Shawn Petretti straddled two worlds while sitting in the bleachers Thursday night. The Mattituck High School principal had more than a casual interest in the high school wrestling match between Shoreham-Wading River and Mattituck/Greenport/Southold. That’s because his sons, John Carl and Tristan, both wrestle for Shoreham.
It was an intriguing case of a principal watching his own flesh and blood wrestle against the team he himself once coached in the Mattituck building where he works. Talk about conflicted interests. READ
The event, a series of four high school girls lacrosse games at Rocky Point High School, was called Rumble for a Cure, a fundraiser in the fight against breast cancer. It could have been called Freeze for a Cure, given the bone-chilling weather conditions, biting wind and all.
Of course, that didn’t stop Mattituck/Greenport/Southold coach Matt Maloney, whose team played in the second of those games Saturday afternoon, from adhering to his custom of wearing shorts. “No, you got to go with shorts every game,” he said.
Seeing is believing. What the Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats saw through the raindrops on Saturday made them true believers — in themselves.
If the Wildcats were suffering from lagging self-confidence, they certainly received a significant boost that may be worth even more than the power-rating points they earned with their 11-7 victory over Mattituck/Greenport/Southold in a girls lacrosse game at Thomas Cutinella Memorial Field in Shoreham.
Will the real Riverhead High School girls lacrosse team please stand up?
Excitement was in the air. Spirits were high. And why not? The weather was surprisingly warm — with temperatures in the mid-60s around game time — and a brilliant blue sky provided the setting as the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school girls lacrosse team was up for its season opener on Wednesday.
“You can’t ask for anything better,” said senior midfielder Katie Hoeg, who was referring to the weather, but might as well have been talking about how her team played.
They are the modern high school version of gladiators.
Wrestlers are tough. They have to be, competing in the toughest of high school sports.
It is where some dreams are made and others are crushed.
Standing with the confidence befitting someone of his impressive standing, Tanner Zagarino looked determined and ready to do something no other Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school wrestler has done before.
As Zagarino stepped onto the mat Saturday afternoon at Times Union Center in Albany for his Division II semifinal at 195 pounds, he represented Mattituck’s last chance to send a wrestler into the finals of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships for the first time. Hopes were high.