Silence is golden. It can also be a lot of fun, as fans of the Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School girls basketball team discovered.
Mercy held its first Silent Night game Thursday night. The idea was a takeoff on a tradition observed by Taylor University, an NAIA school in Indiana. This is how it works: Fans dress in costumes and all sorts of garb, remaining absolutely silent until the home team scores its 10th point. Then it’s time for them to turn the cheering on full blast.
Shoreham-Wading River High School’s top singles player, Jillian Dinowitz, believes she is getting better. Her coach, Debbie Lutjen, agrees, seeing improvement in the junior.
After playing more than 90 minutes of regulation and overtime of scoreless soccer, the Southold/Greenport and Bishop McGann-Mercy high school girls teams struck for goals less than three minutes apart Thursday.
The result was a 1-1 draw in the Suffolk County League VII opener for both teams in Southold.
Meaghan Macarthur played on Bishop McGann-Mercy’s last Suffolk County champion high school girls basketball team as a freshman in 2004. Now Macarthur hopes to play another role, as the team’s coach, in its first league championship since 1990. READ
Riverhead captain Taylor Marelli put away 12 winners in her 6-1, 6-0 win over Southold/Greenport’s Willow Wilcenski. (Credit: Garret Meade)
There has been a lot of smiling and laughing by the players on the Southold/Greenport and Riverhead high school girls tennis teams this season. It’s just the wins that have been lacking, but that hasn’t kept either team from enjoying itself.
Like two trains passing each other on parallel tracks, two lines of high school soccer players heading in opposite directions exchanged high-fives and congratulations on the game they had just played.
BLUE WAVES 6, CLIPPERS 1
The last day of the high school girls tennis regular season brought one last chance for Riverhead and Southold/Greenport to win — something they haven’t done a lot this fall. In search of a rare victory, the two bottom teams in Suffolk County League VIII that began the day with only one win between them, were in for a surprise.
When the teams arrived in Peconic for Thursday’s match, they found the four courts at Robert W. Tasker Memorial Park unavailable because of maintenance work being done to the courts. That meant that all seven of the individual matches had to be played on the three courts across the street at Jean W. Cochran Park. Southold/Greenport usually uses the courts at both of the parks for their home matches.
With less than three hours of daylight to work with (the courts are not lighted), both Riverhead coach Jerry Duvall and Southold/Greenport coach Howie Geismar agreed that each match would be a pro set, with the first to win eight games the winner.
It worked out well for Riverhead, which snapped a five-match losing streak and finished its season on a winning note thanks to a 6-1 result. It was the Blue Waves’ first win since they defeated the Clippers by the same score on Sept. 19. (more…)
Southold/Greenport’s Raeanne Berry dribbling forward while being followed by teammate Jasmine Fell and Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Madeleine Joinnides (5) and Alexandra Hulse (9). (Credit: Garret Meade)
MONARCHS 3, CLIPPERS 3 (OT)
A spirited contest between two improved high school girls soccer teams brought what could be considered a just result. It could be said that neither Bishop McGann-Mercy or Southold/Greenport deserved to lose in their Suffolk County League VII game on Tuesday, and neither team did, thanks to Siobhan Merrill.
Merrill, a sophomore center midfielder, rescued McGann-Mercy from what would have been its first loss of the season by scoring the tying goal with 4 minutes 10 seconds left in the second overtime period of a 3-3 draw at Southold High School. (more…)