Golf Preps for Big Week With Two Wins
The Pierson golf team this week picked up another big win over rival Westhampton Beach, downing the Hurricanes, 7-2, on their home course on Thursday, September 27. Pierson‘s Gabe Denon shot a 3-under 32 on the front nine at the Westhampton Country Club to lead the Whalers to victory.
Dillon Decker (46), Jack Bori (45) and sophomore Charles Canavan (46) also turned in impressive performances while picking up wins for the Whalers. But it was Denon’s 32 that head coach Sean Crowley was most impressed with following the match.
“Gabe is undefeated in his matches and has beaten both Scott Ricca and Ian Lynch,” Crowley said, referring to the top players from Southampton and East Hampton, Pierson’s top rivals this season. “This puts him among the best in the county so far this fall.”
Pierson knocked off Center Moriches easily on Monday, winning 9-0 at Noyac Golf Club, to improve to 6-1 on the season, which is behind only undefeated Southampton. Decker shot an even-par 36 while Denon turned in a 37.
The Whalers will host winless Ross today, October 4, at Noyac but the following two matches will be huge in determining the ultimate League VIII champion. Pierson will play at the Southampton Golf Club on October 9 at 4 p.m. and will look to avenge its only loss of the season, which came against the Mariners on September 20. The Whalers will close out the regular season against East Hampton at the South Fork Country Club on October 11.
Whalers Soccer Ties Greenport
The Pierson-Bridgehampton boys soccer team played to a 2-2 tie with visiting Greenport-Southold on Monday as both teams went scoreless through two overtime periods. Head coach Peter Solow said it was “the most complete game we’ve had all season” and commended Greenport for being well prepared and well coached.
“The guys gave a very solid performance,” Solow said of his players. “However, we had six shots one-on-one with the goalie from inside the penalty area and didn’t put one on goal.”
Pierson’s Alex Liro scored the tying goal with 6:42 left in regulation. John Chisholm also scored for the Whalers, and Ian Barrett made six saves in goal
The Whalers were scheduled to play defending state champion Port Jefferson last Friday as part of homecoming weekend, but weather forced the game to be postponed until October 23. Still, the Whalers were set to play at Port Jefferson yesterday after press time in a regularly scheduled game.
Up and Down Week for Ross Tennis
The Ross School girls tennis team was on a rollercoaster of a ride this week, with the chase for a League VII title hanging in the balance. The Lady Cosmos played William Floyd in two straight matches, winning, 5-2, at home on September 29 before falling at Floyd by the same score two days later in a match that was re-scheduled from the beginning of the year.
“It was very windy and the girls are not used to playing in the wind,” Ross coach Vinicius Carmo said when asked how the score flipped so dramatically between the two days. “I think that made all the difference in the two matches”
As a result of the flip-flop, the two teams are now tied atop the league standings with identical 6-1 records. If they both win the rest of their matches, which for Ross includes meetings with McGann-Mercy on October 5 and Westhampton on October 9, they would be co-champions.
Playing at number one singles last week, Ross’s Bridget Connors beat Emily Fernandez of Floyd in straight sets in both matches. Sophie Volz, playing at second singles, also won both of her matches again Christina Cali of Floyd. Rory Gallaher, who easily beat Emily Vigliotaz in straight sets at home on Saturday, lost two days later, also in straight sets.
Ross won two out of three doubles matches at home on Saturday, but were swept in the windy conditions at Floyd.
“The match that we won very easily, it was very convincing,” Carmo said. “Then we lost the total opposite way because we couldn’t control the wind.”
Lady Bonackers Also Win
In other tennis news, the East Hampton-Pierson-Bridgehampton girls tennis team beat McGann-Mercy on Monday, October 1 by a score of 4-3 to move to 4-5 on the season. Next up for the Lady Bonackers is a home match against Shoreham-Wading River tomorrow, October 5 at 4 p.m. The team will close out its regular season on October 9 at William Floyd.