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As the pregame warmups of the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school boys lacrosse team were coming to a close Friday, a Westhampton Beach player shouted, “No mercy.”

It took awhile for his Hurricane teammates to get the message, but once they did there was no stopping them as they showed no mercy in Mattituck.
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11/28/16 8:33pm
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There are reasons why basketball teams play non-league games and the Mattituck High School girls squad was reminded why in their season opener Monday.

The defending Long Island Class B champions certainly had their moments in their 46-42 loss at Westhampton Beach, but the Tuckers realized they had plenty to work on if they want to play into March.
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A 10th league title will be added to the Mattituck boys tennis team's championship banner. The question is: Will the Tuckers have to share it? (Credit: Bob Liepa)

A 10th league title will be added to the Mattituck boys tennis team’s championship banner. The question is: Will the Tuckers have to share it? (Credit: Bob Liepa)

HURRICANES 4, TUCKERS 3

The sweet taste of a championship season soured a bit for the Mattituck High School boys tennis team on Thursday.

Having already secured at least a share of the Suffolk County League VII championship, the Tuckers were on the verge of clinching the title outright. Then came controversy and a costly forfeit. (more…)

07/30/14 5:00pm
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Southold junior Aidan Walker holds the distinction of having defeated the school's best player, his brother Liam, in one-on-one games. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold junior Aidan Walker holds the distinction of having defeated the school’s best player, his brother Liam, in one-on-one games. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Even at this stage in his young life, Aidan Walker can lay claim to a degree of fame: He has defeated Southold High School’s best basketball player in one-on-one competition. And more than once, too.

Not many people can say that. (more…)

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Mattituck's Andrew Young (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Mattituck’s Andrew Young (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

SUFFOLK COUNTY TEAM TOURNAMENT | HURRICANES 6, TUCKERS 1

For a high school boys tennis team with the nickname Hurricanes, the setting was appropriate.

The wind was gusting unpredictably, as it often does at Westhampton Beach High School’s tennis courts, making it a challenge for the players on Thursday. Swirling wind is nothing new to the Hurricanes, however. They are used to it and have learned how to deal with it. (more…)

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The chase is on for a ground ball. From left, Westhampton Beach's Evan Gagne, left, and Wyatt Sommer join Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Dylan Marlborough in pursuit of the ball. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The chase is on for a ground ball. From left, Westhampton Beach’s Evan Gagne, left, and Wyatt Sommer join Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Dylan Marlborough in pursuit of the ball. (Credit: Garret Meade)

HURRICANES 12, TUCKERS 7

On paper, it had rout written all over it. On the field, however, it was a different story. The damage caused by the Hurricanes wasn’t the devastation some might have expected.  (more…)

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DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Shannon Dwyer passing the ball during the first quarter. Dwyer shot 7 of 10 from the field and scored 19 points in Mattituck's win over Westhampton Beach.

DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Shannon Dwyer passing the ball during the first quarter. Dwyer shot 7 of 10 from the field and scored 19 points in Mattituck’s win over Westhampton Beach.

TUCKERS 49, HURRICANES 36

A sly grin flashed across Shannon Dwyer’s face as she dribbled the ball during the waning moments of the Mattituck High School girls basketball team’s game on Saturday. That may be because Dwyer knew the Tuckers were about to secure the non-league win at Westhampton Beach High School even though they had not exactly played their “A” game.

As it was, though, the Tuckers played well enough for a 49-36 win, their fourth in six games.

While the game may have not have won many points for artistry, the result is what counted most to coach Steve Van Dood. “A win’s a win,” he told his players afterward.

The Tuckers can thank Dwyer, their athletic senior forward, for the role she played. As is usually the case, Dwyer delivered, putting up a game-high 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 shooting from the foul line. She also had 8 rebounds.

Mattituck led since early in the second quarter when a Dwyer basket broke a 10-10 tie, but an improved Westhampton Beach team (3-2, 1-1 League V), which is one win shy of equaling its total from last season, kept threatening to come back.

