06/09/13 10:15am
06/09/2013 10:15 AM
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO  |  The Riverhead Blue Masques rehearse a scene in 'Fiddler on the Roof.'

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The Riverhead Blue Masques’ production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ earned a Teeny Awards nomination for choreography.

The 11th Annual Teeny Awards will be held at Southold High School today. The awards, presented by East End Arts and sponsored by Suffolk County National Bank and Riverhead Toyota, showcase the best in local high school theater.

The red carpet begins at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door.

Southold, with 11 nominations, and Riverhead, with 10 nods, lead the way for local schools.

Check back this evening for a list of winners.

The nominees for all the North Fork high schools are listed alphabetically by school below:

DRAMA

Lead Actor in a Drama

Eliminas Abromaitis, Riverhead, “A Christmas Carol”

Jonathan Troiano, Riverhead, “A Christmas Carol”

Jamie Tuthill, McGann-Mercy, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

 

Lead Actress in a Drama

Nicole Chiuchiolo, McGann-Mercy, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Brionna Cook, Riverhead, “A Christmas Carol”

Amanda Osborne, Riverhead, “A Christmas Carol”

Jordan Tapley, Riverhead, “A Christmas Carol”

 

Supporting Actor in a Drama

Andrew Nucatola, Riverhead, “A Christmas Carol”

Patrick O’Brien, McGann-Mercy, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

 

Supporting Actress in a Drama

Danielle Allen, McGann-Mercy, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Emma Bernhardt, Riverhead, “A Christmas Carol”

Erin Plitt, Riverhead, “A Christmas Carol”

Jessica Sisti, Riverhead, “A Christmas Carol”

COMEDY

Lead Actor in a Comedy

Zach Fisher, Shoreham-Wading River, “Don’t Drink the Water”

Sean Mannix, Shoreham-Wading River, “Don’t Drink the Water”

Oliver Orr, Mattituck, “Are Teachers Human?”

 

Lead Actress in a Comedy

Maggie Daley, Shoreham-Wading River, “Don’t Drink the Water”

Gayle Gammon, Southold/Greenport co-production, “Trixie, Teen Detective”

Mally Fogarty, Mattituck, “Are Teachers Human?”

Rachel Lohrius, Shoreham-Wading River, “Don’t Drink the Water”

 

Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Tom Batuello, Mattituck, “Are Teachers Human?”

Anthony DeVita, Shoreham-Wading River, “Don’t Drink the Water”

Ryan Zlatniski, Mattituck, “Are Teachers Human?”

 

Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Nicole Chiuchiolo, McGann-Mercy, “You Can’t Take it With You”

Gwyn Foley, Mattituck, “Are Teachers Human?”

Sydney Campbell, Southold/Greenport co-production, “Trixie, Teen Detective”

MUSICAL

Lead Actor in a Musical

Sam Bracken, Southold, “Grease”

John Drinkwater, Greenport, “Guys and Dolls”

 

Lead Actress in a Musical

Laura Logan, Shoreham-Wading River, “Sweeney Todd”

Susanna Kelly, Southold, “Grease”

Brianna Pagano, Greenport, “Guys and Dolls”

 

Supporting Actor in a Musical

Matt Drinkwater, Greenport, “Guys and Dolls”

Jack Dunne, Southold, “Grease”

 

Supporting Actress in a Musical

Lea Gianbruno, Shelter Island, “Legally Blonde”

Michaela Manno, Southold, “Grease”

Shelby Pickerell, Southold, “Grease”

Outstanding Performance

This category recognizes students who “shine brightly” in roles not eligible for adjudication in the leading or supporting categories.

Alexandra Lasot, Southold, Teen Angel in “Grease”

Lara Mahaffy, Southold, Ursula in “Trixie, Teen Detective”

Choreography

Victoria Carroll, Riverhead, “Fiddler on the Roof”

Southold dance captains, Southold, “Grease”

Outstanding Ensemble

Mattituck, “Once Upon a Mattress”

Playbill/Poster Art

Stephen Spinelli, Shoreham-Wading River, “Sweeney Todd”

Gretchen Walter, Southold, “Trixie, Teen Detective”

Judge’s Choice Award

This noncompetitive award is given for a scene, musical number, dance number or group that the judges feel stands out enough to warrant special recognition.

