06/29/15 9:30pm
06/29/2015 9:30 PM
Katie Tuthill, who sat out last season after suffering a concussion, played her first basketball game since February of 2014 on Monday evening. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Katie Tuthill, who sat out last season after suffering a concussion, played her first basketball game since February of 2014 on Monday evening. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Katie Tuthill was just plain scared.

That was the word she used to describe her return to basketball after sitting out the entire 2014-15 season because of a concussion injury.

When she was asked if she felt any trepidation upon her return to the basketball court this summer, Tuthill referred to a practice last week. “I was so scared,” she said. “I don’t know. I guess I’m still a little fragile. I’m not as strong as I was.”

Tuthill may be stronger than she thought. On Monday evening the junior forward for the Southold/Greenport high school team played her first basketball game since February of 2014. It wasn’t anything dramatic, but it was a step forward for her.

What was Tuthill’s reaction after playing in a 45-22 loss to Longwood on the opening night of the Town of Brookhaven Summer League season?

“I forgot how much I enjoyed playing the game,” she said, adding, “I had a fun time today.”

The 5-foot-6 Tuthill, who was on the varsity team as a freshman, is expected to help the Clippers in the rebounding department, playing down low with players such as Grace Syron, Sam Baldwin and Jamie Molnar. That was just what Tuthill did on Monday. She grabbed a team-leading 6 rebounds to go with 4 points in the game at Shoreham-Wading River High School.

The Clippers’ coach, Howie Geismar, has seen enough to declare Tuthill an asset to the team.

“I think she’s going to help us a lot,” he said. “She’ll add a lot of toughness to the team next year. It’s going to take a little while. She hasn’t played basketball [in a while], but she’s definitely going to give us a versatile kind of swing player. She can play on the wing. She can play inside a little bit. She’ll help.”

Tuthill experienced a major disruption in her athletic life last fall when she suffered a concussion while playing goalkeeper for the Greenport/Southold field hockey team. While diving for a ball, she was kicked in the head by a player who had tripped over her. It resulted in Tuthill’s first concussion. “It was my first and it was quite a doozy,” she said.

Tuthill suffered headaches and other side affects such as trouble concentrating. She missed the remainder of the field hockey season and then the basketball season as well. In the meantime, she underwent a lot of physical therapy.

A pattern had developed for Tuthill of seeing a doctor every two weeks, undergoing more concussion tests and remaining hopeful of receiving medical clearance to participate in physical activity. “Being let down every two weeks is tough,” she said.

Until, finally, one day in mid-March, she received the go-ahead she had been waiting for and played for the Southold/Greenport softball team.

Although Tuthill didn’t play basketball last season, she was with the team as an official scorer. “I was there every game and most practices,” she said.

Now she is a welcomed presence on the basketball court.

“She’s going to be our big rebounder,” point guard Ale Cardi said. “We missed her a lot last year.”

Geismar, who took over as the Clippers’ coach last season, looks at the return of Tuthill like found money, a plus, something the Clippers didn’t have last season. He said: “If she was the new girl who moved into the district, it would be like, ‘Wow, we got this kid. She’s pretty good.’ ”

Tuthill said, as she had been warned, she still gets an occasional headache, “just not as bad as I did.”

After Monday’s game, though, she said she felt good. She said, “Exercising is good.”

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02/06/15 9:53pm
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Southold sophomore Madison Tabor goes up for a shot as Mercy's Nicole Gravagna guards. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Southold sophomore Madison Tabor goes up for a shot as Mercy’s Nicole Gravagna guards. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

CLIPPERS 39, MONARCHS 35

The full length of the court separated the McGann-Mercy girls basketball team from basket as they prepared to inbound for one final possession.

“Can you say Christian Laettner?” yelled out Southold/Greenport coach Howie Geismer.  (more…)

12/02/14 5:00pm
12/02/2014 5:00 PM
Mattituck's Katie Hoeg, wrestling for the ball with a Center Moriches player last season, is an all-league forward heading into her fourth varsity season. (Credit: Garret Meade file)

Mattituck’s Katie Hoeg, wrestling for the ball with a Center Moriches player last season, is an all-league forward heading into her fourth varsity season. (Credit: Garret Meade file)

PREVIEW

This may be Steve Van Dood’s favorite time of the year. When November comes around and it’s time to roll the basketballs out of the equipment room, Van Dood is in his element.

“I love it,” the Mattituck High School girls basketball coach said while his players ran drills during a recent practice. “It’s like Christmas. This is great. The most wonderful time of the year, as the song goes.” (more…)

11/22/14 5:43pm
11/22/2014 5:43 PM
Southold/Greenport's new coach, Howie Geismar, said he likes what he has seen from sophomore center Jamie Molnar. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold/Greenport’s new coach, Howie Geismar, said he likes what he has seen from sophomore center Jamie Molnar. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The break from the recent past — as in last season — is almost complete. The Southold/Greenport high school girls basketball team has a new coach (Howie Geismar), a new assistant coach (Maria Troisi) and a whole bunch of new players.

Perhaps the most telling way to look at it is like this: sophomores Toni Esposito, Madison Tabor and Katie Tuthill are the only returning players from last season’s team. And Tuthill, a forward, is out indefinitely with a concussion she suffered while playing field hockey in September.

“It’s like we wiped the slate clean and we’re starting over again,” said Geismar, the team’s fifth coach in five years who takes over from Joe Read. (more…)

09/05/14 4:00pm
09/05/2014 4:00 PM
Mattituck's new girls tennis coach, Mike Huey, talks to his players during a recent practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s new girls tennis coach, Mike Huey, talks to his players during a recent practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

PREVIEW

Coaching girls tennis is nothing new to Mike Huey. After all, he had coached the Mattituck High School junior varsity team for two years in the late 1980s.

Now the longtime Mattituck boys tennis coach is taking over the girls team, too. He takes the reins from Jim Christy, who stepped down after 33 years on the job.

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