08/06/14 10:24pm
08/06/2014 10:24 PM
Shoreham-Wading River's Maria Smith moves toward the basket during the small schools final against Hampton Bays. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Maria Smith moves toward the basket during the small schools final against Hampton Bays. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The matchup was an intriguing one: Hampton Bays’ Alexis Fotopoulos and Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen.

The two central figures in the Town of Brookhaven Summer League girls basketball small schools final had never played against each other before. They both came up big at different times, and in their own ways, in Wednesday evening’s showdown at Eastport/South Manor High School.

In the end, it was Clasen, the senior, and her teammates who ended up with the prize, though not before blowing a 16-point lead and enduring a scare from Fotopoulos and her friends in purple.

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02/14/14 10:01pm
02/14/2014 10:01 PM

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS B SEMIFINAL | BAYMEN 69, MONARCHS 36

Sophomore guard Alexis Fotopoulos scored all of her 21 points in the first half, including her 1,000 career point, to pace Hampton Bays to a 69-36 victory over visiting Bishop McGann-Mercy in a Suffolk County Class B girls basketball semifinal on Friday night.

The top-seeded Baymen (17-2) grabbed a 17-6 first-quarter lead and never looked back as the No. 4 Monarchs finished the season with an 11-7 record. (more…)

01/05/14 10:40am
01/05/2014 10:40 AM
TIM GANNON PHOTO | This car was struck in Hampton Bays after a fatal car crash early Sunday morning.

TIM GANNON PHOTO | This car was struck in Hampton Bays after a fatal car crash early Sunday morning.

Southampton Police arrested an Aquebogue man for driving while intoxicated Sunday morning following a car crash in Hampton Bays that killed a newspaper delivery woman.

According to police, 31-year-old Joseph Perez was driving a 2001 Ford pickup truck westbound on Montauk Highway, near Ponquogue Avenue, around 4:30 a.m. when he hit a parked car, then struck 56-year-old Donna Sartori of Middle Island before hitting her car.

Southampton Town Police, New York State Police Forensic ID & Collision Reconstruction Unit, and the Hampton Bays Fire Department all responded to the scene.

Police said Ms. Sartori was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr. Perez was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. He was charged with driving while intoxicated. Southampton Sgt. Andrew Ficurilli said Sunday morning that Mr. Perez remains in the hospital, and will likely be arraigned tomorrow.

Police said the investigation is continuing, and are asking anyone who may have information about the crash to call Southampton Town Detectives at 702-2230, or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.

01/15/13 10:32pm
01/15/2013 10:32 PM

DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Nykel Reese of Bishop McGann-Mercy planting his feet before going up for a shot during his team’s win over Hampton Bays.

MONARCHS 46, BAYMEN 42

It may sound like a cliché, but the Bishop McGann-Mercy boys basketball team shared the wealth when push came to shove in its 46-42 home victory over Hampton Bays on Tuesday night.

Junior guard Asaiah Wilson sank five foul shots en route to his game-high 19 points in the Suffolk County League VII game as the Monarchs snapped a three-game losing streak.

Junior forward Nykel Reese, who finished with 11 points, canned a 15-foot shot that gave the Monarchs (6-5, 3-4) the lead for good at 38-36 with 5 minutes 57 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. He also blocked two shots down the stretch against the Baymen (2-9, 0-7).

Only 40 seconds later, freshman guard Greg Gehring converted a trey to give the hosts some much needed breathing room at 41-36.

And when the Baymen pulled within 45-42, senior Brian Willet sank a foul shot with 0.7 seconds remaining.

Senior center/forward Andrew Glagow, who did not score a point, made his presence felt on the other side of the court, helping hold Hampton Bays senior forward Harry Fotopoulos to 6 of his team-high 16 points in the second half.

The Monarchs will host Mattituck on Friday night.

