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One of Southold/Greenport's first doubles players, Aidan Vandenburgh, reaching for a backhand during Tuesday's match against Eastport/South Manor. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

One of Southold/Greenport’s first doubles players, Aidan Vandenburgh, reaching for a backhand during Tuesday’s match against Eastport/South Manor. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)


Because Southold High School has only four tennis courts, the Southold/Greenport boys team usually plays its home matches at Jean W. Cochran Park and Robert W. Tasker Memorial Park in Peconic. But the Clippers clearly have a soft spot for their courts in Southold. Coach Andrew Sadowski said his players requested that their final home match of the season be played at the high school.

And so it was done. The setting provided them with a nice memory. (more…)

10/29/14 5:43pm
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The bus ride home today for the Mattituck High School boys golf team was an awfully quiet one, quieter than any Paul Ellwood could remember in his four years as the team’s coach.

The Tuckers had a lot to think about — like how much of a difference a single stroke can make. In this case, it made the difference between being a league championship team and being a runner-up. (more…)

10/28/14 8:52pm
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Eastport/South Manor vs. Mattituck.

Mattituck vs. Eastport/South Manor.

It has evolved into one of the best rivalries in high school boys golf. The competition is stiff, and interesting things seem to happen when these two teams meet on the links.

When the teams played last week in what was supposed to be the final match of the season with the League VII championship at stake, lightning struck. Literally. (more…)

09/22/14 6:17pm
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Mattituck freshman Drew Hahn returning a shot during her fourth singles match against Eastport/South Manor junior Olivia Mann. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck freshman Drew Hahn returning a shot during her fourth singles match against Eastport/South Manor junior Olivia Mann. (Credit: Garret Meade)


The Mattituck High School girls tennis team finally met its match, and the Tuckers had to go outside of their league to do so.

Wins in three-setters at third and fourth singles by juniors Nicole Horn and Olivia Mann sent Eastport/South Manor on to a 5-2 non-league win over the Tuckers in Manorville on Monday. It was the first loss of the season for the Tuckers (6-1, 6-0 Suffolk County League VIII). (more…)

10/15/13 9:34pm
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It was a simple question, but one that required an involved answer.

After someone asked him what the Mattituck boys golf team’s record is, coach Paul Ellwood replied, “Good question.”

Ellwood offered two possibilities: either 7-1-1, or 7-1 with a match still to be decided.

The source of the uncertainty can be traced to Mattituck’s Suffolk County League VII match against Eastport/South Manor last Wednesday at Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club in Westhampton Beach. When the match ended with the score tied, 4 1/2-4 1/2, a winner still couldn’t be determined through three tiebreakers. The fourth tiebreaker, Ellwood said, required each team to send a player out to play one hole. The problem was, by then it was too dark to continue play.

Ellwood said the rulebook is unclear about how the situation should be handled. Should the teams replay the match? Should each team designate a player to play one hole to decide it? Should the tie stand?

Ellwood said the Suffolk County Boys Golf Coaches Association president, Dennis Maloney, left it up to the two coaches to settle on either a one-hole playoff or leave the result as a tie.

Phone messages left for Maloney and Eastport/South Manor coach Todd Skala were not returned prior to the deadline.

Ellwood said both coaches would prefer to avoid a one-hole playoff. He said Mattituck’s athletic director, Gregg Wormuth, is looking into the matter.

“It is very interesting because no one has an answer because it never happened before,” said Ellwood.

The result of the match has tremendous implications on the league championship. Section XI’s listing of the League VII standings on Tuesday night showed Eastport/South Manor in first place with an 8-1 record and Mattituck second at 7-1.

The Tuckers had won three straight league titles before last year, when they lost to Eastport/South Manor on the final day of the season, leaving the Sharks with the crown.

Ellwood said he wouldn’t mind replaying the match, but didn’t think that would happen. “I have a feeling it’s going to end a tie,” he said.

If the result remains a tie and both teams win out their final matches, as expected, Eastport/South Manor and Mattituck would be co-champions.

