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FISHING: Snapper tournament The Town of Riverhead Recreation Department will host its annual Snapper Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 7, on the Peconic Riverfront. The focus of the tournament is to get youths and adults involved in fishing and to raise money for the recreation department’s scholarship fund. A rod/reel will go to the winner of the adult (16 and older) and youth (under 16) divisions. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 100 registrants. Pre-registration is available by calling (631) 727-5744, ext. 0, or in person at the recreation department at 55 Columbus Avenue, Riverhead. On-site registration will begin at 10 a.m. on the Peconic Riverfront. The tournament will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Anglers must supply their own poles and bait. In case of inclement weather, call (631) 727-5744, ext. 30 for updated information the morning of the event. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 8.

BASEBALL: Ospreys seeking players The Mattituck Ospreys 18-and-under baseball team has five roster spots to fill for its 2013 fall season and 2014 summer league season. Interested players may call John Tardif at (631) 734-6474.

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GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Golfer Marie Santacroce of Mattituck, shown here practicing at Island’s End Golf and Country Club in Greenport, was named to her conference All-Academic team.

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Golfer Marie Santacroce of Mattituck, shown here practicing at Island’s End Golf and Country Club in Greenport, defended her Long Island Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

GOLF: Santacroce retains L.I. title Marie Santacroce of Mattituck shot a 1-over-par and then won a four-hole playoff over Casey Durant of Eisenhower Park Golf Club to defend her Long Island Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship last Wednesday at the Bethpage State Park Red Course in Farmingdale.

Santacroce, representing Island’s End Golf and Country Club, shot a 77 in the first round on Aug. 12 before following that up with a 76 in the second and final round. She held a three-stroke lead going into the second round. Durant had a two-day total of 149.

On the fourth playoff hole, Santacroce two putted to win the championship.

RUNNING: Year 15 for Sound to Bay The 15th annual Sound to Bay 10K and 5K will be run Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at Iron Pier Beach in Northville and concluding at South Jamesport Beach. Gerry O’Hara of East Rockaway, making his debut in the 10K event, won last year’s race in 36 minutes 29.1 seconds. The top female finisher was Maria Pavkovitch of Union City, N.J. Her time was 39:23.2.

The winners of the five-kilometer race were Patrick McCabe (18:42.7) and Patricia Alcivar (20:38.2).

FOOTBALL: Four carries for Maysonet Cleveland Browns running back Miguel Maysonet ran the ball four times for 5 yards in a 24-6 preseason win over the visiting Detroit Lions last Thursday night. Maysonet, a former Riverhead High School and Stony Brook University standout, has 30 yards from 13 carries in two preseason games for the Browns (2-0). He has also caught two passes for 13 yards. The Browns have injury issues at running back. Trent Richardson was listed as out for Saturday night’s game at Indianapolis with an ankle injury. Dion Lewis broke his left leg and will require surgery.

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SAILING: Condon wins his fourth Sunfish marathon John Condon of Mattituck Yacht Club won the 43rd annual World’s Longest Sunfish Race, Around Shelter Island, NY, which was hosted by Southold Yacht Club on Saturday.

With the breeze blowing five to six knots from the west/northwest, Condon was one of five sailors, including former North American champion Joel Furman, Ryan Messina, Jeff Anderson and Jim Koehler, who led the 34-boat fleet past Paradise Point. After the leaders passed the South Ferry, the wind increased to 12 to 15 knots and the group had expanded to eight with the addition of Peter Wells, four-time winner Dick Heinl and Joe Sullivan. By the time the group of eight gybed from starboard to port tack while rounding Mashomack Point, they had a 100-yard lead over the next group of sailors.

From Rams Head to Hay Beach Point in Gardiner’s Bay, the boats were on a close reach and the gap between the eight leaders and the bulk of the rest of the fleet increased to a half-mile. There were two exceptions, however, as Richard Skeen and Lee Montes made their moves and solidified their positions in ninth and 10th place while gaining ground on the lead pack.

