers ahead for good.

Port Jefferson endured a scary moment shortly after that. One of the Royals’ top players, Jasper Rubin-Sigler, suffered a horrific hard fall to the court after contesting a shot by Tardif with 3:29 left in the third quarter. Rubin-Sigler was attended to, rose to his feet and walked to the bench within two minutes of the fall. The senior later returned to the game.

Mattituck’s 3-point shooting hurt Port Jefferson. The Tuckers shot 9 for 21 from beyond the arc. They also shot 18 for 28 from the free-throw line.

Dwyer’s long-distance act helped him to 16 points. Gildersleeve, who was 3 for 8 from 3-point range, had 15 points, and the speedy Tardif added 11. Allen came down with 18 rebounds to go with 10 points.

Cody Steiner was Port Jefferson’s top scorer with 21 points. Rubin-Sigler, who shot 4 for 9 from the field, finished with 10 points. Harry Colucci grabbed 11 rebounds for the Royals.

After surviving the scare, Ellwood and his players could breath easy in the knowledge that they gave themselves a little more breathing room.

It was just another day in League VII boys basketball.

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