Sports Briefs: Fourth-grade lacrosse team wins tournament

COURTESY PHOTO | The Riverhead 4th grade lacrosse team includes: (front row, left to right) Katie Goodale, Chrissy Thomas, Megan Kielbasa, Emma Panciocco, Mackenzie Hoeg and Delu Rizzo; (kneeling) Lauren Kenny, Brianna Gamble, Kellie Estes, Caleigh Kalmus and Emma Conroy; (standing) coach James Hoeg, Reese Coleman, assistant coach Kayla Kielbasa, assistant coach Riley Hoeg, Sophia Salgado and coach Chris Kielbasa.

GIRLS LACROSSE: Tournament champions The Riverhead 4th grade girls lacrosse team won the Christian Koehler Lacrosse Tournament at Heckscher State Park May 19. The Blue Waves recorded wins over Massapequa (10-0), Connetquot (8-3), Islip (10-1) and Eastport-South Manor (7-4) in the championship game.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Palermo earns first team honor Former Riverhead High School player and current St. Lawrence University (N.Y.) sophomore Bryan Palermo of Jamesport was named a first team All-Liberty League second baseman for the second straight year. He led the league in runs scored, plate appearances, at-bats and was tied for third in hits.

Palermo batted .362 as St. Lawrence’s leadoff hitter and had 20 runs driven in. He led the Saints in steals with 14 and struck out only 10 times in 177 at-bats. He formed an effective double-play combination with shortstop Ethan Braddock.

Palermo ranked fifth in the nation in Division III in runs per game and seventh in the nation in runs scored. The team was seventh in the country in double plays turned. Palermo was in on 32 of them from second base.

Palermo helped lead the Saints to their most wins in a season (28) in school history as well as the team’s first first-place Liberty League finish.
Steve Ascher of Mattituck, a freshman pitcher for Oneonta State, started seven of the eight games he played in this season. He had 32 strikeouts in 44 innings, allowed 54 hits, and had a 3.27 earned run average for the Red Dragons (18-21).

BOYS TENNIS: Ross ousts Tuckers A Suffolk County Team Tournament outbracket match between the League VII champion, The Ross School, and League VIII champion Mattituck underscored the difference between the two leagues.

Mattituck suffered its only loss of the year as Ross cruised to a 6-1 win last Wednesday on its indoor clay courts in East Hampton. The following day the ninth-seeded Cosmos lost a first-round match to No. 8 Harborfields, 5-2.

The only individual match that Mattituck (12-1) won last Wednesday came in second singles, thanks to Parker Tuthill’s 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 defeat of Ben Okin.

Ross (12-5) took the other three singles matches through Felipe Reis, Jack Brinkley-Cook and Jonas Linmman. Reis and Linmman both coasted to 6-0, 6-0 results against Garrett Malave and Thomas Chatin, respectively. Jack Brinkley-Cook prevailed at third singles in a super tiebreaker, topping Andrew Young, 7-5, 4-6, 10-6.

All three doubles contests were decided in two sets. The first doubles team of Harrison Rowen and Pedro Zagury was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Stefan Keuhn and Austin Tuthill. Louis Cailoa and Pascal Drummer defeated their second-doubles opponents, Graham Homan and James Rabkevich, 6-0, 6-2. At third doubles, Mike Petersen and Jordan Schimmer beat Dan Salace and Kevin Schwartz, 6-1, 6-1.

“Obviously, they have a very good team, a very deep team, and having a facility like that is a tremendous advantage,” Mattituck coach Mike Huey said. “We played them about as tough as we could play them.”

Malave (13-3), Parker Tuthill (13-2), Young (12-1) and the doubles team of Keuhn and Austin Tuthill (12-2) finished the season with impressive records.

The Tuckers will lose four seniors from this year’s team. Homan, Keuhn and Austin Tuthill — who were regulars in the lineup — have played their last match for Mattituck along with Matt Jacobs.

RUNNING: Road Warriors making a name The North Country Road Warriors, a local club for runners and walkers, has made its presence known this year in its inaugural race season. Several of its red-shirted members recently made good showings in the St. Charles Hospital Run for Rehab four-miler in Port Jefferson, the Bi-Continental 5K in Wading River, the Oysterponds 5K in Orient, and the Comsewogue Warrior 5K in Port Jefferson.

Among the 176 participants in the St. Charles Run for Rehab race on April 28 were 14 Road Warriors. Dustin DesRoches finished second overall with a time of 24 minutes 44 seconds. First-place medals in their respective age groups were won by DesRoches, Kelly Mullady, Joe Lazzaro, Jennifer Love and Kelly Mandia.

Ten Road Warriors competed in the Bi-Continental 5K on April 29, with the top three finishers led by Ryan Udvadia (first), Keith Steinbrecher (second) and Ray Costanzo (third). John Taylor was sixth with four Road Warriors finishing in the top 10.

Despite the absence of some of the club’s top runners, 18 Road Warriors competed in the Oysterponds 5K on May 12. Fifteen of them captured medals in the top three award categories, led by Mullady, Linda Parsons, Kristen Purdy, John Morris, Sheila Isaacs and Hugh Isaacs with first-place finishes in their respective age groups.

The club’s string of success continued at the Comsewogue Warrior 5K on Sunday when all eight Road Warriors took home medals, including age-bracket winners Isaacs, Jean Nesbitt and Costanzo.