01/30/14 10:07pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck sophomore Joe Tardif, putting up a shot while being guarded by Bishop McGann-Mercy's Greg Gehring, scored a career-high 24 points with the aid of four 3-pointers.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck sophomore Joe Tardif, putting up a shot while being guarded by Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Greg Gehring, scored a career-high 24 points with the aid of four 3-pointers.


The Mattituck Tuckers knew what they were up against this season in League VII. What has shaped up to be one of the toughest basketball leagues in Suffolk County is led by three powerhouses — Babylon, Center Moriches and Southampton — that are almost in a league of their own. (more…)

01/22/14 1:32pm
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CHRISTINE HOGAN COURTESY PHOTO | Riverhead native and Mattituck resident Christine Hogan, a 911 operator, helped coach a woman through safely delivering a baby late last month.

A quick-thinking 911 operator has been honored for helping deliver a baby last month, coaching the new grandparents over the phone on how to ensure the infant’s safety and tie off the umbilical cord.

Christine Hogan, a Riverhead native now living in Mattituck, said the call on Dec. 26 started out as fairly routine.

A grandmother-to-be from Brentwood called to report that her young daughter’s water had just broken. Ms. Hogan told the caller to get her daughter into a comfortable position and then dispatched an ambulance.

But as the call was ending and Ms. Hogan was ready to hang up, the grandmother yelled.

“I heard the woman say, ‘Oh God, I see the baby’s head,’ ’’ Ms. Hogan told the News-Review. “Then I knew this wasn’t a normal call.”

Ms. Hogan, an 8-year veteran of the emergency calls center, had never delivered a baby over the phone. But the former Riverhead Ambulance Volunteer Corps member said she was able to snap into action thanks to her 911 operator training.

As the grandmother cradled the phone on her shoulder, Ms. Hogan told her how to hold the baby’s head to stabilize it and how to get fluid out of the newborn’s nose and mouth.

While Ms. Hogan worked, her supervisor and coworkers began to listen in on the call.

“It was a little nerve-wracking,” Ms. Hogan said.

Within three minutes, the baby was born, and Ms. Hogan heard the little girl’s first cries.

“When you hear that baby cry, you know the baby’s breathing,” she said. “Once I heard that cry, I thought ‘Oh this is great. This is a good call.’ That was a great sigh of relief.” The baby girl was healthy.

Ms. Hogan had the grandmother wrap the baby in towels, and the grandfather used a shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord. The ambulance arrived on the scene minutes later, she said.

There were “a lot of cheers” in the office after she hung up the phone, Ms. Hogan said.

Ms. Hogan was later honored by the Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees for helping to deliver the baby.

She also met with the mother and grandparents a few weeks ago and got to hold the baby — named Grace — whom she helped bring into the world.

But Ms. Hogan doesn’t want to take much credit for the delivery.

“I’m so grateful that I’m getting the praise that I’m getting, but really, as a whole, my whole office deserves praise for the everyday work they do,” she said.


01/18/14 2:30pm
01/18/2014 2:30 PM
CYNDI MURRAY |Members of the NoFo Runners Club jogged in honor of the Jamesport runner who was killed Thursday.

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO |  Members of the NoFo Runners Club jogged in honor of the Jamesport runner who was killed Thursday.

The tragic death a Jamesport man who was killed after being struck by two cars while out jogging along Main Road in Laurel Thursday has become the catalysis for the NoFo Runners Group’s campaign to help raise awareness about safety.

Nearly a dozen supporters gathered in Mattituck on this gloomy Saturday morning to participate in a three-mile run in honor of James Callaghan.

The 49-year-old was hit in dense fog before dawn about 250 feet east of Laurel Lane, according to a police statement.

“I’m a local runner and I jog on that road all the time,” said Jamesport resident Josie Aprahamian. “It hit close to home.”

NoFo runner Barbara Shalvery of Cutchogue said the accident should serve as a reminder for joggers to wear reflective gear, bright colors and identification tags with their name, address, contact and medical information.

“We are all vulnerable,” she said.

In addition to bringing attention to the importance of jogging safety, the runners’ group is also collecting donations for Mr. Callaghan’s family.

Contributions can be made by reaching out to NoFo Runners Club on Facebook.


01/07/14 10:10pm
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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Mattituck junior Will Gildersleeve scoring 2 of his career-high 30 points against Bishop McGann-Mercy on Tuesday night.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Mattituck junior Will Gildersleeve scoring 2 of his career-high 30 points against Bishop McGann-Mercy on Tuesday night.


The Mattituck Tuckers have the formula for winning. Now, it may not be a groundbreaking concept, and it isn’t easy to achieve, but it is mighty effective. Put four players in double figures and scratch another check mark in the win column.

It’s not common for a high school boys basketball team to have four double-figure scorers in one game, so it’s hardly surprising that when it happens, a team’s chance of winning increases considerably. It hasn’t failed the Tuckers yet. In four of their nine games this season they have had four players in double figures, and in each of them the Tuckers have won.

Imagine that.