Mattituck is the only visiting team to win at Eastport/South Manor’s Hampton Hills course in the last seven years, according to Ellwood. The Tuckers defeated the Sharks earlier this season at North Fork Country Club in Cutchogue. Mattituck’s only loss was to Shelter Island. The Tuckers’ remaining league matches will be against Riverhead (3-6), Bishop McGann-Mercy (4-6) and Hampton Bays (1-8).

A big plus for Mattituck has been the play of senior Richie Corazzini. Mattituck’s No. 1 player has an 8-1 record and a 38.37 average. He apparently likes playing against Greenport/Southold, twice shooting under par in matches against the Clippers. Corazzini fired a nine-hole score of 32 at Island’s End Golf and Country Club in Greenport and a 33 at North Fork Country Club. Those are both par-35 courses.

“I was amazed,” Corazzini said. “I never really shot under par before. The best thing is to not really think about it, you know. I just played.”

As impressive as those performances were, consider this: Corazzini shot a 40 against Riverhead — without hitting one fairway! He has a knack for getting out of trouble. He said, “I have a lot of shots in my bag to get me out of trouble.”

“If he’s hitting fairways, he’s unbelievable,” Ellwood said. “He’s been getting bigger and stronger. He hits the ball so far. He expects to do well. He’s been the clear number one. He’s just been separating himself from everybody with his scores.”

Corazzini hasn’t been the only one playing well. There are others, like Erik Olsen, Brad Tyler, Jon Dwyer, Matt Mauceri, Liam Sehuford, Parker Tuthill and Andrew Stakey. Ellwood said Chris Mauceri is coming back from a broken wrist.

Said Ellwood, “Everyone’s had success.”

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09/24/12 5:44pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Eastport/South Manor’s Kristen Bohnenblusch tries to hit the ball past an attempted block by Mattituck’s Shannon Dwyer.

SHARKS 25, 25, 25, TUCKERS 10, 9, 9

Of all the skills required of a volleyball player, none is so elemental as passing. It’s not as flashy as a hard-driven kill or as dramatic as a diving dig, but passing is the glue that binds a volleyball team together. Without passing, it doesn’t matter how good a team’s setters or hitters are because they would become little more than window dressing.

“Everything starts with a pass,” said Mattituck outside hitter Alexa Orlando.

With that understanding, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Job. No. 1 for the Tuckers these days is working on their passing game. A challenging series of non-league matches has helped them toward that end.

“We have to work on offense, passing the ball off of the serve,” Mattituck coach Frank Massa said. “Everything starts from there. If you’re not passing at 80 or 85 percent, you’re giving away too many points.”

Looking across the net on Monday, the Tuckers saw a team they may want to emulate in that regard: Eastport/South Manor. The Sharks are good passers, not to mention scrappy defenders. They registered 15 service aces while coasting past Mattituck, 25-10, 25-9, 25-9, in a non-league match in Manorville.

“We just play with a lot of heart, and you can’t really just teach players that,” Eastport/South Manor’s freshman setter, Daniela Detore, said. “You just kind of come onto the court with it.”

Detore produced 14 assists. She also went 14 for 15 at the service line, with four service aces.

Eastport/South Manor (6-0, 3-0 Suffolk County League V) also received six kills, three aces and a dink from Morgan Johnson. Gabrielle Calise put all 10 of her serves in play for the Sharks.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Laurel Bertolas of Mattituck taking a swing at the ball.

It’s possible that Mattituck (1-6, 1-3 League VII) had not seen a team as talented as Eastport/South Manor since last November when the Tuckers played in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C semifinal pool for the second year in a row. Eastport/South Manor has a proud history in the sport, winning league championships from 2004 to 2010. Last year the Sharks reached the Suffolk Class A semifinals before losing to Sayville in four games.

Eastport/South Manor hosted a 20-team tournament on Saturday and handled itself quite well. The Sharks lost to Massapequa in the quarterfinals, 26-24, 25-22. Just to be clear, that is 12-time defending Nassau County Class AA champion Massapequa.

“They’re hungry,” Eastport/South Manor coach Don Consorte said of his players. “We want to go out and we want to see what we can do. We want to prove to other teams that we’re a good team.”

