02/27/15 8:40pm
02/27/2015 8:40 PM
Mattituck freshman Jack Bokina wrestles Kevin Velez of Petrides in the first round of the 99-pound New York State Championship. (Credit: Paul Wager)

Mattituck freshman Jack Bokina wrestles Kevin Velez of Petrides in the first round of the 99-pound New York State Championship. (Credit: Paul Wager)

It didn’t take long for Jack Bokina to cement his legacy in Mattituck’s wrestling history. The freshman, wrestling 99 pounds, won his first two matches Friday to guarantee himself an all-state finish on the first day of the New York State Championships in Albany.

Bokina, in his second year wrestling at states, now has a chance to go where no Mattituck wrestler has gone before: the state finals. (more…)

11/16/14 1:51pm
11/16/2014 1:51 PM
The celebration was on after Mattituck's 3-0 win over Beekmantown in the Class B state finals Saturday morning in Middletown. (Credit: Michael Lewis)

The celebration was on after Mattituck’s 3-0 win over Beekmantown in the Class B state finals Saturday morning in Middletown. (Credit: Michael Lewis)

State champs!

The Mattituck boys soccer team downed Beekmantown 3-0 Sunday morning at Middletown High School to clinch the third state title in school history. A senior-laden team that experienced a taste of the states two years ago, only to come up just short, the Tuckers left little doubt of their supremacy this time. (more…)

11/05/13 2:30pm
11/05/2013 2:30 PM

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Kaan Ilgin, who scored three goals against Center Moriches Saturday, leads the Tuckers against Carle Place in today’s Long Island championship game.

Class B Long Island Championship
Mattituck (15-2) vs. Carle Place (14-0-1)
Diamond in the Pines

The Mattituck boys soccer team travels to Diamond in the Pines in Coram this afternoon to face Carle Place in the Class B Long Island championship. The Tuckers are aiming for their their second straight Long Island title and third in the last four years.

The Tuckers advanced into today’s championship game with a resounding 5-1 victory Saturday over Center Moriches for the Suffolk County title. Kaan Ilgin scored three goals in Saturday’s win.

Mattituck will be facing the Nassau champion Carle Place Frogs, who defeated Wheatley, 3-2, for the Nassau title. Carle Place comes into the game unbeaten with one tie as its only blemish. The Frogs are ranked third in the state in Class B and the Tuckers are ranked fourth.

The winner of today’s game advances to Saturday’s regional finals against the winner from Section I/IX.

To follow all the game action, click on the live blog below:

11/05/13 11:50am

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | The Southold boys soccer team, led by Ryan DiGregorio (4), Drew Sacher (8) and Zachary Ellis (18), will take on Friends Academy today for the Class C Long Island title.

Class C Long Island Championship
Southold (12-4-1) vs. Friends Academy (11-1-2)
Diamond in the Pines

The Southold boys soccer team travels to Diamond in the Pines in Coram this afternoon to face Friends Academy in the Class C Long Island championship. The First Settlers are aiming for their first Long Island crown since 2008.

Southold earned a spot in this afternoon’s game by defeating Pierson/Bridgehampton Saturday, 5-2, behind a hat trick from Drew Sacher.

The Settlers will be taking on a Friends Academy team that lost just once this season and is currently ranked second in the state for Class C. Southold is ranked ninth.

The winner of today’s game advances to Saturday’s regional finals against the winner of Section I/IX.

To follow all the action from the game, click on the live blog below:

02/23/13 9:40am
02/23/2013 9:40 AM

JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | A view inside Times Union Center in Albany.

Mattituck’s three county champion wrestlers saw their season come to an end Friday at the New York State Championships in Albany. Wrestling continues today with the semifinals for Division I starting at 10 a.m.

Shoreham-Wading River senior T.J. Fabian is two wins away from a state title. Section XI leads the team scoring with 121 1/2 points. Section XI has 15 wrestlers in the semifinals.

Fabian won his first two matches Friday by a combined score of 17-0.

The finals will begin at 6 p.m.

To follow along, click on the live blog below.

Scroll to the bottom to see updated Division I brackets from the start of today’s wrestling.

Division I New York State Wrestling Championships by

02/22/13 8:00pm
02/22/2013 8:00 PM

JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | Mattituck senior Chris Baglivi pinned Dustin Mackenzie in the second period of his 195-pound wrestleback match Friday at the New York State Wrestling Championships in Albany.

The superb wrestling career of Mattituck senior Tomasz Filipkowski came to an end Friday night in Albany.

A three-time county champion, Filipkowski lost his first two matches at Times Union Center in the Division II 170-pound bracket of the New York State Wrestling Championships. Filipkowski lost in the final seconds of his wrestleback match against John Messinger of Putnam Valley (Section I). Filipkowski led 3-0 before Messinger chipped away with a pair of points from the second into the third period.

Trailing 3-2, Messinger secured a takedown with about three seconds left as Filipkowski tried to free himself out of bounds to lock up a 4-3 win. Filipkowski lost 1-0 in the first round against Daniel Smith of South Jefferson (Section III).