Entering Greenport Harbor with the weekend chop and the wind blowing 15 to 20 knots from the west, the Race became a grueling test of physical fitness as the intrepid sailors in their 13-feet, 10-inch craft hiked out constantly to keep their boats flat and moving fast. But decisions had to be made, taking into consideration the still outgoing current, the wind direction and velocity, and fatigue as the leaders basically sprinted the final five miles of the approximately 24-mile course. It was during that final leg of the course when Condon passed Messina, who had led for most of the Race. Condon’s experience paid off as he focused upon the tide while Messina focused upon the wind. Once he got the lead, the 38-year-old Condon, who can keep his boat as flat as anyone who sails a Sunfish, was unstoppable. Still, the 29-year-old Messina made Condon work for his win in 3 hours, 58 minutes, 23 seconds, and crossed the finish line only 42 seconds behind him.

Condon became the third four-time winner of this nautical marathon and is one of only six sailors in the history of the race to break four hours. He is also one of only two who broke the four-hour mark twice. He did it in 2007, as well.

GOLF: Golfing for Porters football The ninth annual Gridiron Golf Classic to benefit the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck/Shelter Island high school football team will be held Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Island’s End Golf and Country Club in Greenport. Foursomes will play in a team best ball format, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The fee is $175 per player. For more information, contact Darryl Volinski at (631) 477-2523 or [email protected].
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The Riverhead Rotary Club will host its 22nd annual Bruce Stark Memorial Golf Championship on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Baiting Hollow Golf Club. Play in the scramble/shotgun format will begin at 11 a.m. The tournament raises funds for the Stark Scholarship program, which benefits deserving Riverhead High School and Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School students. Players may register for the championship by sending the name, phone number, mailing address and e-mail address for each player, with a check payable to Riverhead Rotary for $250 per player or $1,000 per foursome to: Riverhead Rotary, P.O. Box 518, Riverhead, N.Y. 11901. Players are asked to register by Aug. 15.

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GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Chris Ujkic is seeking his seventh straight title in the Bob Wall Memorial Tennis Tournament.

Steve Paskiewicz earned a place in the men’s singles final of the Bob Wall Memorial Tennis Tournament with a 6-0, 6-1 semifinal defeat of No. 3 seed Richard Anderson. Paskiewicz will play the No. 1 seed Chris Ujkic in Saturday’s final at Robert W. Tasker Park in Peconic. Ujkic is seeking his seventh straight men’s singles championship and 19th title overall in the tournament.

The women’s singles final will pit Rosemary Krocke against Kate Freudenberg.

Richard Chizever will get a chance to defend his title in the men’s 50-plus singles division thanks to his 6-0, 6-0 semifinal win over No. 3 Tom Cahill. No. 4 John Czartosieski recovered to take down Andrezej Kopala in a three-setter, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

Saturday will be a busy day for Chizever. He will also play in the men’s 50-plus doubles final along with his partner, Bob Lum. The top-seeded pair will be matched against No. 2 Tom Cahill and Ed Lee. Chizever and Lum beat No. 4 Richard Brooks and Mark McDuffy, 6-0, 6-0, in the semifinals.

All of Saturday’s finals will be played at Robert W. Tasker Park, starting with the women’s singles final and the men’s 50-plus doubles match at 8 a.m. The men’s singles final is set for 10 a.m., with the men’s 50-plus singles contest to go at 11 a.m.

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07/24/13 8:00pm
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GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Chris Ujkic has been the No. 1-ranked men's open singles player in the United States Tennis Association's eastern section for nearly two years.

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Chris Ujkic is two wins away from yet another singles title at the Bob Wall Memorial Tennis Tournament.

TENNIS: Chris Ujkic, the winner of six straight men’s singles titles in the Bob Wall Memorial Tournament, is two wins away from making it seven straight championships.

The top-seeded Ujkic has a semifinal opponent awaiting him in John Czartosieski. Ujkic advanced by virtue of a 6-0, 6-0 quarterfinal defeat of Greg Quist.

