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Ladies Win at Home

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by Jesse Rosenthal

An easy one-two-three top of the first for Ace pitcher Melanie Stafford, and a two-out two-run rally in the bottom of the first for the able bats of the Peirson Lady Whalers lineup, were accurate indications of what direction the season home opener against the Mattituck Tuckers was going. Said direction being up for Peirson and down for Mattituck. Heads-up defense, superior pitching from Stafford, and hot bats all day led to an 11-3 victory at home for the Lady Whalers on Tuesday.

Coming off of a disappointing 9-5 loss in Port Jefferson on Monday where sloppy defense and runners left on base played a large part in the outcome of the game, the Lady Whalers were looking to tighten up their defense and capitalize offensively on errors against Mattituck. They accomplished both of those goals like they had never even heard of Port Jefferson.

After two quick outs in the bottom of the first, 2B Lindsey Warne hit a hard single to short center field beginning a two-out rally as Warne scored on a hard hit single passed the second basemen off the bat of cleanup artist Kaci Koehne. Smart base running from Koehne led to two stolen bases and a run scored on a passed ball at home plate. This marked the beginning of a long day for Mattituck’s catcher.

Some serious heat from Stafford in the circle and a great head’s up play on a low foul ball by catcher Emma Romeo gave the Lady Whalers another three up and three down in the top of the 2nd.

Rattled by a plethora of colorful chants from the Lady Whaler’s bench, Mattituck pitcher Sarah Perkins just couldn’t hold it together. A hard double up the right field line, followed by a stolen base and then a well-placed bunt from RF Natalie Abbene and some careless defense from Mattituck’s infield resulted in another two runs, making it 4-0 Peirson.

After striking out the side in twelve pitches to start the third, Stafford led off the bottom half with a strike out of her own, but was given a little run support from her offense. A throwing error and another stolen base let Samantha James score on a grounder off the bat of Nina Hemby to make it 5-0.

A hard grounder knocked down by 3B Kasey Gilbride gave Mattituck their first baserunner of the game but they were unable to capitalize as Stafford’s pitching, supported by the Lady Whaler’s solid defense, continued to keep the shutout alive. The top of fifth was equally unproductive for the Tuckers as Natalie Abbene made a superb play on a short fly ball (the first hit out of the infield) in center field, and more head’s up defense from Romeo behind the plate kept Mattituck’s offense at bay.

The Lady whalers were able put two more runs on the board through the bottom of the forth and fifth, with hits from Jess Warne, Lindsey Warne, Melanie Stafford and Nina Hemby. More problems for Mattitucks catcher in the fourth and close call at home plate for Melanie Stafford on a wild pitch in the fifth contributed to putting a comeback further out of reach.

Mattituck was able to score two runs in top of the sixth on a couple infield errors from Peirson, but the Lady Whalers iced this one the bottom half the inning scoring three more runs on three hits and two stolen bases.

Of the win, coach Edwards said, “our bats came alive, we hit well. It was a team win. Everyone did their job.”

The Lady Whalers have another home game on thursday at 4:30 against Ross/SI.


Pierson Girls: One Up, One Out

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By Benito Vila

At the end of the season, only one team comes off the basketball court with a win. The Pierson Lady Whalers won’t be that team this winter, a 51-28 loss to undefeated Stony Brook in a county Class C semi-final match-up on Tuesday ending a campaign that saw the girls go 7-5 in league play.

Coming into the first practice with no seniors and two eighth graders, Lady Whaler coach Dennis Case expected to have a rebuilding season full of growing pains. What the team delivered instead was a strong run towards the top of the league, undone by a pair of one-sided losses to Stony Brook and Southold and an inexplicable let down at home against Mercy.

In closing out regular season play last Thursday at Pierson, the Lady Whalers put up high numbers on and off the court. Off the court, they raised $350 for Katy’s Courage, a fund set up for Pierson sixth grader Katy Stewart who is battling liver cancer. On the court, they came away with a 53-40 win over Port Jefferson.

Up 44-25 after the third quarter, the Lady Whalers held off a late charge by the Lady Royals. Co-captain Sarah Barrett led the team in scoring with 16 points.

The other co-captain, Sami James, dropped in 12 with Kasey Gilbride, Emily Hinz and Bridget Canavan each contributing six. Annie Osiecki added four and Kaci Koehne three.

Afterwards, Coach Case said he was “happy with the intensity,” noting, “There were times when the passing was just gorgeous.”  

He also acknowledged the play of Gilbride who moved up from JV and sparked a second quarter run.

“We had a slow start and we were up just one after the first, but Kasey had three steals in the second and we started clicking right off of that.” The ladies outscored the visitors 19-9 in the quarter and held a 32-21 lead at the half.