Eastport/South Manor’s gym, also known as the “Shark Tank,” can be an intimidating place for visiting teams. But a tough non-league schedule is just what Massa looks for to sharpen his team’s skills. “It was a good learning opportunity for us,” he said of Monday’s match. “You try to get the competition up real high, and hopefully the girls learn from that.”

The Tuckers did have their hands full. Shannon Dwyer (three aces, two kills, one block) was the only Mattituck player with more than one kill. As a team, Mattituck managed only six kills. With the exception of 2-1 and 3-2 leads in the first game, Mattituck never led.

The biggest lesson Mattituck has learned so far this season is what it needs to work on. “Passing right now is the most challenging part for us,” said Massa.

Orlando seemed to agree. She said, “We have really good hitters and really good middles and everything, but we just have to work on passing off a serve and serving, I think, and then we’ll be a lot better.”

Eastport/South Manor’s defense looked sharp. The Sharks got to just about every ball Mattituck hit in play.

“Our defense is amazing, but we have key hitters that if you get the ball to them, they will definitely put it away for us,” Detore said, referring to Cassandra Minogue, Brittany Boccio, Brittany Little and Johnson. “I think we can go a long way.”

Consorte said it is one of the harder-working teams he has coached. “We work hard on defense pretty much every day in practice, so they know what system is in place here and what their job is and what’s expected of them,” he said, “so yes, they are hard-nosed and they will go after every ball.”

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07/12/12 11:58pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | David O’Day is one of five remaining players from Southold’s varsity team last season.

If the Southold High School boys basketball program was a computer, now would be the time to press the RESTART button.

All one needs to do is look at Southold’s summer team to recognize that much has changed. Scanning the Southold bench, one sees a lot of new faces. This is clearly a starting-over phase for the First Settlers.

“It’s definitely different,” Kenji Fujita, a junior point guard, said. “Last year I was looking up to my brother and a bunch of the seniors. … Now we’re going to start from scratch.”

Well, not exactly from scratch. Six of the players were on the school varsity team last season, but Fujita’s point is a valid one. The First Settlers have undergone a substantial turnover. They have lost players to graduation, most notably guards Winston Wilcenski and Kyle Clausen. A trying 6-12 season ended for Southold in February with a loss to Pierson in a game the First Settlers needed to win in order to garner a playoff spot.

David O’Day and Liam Walker saw time as starters. They are back along with Peter DiCandia, Cole Hiney, John Tomici and Fujita, who was brought up from the junior varsity team midway through the season. With the new situation has come role adjustments for the veterans.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Southold point guard Kenji Fujita searching for shooting room against Eastport/South Manor.

“It’s definitely different,” said O’Day, who expects to play more shooting guard while Fujita runs the offense at point guard. “Obviously, the level of responsibility changes. Last year, if I wasn’t making shots, I could rely on my other teammates and hope that they do well. … Now it’s kind of, if my teammates aren’t doing well, it’s up to me, Kenji and the returning guys.”

The First Settlers undoubtedly have their work cut out for them. One doesn’t need to look at their 0-6 record in the Town of Brookhaven Summer League to see that. They have been outscored, 290-157, in those six games.

Southold managed a meager 13 points in a 37-13 loss to first-place Eastport/South Manor (6-0) on Thursday night. The game at Eastport/South Manor High School was 11 minutes 43 seconds old before Southold finally got on the scoreboard thanks to a three-point shot that Alex Poliwoda swished through the net.

It was anything but a shooting showcase for Southold, though, with the First Settlers going 4 for 16 from the field. To exacerbate matters, the First Settlers turned the ball over 15 times. Poliwoda ended up as the team’s leading scorer, with 5 points. DiCandia (5 rebounds) was the only Southold player with more than a couple of rebounds.

Tomici has a broken ankle and did not play.

“Right now we’re finding it a little difficult on the offensive end, but they’re playing some pretty good, aggressive defense,” said David O’Day, the player’s father and Southold’s summer team coach.

