11/01/13 11:06am
11/01/2013 11:06 AM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia will lead the Wildcats in the state qualifier race tomorrow after it was postponed a day.

The cross country Section XI State Qualifier has been pushed back a day due to inclement weather in the area. The meet at Sunken Meadow State Park will start at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The race times are as follows:

Boys Class A: 2 p.m.
Girls Class A: 2:30 p.m.
Boys Class B: 3 p.m.
Girls Class B: 3:25 p.m.
Boys Class C/D: 3:55 p.m.
Girls Class C/D: 4:2o p.m.

The Shoreham-Wading River boys are the defending Class B champions. The League IV champion Riverhead boys will run in the Class A race. The Shoreham girls will run in the Class B race and the McGann-Mercy girls will run in the Class C/D race. Four Mercy boys will run in the C/D race as well.

Last year, Hurricane Sandy forced the state qualifier to race to be canceled entirely. The state qualifiers were determined based on the division championship race.

The state championship is Nov. 9 at Queensbury High School.

09/16/13 7:59pm
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It didn’t take long for the McGann-Mercy girls soccer team to match its win total from a year ago.

After Monday’s 3-1 win over visiting Pierson/Bridgehampton, the Monarchs improved to 2-0 in what has the potential to be a promising season for a young team.

“I’m confident this year,” said second-year head coach Meaghan Macarthur. “I don’t know what the other teams are going to bring, but I know what we can bring.”

And that’s a team of mostly young players who are quickly developing chemistry on the field. After a non-league win over Amityville to open the season, the Monarchs already made big strides in their play in Monday’s League VII opener against the Whalers.

Two freshmen provided goals for Mercy against the Whalers. Siobhan Merrill put the Monarchs ahead 2-1 in the 65th minute on a beautiful play that started with Claire Sullivan in the middle. A junior midfielder, Sullivan fed a pass to junior Meghan Bossone, who deftly touched it over to Merrill who one-timed it into the goal.

“Get it and go,” Bossone said. “Didn’t really have time to think.”

Bossone and Sullivan are part of a limited group of upperclassmen who are getting playing time for the Monarchs. A large portion of the starting lineup consists of sophomores and freshmen.

But Bossone and Sullivan, who are both three-year varsity players, have plenty of chemistry together that paid off Monday.

“Her and I work very well together,” Bossone said.

As a forward, Bossone was in on a number of scoring chances and she delivered a goal of her own three minutes after Merrill’s goal to ice the game. She drilled a quick shot inside the left post. Bossone said she thought it was headed wide, but the shot was right on target.

“She’s got a strong foot,” Macarthur said. “But she also works well with her midfielders and whoever her partner is up front. They communicate not only verbally, but non-verbally.”

The Monarchs are also expecting big things from the freshman duo of Merrill and Tori Barlow. They both scored their first varsity goals Monday.

“I have high hopes for them coming in as freshmen,” Macarthur said. “They’re potential and skill already is more than a varsity coach could hope for in a freshman.”

Merrill and Barlow played together in junior high where they honed some of their skills together that they can now display on varsity for the next four years.

“You only expect them to get stronger as the years go,” Macarthur said.

Barlow scored in the first half to give the Monarchs a 1-0 lead. Pierson tied the game early in the second half on a free kick. The ball lofted in directly at goalkeeper Julianna Cintron-Leonardo, but as she reached down to grab the ball, it slipped through her grasp and squirted past her for a goal.

It was a rare miscue for Cintron-Leonardo, a sophomore who’s already a varsity veteran.

“It happens and you got to bounce back from it,” Macarthur said.

The Monarchs had a few chances to expand their lead in the first half. Merrill sent a crossing pass from the right side to junior Katrina Thompson for a one-timer that was stopped by the outstretched arms of Pierson goalkeeper Hayley Lund.

The Monarchs have a larger than usual roster this year after deciding to not field a junior varsity team. Macarthur said rather than fielding two small teams, where any injuries would make it difficult to have a full roster, they opted to go with one team.

“We thought it would be more beneficial to have a full team playing competitive against each other in practice rather than  a small team,” she said.

So far, the chemistry is there.

“We got really close really quick,” Bossone said. “And we work well together.”


09/12/13 1:33pm
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ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead junior Joscelin Morrow digs a ball as senior Hali Martens looks on.

The key to the Riverhead volleyball team this season starts with defense. And the defense starts with junior Joscelin Morrow.

Last year, as a sophomore playing libero, Morrow was a spark plug for the Blue Waves, who finished the year with all-league honors. She was also named the League IV Rookie of the Year.

