09/30/15 9:00am
09/30/2015 9:00 AM
Sophomore forward Axel Rodriguez-Canal scored two goals for Mattituck against Center Moriches, giving him 11 goals in six games. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Sophomore forward Axel Rodriguez-Canal scored two goals for Mattituck against Center Moriches, giving him 11 goals in six games. (Credit: Garret Meade)

When a reporter referred to Axel Rodriguez-Canal, the sophomore forward for the Mattituck High School boys soccer team, as “Kaan light,” the Tuckers’ coach, Will Hayes, corrected him. READ

06/18/15 12:00pm
06/18/2015 12:00 PM
Mattituck's Joe Tardif pitched a four-hitter to lead the Tuckers to a win in the state semifinals Saturday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Mattituck’s Joe Tardif pitched a four-hitter to lead the Tuckers to a win in the state semifinals Saturday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

As the Mattituck High School baseball team assembled in the main lobby for a special celebration march through the school Monday to honor the Tuckers’ winning the New York State Class B championship, the school’s principal, Shawn Petretti, turned to center fielder Joe Tardif.

“Tardif, you know the drill, right?” he said.

Tardif laughed and said, “Yes, I do.” (more…)

06/17/15 12:00pm
06/17/2015 12:00 PM
Mattituck realized its ambitious goal of winning its first state championship on Saturday in Binghamton. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Mattituck realized its ambitious goal of winning its first state championship on Saturday in Binghamton. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

The odds against the scenario had to be extraordinary, and yet there they were, two baseball teams from high schools located only 7.46 miles away from each other, both playing in Binghamton, N.Y., on the final day of the postseason in pursuit of a state championship.

Who would have figured? Who could have guessed?  (more…)

05/26/15 8:28pm
05/26/2015 8:28 PM
Joe Tardif drove in four runs, three from his second home run of the year, as Mattituck shut out Babylon, 7-0, in the opener to the county Class B finals. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Joe Tardif drove in four runs, three from his second home run of the year, as Mattituck shut out Babylon, 7-0, in the opener to the county Class B finals. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS B FINALS, GAME 1 | TUCKERS 7, PANTHERS 0

Joe Tardif has a knack for amazing people with his athletic exploits. He did it again on Tuesday — with his pitching arm, his bat and his glove.

Tardif delivered a fine pitching performance, drove in four runs (three from a home run) and made one of the nicest fielding plays of the day as Mattituck took the first game of the Suffolk County Class B baseball finals, 7-0 over Babylon. The top-seeded Tuckers (22-1) can wrap up their fifth county championship in 13 years on Wednesday if they win the second game in Babylon. (more…)

04/07/15 6:12pm
04/07/2015 6:12 PM
James Nish connected for a tie-breaking home run for Mattituck in the sixth inning of its 6-2 defeat of Southampton. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

James Nish connected for a tie-breaking home run for Mattituck in the sixth inning of its 6-2 defeat of Southampton on Tuesday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

TUCKERS 6, MARINERS 2

It’s not easy pitching a baseball when the weather is cold, in the mid-40s, and it’s raining. It’s not easy hitting a ball under those conditions, either.

That didn’t stop the Mattituck Tuckers in the opener to their three-game Suffolk County League VIII series against the Southampton Mariners on Tuesday. Joe Tardif fired 11 strikeouts and James Nish crushed a tie-breaking home run, propelling the unbeaten Tuckers to a 6-2 triumph at Mattituck High School, their fourth win from as many games. (more…)

11/21/14 5:00pm
11/21/2014 5:00 PM
Parker Tuthill is one of the guards who make up the strength of the Mattituck team. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Parker Tuthill is one of the guards who make up the strength of the Mattituck team. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The Mattituck High School boys basketball team looks pretty darn good. It has speed. It has shooters. It has ball handlers. And it has guards, plenty of guards — even some forwards who play like guards.

What the Tuckers don’t have any more is the high-flying, above-the-rim dimension that Gene Allen afforded them. (more…)