Dwyer scored 10 points during a 14-2 run that gave the Tuckers a 22-12 lead in the second quarter. But Westhampton Beach didn’t fold. The Hurricanes cut their deficit to 3 points twice and 2 points once.

Each time, though, the Tuckers had an answer.

A basket by Westhampton Beach’s Brooke Alpert opened the third quarter, making the score 24-21. But then Liz Dwyer and her older sister Shannon came back with successive baskets.

Later in the quarter, a layup by Westhampton Beach’s Lauren Smith made it 28-25. Mattituck responded with a free throw by Liz Dwyer and a hoop by Tiana Baker to restore some breathing room.

Shortly after that, Westhampton Beach tightened things up again when a layup by Ivonne Grunseich made it 31-29. Yet again, Mattituck replied, this time with back-to-back buckets by Baker and Liz Dwyer.

A 3-point play the old-fashioned way by Shannon Dwyer 1 minute 17 seconds into the fourth quarter ignited a 7-0 run for the Tuckers, the other points coming from Baker. That may have been the coup de grace.

Baker, a freshman, scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half.

Katie Hoeg brought the Tuckers 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals to go with 5 points.

Smith was Westhampton Beach’s top scorer. The senior guard registered 10 points before fouling out with 27 seconds remaining. All five of her fouls were committed in the second half.

It was a sloppy game, with the teams combining for 48 turnovers.

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09/21/13 9:50pm
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TUCKERS 2, HURRICANES 0

The Mattituck High School boys soccer team ran into a hot goalkeeper on the last full day of the summer on a sunny and windy Saturday afternoon.

Senior Ryan Blake put on a goalkeeping clinic, keeping Westhampton Beach within striking distance of the defending Suffolk County Class B champions.

But Blake proved to be only human. He could not stop every shot sent his way in what turned into a 2-0 non-league victory for the Tuckers at Carl Hansen Memorial Field in Westhampton Beach.

“Yeah, he’s human,” said junior defender Kevin Williams, who had a superb free kick denied by Blake. “He’s a first-year goalkeeper, which I heard. It’s unbelievable that he’s playing. We were coming at him really quick. Sometimes we need to settle down, relax and bring it to him slowly.”

When the Tuckers did, they scored. Junior forward Kaan Ilgin set up James Hayes’ first-half goal off his corner kick and added an insurance goal in the second half. Mattituck recorded its fourth consecutive win after a season-opening loss. The Hurricanes fell to 0-5-1.

“We’re not playing our best soccer and that could be a scary proposition,” Mattituck coach Mat Litchhult said. “We controlled the match. We knocked the ball around. Their keeper [turned in] one of the best keeper performances I’ve seen in a long time.”

The Tuckers hope they will not meet a goalkeeper in Blake’s class soon again. He made 18 saves, many of high quality.

“Awesome game,” Hurricanes coach Don O’Brien told Blake, who had to run off after the match for another commitment.

The Tuckers probably had wished he could have left slightly earlier.

“The goalie was good,” said Ilgin, who was denied at least six times by Blake. “It was actually frustrating because I could have scored goals.”

Ilgin played playmaker as his corner kick was headed in by Hayes at the near right post with 16 minutes 11 seconds remaining in the opening half.

“I saw him pointing to that spot,” Ilgin said. “O.K., he was going to get it. So I just bent it there and he headed it in. Great goal.”

Mattituck pushed for a goal, but Blake had some other ideas. So did his teammates, who tried for an equalizer, which would have been devastating for the visitors.

“We talked about that,” Litchhult said. “Our back line has done a great job stabilizing us back there, keeping in good shape, limiting any kind of opportunities.”

The attack finally solved Blake from the run of play with 21:18 left in the game. Ilgin, who had been denied in and around the penalty area, decided to launch a 30-yard attempt from the right side that beat Blake.

“I took it long distance because every time I dribbled, they closed space, so I just shot,” he said.

Hungry to add to their lead, the Tuckers were awarded a 20-yard free kick from the left side. Williams, who smacked in a superb 28-yard free kick in a 2-1 win over Southampton four days earlier, tried to make it a double within a week as he fired a hard shot over the defensive wall toward the upper left corner.