“Defensively, she’s everything on the court,” said Riverhead coach Amy Greene. “She’s been playing for so long. She’s loud and aggressive. We’re going to rely on her definitely in the back row.”

In Monday’s non-league opener at home against Shelter Island, Morrow picked up right where she left off last year by recording 30 digs in the Blue Waves’ win.

As the Blue Waves’ defense improves, Greene said the focus is turning more of those digs into points.

The Blue Waves return a lot of experience around Morrow. Senior outside hitters Hali Martens and Danielle Thomas will provide a lot of the scoring. Senior Sara Tucci returns at setter for her third year.

Seniors Megan Brewer and Allison Fox both return as hitters as well. Junior Joanna Messina returns as a hitter/setter.

The Blue Waves will feature a newcomer in the middle in sophomore Dezarea Brown, who has already made a name for herself playing basketball and running track last year. A relative newcomer to volleyball, Brown will provide a big presence at middle hitter.

The Blue Waves came up short of the playoffs last year and have their sights set on making it this year.

“There’s a lot of energy on the court with everybody returning,” Greene said.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Kelly Dillon goes up for a hit before a match against Greenport.

At Shoreham-Wading River, the Wildcats will feature a balanced roster that includes a freshman, four sophomores, four juniors and four seniors.

Oh, and one seventh-grader.

Taylor Morrell, who’s only 12, will make the bold leap to varsity this season and coach Katherine Winkler said the young girl is more than ready to handle the competition.

Morrell’s older sister played briefly at Shoreham before transferring to St. Anthony’s. Winkler said Morrell came down to an open gym practice during the offseason with her sister and instantly impressed the coaches.

Morrell will start the season as the libero.

“She’s going to become such a tremendous player,” Winkler said. “She’s just going to get better and better.”

The Wildcats return some experience in seniors Kelly Dillon (middle), Alyssa Filangeri (right side), Madison Hubner (right side/outside) and Toryn Cairo (outside). All four players are the captains. Dillon is a three-year varsity player.

Sophomores Cristina Iannacchino (outside) and Hailey Wehr (middle) are both returning players as well.

Freshman Sophia Triandafils, who played varsity lacrosse last spring, will start at setter.

“They’re very young, but the thing is they’re extremely talented,” Winkler said.

After advancing into the Class C playoffs last year, the McGann-Mercy Monarchs return a mostly new group this year, a theme that goes for most teams in their league.

The success the team had last year has the girls excited to pick up where last year’s group left off.

“They’re all friends, they talk volleyball on the side,” said Mercy coach Jamie Calandro. “They really have high hopes for this season that we’re going to take it even further than last year.”

Senior captain Fiona Nunez is one of the few returning players who saw a lot of action last year. The Monarchs will rely on her in the middle to be the team’s main hitter.

Seniors Amanda Blacknik (middle) and Kate Lewis (outside) will serve as captains as well.

The Monarchs will also feature seniors Katie Nolan (outside) and Anna Svandidze (outside/opposite). Senior Regina Viola will play setter and senior Rachel klink will play libero.

Viola takes over at setter after the Monarchs lost their all-county setter to graduation. Viola played as the JV setter last year.

“The chemistry is very good,” Calandro said.

One advantage this year for the Monarchs is that they have some height this year, Calandro said.

“We have a much stronger attack and a lot more height,” he said.

Juniors Kassandra Barty (outside) and Emily St. Louis (middle) are the only non-seniors on the team.

Mercy will open the season with a challenging non-league match Thursday against Babylon.


05/22/13 9:08pm
05/22/2013 9:08 PM

JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | Riverhead sophomore Rachel Clement finished fourth in the pentathlon on the second day of the Division II Championship Wednesday at Connetquot High School.


After winning the triple jump on the first day of the Division II Championship Monday, Riverhead junior Kyra Braunskill picked up two more medals Wednesday on the final day of competition at Connetquot High School.

Braunskill ran 12.71 seconds in the 100-meter dash to finish third. She followed that with a second-place finish in the long jump. On her first attempt, she cleared 17 feet 2 1/4 inches, her best mark of the year. She couldn’t top that on her next five attempts and settled for second behind North Babylon’s Nailah Jones (17-08).

A second-place finish would have been great for most jumpers. Not for Braunskill, who was visibly frustrated after the long jump ended.

“She wants to be No. 1,” said Riverhead coach Maria Dounelis. “If she’s not No. 1, she’s not satisfied. She’s pretty hard on herself.”