The most recent occurrence was Tuesday night. With career-high point totals from junior Will Gildersleeve and sophomore Joe Tardif, the Tuckers proved to be too much for host Bishop McGann-Mercy, as the 85-61 final score attested. Gildersleeve rang up 30 points and Tardif dropped in 22. Both players knocked down four 3-pointers apiece on a night when not many shots didn’t fall for the Tuckers (7-2, 4-1 Suffolk County League VII).

Also reaching double figures for Mattituck were Gene Allen with 14 points and Chris Dwyer with 13. Allen also hauled in 15 rebounds to go with 8 assists and 3 steals.

The Monarchs (1-7, 0-5), who took their fifth straight loss, were led by Joe Jeskie with 19 points, Kurt Ryder with 14 and Nykel Reese with 11.

Mattituck’s offensive balance makes it a handful to defend and makes it hard for opponents to focus on any single player without paying a price for it. Plus, the Tuckers are even tougher when they shoot like they did on Tuesday. They connected on 51.6 percent (33 of 64) of their shots from the field. Not only that, but from beyond the 3-point arc, they were 11 of 22.

Mattituck opened the game with a 7-0 lead and never trailed.

The Monarchs turned the ball over on their first three possessions of the third quarter — a product of Mattituck’s press. Allen followed up a teammate’s missed shot with a two-handed dunk for a 50-28 lead 2 minutes 44 seconds into the quarter. The Tuckers were relatively safe the rest of the way, although from the point of Allen’s dunk on, Mattituck coach Paul Ellwood was unhappy with his team’s defense.


12/27/13 4:17pm
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DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River's Courtney Clasen was unable to block this shot by Mattituck's Liz Dwyer in the first quarter, but Clasen finished with the game with 9 blocks.

DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen was unable to block this shot by Mattituck’s Liz Dwyer in the first quarter, but Clasen finished with the game with 9 blocks.


The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls basketball team suffered a blow recently when one of its best players, senior forward Taylor Whiffen, transferred; she now plays for Sachem East.

The Wildcats undoubtedly felt the loss, but they can be thankful they still have Courtney Clasen. A powerful reminder of Clasen’s value was given Friday when the forward seemed to be everywhere at once, making big plays down the stretch to hold off Mattituck in a non-league game in Shoreham.

What did Clasen do in her team’s 50-45 victory?

Just about everything.

The 5-foot-9 junior scored 21 points, just 1 shy of her career-high, shooting 8 of 16 from the field and 5 of 7 from the free-throw line. She also was a force under the boards, coming down with 19 rebounds in addition to blocking 9 shots. And, for the record, her statistical line also included 4 steals and 2 assists.

Perhaps even more impressive afterward was the postgame reaction of her coach, Adam Lievre, when asked about Clasen’s performance. “Typical” was the word he used.

A typical showing for an atypical player.

Katie Hoeg, who guarded Clasen for most of the game, called her the best all-around player she ever played against.

Clasen’s contributions were the undoubted difference. The Wildcats (4-3) twice built leads as large as 10 points, only to see Mattituck (5-4) close the gap after 5 straight points by Shannon Dwyer and back-to-back baskets by Tiana Baker (the first a 3-pointer). They were part of a 14-2 run that gave the Tuckers a 41-39 edge in the fourth quarter. But moments later, Dwyer picked up her fourth personal foul. She then was charged with a blocking foul to foul out with 3 minutes 5 seconds left in the game.

That was a gut punch for the Tuckers, who held a 1-point lead at the time of Dwyer’s exit to the bench. Meanwhile, Clasen, athletic and fast, continued to do her thing as the contest saw six lead changes in the final 3:57.

Mattituck’s last lead came when Liz Dwyer, Shannon’s younger sister, hit a foul-line jumper for a 45-44 score with less than two minutes to go. Those were Mattituck’s last points.

A free throw by Shoreham’s Jessica McCormack evened the score at 45-45.

Perhaps fittingly, Clasen’s hustle brought about the go-ahead point for her team. After McCormack missed her second free throw, Mattituck’s Courtney Murphy came down with the rebound, but Clasen stole the ball away from her and drew a foul. Clasen made one of the foul shots with 1:19 to go, putting her side ahead for good. Later, she converted a layup off a slicing drive through the middle of the lane and hit a pair of free throws after Baker fouled out with 8.3 seconds left.

Shoreham’s next leading scorer after Clasen was Shannon Rosati with 8 points.

Shannon Dwyer, who shot 5 of 15 from the field and sank 6 of 8 foul shots, finished with 16 points. Liz Dwyer produced 10 points. Hoeg collected 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals to go with 6 points.

It was the fourth game the Wildcats played since they lost Whiffen, but it was also the first game back for Kerri Clark, the senior guard who suffered a hamstring injury in the season opener. Clark supplied 7 points coming off the bench.

Mattituck, which had won three of its previous four games, is no stranger to injury, either. The Tuckers are without Colby Prokop for the rest of the season. The junior guard suffered tears to her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments, said Mattituck coach Steve Van Dood.