Volleyball may be the ultimate team game.
In no other sport, I think, are the players tied together, almost as if by a rope. The six players on the court are inextricably linked, the success of one player depending on the ability of the player next to her, and so on. READ
It has become a team tradition.
Every November — or at least every November for the past six years — the Mattituck High School girls cross-country team finds itself running against some of the best teams and runners in New York State. READ
The Mattituck American Legion Post No. 861 held a ceremony Saturday to commemorate Veterans Day.
Like a superheroine, when the girl they call the “Flying Squirrel” made her return to the volleyball court, it was a triumphant one. READ
Madison Osler remembers watching her Mattituck High School girls volleyball team during the preseason and wondering what the future would bring. She recalled saying to herself: “This is a mess. I don’t know how this is going to go.”
In retrospect, things went pretty well for the Tuckers. That “mess” was soon cleaned up. Mattituck split regular-season series with powers Elwood/John Glenn and Bayport-Blue Point, took second place in League VII and reached the first Suffolk County Class B final in its history. READ
Christian Demchak spent his 16th birthday Friday in possibly the best way possible for a cross-country runner. He ran in a big race.
The Mattituck High School junior had to wait a little bit, though, afterward to see if he was going to receive the birthday gift he was hoping for — a return trip to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships. READ
The streak lives on.
That’s six straight.
The Mattituck High School girls cross-country team won a sixth straight Suffolk County championship Friday.
Immediately after one drama ended, another began.
To see players crying on Bayport-Blue Point’s side of the volleyball net could be expected. The Phantoms, after all, had just lost. But there were also tears on Mattituck’s side, where the Tuckers had congregated in a victory pile. They were tears of joy, however. READ
Whenever Marissa Russo thinks of Tom Brennan, she pictures him in his classroom, leaning back in a chair with his feet on the desk and a cup of gas-station coffee in his hand.
The 2011 Mattituck graduate always envisions her former teacher laughing his signature “silent but deep” booming belly laugh, too.
Julie Milliman isn’t one to dwell on statistics or records. What really counts to the Mattituck High School girls cross-country coach are the smiles on the faces of her runners. READ