The Blue Waves finished fifth as a team in Division II with 41 points. Braunskill accounted for 24 of those.

Sophomore Rachel Clement competed in her first-ever pentathlon and tallied 2,226 points to finish fourth. She long jumped 14-08 1/2 Wednesday before running the 800. She finished fourth in that race in 2:38.18. On Monday she ran 20.02 in the 100-hurdles, high jumped 4-07 3/4 and threw 24-11 3/4 in the shot put.

Junior Destiny McElroy came into the meet with high hopes in the 400-hurdles. But she caught an unfortunate break.

She ran in the 400-dash Monday and surprisingly qualified for the finals Wednesday. That meant she had to run the 400 finals before her main event, the 400-hurdles. There was supposed to be one event in between the two, which would have given her about 35 minutes between events, still a quick turnaround.

But as she prepared to run the 400, an official announced that the 400-hurdles were being switched with the 800 of the pentathlon, pinning McElroy’s two events back-to-back.

“They’re trying to kill me,” McElroy said, smiling, on the track before starting the 400.

McElroy ran a slow pace in the 400 to try to conserve energy and finished a distant sixth in 1:05.4. Still, she didn’t have enough left in the tank for the hurdles and settled for fifth in 1:08.52.

She had about 10 minutes between races.

“She’s a victim of her own success,” Riverhead coach Justin Cobis said.

Junior Danielle Thomas cleared a personal best 9 feet in the pole vault and finished fourth. Teammate Christy Brewer was fifth after clearing 8-6.

Thomas was a surprise in the long jump as well. She qualified for the finals and took seventh with a top mark of 15-11 1/4. Thomas had little left in the tank on her final three jumps after already pole vaulting earlier in the meet.

Riverhead’s 4 x 800 relay team shaved 16 seconds off its best time. The quartet of Rachel Conti, Maria Dillingham, Megan Carrick and Meghan Van Bommel ran 10:17.08 for ninth.

In Division III Shoreham-Wading River finished sixth with 40 1/2 points. Senior Meghan Serdock had a huge performance in the throwing events. She won the discus Monday with a top mark of 100-11. She followed that with a second-place finish in the shot put Wednesday by throwing 31-07 1/2.

McGann-Mercy was 11th in D-III with 18 points. Junior Danisha Carter was third in the 100 in 13.02 and fourth in the 200 in 26.55. Junior Delina Auciello ran the 2,000 steeplechase and finished third in 7:38.19.


05/14/13 8:00pm
05/14/2013 8:00 PM

COURTESY PHOTO | Riverhead rowers Jonathan Schmitt (left) and Ethan Zaweski finished second overall in the Boys Lightweight 150 Double at the state championships last weekend.

The Riverhead High School rowing team won four medals at last weekend’s New York State Scholastic Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs. The Riverhead team picked up two silver medals and two bronze competing against 73 teams.

Ethan Zaweski and Jonathan Schmitt won silver in the Boys Lightweight 150 Double with a net time of 6 minutes 29.66 seconds. Schmitt won another medal shortly after when he joined Rohan Sment in the Boys Pair race where the duo won bronze. They were sixth overall in 7:01.17. Scholastic teams are sorted separately from the club teams when medals are awarded.

Sment and Schmitt switched to a sweep event at the last moment and medaled despite only four practices in the boat. It was the first medal ever for Riverhead in a senior sweep event at the state championships.

Riverhead students Danny O’Neill and Hunter Bingham, who race for East End Rowing, which is not affiliated with the school team, won a gold medal in the boys Senior Doubles Sculls event, blowing away the competition in 5:46.6. The next closest competitor crossed the finish line in 6:03.69.

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The girls Senior Quadruple Sculls won silver in their event as the second-fastest scholastic boat. The four girls racing for Riverhead were Erin Hesler, Emily Harsch, Samantha Kuepp and Amber Giambone. They were fifth overall in 7:33.44.

The Riverhead Boys Novice Four club of Anthony Ortega, Tristin Krueger, Ivan Stapon and Liam Sment won bronze with Kara Reese of McGann-Mercy as their coxswain. It was the first medal for Riverhead in a sweep event. It was also the first year Riverhead had novice rowers qualify for the state championships.

Riverhead had a fourth-place finish from the freshmen Boys Double team of Bryce McKissick and Nolan Renshaw. There were was no novice or freshmen doubles event at states, so the duo raced in the Senior Lightweight 160 Double event. They were sixth overall in 7:01.68.