Czartosieski triumphed in three-setters in his last two matches, including a third-set tiebreaker over his quarterfinal opponent, fourth-seeded Eric Digons, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2). Prior to that, Czartosieski topped Richard Chizever, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

The other semifinal will pit No. 2 seed Steve Paskiewicz against No. 3 Richard Anderson. They both scored two-set quarterfinal victories. Paskiewicz, an eight-time tournament champion and runner-up last year, blanked Southold High School standout Josh Robinson, 6-0, 6-0. Anderson was a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Jim Christy Jr.

Kate Freudenberg and Rosemary Krocke have a date to play in the women’s singles final. In the semifinals, Freudenberg beat Mary Beth Corazzini, 6-2, 6-0, and Krocke ousted Melissa Hickox, 6-2, 6-2.

Corazzini had reached the semifinals through an 8-10, 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Dina Rose.

The defending men’s 50-plus singles champion, Richard Chizever, secured a semifinal place thanks to his 6-0, 6-0 defeat of John Rosselli. Chizever has a tough task ahead of him, though. His semifinal opponent will be the fourth-seeded Czartosieski, a 6-0, 6-1 quarterfinal winner over Myron Kaplan.

The two other quarterfinals were two-set affairs as well. The No. 1 seed, Andrzej Kopala, proved too much for David Newmark, winning by 6-0, 6-0. No. 3 Tom Cahill got the better of Mike Greene, 6-2, 6-2.

One half of the men’s 50-plus doubles final has been booked. The second-seeded Tom Cahill and Ed Lee have claimed that spot with their 6-4, 7-5 victory over the No. 3 pair of John Gregory and Richard Suter.

The finals of the tournament, which is sponsored by TimesReview Newsgroup, are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3, at Robert W. Tasker Park in Peconic.

RUNNING: 5K run in Cutchogue The Fleet’s Neck Property Owners Association will sponsor a 5K run in Cutchogue on Saturday, Aug. 17. The run will begin at 9 a.m. A family 5K run/walk will kick off at 9:05 a.m. at Pequash Park, tucked away at the end of Pequash Avenue and West Road in Cutchogue. The course offers scenic views of Peconic Bay, creeks and wetlands. The event will help support the maintenance and restoration of the Fleet’s Neck Beach.

The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 9. Pre-registration fees are $25 for runners ages 16 to 65 and $15 for runners under 16 or over 65. The day of race registration is $30.

For online registration, go to www.islandrunning.net. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or phone (631) 734-8027.

GIRLS LACROSSE: Carrera comes up big for LI Carolyn Carrera played for Team Long Island at the Brine Classic National Championships in Boyds, Md., earlier this month. Carrera, who will be entering her senior year at Riverhead High School, had 2 goals, 1 assist, 6 draw controls, 2 ground balls, 3 takeaways and won 8 of 10 draws in a 9-3 championship game win over New Jersey.

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WILLIAM SMITH ATHLETICS PHOTO |  Libby Hughes of Orient.

WOMEN’S ROWING: Orient woman on top team The William Smith College varsity eight, including Libby Hughes of Orient, captured its third straight Liberty League Crew of the Year award. The varsity eight was ranked in the top five in the nation all spring by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. At the Liberty League Championships, the Herons bested the field by more than 13 seconds to secure the program’s sixth title in 10 seasons.

RUNNING: Shelter Island race on Saturday The 34th annual Shelter Island 10K Run is scheduled to start on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in front of Shelter Island High School. Simon Ndirangu of Kenya set a course record last year with a time of 28 minutes 37 seconds. He snapped three seconds off the previous mark that Alena Reta of Ethiopia set in 2010 when he won the race for the second time in four years. A Moroccan, Malika Mejdoub, won the women’s race in 34:28.

SOCCER: Summer program North Fork United Soccer Club will host a summer soccer program for children ages 4 to 11 on evenings from July 8 to Aug. 8 at the Cutchogue East Elementary School. E-mail [email protected] or call Lisa Fox at (631) 834-1685 for registration information.