“There it is,” said Litchhult, standing with O’Brien at midfield.

And there was Blake, who had been positioned at the far post, but managed to scurry across the net, leap and parry the ball away.

“How many saves? Nine? Ten?” an incredulous Litchhult asked O’Brien. “Some are ridiculous.”

Added Williams: “I didn’t expect that goalie to get anywhere near there. It’s hard for the goalie to see it past the wall. He got there quick. It was down low. It was hard for him to see. It’s hard to hit one of those shots. It’s way harder to save it.”

Williams has liked what he has seen.

“If we play as a family, we’re always going to know where everyone is going,” he said. “We’re going to anticipate what everyone is going to do because we’ve been playing with each other for years.”

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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck's Gene Allen attacking the basket during the Brookhaven Summer League small schools final against Westhampton Beach.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck’s Gene Allen attacking the basket during the Brookhaven Summer League small schools final against Westhampton Beach.

One of the most valuable things to come out of this productive summer for the Mattituck boys basketball team is its proven ability to pull out close games. That’s a wonderful quality, and was best illustrated in the team’s 1-point wins over Miller Place and Greenport during the Town of Brookhaven Summer League regular season.

That knack for winning the close ones doesn’t seem to work against Westhampton Beach, though.

During the regular season, Westhampton Beach handed Mattituck an 8-point loss. Things were even tighter when the teams met again in the small schools final on Thursday evening, with Westhampton Beach prevailing by 4 points, 31-27. The defensive struggle at St. Joseph’s College’s John A. Danzi Athletic Center saw Mattituck’s lowest point output of the summer in the Brookhaven League.

Points were hard to come by. Through the first 15 minutes of running time, the scoreboard read 5-5, a score more fitting for a game played by elementary school-age players than two high school varsity teams. The Tuckers allowed only 13 points in the first half, and still trailed by 3 points because of Mike Frangeskos’ 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.

The teams stayed within 5 points of each other the whole way until Frangeskos sank a pair of free throws, putting the Hurricanes ahead, 29-27, late in the game for the seventh lead change.

Another two foul shots by Luke Dyer gave Westhampton Beach a little more breathing room with 13.9 seconds left.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck's Gene Allen attacking the basket during the Brookhaven Summer League small schools final against Westhampton Beach.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Auggie Knuth of Mattituck, under the shadow of  Westhampton Beach’s Luke Dyer, examines his options.

Both teams had their offensive struggles, with only about one-third of the shots finding their way through the basket. The shooting from the field was almost identical: Westhampton Beach shot 10 for 29 and Mattituck went 9 for 29.

“It was tough,” Mattituck’s sophomore point guard, Parker Tuthill, said. “We couldn’t get a flow to our offense, but defensively we were doing good. We stopped them a lot. We just couldn’t execute on offense.”

Frangesko led all scorers with 12 points. Dyer contributed 7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block for the Hurricanes, who picked up their 10th win in 12 league games.

Gene Allen was Mattituck’s top scorer with 6 points. He also had 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.

“It was a tough game,” Allen said. “It’s always a tough game when we play them.” He added, “Every time we play them, it’s hard to execute.”

What was Mattituck coach Paul Ellwood’s assessment of what he saw?

“It was hard for us to get looks,” he said. “We struggled to get anything going. … I think they had problems with our press, but we just didn’t score enough to get into it.”

It’s wise not to read too much into summer league results, but the fact that Mattituck (9-3) reached the championship game is evidence that it has done some things right.

The Tuckers also competed in a summer league in Southampton, going 7-7 in that league. By playing in both leagues, the Tuckers saw more playing time and had more opportunities to show what they can do.

“You never know what you’re going to get out of it,” Ellwood said of summer-league ball. “Sometimes the team grows. I think a lot of guys down in the pecking order got a lot of [playing] time and improved. I found roles for them on the team and how they can help us.”

Ellwood believes the Tuckers will be in a better situation when they start preseason practice for the school season than they were a year ago. It’s easy to see why. Mattituck returns its top three scorers (Will Gildersleeve, Allen and Chris Dwyer), its leading rebounder (Allen) and its No. 1 assist man (Joe Tardif) from last season.