McGann-Mercy rowers Julia Halsey and Reese were fifth overall in the Girls Pair, finishing in 8:10.68.

Boys Doubles

Boys Lightweight 150 Double

05/09/13 7:37pm
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BILL LANDON PHOTO | Mercy junior Delina Auciello won three individual events Thursday against Port Jefferson.

The drive for five came to fruition Thursday.

The Bishop McGann-Mercy girls track & field team clinched its fifth straight League VIII championship with an 87-57 victory at Port Jefferson to finish 6-0.

Even after losing several key athletes from last year’s team, the young Monarchs complied another dominant season, winning nearly every dual meet going away.

Mercy junior Delina Auciello won three individual events against the Royals and ran the opening leg of the winning 4 x 800 relay. Battling through an illness, Auciello won the 400-hurdles (1:10.2), 800 (2:33.1) and 3,000 (12:05.4).

She opened up a big lead at the start of the 4 x 800 before Tori Barlow, Dayna Young and Meg Tuthill closed it out.

Tuthill, a freshman, had a big day as well. She won the 1,500 (5:36), took second in the 400-hurdles (1:10.4) while also running on the winning 4 x 400 relay.

Junior Danisha Carter won the 100 (13.9) and 200 (26.2). Her time in the 200 guaranteed her a spot at the state qualifiers.

The Monarchs also got first-place finishes in the 400 from sophomore Delaney Macchirole (1:03.1), the shot put from junior Jackie Spinella and the race walk from junior Colleen Edwards (9:09.4).

BILL LANDON PHOTO | McGann-Mercy freshman Meg Tuthill reaches for the baton during a relay Thursday at Port Jefferson.

04/30/13 4:00pm
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BILL LANDON PHOTO | Bishop McGann-Mercy senior Danielle Gehring has signed to play basketball for Chestnut Hill College (Penn.).

COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Gehring signs with D-II school Bishop McGann-Mercy senior Danielle Gehring signed a letter of intent to play for Chestnut Hill College, a Division II Catholic college in Germantown, Penn.

Gehring did not play basketball for McGann-Mercy her senior season. She instead opted to spend the season working out with the boys’ varsity team. She also took part in clinics, worked with basketball, speed and agility trainers and former professional players.

Gehring was McGann-Mercy’s most valuable player her junior season, averaging 12 points, 5 assists, 5 blocks and 3 3-pointers per game. She was an all-league selection.

Gehring and her younger sister, Caroline, will travel to Austria and Germany in June to represent the United States in an international basketball tournament. Her two older sisters play basketball for DeSales University, a Division III school that is a 45-minute drive away from Chestnut Hill.

Gehring said, “I visited Chestnut Hill and fell in love with the school.”

COLLEGE WOMEN’S GOLF: Accolades for Santacroce Marie Santacroce of Mattituck, a sophomore at Flagler College (Fla.), was recently named to the All-Peach Belt Conference First Team. Santacroce finished in fourth place in the conference and led Flagler in tournament scoring average this year. She was also named Flagler’s most valuable player. Santacroce ended the season with eight top-10 finishes, three top-five finishes and one first-place finish during season.

COLLEGE MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD: Clancy sets personal records SUNY/Oneonta sophomore Michael Clancy of Shoreham recorded two personal-best marks recently in the discus and hammer throw at the Upstate Track Classic. He took third place in the discus with a toss of 136 feet and fourth in the hammer throw with a distance of 150-2.

COLLEGE WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD: Two firsts for Riley UConn freshman Melodee Riley of Jamesport had a big weekend for the Huskies in an invitational meet at Brown University in Rhode Island. Riley took first place in both the long jump (5.41 meters) and the triple jump (11.90).

COLLEGE WOMEN’S ROWING: Orient rower helps league champions For the third time in as many seasons, William Smith College captured the Liberty League championship with a dominating performance on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs. Libby Hughes of Orient competed on the varsity eight team that defeated St. Lawrence, RIT, Skidmore and Union for the title. In calm, flat conditions, William Smith’s varsity eight, ranked third in this week’s CRCA/USRowing poll, defended its league title with a 2,000-meter time of 6 minutes 44.0 seconds. It is the sixth overall league championship for the Herons.

For the third time this spring and the seventh time this year, the William Smith varsity eight was named the Liberty League Women’s Rowing Boat of the Week by the conference office.