Coach O’Day said he isn’t concerned with scoreboard numbers or summer league wins and losses right now. “I’m worried about trying to find some places to get some open shots,” he said. “I’d rather see three nice passes and a nice look underneath.”

The coach, who held a practice before the game, said: “I want them to be able to work as a cohesive unit, to be able to move away from the ball effectively, and be able to read each other on the court. The fundamentals — boxing out, good, crisp passes, coming to the ball, things like that — are things that always need to be worked on.”

As Thursday’s game showed, Southold isn’t quite in sync just yet.

“It’s just what we do together is kind of sloppy right now,” Fujita said. “We’re not really coordinated as a team. There’s a lot of guys out here that know the game, and if we work together, if we start playing more together, we’ll probably improve a lot.”

The challenge for Southold’s veteran players is learning to play with their new teammates.

“This group as a whole hasn’t really played together a lot,” the younger O’Day said. “If we can learn to play together, there’s a lot of potential talent, and I think we could do pretty well.”

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12/13/11 7:29pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Brayan Palencia posted a team-leading 499 series for Southold in its loss to Eastport/South Manor.


A high school boys bowling team that is trying to find its way must look for positives wherever it can find them. Southold found 900 pins worth of positives on Tuesday night before heading out into the cold night air and onto the team bus for the ride home.

Those 900 pins that Southold downed were enough for the First Settlers to win Game 3, but they were preceded by two games that Eastport/South Manor won, 873-763 and 934-696. The Sharks triumphed, 25-8, in the Suffolk County League V match at Wildwood Lanes in Riverhead. It was Eastport/South Manor’s fourth win and Southold’s fourth loss in as many matches.

The 204-point jump Southold made from the second game to the third was a source of encouragement for the First Settlers.

“This game we did amazing,” Southold senior Brayan Palencia said after the third game. “If we could do that like every game, it would be pretty decent.”

But it has not been that way for the First Settlers this season. Just the day before, on these same lanes, they were handed a 29-4 defeat by Westhampton Beach. Patrick Smith posted a 546 series with a 195 high game for Southold in that match.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Patrick Smith of Southold threw a 497 series against Eastport/South Manor on Tuesday. He had a 546 series with a 195 high game against Westhampton Beach the day before.

It was rough going for Southold on Tuesday — until the third game.

Eastport/South Manor was clinging to a 766-760 lead heading into the 10th frame. Kieran Brodarick came through with a 191 and Palencia put up a 190 to help Southold take the game, 900-871.

Don’t think that wasn’t soothing salve for the soul.

“Even though they lost, they felt good about it; they felt good about that third match,” Southold coach Sal Campo said. “They need that. They need that confidence.”

He added: “You know what they say, it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game? Sorry, if you keep losing, it’s not going to help. You need to build your confidence to win.”

Eastport/South Manor qualified for the county tournament last year and finished ninth in Suffolk, but the Sharks have only one remaining starter from that team — eighth-grader Doug Pinelli. Eastport/South Manor coach Charles Ferro calls it a rebuilding year for his team, but what a rebuilding year. The Sharks started the day in second place.

“We’re looking forward to being competitive this year, and then next year is really [when] we’re looking to really knock it out of the park,” said Ferro.

The Sharks needed to adjust to Wildwood, where the lanes aren’t as oily as those in their home alley, Shirley Lanes.

Still, Quentin Montemarano didn’t do badly. The junior adjusted from his first game, consistently threw the ball around the pocket and rolled up scores of 213 and 218 to complete a 593 series. Montemarano, who has a 188.75 average this season, registered 13 strikes and 14 spares on the day.

“Quentin’s doing a great job right now,” Ferro said. “He’s really stepped his game up. He’s really serious about what he’s doing. You can see the difference in his game. He’s picked up about 20 pins on his average from last year, which is really nice to see.”

Three other Sharks bowled 500-plus series. A high game of 216 helped Dallas Hayes to a 550 series. Pinelli, aided by 13 strikes and 15 spares, finished with a 542 series. Brian O’Sullivan had a 527.

