01/08/15 11:25pm
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Liam Walker was recognized for recently becoming only the second Southold boy to score 1,000 career points. He was joined by coach Phil Reed, left, and the school superintendent, David Gamberg, in a pregame ceremony in which he was presented with a ball to mark the milestone. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Liam Walker was recognized for recently becoming only the second Southold boy to score 1,000 career points. He was joined by coach Phil Reed, left, and the school superintendent, David Gamberg, in a pregame ceremony in which he was presented with a ball to mark the milestone. (Credit: Garret Meade)


Southold still has many of the same players from its high school boys basketball team of last season, but those players are not the same. The First Settlers are a year older, a year wiser, a year more physically mature, and just plain better than they were in 2013-14.

It goes beyond their skillful 1,000-point scorer, Liam Walker, who has silky smooth moves and a high basketball IQ to go with his impressive statistics. They have reliable ballhandlers and bring grittiness to the court.

The First Settlers are vastly improved, and it shows in their record. They are already only one win shy of equaling their win total from last season. (more…)

04/16/14 9:31pm
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Stony Brook's Ben Walter steals second base while Southold second baseman Patrick McFarland applies the tag. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold third baseman Alex Poliwoda tags out Stony Brook’s Mike Palermo. (Credit: Garret Meade)


The record is incongruous with the team.

The Southold High School baseball team is 1-8. For a team with unquestioned talent, that record is awfully hard to believe. It even has the First Settlers themselves shaking their heads, trying to figure out how they put themselves in the difficult position they are in. (more…)

03/27/14 9:10pm
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Lisa Angell came within one out of a perfect game. The Mattituck junior delivered a career-high nine strikeouts in her one-hit shutout of Stony Brook. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Lisa Angell came within one out of a perfect game. The Mattituck junior delivered nine strikeouts, matching her career high, in her one-hit shutout of Stony Brook. (Credit: Garret Meade)


On a brutally cold day that was far from perfect, Lisa Angell came agonizingly close to perfection.

The Mattituck pitcher was on the verge of tossing a perfect game on Thursday. All that stood between Angel and perfection was Stony Brook’s Sydney Dunn. (more…)

12/06/13 11:21pm
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DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Ev Corwin talking to his players during his debut as Greenport's coach.

DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Ev Corwin talking to his players during his debut as Greenport’s coach.



As much as he was tempted to say it, the competitor in Ev Corwin prevented him from uttering the word “encouraging” to describe a defeat. Nevertheless, one couldn’t help but believe that Corwin was encouraged by what he saw from his team in his debut as the new Greenport boys basketball coach on Friday night.

The Porters tipped off the new season by playing fiercely and giving a powerful Stony Brook team a fight, only to come up on the short end of a 70-65 score in a League VIII game at Greenport High School’s Richard “Dude” Manwaring Gymnasium.

That result came despite the fact that Gavin Dibble rang up 35 points, despite the fact that Greenport’s starting center, Austin Hooks, played only 19 minutes and 7 seconds before fouling out with 5:08 to go in the game, and despite the fact that the Porters shot 51.2 percent from the field. But Stony Brook, the defending league and Long Island Class C champion, brings a potent mix of speed, size and 3-point shooting skill that makes the Bears a handful to deal with.

Stony Brook knocked down 11 3-point shots from 27 attempts, and except for the game’s early moments, never trailed after taking the lead for good. At the same time, pesky Greenport prevented Stony Brook from putting the game out of reach. A 3-pointer by Brandon Odom gave Stony Brook its largest lead of the game at 62-49 a couple of minutes into the fourth quarter.

Undeterred, Greenport kept plugging away, trying to beat the odds, which were made slimmer by the loss of Hooks. It wasn’t Hooks’ night. By the time he picked up his fifth personal foul, he had only 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 block and 1 steal, partially because of foul trouble that forced him to sit almost the entire second quarter. Hooks was clearly displeased over his early departure and slammed down a chair at the team bench as he walked off the court.