Not Quite Right

Taking a trip west to meet Stony Brook in a cold icy mist on Tuesday was not quite the way anyone wanted to spend a school vacation day. A 22-3 Lady Bears advantage after the first quarter made the day even more dreary.

Unfazed, the Lady Whalers played their hosts nearly even the rest of the way, that early 19-point deficit growing by only four when the final buzzer sounded.

James led the team with 10 points, Koehne pumping in eight and Barret four. JV call-up Julia Schiavoni added two, as did both Gilbride and Osiecki.

Lady Bears Bust Up Lady Whalers

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By Benito Vila

“It’s for girls” is one of those dismissive things that uninformed people say when they talk about field hockey, softball, figure skating and the like. Anyone who follows girls’ and women’s sports knows the effort those athletes put in is every bit as inspired and intent as that of their male counterparts.

Regardless of gender, there’s an aspect of sports that is sudden, the physical and the emotional at times colliding, player on player, team against team. Still, it’s shocking, in any field of play, to see sportsmanship get lost and have graciousness lose out to thoughtlessness.

That sort of brutality is always unexpected, especially in watching a one-sided high school basketball game. Those attending the girls’ varsity match-up at Pierson Monday unfortunately witnessed such a cruel moment first-hand: Pierson’s Sariah Cafiero going up for a fast break bucket in the second quarter only to have a Stony Brook player run through her and send her crashing to the floor.

That denied the Lady Whalers a basket they needed, the Pierson girls being down 22-6 at the time. It also sent Cafiero to the hospital, a broken wrist ending her season.

Pierson never came any closer the rest of the way, Stony Brook finishing the first half up 31-7 and taking a 41-14 lead at the end of the third quarter, before going home with a 53-21 win.

The loss leaves the Lady Whalers at 3-2, going into Saturday morning’s match-up at 1-3 Port Jefferson. That game closes out the first half of Pierson’s season, with Tuesday’s 5:45 p.m. start on Shelter Island opening up the second half.

The League At Large

So far, Stony Brook and Southold are atop League VIII as the regular season schedule nears the halfway mark, the two teams undefeated thus far, their first match-up coming tomorrow at Southold.

Pierson currently ranks right behind the pair and seems on track to face one of the two in the Class C out-bracket game February 16. The winner of that out-bracket game will meet the regular season league champion on Friday, February 19 for the county title.

As of yesterday morning, Shelter Island (2-3), Mercy (2-3) and Ross (0-5) rounded out the league’s standings. The Lady Indians and the Lady Monarchs met last night in a game that gives the winner an inside track to the post-season.

Bad News Bears

The Lady Bears’ rough treatment of Cafiero was unfortunate but by no means intentional.

It was consistent though with an aggressive, physical style of play that allowed the larger, more experienced visitors to build an early advantage. From the start, Stony Brook defense disrupted Pierson’s offensive flow, the Lady Bears ending up with extra chances they made good on with slick ball handling and on-target shooting.

After an 11-1 run in the second quarter put Pierson back by 24, Stony Brook cut short any thought of a Lady Whaler comeback by knocking down three three-pointers at the start of the third quarter. Those nine points negated a promising 4-0 start for Pierson, Kaci Koehne and Sam James scoring from underneath.

When the final buzzer sounded, James led all the Lady Whalers in scoring with seven points, Koehne contributing four and Sarah Barrett, Sam Kamper, Amanda Busiello and Emily Hinz each adding two apiece.

Pierson coach Dennis Case complemented the Lady Bears pointing out, “They played a complete game today. They shot well, passed well and cut us off.” He also praised his team saying, “We never quit. We kept coming at them. We just need to be more consistent; we had too many unforced errors.”

Knowing that the Lady Bears await his team again in three weeks and perhaps again after that, Coach Case seemed unfazed. “We’re focused on Port Jefferson Saturday. We have a long way to go and I want to make sure we’re prepared for that game.”

One For the Ages

Not to be forgotten in Monday’s loss was the Lady Whalers’ comeback victory over Mercy on Friday. Down 24-18 at the half and 41-37 after the third quarter, the Pierson girls went on a 16-0 run to win 53-41.

Coach Case said afterwards, “We played an excellent fourth. They pressed us and we handled it easily. Sarah had some key steals and Annie [Osiecki] had some key rebounds. We really put it all together; it was the best we’ve played all year.”

Barrett finished with 19 points, 17 of those coming in the second half. James tossed in ten, with Busiello and Koehne each getting eight. Cafiero scored four, Osiecki and Bridget Canavan adding two apiece.

Royal Blues

The Ross varsity girls found themselves down 14-2 after the first quarter at Port Jefferson Monday, but played their opponents better than even the rest of the way to come home with a 43-33 loss.

