Game day is finally approaching.
Following a 20-year wait, the Southold/Greenport high school softball team has returned to the playoffs. As Suffolk County’s only Class C qualifier, the Clippers have had to wait until Thursday when they face Nassau County champion East Rockaway in a Southeast Region semifinal at Hofstra University.
Southold/Greenport has waited 20 years to return to the high school softball playoffs, and now that the Clippers are finally back in the postseason, there’s more waiting.
Since Southold doesn’t have any opposition for the Suffolk County Class C title or the Southeast Region semifinals, the Clippers advance directly to a regional final on June 3. The opponent and site are to be determined.
It was a celebration 20 years in the making, and the Southold/Greenport high school softball team was making up for lost time. So, the Clippers celebrated and celebrated, and then celebrated some more.
They screamed. They hugged. They danced. They threw confetti.
The last time Southold/Greenport reached the high school softball playoffs, the current Clippers had not even been born. It was decades ago, all the way back in 1997.
That string of 19 playoff-less years may finally come to an end this year. Judging by the way the Clippers have been playing, not only do the playoffs look likely, but a Suffolk County Class C championship is a real possibility and who knows beyond that.
The Southold/Greenport high school girls basketball team has a new coach, but then again, Skip Gehring isn’t really new to basketball or the Clippers.
If there is such a thing as a coaching version of a gym rat, it would be Gehring. One only needs to look back to last season to see that.
The search is on.
Now that its season is officially over, Job No. 1 for the Greenport/Southold high school field hockey team is to find a new goalie.
The night Rebecca Lillis has dreaded is fast approaching.
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“You can’t let anything easy go,” said Toni Esposito.
After getting hit on the head by a field hockey ball during a game against Shoreham-Wading River earlier this season, Toni Esposito may have been the last one on the scene to appreciate the severity of the injury she had suffered. READ