12/02/12 2:23pm
12/02/2012 2:23 PM

Two men, one from Riverside and the other from Flanders, were arrested this week for stealing an engine block from a Hampton Bays auto repair shop, Southampton Town Police said in a press release issued Sunday.

Bruce Hale, 62, of Riverside and Bruce Holland, 65, of Flanders used an engine hoist to lift the $500 engine into the back of a pickup truck and drove away from the shop in the early morning hours Thursday, police said.

Mr. Hale was arrested Friday and held on $300 bail. Mr. Holland was nabbed Saturday and issued an appearance ticket. Both men were charged with petit larceny, police said.

11/07/12 11:54pm
11/07/2012 11:54 PM

A Hampton Bays man was arrested Tuesday night after he was caught driving drunk in Flanders, according to Southampton Town Police.

Andrew Kristiansen, 46, was pulled over by police as he was headed southbound on Flanders Road, police said.

He was charged with DWI and transferred to police headquarters, where he was held for a Wednesday morning arraignment, police said.

08/09/12 2:00pm
08/09/2012 2:00 PM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Dorothy Marino speaks to reporters outside the Riverhead Supreme courtroom after the lawsuit against Caroline Goss for the death of her son was settled.

Caroline Goss began to sob in court as she apologized over and over to the family of the Hampton Bays boy she killed in a 2009 drunk driving accident.

“I am 100 percent responsible for causing the death of your son,” she said. “I’m so sorry.”

Ms. Goss took the stand at the Riverhead Supreme Court building Thursday morning and took responsibility for the death of 15-year-old Joseph Marino, who was struck while riding a bike in Hampton Bays, as part of a settlement in a civil suit filed against her by the Marino family.

Officials said Ms. Goss, who lives in Mattituck, was driving with her 6-year-old son in the car and had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit when she struck Joseph as he was stopped in the roadway the night of Aug. 12, 2009.

Ms. Goss pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to six months in prison and five years of probation because it would have been difficult to secure a conviction, officials said.

The Mattituck woman served four months of her sentence before being released. She was sued in civil court by the Marino family for damages in 2010.

When asked whether her decision to drive drunk caused Joseph’s death, Ms. Goss tearfully replied “yes.”

“I promise you I would have never gotten behind the wheel …  had I known,” she told the family. “I wish I could do it over.”

Dorothy Marino, Joseph’s mother, began to cry as Ms. Goss apologized for the prom Joseph never went to, or the road test he’ll never take.

Ms. Goss said she will tell others of the dangers of drunk driving.

“It’s not worth it,” she said quietly as she tried to compose herself. “People just don’t think it could happen to them. But it does.”

As part of the settlement, Ms. Goss also agreed to pay $300 a month to the Marino family for the next 20 years, a figure based on what she could reasonably afford to pay, attorneys said.

After court ended, Ms. Marino hugged her attorney and her husband outside the courtroom and cried. Ms. Goss was whisked out of the courthouse, comforted by family and friends.

“There are no winners here,” said Ms. Marino’s lawyer, Edmond Chakmakian. “This is one small step in getting closure in this matter.”

Ms. Marino, who wore a locket with a photo of Joseph from his eighth grade graduation, said hearing Ms. Goss say the accident was her fault in court was “the only reason we did this.”

“It’s what I needed to hear,” Ms. Marino said. “She had to say those words …  Every time she writes my name on that check, she’s going remember she’s writing it because she killed my son.”

Drunk driving is a serious crime that can affect anyone, she said, adding that sentencing in criminal courts will never be the same as the pain drunk drivers cause.

“Every time a drunk driver gets behind that wheel, and they injure or they kill somebody, they’ve killed somebody’s child, somebody’s loved one,” she said. “And they just don’t realize the devastation that they’re causing, because it’s a lifetime of pain and suffering.”

Ms. Marino said she doesn’t think she will ever forgive Ms. Goss for what happened.

“I don’t think there is any forgiveness in this,” she said. “There’s more anger than anything else.”

psquire@timesreview.com