Although the Tuckers have young players, they have basketball experience. Not a bad combination.

Among the developing young players who have looked good is Tuthill, who was the starting point guard for Mattituck’s 16-1 junior varsity team last season. “He had some games where he was just lights out,” said Ellwood.

The coach continued: “Parker’s going to be a tremendous player. He just needs to get a little meat on the bones. The only time he struggles is when bigger kids get physical with him. Other than that, the skill set is there. He can shoot. He’s going to grow up and get stronger. He’s going to be a handful. … He’s going to be a great player for us for the next three years.”

More encouragement comes from junior Josh Conklin and senior Tyler Reeve, who have provided the team with inside grit.

“Our front line was a weakness last year, so we addressed that with those two guys,” said Ellwood.

Playing in a league final, even if it is a summer league, has benefits, but Tuthill’s competitive fire may have made it difficult for him to sound upbeat after the league final.

“It’s a good experience,” he said, “but it would have been better if we had won.”

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12/28/12 2:36pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Shannon Quinn focused on collecting a rebound while her Southold teammate Nicole Busso kept her eyes on Quinn.

FIRST SETTLERS 57, HURRICANES 42

The Joe Read system is working. All the indications are there.

For one thing, the high-energy game that the new Southold girls basketball coach has introduced seems to be becoming second nature to his players. How can he tell? It’s simple: They’re yelling at him.

“That’s a good sign,” Read said. “When they start yelling back, then that means they’re getting comfortable with it.”

Another sign was seen Friday in the form of a 57-42 non-league victory over Westhampton Beach. Despite sitting out most of the second half because of an ejection, senior guard Sydney Campbell led eight Southold scorers.

More good signs for Southold.

“That is a good sign,” Southold guard Carley Staples said, “and it just shows that we all contribute to the win.”

Defending Long Island Class C champion Southold showed that it may not be a typical League VIII team. It has the depth and talent to do some good things this season.

With a new coach and a new concept, the First Settlers don’t waste time firing the ball up the court after grabbing a defensive rebound. And their hounding defense can be exhausting for opponents to deal with.

“We call it tenacious,” said Read.

Southold (3-3, 2-0) keeps fresh legs on the court with mass five-for-five player substitutions. Twelve First Settlers played on Friday.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Carley Staples of Southold wrestling for the ball, with Westhampton Beach’s Kathleen Mensch standing behind her.

Campbell produced 16 points for Southold before picking up her fifth personal foul with 1 minute 22 seconds left in the third quarter.

Visiting Southold, which trailed in the game only once at 6-4, also received 12 points and 6 rebounds from Nicole Busso as well as 9 points from Staples.

“I’m really proud of us,” Staples said. “We came in and we knew what we could do and we proved that we are capable of anything.”

Westhampton Beach senior guard Samantha Vickers led all scorers with 23 points. She fouled out with 1:20 to go in the game.

“She was the one we wanted to stop, and we didn’t do a good job of that,” said Read.

The Hurricanes, a League V team, dropped their overall record to 2-7.

After Westhampton Beach took that 6-4 lead in the early going, Southold reeled off the next 10 points, 7 of them coming from Campbell.

The Hurricanes pulled to within 18-17, but then Southold went on another 10-0 run during which Campbell hit two of her three 3-point field goals.

Southold managed to withstand several threats by Westhampton Beach the rest of the way.

“I think it helped us mentally realize how good we are and how much potential we do have,” Campbell said. “We have a lot of good players, and a lot of people can shoot and contribute. Every single person contributed today, so that was really helpful. It’s not just based on one person or the starting five; it’s really not.”

Southold’s biggest drawback, perhaps, was turnovers — 23 of them, to be exact. Westhampton Beach made 16 steals, including 6 by Katelyn Ogeka.

Other than that, though, it was a feel-good day for Southold. Read was obviously feeling good about what he saw in a game that he said his team “needed” to win.

“We’re going in the right direction,” he said.

How does he know? Why, players are yelling at him, of course.

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