Bishop McGann-Mercy has two Santacroces on its girls basketball team that opposing teams have to worry about: Melina and her younger sister, Gianna.
On Wednesday night it was Melina who caused the bulk of the damage against Southold/Greenport. The senior forward struck for a career-high 31 points as the Monarchs sunk Southold, 49-26, in a Suffolk County League VII game at Greenport High School. READ
It’s always going to be an interesting matchup when Southold/Greenport’s Grace Syron and Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Melina Santacroce face each other on a basketball court. The big difference Monday night, though, was Santacroce had more of a supporting cast to work with.
Sometimes it’s not whether you win or lose.
Sometimes it’s about playing in decent weather so you can play up to your potential and enjoy yourself as well.
Monday was a perfect day for sports, especially tennis, in Riverhead.
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.