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05/23/15 10:00am
05/23/2015 10:00 AM
Jeff Doroski will return this fall as Mercy's head football coach. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Jeff Doroski will return this fall as Mercy’s head football coach. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Jeff Doroski will return as the McGann-Mercy football coach next fall.

After a contentious departure in early 2014, which led to him taking the varsity head coach positions of Riverhead softball and Hampton Bays football, Doroski will once again be on the sideline of his alma mater when the Monarchs kick off in September.  (more…)

05/21/15 9:05pm
05/21/2015 9:05 PM
McGann-Mercy senior shortstop Micaela Zebroski fields a ground ball in Thursday's playoff game at Center Moriches. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

McGann-Mercy senior shortstop Micaela Zebroski fields a ground ball in Thursday’s playoff game at Center Moriches. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The challenge for the McGann-Mercy softball team Thursday was to accomplish something no team could do this season: defeat Center Moriches.

The Red Devils, 20-0 and the No. 1 seed in Class B, moved one step closer to a county crown with a 12-3 victory over the Monarchs.  (more…)

05/14/15 2:06pm
05/14/2015 2:06 PM
Riverhead shortstop Dani Napoli fields a grounder in the regular season finale Tuesday. The Blue Waves open the playoffs Friday.(Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead shortstop Dani Napoli fields a grounder in the regular season finale Tuesday. The Blue Waves open the playoffs Friday.(Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The Riverhead softball team will open the 2015 playoffs with an outbracket game Friday at Half Hollow Hills West.

The Blue Waves were seeded No. 18 in the Class AA tournament and will face the No. 15 seed in the Colts. The winner advances to play at No. 2 Commack.  (more…)

05/12/15 10:17pm
05/12/2015 10:17 PM
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Kaitlyn Butterfield, far left, and Meg Tuthill led the way during the 1,500-meter race. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Kaitlyn Butterfield, far left, and Meg Tuthill led the way during the 1,500-meter race. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

MONARCHS 116, CLIPPERS 24

A league dual-meet championship in high school girls track and field can be a rather fragile thing. Because teams run only a handful of dual meets over the course of a season, a loss can be devastating to a team’s title chances.

That was the case with Bishop McGann-Mercy last year when the Monarchs lost their season-opening meet to Southampton. It was their one and only loss of the season, but it cost them the league championship.

The Monarchs haven’t slipped up since then, winning 11 straight dual meets since that loss to Southampton. With their 116-24 defeat of Greenport/Southold on Tuesday night in Riverhead, the Monarchs capped a 6-0 season and won the Suffolk County League VIII championship outright. It is their sixth league title since 2001 and fifth in seven years, according to the team’s second-year coach, Collin Zeffer. (more…)

05/11/15 7:55pm
05/11/2015 7:55 PM
McGann-Mercy freshman Isabella Sorgi fires a pitch against Pierson Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

McGann-Mercy freshman Isabella Sorgi fires a pitch against Pierson Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

WHALERS 9, MONARCHS 0

As a five-year varsity player, Micaela Zebroski entered Monday’s Senior Day game as the longest tenured member of the Bishop-McGann Mercy softball team. A lot has changed over those years, from different teammates to coaches, to even the field.

The Monarchs used to travel to Stotzky Park for their home games before a new field was constructed last year on the school’s campus.  (more…)

05/06/15 9:31pm
05/06/2015 9:31 PM
From left, Joe Tardif, Jon Dwyer and Will Gildersleeve with Optimus, a hockey gnome that has served as Mattituck's good-luck charm this season. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

From left, Joe Tardif, Jon Dwyer and Will Gildersleeve with Optimus, a hockey gnome that has served as Mattituck’s good-luck charm this season. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

TUCKERS 19, MONARCHS 0

The reaction was reserved, to say the least. No dogpiles. No hooting and hollering. No players joyously jumping on top of each other.

There wasn’t much in the way of celebration by the Mattituck High School baseball team in the moments after it clinched at least a share of the Suffolk County League VIII championship on Wednesday evening. (more…)

04/14/15 8:12pm
04/14/2015 8:12 PM
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
04/13/2015 8:26 PM
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…)