07/13/15 3:36pm
07/13/2015 3:36 PM

Despite not being a fan of a wake-up alarm going off at 4:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning (or any morning, for that matter), I really didn’t mind too much this past Sunday.

The assignment necessitating the really early start was the Mighty North Fork Sprint Triathlon, which is neat to cover because it is so different from most of the other sports we chronicle on these pages. So, in order to be at Cedar Beach County Park in Southold well in time for the 6:50 a.m. start, it meant being on the road by 5:30 a.m., with pens, notebook and a digital recorder in hand, ready to hunt for an interesting story.  (more…)

07/13/15 11:23am

RIVERHEAD RACEWAY ROUNDUP

A tranquil summer night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing turned heated at the end of a 35-lap NASCAR Modified feature event Saturday at Riverhead Raceway when a late-race pass by Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., was called back for being below the line, enabling John Fortin of Holtsville to take home the win. The postrace debate on the ruling lasted hours after the final checker flag waved.  (more…)

07/12/15 11:28am
07/12/2015 11:28 AM
Billy Holl of Bayport, in only his second year in the sport, won the 17th annual Mighty North Fork Sprint Triathlon on Sunday morning at Cedar Beach in Southold. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Billy Holl of Bayport, in only his second year in the sport, won the 17th annual Mighty North Fork Sprint Triathlon on Sunday morning at Cedar Beach in Southold. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

A large orange sphere slowly rose over the eastern horizon. It looked more like an alien planet in a science fiction movie than the sun.

That was the scene many of the athletes and spectators were treated to prior to the start of the 17th annual Mighty North Fork Sprint Triathlon early Sunday morning.

It was quite a sight to behold.

Of course, once the race started at 6:50 a.m. at Cedar Beach in Southold, the participants had other things on their minds, like finishing in the fastest time possible. (more…)

07/11/15 9:29pm
07/11/2015 9:29 PM

BUCKS 9, TOMCATS 5

On days like Saturday, the Riverhead Tomcats must wish there was something like a baseball bank. Need a run, take a run. Need a hit, take a hit. Just tuck away any excess offense you may have to your credit and save it for a rainy day, so to speak.

It would have come in handy for the Tomcats, who banged out 22 hits (including four each by Nate Soria and Hunter Dolshun) in a 14-5 defeat of the Montauk Mustangs on Friday. Had they been able to carry over some of those hits and runs to Saturday’s game against the Shelter Island Bucks, it might have made a difference. As it was, the Bucks showed why they hold first place in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League and the hard-luck Tomcats came up short, 9-5, at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton.  (more…)

07/11/15 8:00pm
Former Shoreham-Wading River High School catcher Jack Massa is spending his summer with the Westhampton Aviators. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Former Shoreham-Wading River High School catcher Jack Massa is spending his summer with the Westhampton Aviators. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

The players on the 2014 Shoreham-Wading River High School baseball team were a close bunch. “The closest team I’ve ever been a part of,” said catcher Jack Massa.

Massa said he still sees former Wildcats teammates and spends time with them when he is home from college. He even crosses paths with one of them, Tyler Osik, on the baseball diamond.  (more…)

07/06/15 9:38pm
07/06/2015 9:38 PM
Riverhead's Tyler Osik waits for the throw at second base as he tries to turn a double play against Westhampton (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead’s Tyler Osik waits for a throw to second base as he tries to turn a double play against Westhampton (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

AVIATORS 9, TOMCATS 2

It seemed hard to believe afterward, looking at the scoreboard at Aviator Field in Westhampton, but for six tight innings, the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League game had been a classic pitching duel.

And then the wheels came flying off, sending the Riverhead Tomcats tumbling to defeat.

That’s baseball for you.  (more…)

07/06/15 6:42pm

SPORTS DESK/Bob Liepa

A surge of patriotic fervor swept through me on Sunday. Sure, it was the day after the Fourth of July holiday, but that wasn’t the reason for it. What caused the red, white and blue of my fiber to tingle with pride was, would you believe it, a 40-second video.

Before the start of the Women’s World Cup final between Japan and the United States on Sunday evening, I checked out a short video that someone had evidently shot from a hotel room high above as American fans marched, apparently toward BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the game. Clad in red, white and blue behind a large banner for the American Outlaws, a supporters group for United States soccer, this spirited band of fans had made its presence known. Chanting loudly, with whistles and horns blowing and drums banging, they made it clear that the United States women’s team wasn’t alone on this quest.

Americans for America. You have to love that.

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