04/08/14 3:00pm
04/08/2014 3:00 PM
McGann-Mercy senior Luis Cintron won four events in a dual meet against Ross Monday, including the 400-hurdles. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

McGann-Mercy senior Luis Cintron won four events in a dual meet against Ross Monday, including the 400-hurdles. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

In both hurdle races in track and field, a runner must clear 10 hurdles to complete each race. The shorter race, the 110-meter hurdles, and the longer 400 may seem quite similar.

As Bishop McGann-Mercy senior Luis Cintron knows, conquering both races presents a unique challenge.  (more…)

04/01/14 7:19pm
04/01/2014 7:19 PM
Mercy's Louis Arrester tries to check Mattituck middie Joe Bartolotto. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Mercy’s Louis Arrester tries to check Mattituck middie Joe Bartolotto. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

TUCKERS 18, MONARCHS 2

Late in the fourth quarter Tuesday, during a seemingly mundane moment, first-year McGann-Mercy coach Tom Palasek spotted a teaching opportunity.

As one defenseman headed toward the sideline, another player prepared to race onto the field as his replacement. Only he was about to cross onto the field too early and at the wrong spot on the field. During a lacrosse game, players race on and off to the field with regularity, the kind of little detail a coach rarely has to pay attention to during the action. (more…)

03/22/14 12:00pm
03/22/2014 12:00 PM
McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill reaches back for the baton during a relay event last year. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill reaches back for the baton during a relay event last year. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Given its history, the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls track and field team has always been a difficult opponent.

With a new $290,000 track at the school, the Wildcats could be tough to beat at home this season.

“Now that we’ve got a track, we’ll be better,” coach Paul Koretzki said. “It’s going to save us on injuries. The [old] track was very hard and very old. The new track is very comfortable.”  (more…)

03/19/14 6:00pm
03/19/2014 6:00 PM

Riverhead senior Cody Smith returns at catcher this season in his third year on varsity. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

For nearly a third of Riverhead’s games last season, towering lefty Matt Crohan mowed through opposing lineups with seemingly effortless ease. Crohan went on to become the first Riverhead baseball player to win the Carl Yastrzemski Award as the top player in the county.

Now a year later, with Crohan pitching in college at Winthrop University, the Blue Waves are left to rebuild their pitching rotation. In a season where nearly all their position players are returning, the Blue Waves’ biggest question mark centers around the pitching staff.  (more…)

03/19/14 10:00am
Riverhead junior Jacob Robinson running at the Long Island Elite Track Invitational earlier this year. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk photo, file)

Riverhead junior Jacob Robinson running at the Long Island Elite Track Invitational earlier this year. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk photo, file)

Riverhead High School coach Steve Gevinski is pretty hopeful entering the spring boys track and field season. The Blue Waves can be good. In fact, they can be very good.

“I’m very optimistic,” he said. “I think this could be a great season. We’re a very balanced team. … If things go the right way we can possibly win our league.  (more…)

03/18/14 1:00pm
03/18/2014 1:00 PM
Ohio State-bound Shannon Rosati (10) returns to lead Shoreham-Wading River this year. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Ohio State-bound Shannon Rosati (10) returns to lead Shoreham-Wading River this year. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

Rachel Feirstein, who once admired the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls lacrosse team from afar as an outsider (an opposing player for Smithtown East) is now the ultimate insider: She is the team’s coach.

Feirstein can now admire, from close range, the fervor with which the Wildcats practice. “They’re relentless,” she said. “They go hard after every ball.”  (more…)

03/12/14 6:00pm
03/12/2014 6:00 PM

Mercy varsity baseball coach Skip Gehring goes over instructions with his team during practice Tuesday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

It’s not the soreness that’s been a problem so much for Mercy’s new baseball coach. It’s the blisters.

Such is the price to pay for the constant barrage of fly balls hit into the outfield during practice.

“In the first week of practice I probably hit 800 fly balls to the outfielders,” said Skip Gehring, who replaces Ed Meier as the varsity coach this season.  (more…)