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Basketball Playoff Update: Bees Advance, Whalers Fall Short

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By Gavin Menu; Photography by Michael Heller

The fate of two championships swung in the balance in the third quarter of both the Suffolk County Class C and Class D boys basketball finals Thursday evening at Westhampton Beach High School. And in the end, only one local team took home a trophy.

The Bridgehampton Killer Bees, who trailed Shelter Island by three at halftime and were tied, 30-30, late in the third quarter, took a 17-0 run deep into the fourth and easily downed the upstart Indians, 53-40 to win their second consecutive Class D crown.

Freshman Josh Lamison was a beast on the boards and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead Bridgehampton. Tylik Furman, the team’s other freshman starter, scored 15 points, seven of which came in the decisive fourth quarter.

“In the second half, Josh Lamison was the key,” Bridgehampton head coach Carl Johnson said. “And once one guy gets going, it’s contagious.”

Bridgehampton advanced to the state regional semifinals to play the winner from Rockland County (Section IX) on March 5 at a site to be announced later.

Pierson was not so lucky in the Class C final, which tipped off an hour later on the same floor. The Whalers stayed with top-seeded Stony Brook through halftime, trailing by only four, but were blown out in the second half and lost, 57-27.

Stony Brook advanced to the Long Island Championship on March 5 and will also play Bridgehampton in the Suffolk C-D game this Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Patchogue-Medford.

It was the best form of revenge for the Bears, who watched Pierson celebrate a year ago after Forrest Loesch’s buzzer beater sent the Whalers home with their first county title in 18 years.

“We were thinking about this game since the summer,” Stony Brook head coach Mike Hickey said. “Pierson is a terrific team. Normally when you play someone in the playoffs, I would go and scout the team. We didn’t have to do that with them. We know them very well so it just came down to execution.”

Pierson scored just 5 points in the second half, its lowest total of the season. Loesch, a junior, led Pierson with 16 points and senior Jake Bennett, playing in the final game of an outstanding season, scored seven points and fouled out with 4:27 remaining.




A Loss, But Pierson Season is Not Over

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By Andrew Rudansky

This past week, the Pierson Whalers made a deep run in the Suffolk County Section XI playoffs, making it to the fourth round, before getting knocked out of the post-season by the Center Moriches Red Devils.

The Whalers, Suffolk County Class C/D champions, were battling the Red Devils, Class B champs, for the Suffolk County B/C/D title on Friday, February 24 at Farmingdale State College for a chance to play in the Small Schools Championship game. The Red Devils, coming from a much larger Class B school, whipped the Whalers, 68-36, in the matchup.

All Section XI schools are divided into various classes based on total school enrollment. D being the smallest schools like Bridgehampton and Ross, while AA being reserved for the largest schools in the county such as Commack and Lindenhurst.

History has shown that, with a larger student enrollment, AA and A schools are more likely to win the Section XI championship than a school like Pierson. That didn’t mean the Whalers didn’t put their all in the playoff run.

To get even this far in the playoffs, the Whalers had to get through a gauntlet of top League VII and VIII teams.

In the first round of the playoffs they triumphed over the Port Jefferson Royals at home. In the second round they beat the first seed Stony Brook Bears for the Class C title.

The title was Pierson’s first Suffolk County Class C title in 33 years. The school does have a Class D championship from 1994.

In the third round the Whalers defeated their cross-turnpike rivals, the Bridgehampton Killer Bees, for the C/D title.

The playoff win over the Bees gives Pierson a 5-0 record against their traditional rival over the past two years.

In Friday’s matchup with Center Moriches, the Whalers kept things competitive in the first half of the game, leading by 2 with two minutes left to go in the half. In the closing minutes of the second quarter the Red Devils got hot and went on an 8-2 run.

In the third quarter, the Red Devils were able to capitalize on the Whalers’ turnovers, further distancing themselves from the C/D champions. Seeing his players outplayed, outmatched and in foul trouble, Pierson Head Coach Dan White pulled most of his starters, allowing his bench to get valuable experience in a championship atmosphere.