Undersized as it was, having to deal with Stony Brook’s two big bodies, Andrew Daniel and Bryce Jackson, Greenport got a big helping hand from guard Timmy Stevens, who collected a team-leading 9 rebounds. Both teams had 25 rebounds each.

Greenport made things interesting by hitting 7 of its last 10 shots and receiving 15 fourth-quarter points from Dibble. It was a triple by Dibble (his third of the game) that cut Stony Brook’s lead to 66-60 with 1:58 to go. Later, he added a layup and a free throw to make it a 3-point game at 68-65 with 18.2 seconds left. But a free throw by Odom and another one by Daniel — sandwiched around a failed 3-point attempt by Dibble down the stretch — settled matters in Stony Brook’s favor.

Davis scored 18 points. Three of his teammates reached double figures. Chase Audige produced 15 points, Odom had 14 and Daniel recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

In addition to Dibble’s big scoring night, Stevens added 14 points and 7 assists. No other Greenport player had more than the 5 points Willie Riggins supplied coming off the bench.

With Corwin’s predecessor, Greenport’s former longtime coach, Al Edwards, watching on from the bleachers, the Porters’ new coach and his charges faced a severe test from the start. Stony Brook drilled six treys in the first quarter, including one by Davis at the buzzer ending the period.

Stevens nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the second quarter, leaving Stony Brook with a 38-32 lead by halftime.

It wasn’t a successful day for any of Greenport’s new coaches. In his coaching debut, former Greenport star player Ryan Creighton saw his junior varsity team miss two foul shots with 1.8 seconds left and fall to Stony Brook, 28-26.

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11/01/13 9:57pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Stony Brook's Emma Lavery, left, and Southold/Greenport's Sophie Pickerell compete for the ball during the Suffolk County Class C final.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Stony Brook’s Emma Lavery, left, and Southold/Greenport’s Sophie Pickerell compete for the ball during the Suffolk County Class C final.


“Good game. Good game. Good game. …” said the glum-looking Southold/Greenport Clippers, wearing tear-lined faces as they walked down the line, congratulating the new Suffolk County Class C girls soccer champions, The Stony Brook School Bears.

The Clippers had a good season, reaching the playoffs for the first time in four years and playing probably their best soccer since then. And yet, 1987 still haunts them.

The Clippers were Suffolk Class C champions in 1987, and even though they have fielded some strong teams, they haven’t won another county title in the 26 years since.

Friday night was their chance, and it looked pretty good. After falling behind, 1-0, the Clippers scored three straight goals and held a two-goal lead that, quite remarkably, evaporated in the final four minutes of regulation time. Annie Skorobohaty’s equalizer for Stony Brook with 2:03 left in the second half sent the game into overtime. Then, with the score still tied at 3-3, the teams went to soccer’s ultimate pressure-cooker, penalty kicks.

Anna Wadding, Megan Pius and Skorobohaty found the mark for Stony Brook and Fiona Farrell saved two attempts by the Clippers, helping the Bears prevail in penalty kicks, 3-1, at the St. Joseph’s College athletic complex in Patchogue. Stony Brook (7-10), which has won six county championships in seven years, will face the Nassau County champions in a Southeast Region semifinal on Tuesday in New Hyde Park.

It is hard to imagine the Clippers (7-8-1) and their coach, Katy Smith, who was 2 years old when that 1987 team was crowned, enduring a crueler loss.

“I really thought that we had it, especially with the amount of time left in the game,” said Smith, who was herself visibly shaken by the dramatic turn of events.

Asked what she says to her team after absorbing such a season-ending loss as this, Smith replied, “I have no idea.”

The teams, which split their two regular-season meetings, engaged in a wild match.

Frank Macchia coached Stony Brook in place of Mark Maningo, who was serving a one-game suspension for a red card. His team struck first. Emily Pius, a junior midfielder, gave the Clippers trouble on the right flank all game long. She received a ball from Hannah Barker before sending a long-range shot from the right side that struck the inside of the left goal post and went in just 6:51 into the contest.

But the Clippers, who held a 22-12 advantage in shots, pulled even 4:48 into the second half. The industrious Justina Babcock, a midfielder who played every one of the 110 minutes, fired a shot from long distance that Farrell couldn’t handle, and Juliane Van Gorden pounded in the rebound.

Van Gorden also delivered the cutting pass that sent Raeann Berry in on goal for the go-ahead score at 58:15. Berry curled the shot inside the left post.

Then, just 48 seconds after that, Megan Van Bourgondien drove home a laser from about 30 yards for a seemingly safe 3-1 lead.

Babcock said: “As soon as we scored that third goal, I was like: ‘Oh, we got this in the bag. It’s going to be our game.’ And then it completely changed.”

The Clippers surely didn’t count on Stony Brook scoring twice in the final four minutes of the second half. That is exactly what happened.

Following a corner kick, the ball bounced Julia Shi’s way and she tagged a long drive into the net. The real stunner, though, came 1:57 later when Skorobohaty punched in a corner kick from Emily Pius, forcing overtime.

Babcock said her heart sank. “I watched it go in the net and then I just turned around and I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

In the opening minutes of overtime, Van Bourgondien came within inches of being Southold/Greenport’s saviour. Her 35-yard strike dipped off the crossbar.

From there, it was on to penalty kicks. The Clippers had Rosario Rodriguez replace Masha Winkler in goal for the penalties.

“We were standing there, shaking the entire time,” said Van Gorden.

After Van Bourgondien coolly sent her spot kick to the right side, knotting the tense tiebreaker at 1-1, Megan Pius and Skorobohaty converted their attempts to send the Bears into celebration mode and bring the Clippers to tears.

The Clippers are no strangers to disappointment. They missed reaching the playoffs by one game in each of the past two years.

Babcock, who along with midfielder Cynthia Van Bourgondien, are the Clippers’ only seniors, said: “It’s extremely hard to know that we were up and then we just lost it, and we worked so hard and it just ended, and then, like ending my senior year, it’s just difficult to know it’s over.”

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10/14/13 9:57pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Southold's Jack Dunne, left, tries to ward off Stony Brook's Jason Lee while maintaining possession of the ball.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Southold’s Jack Dunne, left, tries to ward off Stony Brook’s Jason Lee while maintaining possession of the ball.


Even though the Southold High School boys soccer team won its 10th game and overcame a deficit on the road, the First Settlers hardly were in a celebratory mood Monday afternoon.

They felt they had squandered way too many scoring opportunities in their 2-1 win over The Stony Brook School. They also worried about the condition of sophomore forward Joseph Worysz, who suffered a leg injury at the end of the Suffolk County League VIII encounter in Stony Brook.

Worysz played an important role for the First Settlers, setting up Drew Sacher’s goal, which proved to be the difference with 0.9 seconds remaining in the first half.

Southold (10-4, 7-2) walked off the field unsatisfied.

“We could have played a lot better,” Sacher said. “We were terrible in front of the goal. Missed way too many opportunities to score. It shouldn’t have been 2-1.

“It’s frustrating. It always stinks coming from behind, but we persevered and scored two goals. But it should have been a lot more.”

Southold coach Andrew Sadowski concurred.

“Very disappointed in our lack of scoring,” he said. “We created quite a few chances. Stony Brook played very well. They played very hard. I just don’t think we capitalized on the opportunities that we had. I thought Stony Brook’s goalkeeper was probably the best player on the field. He made some awesome saves. He was without a doubt outstanding.”

Sadowski was talking about Lewis Meitz, who kept the Bears (2-9, 2-6) in the game with his 8 saves.

As good as he was, Meitz was not perfect as he could not stop two balls from entering the net.

The hosts drew first blood, scoring with 15:34 remaining in the first half. Sophomore forward Rickie Rodriguez, who was a headache for the First Settlers, fired a shot that goalkeeper John Charles Funke knocked away. But Khendrick Beausoleil slotted home the rebound.

Southold equalized with 6:14 left in the half when Kenji Fujita scored. Stony Brook defender Mac Bohny tried to clear the ball out of the box, deflecting it off Fujita and into the net. Not the most beautiful goal he has scored.

“Definitely not,” Fujita said. “A goal’s a goal.”

Worysz demonstrated great vision on the game-winner. He had an opportunity to shoot on the right side, but decided to pass to Sacher, who scored from six yards.

“We work on those game situations continuously in practice and I’m glad that he just stuck to the game and crossed the ball like we worked on,” Sadowski said.

Sacher had no complaints. “I saw the ball coming in and I swung my leg at it, hoping it was going in. Luckily it did.”

Worysz was not as lucky.

Just as the final buzzer sounded, Rodriguez kicked Worysz just above the right knee. Worysz fell to the ground and laid there for about 10 minutes, receiving attention from Sadowski and others.

Worysz’s condition could not be immediately ascertained.

“We’ve got to check and see what’s going on with his knee,” Sadowski said. “He got hit in the upper thigh. His foot was planted because he was going to strike the ball. … We have to check and make sure that his knee is fine.”

Stony Brook coach Doug Parra, who made sure Rodriguez went back out to apologize to Worysz, asked his sophomore forward what happened.

“Coach, I got the ball,” Parra said Rodriguez told him.

“It’s unfortunate that these youngsters sometimes, even though they have the ball, they also have to keep their spikes down and that’s basically what happened,” Parra added. “The grass is getting a little moist now, so he claims that he slipped as he came into the player.”

The First Settlers have two weeks before the playoffs begin.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Sacher said. “We’ve just got to get back into shape. Like I said, we’ve got to capitalize on our chances a lot more.”

Asked what he learned, Fujita replied, “No team is going to give us a win. We’ve got to earn our win. We definitely got to start playing better collectively and take it into the playoffs.”

Fujita, however, was optimistic. He said, “By playoff time, I’m sure we’ll be fine.”

10/12/13 8:40pm
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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Gene Allen of Greenport/Southold/Mattituck breaking away from a pair of Stony Brook defenders.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Gene Allen of Greenport/Southold/Mattituck breaking away from a pair of Stony Brook defenders.


Five wins, no losses. The Porters march on.

Greenport/Southold/Mattituck continued its marvelous run in the high school football season on Saturday by spoiling Stony Brook’s homecoming, posting its third shutout of the season, 33-0, and, of course, remaining unbeaten at 5-0. It’s a striking contrast to last year when the Porters went 0-8 and finished the season with a 13-game losing streak.

That must seem like ages ago now that the Porters have one of the top-ranked defenses in Suffolk County (giving up only 5.4 points per game), a running back (Frank Sierra), who has become a touchdown-scoring machine, and a belief in themselves that appears to grow from one win to the next.

Porters coach Jack Martilotta said he did not know the last time the Porters started a season by winning their first five games.

As usual, the Porters had a lot of positives to take out of the game, including two touchdown runs by Sierra, giving him eight in three games and 11 for the season, and a pair of touchdown passes by Matt Drinkwater. Defensive coordinator Mike Miller’s defense, meanwhile, surrendered a measly 72 yards of offense, made 11 tackles for losses and allowed only four first downs and one pass completion by Stony Brook (1-4).

The Porters took a 14-0 first-half lead on Drinkwater’s 47-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Christian Angelson racing down the left sideline and Sierra’s first touchdown of the day; he banged his way into the end zone from 5 yards out.

Both teams lost players to injuries in the first quarter. Porters lineman Cody Fisher went down with an apparent injury to his left knee and hobbled off the field after making a tackle with 4 minutes 36 seconds left in the quarter. Martilotta said he believed that Fisher would be O.K. Stony Brook’s starting quarterback, Erik Holvik, also exited the game, and was given a concussion test on the sideline. He was replaced by Asaiah Wilson, the senior transfer who led Bishop McGann-Mercy into the playoffs last year. But not even Wilson’s presence was enough for the Bears to get on the scoreboard.

Sierra found the end zone again on only the third play from scrimmage in the third quarter. His 2-yard run was set up by Gene Allen’s 38-yard scamper and a 23-yard pass to Allen.

Stony Brook looked likely to score some points after Charles Tankeh intercepted a pass up the middle and returned it 51 yards to the Porters’ 24-yard line in the third quarter. But the Porters’ defense stiffened, and the Bears went four and out.

An interception by Tyshe Williams set up the Porters’ final touchdown in the fourth quarter, a 4-yard swing pass to Allen with 5:59 to go. But John Drinkwater’s extra point wasn’t the end of the scoring. That didn’t come until after his twin brother, Matt Drinkwater, stopped Ben Walter in the end zone for a safety, and John Drinkwater booted a 25-yard field goal on the next possession.

The Porters had players surpass 100 yards in passing, rushing and receiving. Matt Drinkwater threw for 193 yards, completing 13 of 24 passes. Sierra ran for 110 yards on 17 carries. He almost had a third touchdown, but a 75-yard run to the end zone was called back because of a holding penalty. Allen made 9 catches for 113 yards.

The Porters registered 380 yards worth of offense.

Defensively, Matt Drinkwater was involved in 10 tackles. Sal Loverde and Jared Schenone were involved in 9 each for the Porters.

Stony Brook’s leading tackler was Hunter Skorobohaty, who had a hand in 10 of them.

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09/18/13 10:43pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Stony Brook's Sydney Dunn, left, and Mattituck's Abby Graeb trying to gain control of the ball.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Stony Brook’s Sydney Dunn, left, and Mattituck’s Abby Graeb trying to gain control of the ball.


As a sweeper, Nicole Zurawski’s main responsibility is to clean up messes in the back.

This year, the talented junior has taken on an added responsibility by becoming part of the Mattituck High School girls soccer team’s attack. She has caused a mess or two for the opposition’s defense and goalkeepers to clean up on their side of the field.

Take, for example, what transpired in the visiting Tuckers’ 3-1 victory over The Stony Brook School on Wednesday.

With the Suffolk County League VII encounter knotted up at 1-1 midway through the opening half, Zurawski powered in a brilliant 20-yard shot to give the Tuckers (2-0-1, 2-0) a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish. Zurawski’s goal was sandwiched around scores by teammates Trish Brisotti and Isabel Torgove. Morgan Pius tallied the Bears’ lone goal.

Zurawski has scored 3 goals from outside the penalty area this young season, giving Mattituck a unique weapon that not many teams — high school, college, amateur or pro — possess, a central defender who can score from distance.

“Her goal for herself was to get five goals,” Mattituck coach Malynda Nichol said. “I think that she’s well beyond that. We’re getting her to take more shots, try to spring her forward a little bit more.”

Nichol liked what she saw from the rest of her team.

“The girls worked hard, they battled,” she said. “We’ve been working a lot on stretching the field and possessing the ball and I think they made some good decisions in the second half.”

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Sydney Dunn of Stony Brook gets a foot on the ball before Mattituck's Trish Brisotti can.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Sydney Dunn of Stony Brook gets a foot on the ball before Mattituck’s Trish Brisotti can.

The game was played on The Stony Brook School football field, narrower than most soccer fields and definitely not as wide as the Tuckers’ home pitch.

“It was a little difficult playing on a field this narrow because we do like to play the ball out wide,” Brisotti said. “You really don’t have that much room to make a mistake because the field’s so narrow your defender is right on you.”

It probably wouldn’t matter how wide or narrow the field was trying to defend one of Zurawski’s long-distance shots. She already had one in the season-opening 2-2 tie with Central Islip on Sept. 13 and another in a 3-0 win over Smithtown Christian on Sept. 16.

“I just picked my head up and looked where the keeper was,” Zurawski said. “Just shot far post high because it’s usually a lot harder to stop when I shoot high. There’s everyone in the way. I picked my head up and found the space in the goal and shot it, smacked it.”

Smacked through several bodies, over the head of a defender standing near the right post and over goalkeeper Fiona Farrell.

“She has great placement for the shot,” Nichol said. “She’s an outstanding player.”

Right after Zurawski scored, one of the Stony Brook coaches said, “That’s a sweet spot.”

Indeed it was.

Zurawski has forged her reputation as a calm and cool central defender, someone who is supposed to make sure those type of goals aren’t scored on the Tuckers.

