The Mattituck High School girls track and field team has fond memories of 2016. After all, it was the year that brought the Tuckers their first league championship in 16 years.
A remarkable 73-73 tie against Bishop McGann-Mercy ended up having huge implications. Both teams finished with identical 4-0-1 records and a share of the Suffolk County League VII title. Does that make the Tuckers driven to repeat?
Frank Massa, the Mattituck High School girls volleyball coach, was in the school’s weight room one day this past winter when athletic director Gregg Wormuth walked in.
“Frank, I hate to do this, but I’m going to ruin your day,” said Wormuth.
After all the raw days of cold, rain and wind this spring, nice weather finally made a belated appearance for the Mattituck High School girls track and field team on Monday. It has been a while. Then again, the Tuckers had waited for something even longer: a league championship.
Last season Mattituck celebrated a series of playoff wins on its way to the state championships for the fourth time in five years. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)
At the start of the high school girls volleyball season, it’s the dream of every team in New York State to play their final game of the year at the Glens Falls Civic Center, the site of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships. READ
The long jump is one of the events Mattituck sophomore Alya Ayoub excels in. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)
If the athletes on the Mattituck High School girls track and field team have a noticeable bounce in their step these days, it may be because they have a brand new track to run on this year, a blue surface that gives runners some bounce.
The Tuckers recently did away with their old cinder track and have modernized with an all-weather surface. They have already seen the benefits of the new track. For one thing, they have been able to hold some outdoor practices that they might otherwise not have been able to had the cinder track still been in place.
“It’s just a different feeling coming out there than in the past from my experience as well as the girls,” coach Chris Robinson said. “They’re very excited about it. I’m very excited about it. The coaches are very excited about it.” (more…)
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.
Mike Gunther, leading Greenport/Southold’s players in a stretching exercise during Tuesday morning’s practice, has begun his second stint as coach of the Clippers. (Credit: Garret Meade)
Mike Gunther is back.
In some ways, it may have seemed as if he had never left, but he has now officially begun his second spell as coach of the Greenport/Southold high school girls volleyball team. Gunther has taken over as coach of the Clippers from Sue Kostal, who he handed the program over to following the 2001 season. Some things have changed since then. Rally scoring was introduced in 2002 and the position of libero was later incorporated into the high school game. Gunther, 55, said he has also mellowed since he was last in charge of the Clippers, from 1999 to 2001.
Still, though, some things don’t change. (more…)
ROYALS 98, CLIPPERS 38
The Greenport/Southold girls track and field coach, Mike Gunther, has the gift of voicing a memorable phrase, often with some wit attached to it. “He came up with ‘just do it’ before Nike did,” said his wife, Carolyn.
One reporter referred to such choice quotes as “Guntherisms.” (more…)