Two Mattituck wrestlers picked up one win in the wrestlebacks Friday.

Senior Chris Baglivi, in his second trip to states, pinned Dustin Mackenzie in the second period of his first wrestleback at 195. Baglivi lost his first match, 7-4, to Matt Booth.

In his second wrestleback match Friday night Baglivi was pinned in 4:43 by Dusty Lewis of Salamanca to end his season.

At 138, junior Bobby Becker won his first wrestleback, 7-4, against Joel Rosko of Campbell Savona (Section V). His season ended with a 6-1 loss to Taylor Jones of Pal-Mac (Section V).

He lost his first match of the day, 16-8, against Drew Longo of Ardsley (Section I).

Click below for a live blog from Day 1 of the state championships.

12/01/12 11:41am
12/01/2012 11:41 AM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead halfback Jeremiah Cheatom and quarterback Ryan Bitzer (10) celebrate during the first half of Saturday’s Long Island championship game.

One half, 24 minutes, stood in Riverhead’s way of a Class II Long Island championship. The Blue Waves led 16-7 against Garden City on the back of an epic rushing performance from junior Jeremiah Cheatom, who tallied 201 yards in the opening half at Stony Brook University’s LaValle Stadium.

So often the Long Island championship game has been a nightmare setting for the Trojans, who were 4-9 all-time heading into Saturday.

But on this overcast, chilly afternoon, the Trojans flipped the script in the second half to run off three unanswered touchdowns and win 29-16 in front of a stunned crowd that featured far more blue than maroon.

Riverhead took a 16-7 lead into halftime after a career-long 36-yard field goal by Devrim Kucuk with 1:16 left.

But the Trojans defense bottled up Riverhead’s running game in the second half, loading the box with defenders and daring the Blue Waves to throw on a windy afternoon. The Blue Waves’ passing game — so efficient all season — couldn’t get anything going and the offense completely stalled in the second half.

The 29 points allowed was a season-high for Riverhead.

Garden City scored on a 24-yard touchdown pass play with 9:02 left in the third quarter when quarterback Brett Stewart hit 6-foot-5 Ed Blatz (7 receptions, 141 yards, 2 touchdowns). The Blue Waves went three-and-out on their first three possessions of the second half and the Trojans finally took the lead when Stewart ran in a bootleg 3 yards for a score with :22.3 left in the third.

Stewart finished the game with 27 carries for 135 yards and two rushing TDs. He was 13-of-23 for 198 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

He ran in another 3-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach as the Trojans went ahead 29-16.

Garden City, which also defeated Riverhead in the 2003 LIC, closed out the season 11-1. Riverhead, playing in its third LIC, finished the season 9-3.

The Blue Waves, after using their aerial attack in the county championship to defeat North Babylon, opened the game relying nearly entirely on the legs of Cheatom. He responded with a superb first half, surpassing 200 yards for the fourth time this season.

But in the second half the Trojans lined up five linemen and kept the linebackers close to the line to make it difficult for the Blue Waves to keep their running attack going.

Cheatom finished the game with 234 yards on 33 carries. He caught two passes for 12 yards.

Riverhead went ahead 6-0 in the final seconds of the first quarter on a six-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Bitzer to Jaron Greenidge. Garden City answered with a 28-yard touchdown from Stewart to Blatz.

Cheatom scored on a 1-yard run to complete a 77-yard drive with 6:44 left in the first half.

The Blue Waves never found the end zone again.

11/17/12 1:30pm
11/17/2012 1:30 PM

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Mattituck sophomore Mario Arreola and the Tuckers take on Livonia today in the Class B state semifinals at Middletown High School.

Mattituck (16-3-1) vs. Livonia (19-0-1)

Class B State Semifinals

Middletown High School

After winning four games in six days, the Mattituck boys soccer team finds itself in Middletown, N.Y. this afternoon two wins away from a state championship. The road to the Class B title begins today with a semifinal matchup against Livonia, a Section V school south of Rochester.

Livonia comes into the game unbeaten in 20 matches. The Bulldogs won 3-2 in their regional final against East Aurora to advance to the semifinals.

The Tuckers won a wild 5-4 game against Spackenkill Tuesday.

Mattituck’s last state title came in 2003.

In other semifinal, Ichabod Crane will play Susquehanna Valley at 4:15 p.m. The Class B state finals is 3 p.m. Sunday.

11/12/12 3:45pm
11/12/2012 3:45 PM

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck sophomore Kaan Ilgin leads the Tuckers into the Long Island finals today against Carle Place.

Class B Long Island Finals

Mattituck 1, Carle Place 0

Mitchel Athletic Complex

The Mattituck boys soccer team won the Long Island Championship Monday, 1-0, in the second overtime. Stephen Urwand scored the game’s only goal off a pass from Mario Arreola.

To follow a recap all the action from today’s game, click on the live blog below: