04/14/14 6:57pm
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Paul Annunziata stealing second base while Mattituck shortstop Marcos Perivolaris covers the bag during the second inning. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Paul Annunziata stealing second base while Mattituck shortstop Marcos Perivolaris covers the bag during the second inning. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 14, MONARCHS 4

This high school baseball season has been a big hit for Mattituck, and for good reason, too. The Tuckers are hitting the proverbial cover off the ball.

Bountiful offensive production goes a long way toward explaining the Tuckers’ first-place standing in Suffolk County League VIII. So imagine the stir it caused when the league’s last-place team, Bishop McGann-Mercy, led through the first half of Monday’s game.  (more…)

04/12/14 8:09pm
Ryan Bray of Shoreham-Wading River circling around the Seton Hall Prep goal, looking for room to shoot. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Ryan Bray of Shoreham-Wading River circling around the Seton Hall Prep goal, looking for room to shoot. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

PIRATES 14, WILDCATS 10

The Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats may have visions — nightmares, really — about Jules Heningburg dodging defenders with great dexterity, making lightning-quick turns and firing in goal after goal. Should they wake up in a sweat, they wouldn’t be able to console themselves with the thought that it was just a dream.

No, it was real, all too real for the Wildcats. (more…)

04/07/14 8:46pm
Parker Tuthill brought Mattituck one of its three wins at singles, defeating Shoreham-Wading River's Brandon Porcele in two sets. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Parker Tuthill brought Mattituck one of its three wins at singles, defeating Shoreham-Wading River’s Brandon Porcele in two sets. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 4 1/2, WILDCATS 2 1/2

Tiebreakers in tennis are pressure situations. Tiebreakers in a decisive third set are even tougher still.

With a light rain falling on a wet court and a chill hanging in the air, Ty Bugdin and Sean Granberg felt the heat. Then they responded. (more…)

03/25/14 8:17pm
Shoreham-Wading River's Courtney Clasen, left, leaned forward at the finish line to nip Mattituck's Desirae Hubbard in the 100 meters. (Credit: Garret Meade).

Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen, left, leaned forward at the finish line to nip Mattituck’s Desirae Hubbard by 1/10th of a second in the 100 meters. (Credit: Garret Meade).

WILDCATS 95, TUCKERS 55

It wasn’t a day conducive for good distances and times, being that it was only two meets into the high school girls track and field season and the athletes had to contend with a blast of cold weather. Regardless, the coaches of both teams said there were some fine performances, nonetheless.

Shoreham-Wading River had enough of them to pull away to a 95-55 victory over Mattituck in a Suffolk County League VII meet on Tuesday. (more…)

03/21/14 9:06pm
Bishop McGann-Mercy relief pitcher Mike Chalicki was brought in the game to get the last out of the top of the seventh inning. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk).

Bishop McGann-Mercy relief pitcher Mike Chalicki was brought in the game to get the last out of the top of the seventh inning. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk).

WHALERS 8, MONARCHS 1

Judging by the postgame remarks coming from Bishop McGann-Mercy dugout, one might have thought that the Monarchs had won their season-opening baseball game. They didn’t. And while they didn’t gain a win, the Monarchs apparently gained a healthy dose of confidence.

For one thing, the Monarchs’ opponent on Friday was Pierson/Bridgehampton, the defending Southeast Region Class C champion. Not too shabby. (more…)

03/20/14 7:52pm
Shoreham-Wading River's Alex Makoske unleashing a shot in the face of defensive pressure from Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Tim Schmidt. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Alex Makoske unleashing a shot in the face of defensive pressure from Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Lucas Webb. (Credit: Garret Meade)

WILDCATS 18, TUCKERS 3

The first true glimpse of the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys lacrosse team left little doubt that goal scoring will not be a problem for the Wildcats this season. Nor will face-offs, passing, defense and goaltending, for that matter.

The start of Shoreham’s season, and the Justin Arini era, began Thursday when the Wildcats rolled to victory in convincing fashion, 18-3, over Mattituck/Greenport/Southold in a non-division game at Mattituck High School. Arini, who succeeded Tom Rotanz, becoming only the second coach the Wildcats have ever had, liked what he saw from the defending Long Island Class C champions. Troy Miller, a senior attackman, struck for three goals and three assists. Alex Makoske added three goals and an assist. Ryan Bray and Dalton Baron also recorded hat tricks.

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03/18/14 1:00pm
Ohio State-bound Shannon Rosati (10) returns to lead Shoreham-Wading River this year. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Ohio State-bound Shannon Rosati (10) returns to lead Shoreham-Wading River this year. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

Rachel Feirstein, who once admired the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls lacrosse team from afar as an outsider (an opposing player for Smithtown East) is now the ultimate insider: She is the team’s coach.

Feirstein can now admire, from close range, the fervor with which the Wildcats practice. “They’re relentless,” she said. “They go hard after every ball.”  (more…)

03/12/14 11:00am
Riverhead captain Steve Velasquez and his teammates enjoyed a break in the weather during Tuesday's practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Riverhead captain Steve Velasquez and his teammates enjoyed a break in the weather during Tuesday’s practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Early preseason practices can be stressful enough for high school boys tennis coaches who feel the pressure of the clock as they hurry to ready their teams for the coming season. Positions need to be filled, challenge matches need to be played and lineups need to be determined, all with the sense that the calendar is working against them. The date of that first match gets closer by the day.  (more…)