04/17/15 6:48pm
Riverhead sprinter Jacob Robinson, seated next to family friend Patrick Harris, signed to accept a scholarship from Merrimack College (Mass.). Standing, from left, are Riverhead assistant coach Will Razzano and the school's indoor and outdoor coaches, Sal Loverde and Steve Gevinski. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Riverhead sprinter Jacob Robinson, seated next to family friend Patrick Harris, signed to accept a scholarship from Merrimack College (Mass.). Standing, from left, are Riverhead assistant coach Will Razzano and the school’s indoor and outdoor coaches, Sal Loverde and Steve Gevinski. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Not long after he had joined the Riverhead High School boys track and field team four years ago and discovered he had a talent for running fast, Jacob Robinson got into the habit after a race of asking the school’s winter coach, Sal Loverde, if he had run fast.

Loverde recalled, “He would just give me the look, you know, the Jacob look, and I would say: ‘No, you’re not fast yet. I’ll tell you when you’re fast.’ ”

And so it went over recent years. Then, one day this past winter, Robinson ran the 300 meters in a school record time of 35.52 seconds at The Armory in New York City. He gave Loverde that familiar look, as if to say, “So, what do you think?”

Loverde couldn’t deny what he had seen and had to concede, “Alright, maybe you’re fast now.” (more…)

04/14/15 8:12pm
Bishop McGann-Mercy third baseman Leo Ellis awaits a throw as Mattituck's Marcos Perivolaris steals third base on the same play in which Ian Nish drew a walk. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Bishop McGann-Mercy third baseman Leo Ellis awaits a throw as Mattituck’s Marcos Perivolaris steals third base on the same play in which Ian Nish drew a walk. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

TUCKERS 11, MONARCHS 3

The Mattituck offense is a fierce, multi-headed beast, feared as much for its speed and consistency as its power. Whether it be by small ball, long ball or a combination of both, the Tuckers play winning ball.

A perfect case in point was the opener to their Suffolk County League VIII baseball series against Bishop McGann-Mercy on Tuesday. The Tuckers’ offense was so potent that they held a 2-0 lead through the first three innings without the benefit of a hit. Both of the runs were scored in a virtually identical manner. The leadoff hitter, Joe Tardif, drew a walk, stole second base and advanced to third on either a groundout or a balk. Then, he was brought home on sacrifice flies by Chris Dwyer.

Voilá! It’s 2-0, just like that. (more…)

04/13/15 8:26pm
Runners in the 1,500-meter race pass the scoreboard near Mattituck's new track on Monday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Runners in the 1,500-meter race pass the scoreboard near Mattituck’s new track on Monday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

MONARCHS 82, TUCKERS 59

It was a big day for the Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School girls track and field team, a special day for Maddie Joinnides, and an historic day for the Mattituck track program.

The sun smiled down upon Mattituck High School’s brand new all-weather track, which was christened on Monday. McGann-Mercy needed to win only one of the three relay events in order to secure the Suffolk County League VIII dual meet, but instead swept them all. A first-place finish by the 4×100-meter relay team clinched an 82-59 victory for the Monarchs. Juliana Cintron-Leonardo, Olivia Kneski, Lindsey Woodhull and Adafih Blackburn turned in a winning time of 56.1 seconds. (more…)

04/07/15 10:24am

Steve Failla thought he was in a rough spot last year when he had only one player on his Riverhead High School girls golf team with any prior playing experience, an issue that was exacerbated by inclement early-season weather that limited the team’s practice time.

“I thought it couldn’t get worse,” he said. “I was wrong.” (more…)

04/06/15 7:57pm
Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Tim Schmidt scoring a goal against Riverhead goalie John Roca. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Tim Schmidt scoring a goal against Riverhead goalie John Roca. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

BLUE WAVES 11, TUCKERS 5

The difference in skill level between Leagues II and IV in Suffolk County high school boys lacrosse was clearly spelled out on Monday. Riverhead, described as a middle-of-the-pack team in League II by its coach, Vic Guadagnino, gave League IV Mattituck/Greenport/Southold all it can handle and more in a non-league game.

After scoring the game’s first six goals (two by Austin Fitzpatrick), Riverhead maintained at least a four-goal lead the rest of the way and posted an 11-5 win at Mattituck High School. It was the Tuckers’ first loss of the season. (more…)

04/03/15 12:00pm
Riverhead senior lineman Eddie Willis III will play football for the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He was joined in a signing ceremony Thursday morning with his parents, Ed and Caroline, and Riverhead coach Leif Shay. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Riverhead lineman Eddie Wills III will play football for the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He was joined in a signing ceremony Thursday morning with his parents, Ed and Caroline, and Riverhead coach Leif Shay. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Tears of joy flowed. They were the first sign that Eddie Wills III had gotten what he wanted.

When the phone call came from the United States Merchant Marine Academy’s admissions office last week, Wills’ mother, Caroline, became the first family member to learn what college her son will attend and play football for. An undoubtedly anxious, and observant, Eddie stood nearby while his mother took the call. “She started tearing up, so I knew it was some good news,” he said.

And it was. Wills, a Riverhead High School senior, had been accepted into the USMMA at King Point. (more…)

03/27/15 8:06pm
Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Tyler Seifert puts a shot on goal despite the efforts of Bishop McGann-Mercy's Andrew Glasgow. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Tyler Seifert puts a shot on goal despite the efforts of Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Andrew Glasgow. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 17, MONARCHS 1

His playing time is limited to brief, sporadic appearances on the lacrosse field. Then, once his job is done, he quickly scoots off the field for a substitute, and waits on the sideline until his skills are called for again. And while he is not asked to produce goals or assists, his value to the team is unquestioned.

The face-off man is the ultimate specialist. His job is to win possessions for his team. Nothing else.

Dylan Marlborough does his job quite well, sometimes exceedingly well. Friday was one of those times. (more…)

03/27/15 5:00pm
Christopher Kuhnle returns to play first singles for Shoreham-Wading River this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Christopher Kuhnle returns to play first singles for Shoreham-Wading River this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

 

PREVIEW

Debbie Lutjen, who coached the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys tennis team from 1986 to 1995, has returned to the Wildcats, taking over the team from Chris Bevelander.

Lutjen, who also coaches Shoreham’s girls tennis team, was asked if she noticed any changes in the boys game since she last coached the Shoreham boys.

“I think it’s changed in the same way that girls tennis has,” she said. “The top players are putting more time in out of season and playing year-round, so that’s raising the overall level of the players we have competing.” (more…)