GIRLS GYMNASTICS: Team holding fund-raiser Members of the GymNation gymnastics competition team will hold a car wash fund-raiser on Sunday to raise money to help cover coaching costs and entry fees for the USAIGC World Gymnastics Championships in California at the end of the month. The car wash at the Cutchogue Fire Department will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A bake sale and a 50/50 raffle are also planned.

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SOCCER: Summer program North Fork United Soccer Club will host a summer soccer program for children ages 4 to 11 on evenings from July 8 to Aug. 8 at the Cutchogue East Elementary School. E-mail [email protected] or call Lisa Fox at (631) 834-1685 for registration information.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Peconic Bay tournament Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Employee Activities Committee will host a beach volleyball tournament on Sept. 7 to benefit heart health. Registration will start at 8 a.m. on the day of the tournament. Tournament play will start at 9 a.m. at Tiana Beach in Hampton Bays. Teams will consist of four to six players. The cost is $25 per person per team. Individual players are welcome. For more information, contact Priscilla at (631) 548-6217 or Jennifer Miglino at (631) 548-6219 before Aug. 16, 2013.

 

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GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Kyle Clausen during his Southold High School days.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Clausen goes 5-3

Kyle Clausen learned early on that sleep is a precious commodity at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

After the Southold man first reported to the USMMA in Kings Park last July 5, he was being awakened around 4 a.m. to go on runs. Nowadays, though, Clausen has been allowed to sleep until 5:45 a.m., “which is basically like sleeping in for us.”

Clausen received a wakeup call of sorts in terms of baseball. When he played for Southold High School, Clausen was able to blow fastballs by hitters for seven innings. He soon learned that doesn’t exactly work at the collegiate level.

“In college you have to mix it up a lot,” the freshman said. “I’m not the guy striking out 10 kids a game any more.”

Clausen said he has added some velocity to his fastball, which travels a little over 80 miles per hour. In addition to four-seam and two-seam fastballs, he throws curveballs and circle changeups to keep batters guessing. He has also learned to have a short memory because even good pitchers get hit sooner or later and experience a rough outing.

Clausen recently completed his freshman season with a 5-3 record (tying the team lead for wins and leading all freshmen in his conference) and a 5.40 earned run average. He pitched 55 innings, allowing 75 hits and 21 walks, with 25 strikeouts.

The Mariners (20-17) saw their season end with a 4-2 loss to host Purchase College in an ECAC Metro Region semifinal on Sunday. It capped USMMA’s second straight 20-win season.

Life at the academy isn’t easy, especially for a plebe. Baseball, Clausen said, has made things easier. “Baseball is like an escape,” he said.

But Clausen said all the hard work will pay off in the years to come. “I know that after graduation, it’s totally worth it,” he said. “If you work hard for four or five years, you’re rewarded for the next 30 years of your life.”

Clausen said he expects to graduate with a bachelor of science degree and a Coast Guard license. He said he will then be obligated to serve five years in a branch of the armed forces or serve five years in the maritime industry.

Before he graduates, though, he must first spend 317 days on a ship at sea. He will begin the first 120 of those days this summer on a merchant ship headed to northern Europe or the south Pacific.

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WILLIAM SMITH ATHLETICS PHOTO |  Libby Hughes of Orient won a gold medal as part of the William Smith College varsity eight.

Orient rower wins gold For the second year in a row, the William Smith College varsity eight won a gold medal at the New York State Collegiate Rowing Championships over the weekend on Lake Whitney. The Herons, who include senior Libby Hughes of Orient, earned a spot in Sunday’s grand final with a nearly six-second victory over second-place St. Lawrence in Saturday’s heats. William Smith posted a winning time of 7 minutes 6.4 seconds, which was 5.9 seconds better than the Saints. In the grand final, the Herons put even more space between themselves and the field, beating second-place Ithaca by 6.84 seconds. William Smith logged a winning time of 6:50.46 to secure the gold. The Herons will be back in action on Sunday when they compete in the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Strong outing by Ascher A four-run seventh inning for SUNY/Oneonta and the pitching of sophomore Steve Ascher of Mattituck proved to be the difference in a 7-2 win over Brockport on April 26. Ascher pitched eight and one-third innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out six hitters en route to picking up his fourth win of the season.