“There are a lot of characteristics that make her a good player,” Nichol said. “One is her work ethic, the fact that she never gives up. She is smart in the back. She communicates with her outside backs and leads them. And she’s also tenacious. So she’s good in the air and she has a nose for the ball.”

Zurawski was paired with senior stopper Kellie Stepnoski, who replaced the injured Kyle Freudenberg (knee). Stepnoski made her presence felt by keeping the ball away from Zurawski and goalkeeper Val Hommel as much as she could by winning 50-50 balls.

“She stepped up big time,” Zurawski said. “She’s like an animal out there. She wins literally every 50-50 ball. She’s awesome.”

But as well as those two central defenders played, the Tuckers could not stop the Bears from scoring.

Only two minutes into the match, Brisotti struck from eight yards out to give Mattituck a 1-0 advantage.

Stony Brook (0-2, 0-2), however, began to dominate and equalized on Pius’ high shot over Hommel with 29:04 remaining in the half as the Tuckers failed to clear the ball from the penalty area.

“We came out flat in the first half.” Nichol said.

Slowly, but surely, the Tuckers got their act together, pressing for an insurance tally. With 3:21 remaining in the match, they got it. Defender Motunrayo Tejuoso lost the ball in the Bears’ defensive third. Abby Graeb passed the ball to an open Torgove on the right side and the senior forward rolled the ball into an open right corner.

“I put it in as lightly as I could,” Torgove said. “It was more placement over power.”

And some relief for the Tuckers.

Said Torgrove, “There were only a few minutes left on the clock and without it there was always a chance that they would get another one and tie it.”

07/06/13 1:30pm
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COURTESY PHOTO | Christopher Paparo, former senior aquarist of Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead  has been hired as the director of Stony Brook University’s new Marine Sciences Center in Southampton.

COURTESY PHOTO | Christopher Paparo, former senior aquarist of Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead has been hired as the director of Stony Brook University’s new Marine Sciences Center in Southampton.

Long Island Aquarium’s former senior aquarist Christopher Paparo has been hired as the director of Stony Brook University’s new Marine Sciences Center in Southampton.

Mr. Paparo spent more than 14 years at the Riverhead aquarium, starting there when it was in the building stages, eventually taking on the position of senior aquarist. He also served educational coordinator for the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, Stony Brook University officials said.

The new marine sciences center is run by Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and is slated to open this September.

The 15,000-square-foot, $8.5 million center will enable SoMAS to expand their program, facilitating further research of Long Island’s bays and estuaries. It will offer more students the opportunity to learn through Stony Brook, according to a release from Stony Brook University.

SoMAS will also be using the space to hold public meetings, summer camps, and for expanded K-12 outreach programs among other activities, according to the release.

“Mr. Paparo’s strong background in maintaining marine animals, public outreach and education, and seawater systems make him the ideal fit for this position,” said Minghua Zhang, dean of the SoMAS program at Stony Brook. He attended Southampton College and received his Bachelors of Science in Marine Science there in 1999, Stony Brook officials said.

“As construction of the new Marine Sciences Center is completed in the coming weeks, Mr. Paparo will be on hand to learn the details of the state-of-the-art systems within the building including the computerized seawater circulation system, teaching and analytical labs, and quarantine and culture rooms,” said Christopher Gobler, director of academic programs. “This hire comes at a perfect time.”

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01/03/13 2:37pm
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BETH YOUNG PHOTO | The car involved in Wednesday accident on Main Road in Cutchogue being loaded on a flatbed truck.

The man who crashed his car into a into a telephone pole and then a tree in front of the Cutchogue New Suffolk Library Wednesday was listed in critical condition at Stony Brook University Medical Center Thursday afternoon.

William Krill, 74, of Cutchogue, was airlifted to Stony Brook following the crash. Officers on the scene said Mr. Krill suffered head and possible chest injuries when his Ford sedan veered off the road while eastbound, struck the pole and a street sign and became wedged on the sidewalk between a tree and a hedge in front of the library.

Police have yet to identify the accident’s cause.