05/19/15 3:00pm
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[Click to enlarge] Pictured is a map of all the weekend ferry and bus trips provided by Sea Jitney. (Credit: Courtesy)

[Click to enlarge] Pictured is a map of all the weekend ferry and bus trips provided by Sea Jitney. (Credit: Courtesy)

Weary travelers tired of sitting in traffic and who can’t afford those fancy helicopter rides will soon have a new way to travel the tri-state area.

The Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Ferry is partnering with Seastreak and Hampton Jitney to offer a new travel system called Sea Jitney, which will ferry passengers from Long Island to Manhattan, New Jersey and Connecticut.  (more…)

08/01/14 8:14pm
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Shoreham-Wading River's Alex Kuhnle, left, and Port Jefferson's Jillian Colucci competing for possession of the ball. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Alex Kuhnle, left, and Port Jefferson’s Jillian Colucci competing for possession of the ball. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The Port Jefferson girls soccer team wasn’t beaten by Miley Cyrus, but the actress/singer sure didn’t help.

While some of the Port Jefferson players attended a Cyrus concert at Jones Beach, the Royals were left with only eight players for their Town of Brookhaven Summer League small school semifinal against Shoreham-Wading River on Friday evening.

It wasn’t enough.


03/24/14 10:39pm
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Bishop McGann-Mercy shortstop Micaela Zebrowski wore several layers of clothing to protect herself from the severe cold. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk).

Bishop McGann-Mercy shortstop Micaela Zebrowski wore several layers of clothing to protect herself from the severe cold. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk).


On a bitterly cold spring day, the mercy rule was invoked and Mercy ruled as well.

The Bishop McGann-Mercy softball team opened its season on a winning note Monday afternoon with a 17-5 Suffolk County League V triumph over host Port Jefferson.  (more…)

01/09/14 9:17pm
01/09/2014 9:17 PM
ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Kayla Schroeher of Bishop McGann-Mercy charging toward the basket while Port Jefferson's Jillian Colucci tries to stop her.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Kayla Schroeher of Bishop McGann-Mercy charging toward the basket while Port Jefferson’s Jillian Colucci tries to stop her.


The Bishop McGann-Mercy Monarchs have suffered through some bleak high school girls basketball seasons in recent years. Really bleak.

Last season they went 0-18. The season before that they were 0-18. And the season before that they were 1-17. Just one win over three seasons.


If those were the dark ages of McGann-Mercy girls basketball, some light is finally shining through. Brian Babst, the team’s new coach, said it will take time to rebuild the program, but better days — and wins — are ahead for the young Monarchs.

A note of encouragement came on Thursday when the Monarchs earned a league win on the road. They used a 20-5 run that started near the end of the second quarter and ended early in the fourth, giving them the lead for good against Port Jefferson. Six Monarchs scored during that spell. The Royals mounted a late charge, but Mia Behrens, a freshman point guard, made 3 of 4 free throws and blocked a shot in the final 28.2 seconds to help the Monarchs preserve a 52-49 victory in the Suffolk County League VIII game.

Fiona Nunez, a senior who recently came off a two-week bout with strep throat and the flu, returned to form, producing a double-double for the Monarchs (3-4, 2-2), who snapped a three-game-losing streak. Nunez, who shot 6 of 14 from the field, scored 14 points and came down with 13 rebounds, both team-high figures. Behrens, who scored 8 points as did teammate Kayla Schroeher, also had 11 assists, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 block.

Port Jefferson (2-7, 2-2), which trailed by as many as 13 points, was held to 1-for-15 shooting from the field in the third quarter. But the Royals didn’t fold. Courtney Lewis (21 points, 11 rebounds, 5 treys) and Jackie Brown both hit a pair of 3-point shots in the fourth quarter to tighten the gap. (For the game, Port Jefferson attempted 29 treys, making eight of them).

Consecutive 3-pointers by Brown and Lewis cut McGann-Mercy’s lead to 49-46 with 31.1 seconds left. A free throw by Behrens made it a 4-point game before Brown struck again from beyond the arc, swishing a shot from the left wing with 10 seconds to go, making the score 50-49.