By the end of the game, the Red Devils walked away with the B/C/D title after winning in decisive fashion.

“I was encouraged by the game,” said White after the loss, “because Center Moriches is a very good team and we played right with them for a full half.”

White said that the real advantage the Red Devils had in the game was their ability to field a more athletic team than Pierson. Not a single player on the Whalers’ roster was able to score in double digits. Jake Bennet led the team with 9 points.

The Whalers were only two wins shy of reaching the Section XI championship game.

Despite the loss in the Section XI playoffs, the year still isn’t over for the Whalers basketball team.

As Section XI Class C champs the Pierson Whalers will take on the Section VIII Nassau County Class C champions, the East Rockaway Rocks, on Tuesday March 6 at 5 p.m. at Farmingdale.

With a win over the Rocks, the Whalers would make it into the top-8 Class C teams in the state. They would then travel to SUNY New Paltz for the New York State Regionals on March 10 to take on the winner of the Class C Section I/Section IX game.

A win in the regionals would punch the Whalers ticket for the Final Four Class C NYSPHSAA State Championships at Glen Falls Citv Center on March 16.

“I really have faith in my team,” said White about the Whalers’ playoff chances, “I have no reason not to be confident.”

The Whalers caught a tough break going into the Class C state playoffs, when sophomore point guard Ian Barrett tweaked his ankle during a practice this past Monday.

The sophomore has run the point in the starting lineup all season long.

“It’s too early to tell,” said White about Barrett’s availability in the playoffs. “He might be alright, we will see what happens.”

If he is forced to miss any playing time that could be a major blow for the Whalers. White said that if he has to replace Barrett in the starting lineup, he will plug in either Jackson Marienfeld or Jake Bennett.

OT Win Puts Whalers Over Royals; Will Face Stony Brook Bears for Championship

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By Andrew Rudansky

If one thing was proven this basketball season, it was that the Pierson Whalers know how to play defense. The Port Jefferson Royals (5-9) now know this first hand, after they lost to the Whalers in a, 36-35, grueling overtime Class C playoff game on Friday, January 17 at 7 p.m.

Pierson flew into the playoffs with a second place record of 10-4, using their defensive talents and ability to sink 3-pointers to roll over their opponents.

All year long they held their League VIII opponents to an average of just 46.2 points per game (ppg), all the while scoring an average of 50.9 ppg.

Pierson finished with several signature wins this season, including a close 49-45 win at Stony Brook against the first place Bears on February 13, and a 73-57 blowout over their cross-turnpike rivals, the Bridgehampton Killer Bees, at home on January 27.

Port Jefferson, a league VII team, struggled against bigger schools like Southampton and Hampton Bays, but still gained enough Class C wins to earn the third seed in the playoffs.

Friday’s game against the Royals was a first round playoff game for the Suffolk County Class C Championship.

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The Whalers struck first in the matchup, scoring 4 unanswered points on unguarded layups. Port Jefferson quickly fired back, leading to a close back-and-forth struggle during the first half. While many of Pierson outside shooters were quiet, they went just 2-10 from behind the arc, sophomore point guard Ian Barrett lifted the team by driving through the lane.

Barrett led the team in scoring in the game with 13 points, adding 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.

Inside, senior forward Sam Miller and sophomore forward Loesch were able to do some damage at the post. Miller led the team in rebounds with 7, adding in 8 points, while Loesch finished the day with 5 rebounds and 7 points.

During the game, the whole team was dominant on the glass, snatching 30 rebounds total, with five separate players grabbing at least five of them.

Conversely the Royals were having trouble penetrating Pierson’s close man defense. They were, however, having no trouble with their outside shot, scoring most of their points in the first half off of 3-pointers and long 2s.

The score was kept low throughout the game, and at the half, the Royals were in control of only a paper-thin 21-20 lead.

It was all Pierson in the third quarter, mostly thanks to junior forward Patrick Sloane. One of the team’s top defensive players, Sloane was able to stifle Port Jefferson at the point, limiting them to just 2 points in the third quarter.

