12/16/14 9:55pm
12/16/2014 9:55 PM
Mercy's Mia Behrens drives to the basket as teammate Julia Cintron-Leonardo blocks out a defender. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Mercy’s Mia Behrens drives to the basket as teammate Julia Cintron-Leonardo blocks out a defender. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

An often heard phrase echoing throughout gymnasiums from basketball coaches is a plea to “value the basketball.”

In Tuesday’s non-league game between Bishop McGann-Mercy and Westhampton, all bets were off. The basketball traded hands between the two teams so frequently, it was like a game of hot potato. At times, the shot clock barely reset after a turnover before another turnover gave possession right back to the first team.  (more…)

12/12/14 6:00pm
12/12/2014 6:00 PM
McGann-Mercy senior Reggie Archer received the 2014 Boden Award Dec. 5. He's pictured with his mother (left), football coach Phil Lombardi and Denise Boden. (Courtesy photo)

McGann-Mercy senior Reggie Archer received the 2014 Boden Award Dec. 5. He’s pictured with his mother (left), football coach Phil Lombardi and Denise Boden. (Courtesy photo)

A four-year varsity football player, Reggie Archer was honored Dec. 5 with the 2014 Boden Award, which is given annually to a Mercy football player. An all-county running back/defensive back, Archer helped lead the Monarchs into the playoffs twice during his tenure.   (more…)

12/04/14 7:43pm
12/04/2014 7:43 PM
Mike Chiliki of Bishop McGann-Mercy putting up a successful jump shot against William Floyd in the first round of the Colonial Classic. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Ed Kneski of Bishop McGann-Mercy putting up a successful jump shot against William Floyd in the first round of the Colonial Classic. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

COLONIAL CLASSIC | COLONIALS 72, MONARCHS 46

Mike Clauberg is treated like a celebrity when he returns to his alma mater, William Floyd High School, where he played for a Suffolk County championship boys basketball team in 1993-94. As welcoming as the Colonials are to Clauberg upon his return to the site of his glory days, they aren’t so kind to the Bishop McGann-Mercy team that he coaches.

William Floyd handed the Monarchs a rough introduction to the 2014-5 season on Thursday, thrashing them, 72-46, in the first round of the 26th annual Colonial Classic. Floyd won convincingly, despite shooting 0 for 11 from the field in the third quarter. (more…)

12/04/14 2:30pm
Riverhead senior Ethan Greenidge will help anchor the Blue Waves down low this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead senior Ethan Greenidge will help anchor the Blue Waves down low this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

As a towering presence on the court, Ethan Greenidge is every bit the intimidator a kid his size would appear. A 6-foot-5 forward who excels in football as a lineman, Greenidge also has another side that can get overlooked on the court.

“He’s light on his feet, and moves very well for a kid his size,” said Riverhead coach John Rossetti.  (more…)

12/03/14 7:00pm
12/03/2014 7:00 PM
Riverhead girls coach Dave Spinella goes over instructions with the Blue Waves at practice. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead girls coach Dave Spinella goes over instructions with the Blue Waves at practice. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

From ankle to hamstring to foot injuries, the Riverhead girls basketball team has one mission at the start of the 2014-15 season: get healthy.

The Blue Waves, a team flush with young, talented players, has been struck with the injury bug to start the season.  (more…)

11/11/14 3:50pm
11/11/2014 3:50 PM
McGann-Mercy quarterback KJ Santacroce lets go a pass as running back Reggie Archer blocks in the Monarchs' Week 8 loss at Glenn. (Credit: Bill Landon)

McGann-Mercy quarterback KJ Santacroce lets go a pass as running back Reggie Archer blocks in the Monarchs’ Week 8 loss at Glenn. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Having to face Elwood/John Glenn once on the football field is tough enough. Bishop McGann-Mercy had to do it twice in as many weeks.

McGann-Mercy coach Mike Buck took a philosophical approach toward his team’s Suffolk County Division IV qualifying-round game at Glenn this past Saturday. “You got to go through them anyway,” he said. “That’s how I look at it.” (more…)

10/24/14 11:23pm
10/24/2014 11:23 PM
McGann-Mercy students celebrated with the players on the field following Friday night's playoff-clinching win. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

McGann-Mercy students celebrated with the players on the field following Friday night’s playoff-clinching win. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

MONARCHS 28, WARRIORS 6

The bleachers were empty and most the McGann-Mercy football players were on their way to the locker room. Near the north end zone, where moments earlier the players chanted “playoffs! playoffs!” with classmates who stormed the field, Reggie Archer and some his fellow seniors remained.

The joy of the moment gave way to a bittersweet reality: they had likely just played their final home game at McGann-Mercy High School.

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10/23/14 10:34pm
10/23/2014 10:34 PM
Sam Henry, one of Greenport/Southold's eight seniors, prepares to serve. Henry made 13 digs against Bishop McGann-Mercy. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Sam Henry, one of Greenport/Southold’s eight seniors, prepares to serve. Henry made 13 digs against Bishop McGann-Mercy. (Credit: Garret Meade)

CLIPPERS 25, 25, 25, MONARCHS 13, 23, 14

Jenna Standish had been looking forward to Senior Day 2014 ever since she was a freshman. The senior outside hitter and her teammates on the Greenport/Southold high school girls volleyball team found the wait to be a worthwhile one.

Standish made a special day even more memorable by her fine all-around play as the Clippers took down Bishop McGann-Mercy in three games and eliminated the Monarchs from playoff contention on Thursday. The playoff-bound Clippers played what their coach, Mike Gunther, said was one of their best matches of the season, a 25-13, 25-23, 25-14 win in their final home match of the regular season at Greenport High School. (more…)