After witnessing a first half in which it became apparent that things weren’t going to be nearly as easy for his Greenport/Southold/Mattituck football team as they might be, coach Jack Martilotta turned to a sideline observer and shook his head. With each week, he said, he ages 10 years.
Such is the stressful life of a coach.
One can only imagine how many years Martilotta aged over the course of Saturday’s thriller against Bayport-Blue Point. READ
Immediately after one drama ended, another began.
To see players crying on Bayport-Blue Point’s side of the volleyball net could be expected. The Phantoms, after all, had just lost. But there were also tears on Mattituck’s side, where the Tuckers had congregated in a victory pile. They were tears of joy, however. READ
How Mattituck fares against Bayport-Blue Point in the upcoming Suffolk County Class B girls volleyball playoffs just might come down to home-court advantage.
Two weeks ago, the Tuckers surprised the defending state champions at home, 3-1, in a League VII match. READ
They just keep rolling, dominating and winning.
Friday was more of the same for the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school wrestling team.
The Tuckers ran their season record to 17-1 and their Suffolk County League VII mark to 3-0 with a 62-6 pounding at Bayport-Blue Point High School. Luke Bokina (120 pounds), T.J. Beebe (138), Chance Anderson (285) and Sean Feeney (99) all produced pins for the Tuckers, the four-time defending Section XI Division II champions.
A wave of emotion swept over the members of the Mattituck High School girls volleyball team Monday when they heard the disturbing news that their beloved coach, Frank Massa, had suffered a heart attack on Saturday. Tears were shed, players said.
On Thursday, the Tuckers responded in a different way when they stepped on the court for their playoff match against perennial power Elwood/John Glenn. The consensus was that had Massa been present to watch the match, he would have been beaming with pride.
It was a day for numbers. Mighty impressive numbers.
Start with 16-0, and then consider 501.
Greenport/Southold/Mattituck took a hit Saturday with a 40-0 loss to Bayport-Blue Point. (Credit: Bob Liepa)
This one hurt, physically and just about every other way.
For the second straight game, the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck high school football team was shut out by a 40-0 score on Saturday. This time it was Bayport-Blue Point doing the damage, which wasn’t limited to the scoreboard at Bob Sullivan Field. Two Porters left the game with injuries, one in an ambulance. READ
Greenport/Southold/Mattituck quarterback Matt Drinkwater looking for an open receiver. (Credit: Garret Meade)
PHANTOMS 32, PORTERS 0
The sun beat down on the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck Porters on Saturday afternoon. The Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms didn’t do a bad job of that, either.
Using a mix of physicality and a flowing passing game, fourth-seeded Bayport bulldozed the Porters, 32-0, in a rare afternoon game at Greenport High School’s Dorrie Jackson Memorial Field. Both the warm weather and Bayport’s balanced offense took its toll on the Porters, who saw quarterback Brendan Bateman throw for three first-half touchdowns and run for another. (more…)
Bayport-Blue Point’s Kyle McClancy puts a shot over Alec Durkin’s goal. Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Joe Bartolotto (1) defended on the play. (Credit: Garret Meade)
SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS C TOURNAMENT | PHANTOMS 16, TUCKERS 4
Winning and losing certainly matters, but there was a bigger picture for the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school boys lacrosse team to appreciate. The Tuckers reached a milestone Thursday when they played the first playoff game in their four-year varsity history. Just being at St. Joseph’s College’s Deborah and John Danzi Stadium in East Patchogue for the Suffolk County Class C Tournament outbracket game against Bayport-Blue Point was an achievement.
“The boys did what they had to do to get here which is awesome and amazing,” Tuckers coach John Amato said. “That’s what I wanted for this group of seniors, not to just be leaving the team, but to be leaving a little bit of a legacy that they’ll remember.” (more…)
Jack DiGregorio, the scorer of two of Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s goals, protects the ball from the reach of Bayport-Blue Point’s Wyatt Hotis. (Credit: Garret Meade)
PHANTOMS 9, TUCKERS 4
The Mattituck/Greenport/Southold Tuckers can sense that they are near a breakthrough. Bit by bit, they edge closer to that milestone upset, the signature victory that will signal their arrival on the scene as a boys lacrosse team that hang with some of Suffolk County’s best. (more…)