If this was going to be Ryan Shuford’s final game in his high school basketball career, he and his Mattituck teammates made sure they were not going to look back and doubt themselves.
The Tuckers did just about everything they could to beat Babylon Saturday, everything but win the game.
The Greenport High School boys basketball team is brimming with confidence these days. So much so that senior center Sam Strickland Jr. stated several weeks ago that he had already made a room reservation for Glens Falls, the longtime site of the New York State final four. READ
Mattituck High School’s golfers don’t show much emotion on the course. Their body language is tough to read, so it wasn’t easy for coach Paul Ellwood to gauge how well his players were doing during the Suffolk County League VII Tournament last Thursday.
“You can’t read my guys whether they’re playing poorly or great,” he said.
Some things never seem to change.
Count the pursuit of the Suffolk County League VII boys golf championship among them.
Parker Tuthill is a streaky basketball player. Some games he’s rather quiet and not much of a factor, and then there are other times, like on Tuesday night. READ
Life after Liam may not be so bad after all.
It has happened before. A team loses a star player and yet, somehow, things fall into place and the team actually plays better. READ
At this point, it’s like an old movie that one has seen a dozen times or more, with one notable exception: The final outcome remains in doubt. READ
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…)
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…)
Joe Tardif and Will Gildersleeve (21) are both all-league senior guards for Mattituck. (Credit: Garret Meade file)
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…)