The Greek Chorus, Shelter Island, “Legally Blonde”

Stage Management Recognition

(noncompetitive)

Mariah Brengel, Shoreham-Wading River

Ian Byrne, McGann-Mercy

Quinn Carey, McGann-Mercy

Helen Chen, Mattituck

Jaclyn Conway, Southold-Greenport co-production

Jaclyn Conway, Southold

Mayra Gonzalez, Mattituck

Melissa Hickox, Mattituck

Julie Lindell, Shoreham-Wading River

Anne O’Rourke, Mattituck

Stephen Spinelli, Shoreham-Wading River

Jerilynn Toole, Riverhead

Sean Walden, Greenport

Rachel Williams, Riverhead

Technical Design recognition

(noncompetitive)

Savannah Calderale, Southold, set design for “Grease”

Catherine Penn, Riverhead, costume design for “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “Footloose”

cmiller@timesreview.com

04/24/13 4:00pm
04/24/2013 4:00 PM
ROBIN BAY COURTESY PHOTO | The chamber choir from Bishop McGann-Mercy High School prior to performing at the National Festival Chorus April 21.

ROBIN BAY COURTESY PHOTO | The chamber choir from Bishop McGann-Mercy High School prior to performing at the National Festival Chorus April 21.

The Chamber Choir at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead was one of 10 East Coast groups that performed at the National Festival Chorus at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center Sunday.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the kids,” said Jamie Calandro, the director of fine arts at Mercy and the chamber choir teacher. “They worked really hard to get here and it’s nice to see their efforts rewarded.”

Sixteen high school students and two junior high school students at Mercy were selected to sing at the concert, which was conducted this year by guest maestro Richard Mathey and featured the award-winning Troy High School Orchestra. Works performed included “O Be Joyful in the Lord” by John Rutter, “Spiritual” by Ysaye Barnwell, and “Silver Wings”, by John Carter.

“Working with the other choirs and guest conductor was one of the greatest experiences I have had as part of chamber choir,” said senior Kaylee Navarra of Manorville. Ms. Navarra, 17, is a soprano who joined the group her sophomore year.

In preparation for the concert, the chamber choir traveled to Manhattan Saturday to rehearse with the nine other groups selected to sing at the National Festival Chorus.

“It was intense,” Mr. Calandro, 32, said of the rehearsal. “They [the students] were a little worried because we had so little time to learn the music, but they were so excited. They got to perform with everybody and hear exactly what it’s going to sound like. It was a higher caliber than anything they’ve ever been a part of.”

Danielle Allen, a junior from Aquebogue who has been a member of the chamber choir for five years and sings alto, said that rehearsing with the other groups was “a little intimidating” at first.

“The other choirs were all so talented,” Ms. Allen, 16, said. “The sound we produced together was absolutely beautiful.”

Patrick O’Brien, a 16-year-old junior from Riverhead who sings tenor and baritone and has been a member of the chamber choir for five years, said he met a lot of “amazing people” during the experience.

“I think I left a better musician,” he said.

For Mr. Calandro, who has been teaching choir for 10 years at Mercy, the concert is a high point in a decade of hard work at the school.

“It’s very humbling and flattering to be recognized on a national level,” he said. “This is definitely my favorite moment since I started the Mercy chorus 10 years ago.”

ryoung@timesreview.com

02/01/13 1:00pm
02/01/2013 1:00 PM
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Bishop McGann-Mercy High School principal Carl Semmler (left) and Shawn Leonard, a Mercy graduate and architect for the school's planned pond remediation project, at the foot of the pond on school grounds last week.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Bishop McGann-Mercy High School principal Carl Semmler (left) and Shawn Leonard, a Mercy graduate and architect for the school’s planned pond remediation project, at the foot of the pond on school grounds last week.

Bishop McGann-Mercy High School is nearing completion of a pond remediation project that aims to bring dying wetlands back to life, while educating students about remediation and stormwater pollution.

If successful, school and environmental officials say, it will also help protect the health of the Peconic Bay system.

“What’s very cool about this endeavor is it’s going to take this drainage area and make it a living, breathing thing,” said Bob DeLuca, president of Group for the East End, a partner in the project.

The health of the more than 100,000 square feet of wetlands on the Mercy campus has been declining for some time, principal Carl Semmler said. He and Shawn Leonard, a 1985 Mercy graduate and the architect on the project, have unveiled the next steps in a plan they say will naturally filter pollutants from the pond before the water reaches the Peconic.

They will create what Mr. Leonard calls a “plunge pool,” a man-made pool that draining stormwater will enter “so that sediment can settle things like gravel or other pollutants,” Mr. Leonard said. The water will then make its way down a man-made stream, powered by the area’s elevation, before eventually entering surrounding wetlands, according to the project plans.