Behrens sank a pair of free throws with 7.0 seconds remaining for the game’s final points.

Following a timeout, Port Jefferson’s Olivia Love tried to make an inbounds pass from under own basket, but a scrambling Schroeher hit the floor in an attempted steal, knocking the ball out of bounds. Love had another inbounds attempt, this time with 5.8 seconds to go. She heaved a long pass down to Brown, whose layup attempt was blocked by Behrens.

The Royals then fouled Delaney Macchirole, sending her to the foul line. She missed both foul shots, but the final 1.1 seconds ticked off before the ball bounced out of bounds.

Just like that, the Monarchs tripled their win total from the previous three seasons combined.

Port Jefferson, which suffered its sixth loss in seven games, received 13 points from Corrine Scannell and 10 rebounds from Gillian Kenah.


05/20/13 8:00pm
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SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE COURTESY PHOTO | Pictured from left to right are Sixth Precinct Officer Anthony Passarella, Sixth Precinct Officer Frank Ribaudo, Emergency Service Section Officer Lance Prager of Mattituck and Bruno Kaluzinski of Wading River.

An off-duty police officer from Mattituck on his way home from Advanced Life Support training, saved the life of an 86-year-old Wading River man on Friday, police said.

Lance Prager, an Emergency Services section officer with the Suffolk County Police Department, witnessed the man suffering cardiac arrest at the Agway store in Port Jefferson, when police say he sprung to action.

Mr. Prager asked an employee of the store to retrieve his medical bag from his car as he performed CPR on the man, who according to police had no pulse or respiration.

Soon after, Sixth Precinct patrol officers Anthony Passarella and Frank Ribaudo arrived on the scene and started doing compressions and helped administer a shock with a defibrillator, police said.

The victim then started breathing on his own and was taken by Port Jefferson Volunteer Ambulance to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson. He is currently in the critical care unit in stable condition, police said.


05/03/13 9:26pm
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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Bishop McGann-Mercy's starting pitcher, Kevin Thomas, came off the mound to handle a ground ball.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Bishop McGann-Mercy’s starting pitcher, Kevin Thomas, came off the mound to handle a ground ball during Friday’s win over Port Jefferson.

Designated hitter Pat Marelli’s three-run double keyed a four-run sixth inning to boost Bishop McGann-Mercy to a 9-5 home victory over Port Jefferson in a Suffolk County League VIII baseball game on Friday.

The Monarchs averted a three-game sweep after losing, 9-2 and 14-6, earlier in the week.

Third baseman Greg Gehring’s two-out, bases-loaded walk snapped a 5-5 tie just before Marelli delivered his bases-clearing blow to left field for the Monarchs (5-10, 5-10).

Port Jefferson (6-9, 6-9) overcame a 5-2 deficit by scoring three runs in the fifth inning off starting left-hander Kevin Thomas, who struck out five of the first 11 batters.

Right-hander Ray Ellis, normally a starter, pitched one-hit ball over the final two and two-thirds innings to register the win.

McGann-Mercy second baseman Kurt Bahnke reached base every time he made a plate appearance, scoring three times on a single, two walks and a hit by pitch.

The Monarchs will finish the regular season with a three-game series with Babylon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

12/21/12 9:52pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Asaiah Wilson, dribbling around Port Jefferson’s Rubin Sigler, scored a game-high 24 points. Seven of those points came in overtime.


Junior guard Asaiah Wilson scored 7 of his game-high 24 points in overtime to lead Bishop McGann-Mercy to a 56-52 Suffolk County League VII boys basketball win over host Port Jefferson on Friday night.

It was an intense affair with 12 lead changes as the score was tied eight times.

The Monarchs battled back from a 5-point deficit in the overtime period. Wilson began an 8-0 surge by pumping in a 3-point shot with 2 minutes 27 seconds left before hitting two foul shots to tie it at 50-all with 2:06 remaining.

Senior guard Brian Willet (8 points) sank one of two foul shots to give McGann-Mercy (5-2, 2-12) a 51-50 advantage with 1:30 left that the Monarchs never relinquished. The game wasn’t settled until Wilson hit two more free throws with 12.7 seconds remaining to give the visitors a 3-point advantage and Willet putting in another foul shot with a second to go.

