Happy Mattituck players celebrate after the Tuckers secured their place in the state semifinals for the second time in three years. (Credit: Garret Meade)
SOUTHEAST REGION CLASS B FINAL | TUCKERS 3, PANTHERS 1
For the second time in three seasons, the Mattituck High School boys soccer team is going to the New York State final four.
The Tuckers booked a spot in the Class B semifinals in Middletown, N.Y. next week by registering a 3-1 triumph over Rye Neck at Diamond in the Pines in Coram Saturday. (more…)
One of Mattituck’s seniors, catcher Brian Pelan, hugs assistant coach Rich Pisacano following Pelan’s final game for the Tuckers. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
SOUTHEAST REGION CLASS B FINAL | PANTHERS 3, TUCKERS 0
The first thing one notices about the Rye Neck High School baseball players is their size. They are big, as in tall and athletic.
“Our first baseman, Matt Franks, number 14, he’s had a full beard since freshman year,” pitcher Angelo Spedafino said. “Our catcher [Thomas Pipolo] has had a full beard since freshman year.”
Because of their stature, the Panthers could easily be mistaken for a college team, and they have the talent to match it. It was going to take a team of that caliber to knock Mattituck out of the playoffs, and that is just what Rye Neck did on Saturday. (more…)