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BILL LANDON PHOTO | Bishop McGann-Mercy senior Danielle Gehring has signed to play basketball for Chestnut Hill College (Penn.).

COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Gehring signs with D-II school Bishop McGann-Mercy senior Danielle Gehring signed a letter of intent to play for Chestnut Hill College, a Division II Catholic college in Germantown, Penn.

Gehring did not play basketball for McGann-Mercy her senior season. She instead opted to spend the season working out with the boys’ varsity team. She also took part in clinics, worked with basketball, speed and agility trainers and former professional players.

Gehring was McGann-Mercy’s most valuable player her junior season, averaging 12 points, 5 assists, 5 blocks and 3 3-pointers per game. She was an all-league selection.

Gehring and her younger sister, Caroline, will travel to Austria and Germany in June to represent the United States in an international basketball tournament. Her two older sisters play basketball for DeSales University, a Division III school that is a 45-minute drive away from Chestnut Hill.

Gehring said, “I visited Chestnut Hill and fell in love with the school.”

COLLEGE WOMEN’S GOLF: Accolades for Santacroce Marie Santacroce of Mattituck, a sophomore at Flagler College (Fla.), was recently named to the All-Peach Belt Conference First Team. Santacroce finished in fourth place in the conference and led Flagler in tournament scoring average this year. She was also named Flagler’s most valuable player. Santacroce ended the season with eight top-10 finishes, three top-five finishes and one first-place finish during season.

COLLEGE MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD: Clancy sets personal records SUNY/Oneonta sophomore Michael Clancy of Shoreham recorded two personal-best marks recently in the discus and hammer throw at the Upstate Track Classic. He took third place in the discus with a toss of 136 feet and fourth in the hammer throw with a distance of 150-2.

COLLEGE WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD: Two firsts for Riley UConn freshman Melodee Riley of Jamesport had a big weekend for the Huskies in an invitational meet at Brown University in Rhode Island. Riley took first place in both the long jump (5.41 meters) and the triple jump (11.90).

COLLEGE WOMEN’S ROWING: Orient rower helps league champions For the third time in as many seasons, William Smith College captured the Liberty League championship with a dominating performance on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs. Libby Hughes of Orient competed on the varsity eight team that defeated St. Lawrence, RIT, Skidmore and Union for the title. In calm, flat conditions, William Smith’s varsity eight, ranked third in this week’s CRCA/USRowing poll, defended its league title with a 2,000-meter time of 6 minutes 44.0 seconds. It is the sixth overall league championship for the Herons.

For the third time this spring and the seventh time this year, the William Smith varsity eight was named the Liberty League Women’s Rowing Boat of the Week by the conference office.

BASEBALL: MLB pitch, hit, run competition A free Major League Baseball pitch, hit and run competition for area youths will be held May 11 at 4 p.m. at Tasker Park in Peconic. Boys and girls in four age divisions (7/8, 9/10, 11/12 and 13/14) will have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including team championships at major league stadiums and the national finals at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the all-around champions in each age and gender group at the local competition, will be awarded and advance to the sectional level of competition. All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have a parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. For more information, call Brian Hansen at (631) 553-3940.

RUNNING: 5K for moms The For Our Moms 5K will be run on May 11 in Cutchogue. A fun run for kids will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 5K run/walk at 8:45 a.m. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. The pre-registration cost is $25. Day-of-the-race registration costs $30. The fun run fee is $10. To register, go to www.active.com. For more information, call (631) 680-9223. All proceeds from the event will benefit Danielle Fogarty’s Campaign for the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.