At the end of Tuesday night’s practice, Mattituck High School boys basketball coach Paul Ellwood had some final business to attend to. He gave the Tuckers’ scorekeeper, senior Dez Whitehurst, a jersey to wear for the team’s final regular-season game the following night.
“I said, ‘This falls in the category of better late than never,’ ” said Ellwood. READ
Paul Ellwood dropped his clipboard to the floor in disgust. And if that didn’t get the attention of his players, the Mattituck High School boys basketball coach yelled to make his point to them. He didn’t like what he was seeing.
“We had guys trying to set up the offense who don’t usually do it,” he said. “We were a little chaotic at times. We got away from our normal team play and it got ugly.” READ
Slowly, but surely, this Mattituck High School girls basketball team is forging an identity for itself.
The Tuckers have become a hard-hosed defensive side that makes the opposition work for its points while turning turnovers into key baskets.
Just ask Babylon, which entered Monday night’s Suffolk County League VI encounter undefeated in four league games while outscoring its foes by an impressive 16.5-point margin. READ
Mattituck/Southold/Greenport has come a remarkably long way since the start of the high school girls soccer season. From an 0-6 start, the first-year consolidated team from the Mattituck and Southold/Greenport programs is now a county champion.
MSG’s first title of any kind did not come easily Monday in the Suffolk County Class B final. The North Forkers overcame a two-goal deficit, scored an equalizer with 32 seconds left in the second half and battled Babylon for 110 minutes of soccer that ended with the score tied, 3-3, before prevailing in an extended penalty-kick tiebreaker, 5-4. READ
The spectacular is great for highlight reels and “SportsCenter,” but Frank Massa is more than content with making the routine plays, well, routine.
What the Mattituck High School girls volleyball coach wants to see is consistency on passes being made that should be made and sets being made that should be made. READ
Call them Hoegie’s heroes.
That would be a reference to sisters Mackenzie and Riley Hoeg as well as their cousin, Claudia Hoeg, not to mention the rest of the Mattituck/Southold girls lacrosse team. READ
For the Mattituck Tuckers, it was actually two strikes and they were out — as in out of the Suffolk County baseball playoffs. READ
More importantly, as far as a high school girls track and field team is concerned, speed wins.
Mattituck has speed, especially in the form of sprinters Meg Dinizio and Bella Masotti, and the wins continue to pile up. READ
It’s a three-peat!
As one might expect of a high school girls basketball team that is built to win now, Mattituck took care of business Monday night, and taking care of business meant wrapping up a third straight Suffolk County Class B championship. READ
By no means did Mattituck expect its playoff game at Babylon High School to be a walk in the park. Even so, the Tuckers couldn’t have expected an orange crush.
A high school boys basketball game typically goes for 32 minutes, but it took only the opening few minutes for Babylon to essentially win the Suffolk County Class B outbracket game on Saturday. READ