Gabe Davis of Port Jefferson scored his only points of the night by hitting a trey at the buzzer to tie the encounter at 45-45, sending the game into overtime.

McGann-Mercy junior forward Nykel Reese contributed 14 points — sinking all 10 of his free throws — and added 17 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.

Junior guard Coby Steiner led the Royals (2-5, 0-3) with 21 points and senior forward Jasper Rubin collected 19.

05/26/11 10:24pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Although the ball was thrown close to his head, Bishop McGann-Mercy's Joe Crosser was safe at second base.

The scary thing about the Bishop McGann-Mercy Monarchs is that they have so many ways in which they can beat their foes.

Whether it is by dominating pitching, long ball or little ball, the Monarchs have proved to be tough to beat.

On a day when their star junior right-hander, Pat Stepnoski, was less than consistent, McGann-Mercy brought out its bats, battering the Port Jefferson Royals for three home runs and 15 hits en route to a 15-5 victory in the Suffolk County Class C tournament in Riverhead last Thursday.

The Monarchs had many heroes as every player drove in at least one run or scored one.

Shortstop Keith Schroeher, who had only one home run entering the game, slugged two and scored all five times he reached base. Catcher Rocco Pascale went back-to-back with Schroeher in the bottom of the third inning as both blasts traveled to the same place in dead center field. Third baseman Tom Kretz drove in four runs and Stepnoski added three runs batted in.

“Great game. Complete team victory,” McGann-Mercy Coach Ed Meier said. “Hit for power. Hit for average. Put the ball into play when we needed to. Made the plays when we had to. Threw enough strikes to win. Every time those guys scored, we came right back and scored and that’s what you’ve got to do.”

When the Royals grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the third, the Monarchs came back with two in the bottom of the inning for a 3-2 advantage. When the visitors scored twice in the top of the fourth for a 4-3 edge, McGann-Mercy broke the game open with five run in the bottom of the inning for an 8-4 advantage.

“It’s tough when you put up a run and the team comes back and puts more up [to go] on top,” Meier said. “You do that a couple of innings and that’s tough to overcome.”

The Monarchs scored their five runs in the fourth on three hits, taking advantage of two walks and a hit batsman. Kretz keyed the rally with a two-run double as Christian Lynch, D. J. Willmott and Stepnoski each had an RBI.

“Every one can hit the ball anywhere in the lineup, whether it is power or contact,” Kretz said. “We’re just a well-rounded group of hitters. We don’t rely on any one guy at any time to get a big hit.”

Stepnoski started out strong, striking out six of the first eight batters before struggling. He allowed the Royals to score five times in three innings as three players who walked scored.

“I got a little hitch in my mechanics,” he said. “It was bothering me for a couple of innings, but I worked it out.

“When I’m down, they pick me up. Sometimes when we’re down, I could pitch a good game and pick us up. It’s a team sport. That’s why there’s nine of us.”

Stepnoski found his stuff to retire the final four batters he faced — two on strikeouts — before Joe Crosser struck out the side in the seventh.

Pascale was hit by a pitch three times, once with the bases loaded in the sixth. Pascale, who said he has been hit 11 times in 21 games this season, shrugged it off.

“I tend to like pitches off the plate,” Pascale said. “So when they try to pound me inside … there’s not much room to miss. So it’s going to hit me. It’s frustrating, but at the same time I get on base. When it’s the bases loaded, I get the run in. It’s nothing. If I get hit, I get hit.”

The win meant McGann-Mercy did not have to play the Pierson/Bridgehampton Whalers in the loser’s bracket on Friday and that Pascale and several teammates could enjoy their school’s senior prom last Thursday night without worrying about a game the next afternoon.

“That would have been a very big bummer,” Meier said. “But they took care of that so they can get that off their minds when they’re having a good time today.”

The rest allowed McGann-Mercy to have a rested pitching staff.

“We get the weekend off,” Pascale said.

Added Stepnoski: “It gives you a piece of mind. You can relax, prepare.”