Surrounding the plunge pool, stream and natural wetland area, they will add plants to absorb nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus, pollutants known for their harmful effects on aquatic ecosystems, according to the New York State Environmental Protection Agency.

“The plants will be the natural filter,” Mr. DeLuca said. “Essentially, the hope is that the water will have high oxygen, lower turbidity and be healthier downstream.”

Since the project began in November, the area has been stripped of invasive plants, identified with the help of Riverhead Town and Group for the East End. Plant and tree life native to the area have been protected, with the state DEC inspecting progress of the project intermittently, Mr. Semmler said.

They will use the remediation project as an opportunity to teach students about the wetlands, integrating it into the science curriculum.

“We will be teaching children how to understand stormwater pollution, the cause and effects of it,” said Deborah Kneidl, director of institutional advancement for the school. “Ultimately, the goal is that we are training stewards for the future.”

“We actually got out there before the construction and took some baseline data on the site prior, so we can see how it changes throughout the different stages,” said Mercy graduate Jennifer Skilbred, educational coordinator for Group for East End, who has been helping set up the educational component. It will include field data collection and lab experiments.

Mr. Semmler said the plan is to build a laboratory adjacent to the wetlands so students can perform experiments close by.

“The ideal thing would be for a student to take a seed, grow it into a wetland plug and plant that plug,” Mr. Semmler said. “They can take the plug full of the pollutants and the poisons and then test the leaf structure of that plant to show how much poison or pollutants it absorbed.”

That means students will be maintaining the wetland with fresh plants while removing pollutants from the wetland, Ms. Kneidl said.

Mercy plans to invite other schools and universities to utilize the area, and is in the early stages of collaborating with universities, including Molloy College, Fordham University, and St. Joseph’s College. “I have spoken with one professor at each school and they have interest in being involved, getting their students to do research projects there. It is exciting stuff,” Ms. Skilbred said.

The project could also introduce students to alternate career options they might not have considered before, she said.

The project has been in the works since 2006, when Mercy applied for a DEC permit. It was granted the permit in 2008 and then applied for funding from the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation. After its third application, it was awarded $750,000 in 2011 under the stipulation of a match commitment from Mercy alumni, bringing over $1 million in donations to the project, Ms. Kneidl said.

Mr. DeLuca said there is a lot to be learned from the project.

“The most important thing [is] that we come to understand what is going into that pond now,” he said. From that they can see the amount of pollutants that are entering western Peconic, endangering bay waters.

“The western part of the estuary has the greatest trouble. It is in that part that we have had brown tide algal blooms,” Mr. DeLuca said. “The more that we can do to help the better.”

The project is not without controversy, with at least one neighboring resident voicing concern. A project closely connected to the remediation project will fill in 17,000 square feet of adjacent wetlands to create a softball and practice field, with funding coming from private alumni donations. Those wetlands serve as an area for stormwater runoff, creating concern about possible flooding. The pond being remediated doesn’t currently pipe in stormwater runoff and, once it does, it will make up for the adjacent wetlands, Mr. Leonard said.

The remediation plan will also expand existing wetlands by about 53,000 square feet, making up for the lost wetland area, according to Aphrodite Montalvo, citizen participation specialist for the DEC, a stipulation needed in order to get the 2008 DEC permit.

“The DEC looks forward to the completion of this project and believes it will both improve the environmental quality of the area and serve as a valuable educational tool for the school,” Ms. Montalvo said.

Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter has also expressed support for the project, calling it a “win-win” at a Nov. 20 public hearing.

The remediation is on schedule and expected to be completed by May 2013, according to Mr. Semmler, who calls the project “a true partnership to try and bring the community together.”

cmiller@timesreview.com

02/17/12 2:04pm
02/17/2012 2:04 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Jamie Tuthill as Jim O'Connor in a scene with Danielle Allen as Laura Wingfield.

The McGann-Mercy Theatre Company presents Tennessee Williams’ classic 1944 play, ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the McGann-Mercy High School auditorium.

The play opened Thursday night and there will be another performance 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8. For more information call 727-5900, ext. 10.

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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTOS

06/05/11 4:37pm
06/05/2011 4:37 PM

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | McGAnn Mercy is competing for the Long Island Class C baseball championship against Friends Academy.

Starting pitcher Pat Stepnoski pitched a five-hitter and the Bishop McGann-Mercy baseball team won 5-2 over Friends Academy to claim the Class C Long Island title Sunday.