Raven coach Garrett Cutler said afterwards, “It was a winnable game, but we had a hard time coming back from their early run. We did a better job the last three quarters on stopping the fast breaks and settling into defensive situations. We still need to work on giving up so many turnovers and settling the ball on offense.”

Kayla Jerito led Ross with 21 points on Monday, Lyndsey Fridie scoring eight and Cholena Smith and Particia Hines each netting a pair.

Just seven on the Raven roster, Coach Cutler remains entirely upbeat, adding, “The girls undoubtedly work very hard. We need to concentrate on winning each quarter. We have a stretch of home games after being on the road for a while, so we are looking to log a few wins on our home turf.”

The Lady Ravens had Southold in last night and host Shelter Island next Friday at 6:15 p.m. and Pierson in the Friday after at 5:45 p.m.

Humming Along

The Pierson girls’ JV team improved its record to 3-2 in league play this week, and 4-3 overall, overcoming a 40-26 loss to Mercy Friday with a dominating 45-17 victory over Stony Brook Monday.

Coach Kevin Barron saw Friday’s game slip away late, a three-point Pierson lead at the start of the fourth disappearing long before the final buzzer. There was no chance of that occurring again Monday, the young Lady Whalers taking a 20-1 lead in the first quarter and a 32-3 lead at the half.

Julia Schiavoni led the attack Monday with eight points, Maricarmen Chavez, Katherine Matthers, May Evjen, and Sydnee Mckie-Senior each contributing six points. Five points from Rachel Saidman and four from Sol Varela capped the scoring.

Looking forward to the second half of the season, Coach Barron said his team is working on “fine tuning our offensive skills, focusing on ball movement and not turning the ball over. Overall, I am very impressed by this team. They continue to work hard, improve, and most importantly, have fun everyday.”

The JV girls travel with the varsity to Port Jefferson Saturday and Shelter Island Tuesday. They are home next Friday, hosting Southold at 4:30 p.m.

Pierson Field Hockey: It’s Shoreham Ahead

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By Benito Vila

So far this fall, the Pierson varsity field hockey team has had a nice run in rolling up a 7-3 division record. The only blemishes on the season have been two losses to Miller Place and another to Shoreham-Wading River.

Today, the Lady Whalers set off for Shoreham to avenge a 2-0 defeat in Mashashimuet Park last Tuesday. That game saw Pierson repeatedly turned away in front of the Lady Wildcats’ goal while the undefeated league leaders countered and made good early on in each half.

Looking ahead to the rematch, Pierson coach Shannon Judge said, “It’s one we all want to win. We know how they play. We know what we have to do. It comes down to our keeping the ball under control and limiting their chances.”

In their last seven games the Lady Whalers have outscored their opponents 23-6, tallying a remarkable 23-2 advantage in the five wins over that span. Even in the 2-0 loss to Miller Place in the park last Thursday, Coach Judge found little to criticize about how her team played.

In fact in describing that game, she came away feeling, “We played great. We just didn’t score. They didn’t dominate us; they had a long shot go in and they pushed in a rebound. They’re a good team and those are all the breaks they got.”

Point Scorers

The other two games this week saw the Lady Whalers blank Hampton Bays 5-0 on the road last Wednesday and finish off Southampton by the same score in the park Tuesday. Both matches were played mainly on the opposition’s end, the Lady Baymen goalie recording 39 saves and the Lady Mariners’ 12.

In Wednesday’s win, Sophie Gianis and Alexa Lantiere each had a pair of goals with Sariah Cafiero adding in another. Lilah Yardley and Aly Bori each posted assists. On Tuesday, Lindsay Warne had two goals and two assists with Yardley, Abby Gawronski and Sarah Barrett banging in a goal apiece.

Insights and More

Coach Judge made a slight adjustment to her line-up in setting up her attack against Southampton Tuesday after Thursday’s loss to Miller Place. She moved Warne from center forward to right mid-field and was pleased by the result, praising “the controlled passing game as the best we’ve played as a team all season.”

“Pairing Lindsay and Alexa with Aly in the middle makes us more solid there, especially with the way Aly can change the field. Having Sariah at right forward with her speed helps us better organize our attack. And Abby’s been great in coming up and getting the ball in.”

Besides today’s match at Shoreham, this week the team has contests scheduled at Riverhead Monday and against East Hampton in the park next Thursday. The 4:30 p.m. match with the Lady Bonackers is the Lady Whalers’ traditional “senior’s day”, an event held on the last home date of the season.

The girls close out their regular season at Rocky Point, Tuesday, October 27.

Looking to the post-season, the Lady Whalers are currently ranked fourth in the division, a match-up with third-ranked Port Jefferson for the county Class C title likely to occur at Patchogue-Medford on Saturday, November 7.