“We’re 4 and 0, but we could have had a lot more points than we took,” Montemarano said. “We blew probably a good 20 points we could have had, so we’re hanging in there.”

Southold was led by Palencia’s 499 series. Smith had a 497 and Zach DePaulis a 486. Palencia recorded 12 strikes and 13 spares while DePaulis had 16 spares to go with his 10 strikes.

A pleasant development for Southold, however, has been the play of sophomore James Perry, who is new to bowling. Perry replaced Garret DeFriest for the third game and rolled a 170 with five strikes and a spare.

The third game was Southold’s best of the season and something to build on.

“It was very encouraging,” Palencia said. “By this [third] game, that shows that we have potential. We have to show it more.”

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01/25/11 7:06pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Patrick Smith had a consistent match for Southold, rolling up scores of 212, 200 and 196.

Although it was a longshot, the Eastport/South Manor Sharks had everything to play for in their final regular-season match of the season, with the Suffolk County League V boys bowling championship on the line. The Southold First Settlers, meanwhile, didn’t have a league title to bowl for or playoffs to look forward to. For them, though, closing out the regular season on a winning note was motivation enough.

Playing the role of spoilers, the First Settlers doused the Sharks’ hopes of finishing in first place on Tuesday by beating them at Wildwood Lanes in Riverhead. A career-high 622 series by Chris Manfredi, a 608 series by Patrick Smith and a 594 series by Zach Depaulis helped Southold to a 25-8 upset of Eastport/South Manor, a second-place team that entered the match with the highest team average in the league. Southold swept the three games, 994-957, 953-935, 904-830.

Eastport/South Manor secured second place with 240.5 points. Southold, which started the day in fifth place, finished with 194.5 points.

Manfredi, a senior, strung together game scores of 212, 221 and 189. He threw 17 strikes to go with 10 spares.

“I just wanted to end strong,” he said. “I just had a good day. We all came together at the end and did really good. I wasn’t the only one who had a good day.”

Smith, a junior, was a model of consistency, bowling a 212, a 200 and a 196.

Depaulis, a junior, opened with a 232 in the first game. He had never scored higher than a 199 before.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Patrick Sinclair, pictured, is one of Southold's three seniors, along with Chris Kirincic and Chris Manfredi.

Southold also received a 534 series from Patrick Sinclair and a 513 series from Brayan Palencia.

“I felt really, really happy about how they performed tonight,” said Southold’s rookie coach, Sal Campo, who called it the team’s most impressive win of the season. “They were in a little bit of a slump the last two games, so we’ve been practicing, practicing. They’ve been staying focused, and that’s the thing, they had to stay focused, but you still want them to have fun. I still want them to enjoy themselves, and they did.”

Steven O’Braitis registered a 593 series with a 232 in the first game for Eastport/South Manor. The other series scores for the Sharks were a 578 by Sam Cestaro, a 559 by Zach Abel, a 520 by Doug Pinelli and a 472 by Andrew Karkota.

Eastport/South Manor Coach Charles Ferro said his team needed to win big and also have the East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson Bonackers beat the first-place Mount Sinai Mustangs by a considerable margin in order to snatch the league title. “It would have been difficult to do,” he acknowledged.

A league crown for Eastport/South Manor wasn’t in the cards.

“I knew we had to bowl amazing and needed some help from other teams,” O’Braitis said. “It didn’t happen today.”

Ferro, however, could feel good about his team’s second-place standing. “This has been a successful season for us,” he said. “Mount Sinai, basically, did a great job. … The fact that we were able to push them this far and come in second is a great accomplishment for us at ESM.”

Campo said the victory is good preparation for the division tournament that will be held next Tuesday at Coram Lanes.

“They always say it’s not whether you win or lose, but you know what?” Campo said. “When you win, it works on your mind. It helps you out.”

The high school bowling careers of Southold’s three seniors — Manfredi, Sinclair and Chris Kirincic — are nearing an end. One final happy memory of Wildwood Lanes was most appreciated.

“Last match, senior year, you just got to go out and do the best that you can,” Manfredi said. “I did Southold bowling for six years, four on varsity, and I’ve loved every minute of it.”

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