Times/Review web editor Grant Parpan blogged all of the action from Farmingdale State College. Here’s his recap. Check back later for the complete story:

STARTING LINEUPS

Visitor — Mercy (16-4)

1. Joe Crosser 2B

2. Keith Schroeher SS

3. Rocco Pasquale C

4. Pat Stepnoski P

5. Tom Kretz 3B

6. Christian Lynch 1B

7. D.J. Wilmott LF

8. Owen Gilpin RF

9. John Dillon DH

Carl Dickinson — RF

Home — Friends Academy (5-14)

1. Jon Ramsay CF

2. Ed McNelis SS

3. Sam Harrington P

4. Alex Kucich C

5. Kyle Grady LF

6. Pat Moodhe 3B

7. Jack Bauer 2B

8. Neil Boneparth 1B

9. Devin Gerzof DH

Sam Hawkins RF

TOP 1

Joe Crosser leads off with a single for Mercy.

Keith Schroeher also singles to left field. Runners on first and second with nobody out.

Rocco Pasquale flies out to right field. Crosses moves up to third base. Schroeher holds at first. — 1 out

Pat Stepnoski with a sacrifice fly to left field and an RBI scoring Pasquale.  — 2 out Monarchs 1, Quakers 0

Tom Kretz batting. Schroeher steals second and advances to third on a throwing error. Kretz flies out to left field. — 3 out

Monarchs 1, Quakers 0

BOTTOM 1

Jon Ramsay grounds out to shortstop. — 1 out

Ed McNelis flies out to center field. — 2 out

Sam Harrington grounds out to second base. — 3 out

Monarchs 1, Quakers 0

TOP 2

Lynch smashes a leadoff double to left-center field.

Wilmott singles to right field, error sends him to second base. Lynch scores. Monarchs 2, Quakers 0.

Gilpin sacrifices Wilmott to third base. — 1 out

Dillon smashes an RBI triple to deep left field. Monarchs 3, Quakers 0.

Crosser hits a sacrifice fly for an RBI. — 2 out Monarchs 4, Quakers 0.

Schroer grounds out to third base. — 3 out

Monarchs 4, Quakers 0

BOTTOM 2

Kucich draws a walk.

Grady hit by pitch.

Moodhe bunts into a double play. 1-6. — 2 out

Bauer now batting. Grady steals second base. Bauer strikes out looking.

Monarchs 4, Quakers 0

TOP 3

Pasquale draws a base on balls.

Stepnoski singles to left field.

Kretz reaches on a fielder’s choice. Stepnoski out at second, Pasquale to third. — 1 out

Lynch reaches on a fielder’s choice. Pasquale out at home. Kretz to second base. — 2 out

Willmott grounds out to third base.

Monarchs 4, Quakers 0

BOTTOM 3

Due up for Friends:

Boneparth hit by a pitch.

Gerzof strikes out swinging. — 1 out

Ramsay grounds out to second base. Boneparth to second base. — 2 out

McNelis flies out to right field. — 3 out

Monarchs 4, Quakers 0

TOP 4

Gilpin grounded out. — 1 out

Dillon singled.

Crosser reaches on a fielder’s choice. — 2 out

Schroeher draws a base on balls.

Pasquale reaches on an infield single. Everyone safe.

Stepnoski flies out to center field. — 3 out.

Monarchs 4, Quakers 0

BOTTOM 4

Harrington grounds out to the pitcher. — 1 out

Kucich grounds out to the pitcher. — 2 out

Grady gets Friends’ first hit of the game on a line drive to left field.

Moodhe now batting. Grady steals second base. Moodhe strikes out swinging.

Monarchs 4, Quakers 0

TOP 5

Kretz flies out to right field. — 1 out

Lynch pops out to pitcher. — 2 out

Wilmott strikes out swinging. — 3 out

Monarchs 4, Quakers 0

BOTTOM 5

Bauer flies out to center field. — 1 out

Boneparth singles up the middle.

Gerzof sacrifices Bonaparthe to second base.  — 2 out

Ramsay flies out to shallow left field. Schroeher makes an over-the-shoulder catch. — 3 out

Monarchs 4, Quakers 0

TOP 6

Gilpin singles to left field.

Dillon sacrifices Gilpin to second. — 1 out

Crosser grounds out to third base. Gilpin holds on second. — 2 out.

Schroeher flies out to left field. — 3 out

Monarchs 4, Quakers 0

BOTTOM 6

McNelis grounds out to shortstop.

Harrington reaches on balls.

