01/10/15 12:00pm
01/10/2015 12:00 PM
Mattituck middle hitter Emilie Reimer. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck middle hitter Emilie Reimer. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The SUNY/Cobleskill Department of Sports & Exercise announced Tuesday that Mattituck High School standout middle/outside hitter Emilie Reimer has committed to the Fighting Tigers as part of the 2015 recruiting class.  (more…)

11/19/14 7:00pm
11/19/2014 7:00 PM
Meghan McKillop held Mattituck's sign as the Class C teams lined up during the opening ceremony at Glens Falls Civic Center. (Credit: Jim Ellis)

Meghan McKillop held Mattituck’s sign as the Class C teams lined up during the opening ceremony at Glens Falls Civic Center. (Credit: Jim Ellis)

The words imparted by a wise physical education teacher to some young athletes way back in the late 1970s ring as true as ever. “You will always be better than someone,” he said, “and someone will always be better than you.”

That’s the way it is in sports. The range of athletic talent is staggering. A standout athlete at one level can be average or even mediocre at another level. (more…)

11/13/14 1:00pm
11/13/2014 1:00 PM
Mattituck middle hitter Emilie Reimer led the Tuckers to a Long Island championship win over East Rockaway Sunday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck middle hitter Emilie Reimer led the Tuckers to a Long Island championship win over East Rockaway Sunday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Emilie Reimer’s eyes lit up. The look on her face after she drives another volleyball to the floor and celebrates with her teammates is one of unrestrained joy. Reimer obviously loves what she does, and when someone plays like she does, what’s not to love?

Reimer is the best Mattituck High School volleyball player I have seen since I started covering the team in the mid-1990s.

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11/09/14 2:13pm
11/09/2014 2:13 PM
Mattituck's three captains, from left, Colby Prokop, Carly Doorhy and Emilie Reimer picked up the Long Island Class C championship plaque, the Tuckers' fourth in five years. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s three captains, from left, Colby Prokop, Carly Doorhy and Emilie Reimer picked up the Long Island Class C championship plaque, the Tuckers’ fourth in five years. (Credit: Garret Meade)

LONG ISLAND REGION FINAL | TUCKERS 25, 25, 25, ROCKS 21, 18, 20

The Mattituck High School girls volleyball team has developed something of a habit in recent years, and it’s not a habit the Tuckers want to break.

Another year. Another regional championship plaque. Another trip to Glens Falls.

The Tuckers didn’t care much for the way their Long Island region final match against East Rockaway started on Sunday, but they had to love the way it ended. It ended with the Tuckers securing their fourth appearance in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships in five years. (more…)

11/03/14 10:56pm
11/03/2014 10:56 PM
From left, Julia Orlando, Lisa Angell, Emilie Reimer and Meghan McKillop (2) rejoice after the Tuckers capture their fifth county championship in 12 years. (Credit: Garret Meade)

From left, Julia Orlando, Lisa Angell, Emilie Reimer and Meghan McKillop rejoice after the Tuckers capture their fifth county championship in 12 years. (Credit: Garret Meade)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS C FINAL | TUCKERS 25, 25, 18, 25, PANTHERS 21, 13, 25, 19

The screams emanating from the Mattituck High School girls volleyball team’s bus could be heard from quite a distance away in the Suffolk County Community College West parking lot in Brentwood. They were screams of sheer joy. Earlier, the Tuckers were singing in the bus as they awaited their happy ride home.

A second straight county championship will generate that sort of activity. (more…)

10/31/14 9:15pm
10/31/2014 9:15 PM
Mattituck players celebrate their semifinal victory over Greenport/Southold, which advances the Tuckers to a county final for the ninth time in 11 seasons. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck players celebrate their Suffolk County Class C semifinal victory over Greenport/Southold. The Tuckers advance to a county final for the ninth time in 11 seasons. (Credit: Garret Meade)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS C SEMIFINAL | TUCKERS 25, 25, 23, 23, 25, CLIPPERS 18, 11, 25, 25, 16

What may be even more impressive than watching Emilie Reimer hit a volleyball is listening to her strike a ball. It’s a thunderous sound.

“You can hear it,” Mattituck coach Frank Massa said. “You can close your eyes and know who’s hitting the ball.”

It was a sound that was heard time and time again on Friday.

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09/19/13 8:46pm
09/19/2013 8:46 PM
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck middle hitter Shannon Dwyer tries to direct the ball past an attempted block by Center Moriches' Caroline Casey.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck middle hitter Shannon Dwyer tries to direct the ball past an attempted block by Center Moriches’ Caroline Casey.

TUCKERS 25, 23, 25, 25, RED DEVILS 13, 25, 19, 21

The Mattituck High School girls volleyball team has traditionally been known for tenacious defense, but hitting? Not exactly.

Well, that may be changing. This season the Tuckers have some big swingers. The high-flying Shannon Dwyer may be the most well-known of them, but Emilie Reimer is the hardest hitter on the team, according to coach Frank Massa. Also, Pam Batist can put some balls away with force, too.

Mattituck’s hitting ability was prominent Thursday night when the Tuckers knocked down 26 kills in a four-game win over Center Moriches. Reimer, a junior in her second varsity season, smacked down 8 kills, Dwyer had 7 and Batist 5 as Mattituck spoiled Center Moriches’ home opener with a 25-13, 23-25, 25-19, 25-21 result in the Suffolk County League VII match.

The setting of Laurel Bertolas (13 assists) and Carly Doorhy (10) gave Mattituck’s hitters something to swing at.

Desiree Warnken had 7 kills and Emily Pettit contributed 10 assists for Center Moriches.

The win brought Mattituck’s record to 3-2, 2-1 in the league. Center Moriches is 0-2, 0-2.