BASEBALL: MLB pitch, hit, run competition A free Major League Baseball pitch, hit and run competition for area youths will be held May 11 at 4 p.m. at Tasker Park in Peconic. Boys and girls in four age divisions (7/8, 9/10, 11/12 and 13/14) will have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including team championships at major league stadiums and the national finals at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the all-around champions in each age and gender group at the local competition, will be awarded and advance to the sectional level of competition. All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have a parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. For more information, call Brian Hansen at (631) 553-3940.

RUNNING: 5K for moms The For Our Moms 5K will be run on May 11 in Cutchogue. A fun run for kids will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 5K run/walk at 8:45 a.m. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. The pre-registration cost is $25. Day-of-the-race registration costs $30. The fun run fee is $10. To register, go to www.active.com. For more information, call (631) 680-9223. All proceeds from the event will benefit Danielle Fogarty’s Campaign for the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

04/18/13 8:56pm
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ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | McGann-Mercy junior Danisha Carter won two individual events Thursday after breaking a school record in the 200 last Saturday.

When Danisha Carter joined the track & field team at McGann-Mercy last year for the first time, she found the perfect mentor in Sasa Vann.

As an all-state sprinter, Vann finished her career last spring with multiple school records, including in the 100, 200 and 400 for the outdoor season.

“She was always the one to go to for anything,” Carter said. “I’ve always looked up to her and wanted to be, if not as good as her, just match up to her time wise.”

Now a junior, Carter has become the go-to runner for the Monarchs in sprinting events. And it didn’t take her long to match her former teammate in one event.

At the Suffolk Coaches’ Meet Saturday in Bay Shore, Carter ran 26.4 seconds in the 200-meter dash to break the school record previously held by Vann.

“It was a big thing for me,” Carter said.

It’s not often records fall so early in the season. Carter’s ability to run a personal best time at this point in the season speaks volumes on her potential.

Mercy coach Ben Turnbull said Carter has a good chance of making it to states later this spring. Babylon junior Ashley Lucas would be the toughest challenger to Carter in Division II, Turnbull said.

“Next year she could probably be top-three [overall] in the county,” Turnbull said.

There were no record runs for Carter Thursday, but she still did her part in helping the Monarchs roll past Ross School in a dual meet at Mercy. Carter won the 100 and 200 and ran the anchor leg on the winning 4 x 100 relay team.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead junior Matt Abazis races ahead of teammate Patrick Derenze Thursday.

The Monarchs cruised to a 105-27 victory against the short-handed Cosmos, who had only seven girls at the meet.

In a meet that didn’t feature much drama — several races had runners competing unopposed or only against a teammate — Carter and three teammates delivered the highlight.

In the 4 x 100 relay, Ross raced out to about a seven-meter lead after the first two legs. But Lindsey Woodhull quickly closed that gap after grabbing the baton on the third leg. By the time Carter received the baton, she had only a few strides to make up.

Carter surged into first and cruised down the final straightaway for the victory in :57.3.

“When we started I was like, ‘Oh God, we’re so far behind,’ ” Carter said. “But [Lindsey] picked it up.”

It was a mishmash group running the relay. For Carter it was her first time running the 4 x 1 after running the 4 x 4 in previous meets. Carter and Woodhull had never exchanged the baton before in the event.

“It was pretty good,” Carter said. “I’m glad [Lindsey] picked it up. We switched up positions in the beginning a couple times and then we got it down.”

In the 100 Carter ran 13.2 and in the 200 she ran 27.8.

Junior Delina Auciello won a pair of events Thursday for Mercy. She ran the 400-hurdles in 1:14.4 and the 1,500 in 5:36.8. Freshman Meg Tuthill won the 3,000 in 11:56 and was second in the 400-hurdles in 1:18.3.

Auciello finished third in the 3,000 at the Suffolk Coaches Meet in 11:22.1. Tuthill ran a 5:03.7 in the 1,500 at the same meet.

Against Ross, Adafih Blackburn won the 100-hurdles in :20.7 and Dayna Young won the 800 in 2:52.4. Maddie Joinnides won the 400 in 1:03.3.

The Mercy boys competed against Ross at the same meet Thursday and won in similarly dominant fashion. Ross had only seven boys competing and the Monarchs won 101-19.

Junior Matt Abazis won the 1,600 (5:10) and the 800 (2:11.7).

Junior Luis Cintron ran uncontested in the 110-hurdles and posted a time of 18.4. He also won the 400-hurdles in 1:03.2.

Riley Joinnides won the 400 in :57.1 and the 3,200 in a race all by himself in 11:41.9. Alex Fabrizio won the 100 in 12.3.