06/10/14 12:00pm
06/10/2014 12:00 PM
McGann-Mercy senior Danisha Carter crosses the finish line first in the 4 x 100 heat at Friday's state championship. (Credit: Hal Henty)

McGann-Mercy senior Danisha Carter crosses the finish line first in the 4 x 100 heat at Friday’s state championship. (Credit: Hal Henty)

Ten local athletes competed at the track and field New York State Championships last weekend at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Two earned all-state honors: Riverhead senior Charles Villa in the pole vault and Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia in the 3,200 and 1,600. (more…)

06/07/14 5:00pm
06/07/2014 5:00 PM
McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill crosses the finish line after running the 1,500 Saturday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill crosses the finish line after running the 1,500 Saturday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

When Meg Tuhill arrived in Cicero, N.Y. for the New York State Championships, her focus centered on her first event: the 800-meter run.

Competing in two events at a state meet can be daunting enough for any runner, let alone a sophomore.  (more…)

05/09/14 7:28pm
05/09/2014 7:28 PM
McGann-Mercy catcher Ali Hulse had both of Mercy's hits Friday against Center Moriches. (Credit: Bill Landon)

McGann-Mercy catcher Ali Hulse had both of Mercy’s hits Friday against Center Moriches. (Credit: Bill Landon)

RED DEVILS 14, MONARCHS 1 (5 Innings)

When the McGann-Mercy softball team gathered early in the season inside the gym, the field outside still unplayable in early March, coach Frank Baker spoke of the team’s goals for the upcoming season.

“I looked up at the batters and said, ‘Girls, our job is to at least get into the playoffs,’ ” Baker said.  (more…)

04/29/14 1:00pm
04/29/2014 1:00 PM
McGann-Mercy graduate Elizabeth Rossi was named co-MVP of the Mount Saint Mary's tennis team this season. (Credit: David Sinclair, Mount Saint Mary's Athletics)

McGann-Mercy graduate Elizabeth Rossi was named co-MVP of the Mount Saint Mary’s tennis team this season. (Credit: David Sinclair, Mount St. Mary’s Athletics)

Elizabeth Rossi, a 2010 McGann-Mercy graduate, was named co-MVP of the women’s tennis team at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland.  (more…)

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…)