Kucich now batting with one out and a man on. Harrington advances to second on a wild pitch. Kucich with an RBI single. Monarchs 4, Quakers 1

Grady flies out to right field. — 2 out

Moodhe singles. Kucich to second base.

Bauer grounds out to shortstop. — 3 out

Monarchs 4, Quakers 1

TOP 7

Pasquale draws a leadoff walk.

Stepnoski pops out to the pitcher. — 1 out

Kretz now batting. Pasquale steals second base. Kretz grounds out to shortstop. Pasquale advances to third base. — 2 out

Lynch now batting with two out and a man on third. Pasquale STEALS HOME. Monarchs 5, Quakers 1

Lynch grounds out to pitcher.

Monarchs 5, Quakers 1

BOTTOM 7

Boneparth draws a base on balls.

Gerzof flies out to left field. — 1 out

Ramsay strikes out swinging. — 2 out

McNelis smashes an RBI double off the wall. Monarchs 5, Quakers 2

Harrington grounds out to shortstop. Mercy wins the Long Island Championship.

FINAL SCORE

Monarchs 5, Quakers 2

 


06/04/11 2:03pm
06/04/2011 2:03 PM

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | McGann-Mercy will play in the Long Island championship game Sunday, one of several big area sporting events this weekend.

It’s a big weekend for area sports teams and Times/Review Newsgroup will be providing wall-to-wall coverage on each of our websites.

Coverage of the big championship weekend kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hofstra University, where the Mount Sinai girls lacrosse team will face North Shore in the Mustangs’ first-ever Long Island Championship game appearance. Times/Review web editor Grant Parpan will live blog all of the action from start to finish on Northshoresun.com.

Grant will also be live blogging three L.I. Championship baseball games on Sunday when Mattituck (10:30 a.m.), Shoreham-Wading River (1:30 p.m.) and Mercy (4:30 p.m.) all try to secure a berth in next weekend’s State Championship tournament up in Binghamton.

Game coverage from the Shoreham-Wading River boys lacrosse team’s L.I. title game at 8 p.m. Saturday night from Stony Brook University and coverage of Saturday afternoon’s boys and girls track state qualifiers will also help to give local sports fans plenty to read this weekend.

11/02/10 8:02pm
11/02/2010 8:02 PM

DIX HILLS — The Bishop McGann-Mercy High School girls tennis team’s magical ride finally reached an end.

After opening the Suffolk County Team Tournament with a pair of upsets, 24th-seeded McGann-Mercy ran into a wall in the form of the top-seeded Half Hollow Hills East Thunderbirds on a cool, windy Friday afternoon.

Hills East, seeking a return to the county final for the second year in a row, swept all three doubles matches and took three of the four singles contests for a 6-1 quarterfinal win over McGann-Mercy.

It concluded an adventurous tournament for McGann-Mercy, which had toppled the No. 9 Patchogue-Medford Raiders and the No. 8 West Islip Lions en route to their first appearance in the county quarterfinals.

Following her match, one of McGann-Mercy’s first doubles players, senior Kayleigh Macchirole, was asked if it had sunk in that she had played her last high school contest.

“Not yet,” she said. “I’ll probably start crying when it hits me.”

“This season has been amazing,” she continued. “Everybody has picked up their game so much. I didn’t expect to make it this far and [my teammates] made this season so great for me because they made it memorable.”

It was all so unexpected. The Monarchs had lost seven players from last year’s team, including the entire slate of starting singles players. Regardless, in what was supposed to be a rebuilding season, they won the League VIII championship and finished among the top eight teams in the county with a 16-3 record.

Even so, McGann-Mercy Coach Mike Clauberg was so upset about how the Monarchs played in their final match that he wasn’t ready to dwell on the achievements. He said it was, without a doubt, the team’s worst match of the season.

“The fundamental mistakes, the errors that were going on today, I was in complete shock,” he said. “I just couldn’t believe it.”

He added: “Right now I’m hurt that I don’t think that we played to our potential . . . but at the end of the day, when you look at how far we’ve gone and how much we’ve accomplished, for the first time in school history making it to the elite eight in Suffolk County, yeah, I got to say it’s a good season. Right now, I don’t want to think about that.”

Hills East followed up the victory with a 4-3 decision over the No. 5 Commack Cougars on Saturday. With their third win over Commack this year, the Thunderbirds set up a rematch in the county final against their rivals and fellow League I co-champions, the No. 2 Half Hollow Hills West Colts on Monday at Smithtown East High School. For the second year in a row, Hills West (18-1) defeated Hills East for the county title, 4 1/2-2 1/2.

Even before the final, the painful memory of last year’s loss in the county final to the last team in the world that it wanted to lose to was still fresh in the minds of the Thunderbirds (15-2).

“Yeah, it was horrible,” said Samantha Elgort, Hills East’s first singles player who took second recently in the county individual championships. “It was even worse that it was [losing] to them. It was bad, awful.”

For Hills East, anything short of a county championship was going to be a disappointment. The only loss Hills East or Hills West suffered during the regular season was to each other; they both beat other by 4-3 scores.

“The kids who have been here know what it means to play and beat West,” Hills East Coach Tom Depelteau said. “The victories are sweeter and the defeats are tough to take.”

In Hills East’s win over McGann-Mercy, Elgort, a senior in her sixth varsity season and fifth as a first singles player, did not concede a game as she handled her first-singles opponent, Ashley Yakaboski, 6-0, 6-0. Elgort, who was sixth in New York State last year, made good use of sharp-angled shots and outpointed Yakaboski, 48-12. She won five games without conceding a point.

“More than anything else, she’ll keep the point going,” Depelteau said of Elgort. “She’s willing to hit the ball a hundred times.”

Singles players Ludmila Yamus and Vanessa Scott also supplied Hills East with routine two-set wins. Yamus stopped Elizabeth Barlow in second singles, 6-0, 6-2, and Scott registered a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Lindsay Merker in fourth singles.

Hills East’s sweep of the doubles matches killed McGann-Mercy’s hopes of a third straight upset. The first doubles pairing of Zareena Hamrah and Ali Nemeth defeated Erica Blanco and Macchirole, 6-3, 7-5. Justine De Luise and Rachel Katims were winners at second doubles, beating Taryn Enck and Shannon Merker, 6-4, 6-1. Jordana Cohen teamed up with Molly Ripp to down Stefanie Blanco and Maryann Naleski, 6-3, 6-3.

McGann-Mercy received its only point from its third singles player, Cassidy Lessard. In what might have been the best match of the day, Lessard topped Amanda Loper, 6-1, 7-5 (10-7).

bliepa@timesreview.com

10/25/10 7:01pm
10/25/2010 7:01 PM

The tone was set early in Saturday’s Suffolk County Division IV football game between the Bishop McGann-Mercy Monarchs and the Hampton Bays Baymen.

The Baymen had just scored on their opening drive, on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Robbie King to Tim Wheeler, before the Monarchs began moving the ball downfield. Mercy, sparked by the running of Pat Stepnoski (130 yards on 20 carries), picked up three first downs. But on first down at the Hampton Bays 30, the Monarchs were called for a holding penalty, making it first-and-25. Again, the Monarchs were flagged for holding, making it first-and-40.

Mercy, clearly, was going the wrong way.

The Monarchs wound up turning the ball back over to the Baymen. Hampton Bays marched down the field and King scored on a 10-yard run. In a flash, it was 14-0 in favor of the Baymen.

Hampton Bays went on to beat Mercy 55-6.

“We were moving the ball, then we had the two holding penalties,” Mercy coach Joe Read said. “We never recovered from that. It hurt us. After that we had to change the game plan a little.”

The Baymen (4-3) thoroughly dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Hampton Bays, led by King, their quarterback, rushed for 303 total yards. King ran for 74 yards on four carries. He also completed 8 of 8 passes for 101 yards.

“Hampton Bays has a very strong running attack,” Read said. “They ran deceptive schemes and counters that were potent.”

Oskar Ramirez’s 7-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter put Hampton Bays in front 20-0. Andrew Morris plunged in from the 1-yard line early in the second quarter increasing the Baymen’s lead to 28-0.

Mercy (2-5) got on the scoreboard midway through the quarter, when D.J. Wilmott caught a 5-yard swing pass from quarterback Keith Schroeher and bulled his way into the end zone.

But King galloped 56 yards to pay dirt and Ramirez (61 yards on 5 carries) scampered 24 yards for a touchdown to give Hampton Bays a 43-6 lead at the half.

King added a 12-yard TD run and Tracey Kennedy scooted 65 yards into the end zone in the third quarter to cap the Baymen’s scoring.

Igor Leite spearheaded the Hampton Bays defense with 12 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.

“We were able to move the ball some,” Read said, “but we just couldn’t punch it in. The penalties, dropped passes and two interceptions hurt us. It threw us back. Hampton Bays is a tough team. They gave a solid, consistent effort. They were the better team today.”