Sloane finished the day with 5 points, 6 rebounds and a game leading 4 steals.

Pierson controlled a 9 point lead in the fourth quarter, but the tenacious Royals fought their way back to a tie in the closing minutes of the game. The Royals took the last shot of regulation, a long 3-point shot which sailed way off mark, never hitting the basket.

Tied at 32 at the end of regulation, the game went into a 4 minute overtime period.

Once again, Pierson displayed championship-caliber defense, limiting the Royals to just 3 points in the extra period. Down by 1, with two seconds on the clock, Port Jefferson had the last shot of the game. This time it was an off balance 3-point shot that never made its way to the basket. Loesch scored all four of Pierson’s points in overtime, just enough to seal the hard fought victory.

After the game the Whalers’ faithful rushed the courts, filling the gym with chants of Pierson pride and hopes for another patch on the Wall of Champions.

The Whalers will next take on the first seed Stony Brook Bears at the Suffolk County Community College campus at Selden on Monday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. The winner of that game will walk home with the Suffolk County Class C title.

Boys Buoyed By Off-Season Scrimmage Win Over Sayville

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By Jacob Sisson

It has been a tough season thus far for the Pierson/Bridgehampton Whalers boys’ basketball team, having endured four losses in their first four games of the 2010-2011 season. The Whalers ended 2010 0-1 in Suffolk County league eight play and 0-4 overall, having dropped their only league matchup to Southold, as well as two non-league matchups to East Hampton and one to Hampton Bays. Despite the tough start to the season, Pierson/Bridgehampton coach Dan White is still optimistic about his team’s chances at a playoff berth. Making the playoffs this year will be quite the accomplishment for the first-year coach, after the Whalers finished the 2009-2010 season with a 2-16 record. “When you go 2-16 the previous year and then all of a sudden you’re in a position to win games, it’s a totally different mentality. We’re trying to get through that and when we do, we can do some damage.” “Our goals are still intact. Our goal has been to make the playoffs and that’s still the goal. We’re better right now than where we started. We have proved we can play with good teams. The team still has their goal and they still believe in it.” Pierson/Bridgehampton’s season started with a pair of tough games against East Hampton (3-5, 0-2), and it was clear that while the wins didn’t come, the Whalers were finding their identity as a team. The Whalers kept the scoreline manageable at 44-33 in the teams’ first meeting, then pushed into overtime in their second, dropping the second contest 53-51. The second East Hampton game on December 12 provided coach White with his first real insight into what the Whalers need to do to run with the league’s elite. “In that East Hampton game, the guys got out to a lead and started to think: ‘oh my gosh, we can win this!’ But then, all of a sudden, they get nervous. Instead of trying to keep all the doors open, they get nervous. They’ve got to understand that when you’re in a position to win, you have to really put the nail in the coffin, but that’s a learning experience.” White does know that there are things the Whalers are doing well and things the Whalers can work on to improve their playoff chances. “When we make a commitment to get the ball inside, and when we make a commitment to playing good half court defense, that’s what we hang our hat on. Whenever we get away from that we start to struggle a bit. We’ve also got to become better at taking care of the ball and doing a better job of looking out for each other on the weak side. We need to do a better job, too, of playing for each other on offense. We’ve started to do it, but we have to do it all the time.” White points to four individuals who have really carried the team when it comes to production and leadership. “Seamus Doyle, Skyler Loesch, Jake Weingartner and Patrick Sloane have stepped up as far as scoring, being leaders and playing the majority of our minutes. They’ve also been really good on defense. We’ve really been relying on them.” “Jake Weingartner has come back and been really important for me this year. He didn’t play last year, but played varsity as a Sophomore, so I wasn’t sure how he was going to fit in. He’s a smart kid and he knows the game of basketball and he’s been great.” Despite two stinging losses to close out 2010, confidence in the Whalers’ camp is still high. Though it won’t show up on the score sheet, the Whalers took home a scrimmage victory against Sayville, which has given the team vital momentum ahead of their first games of the new year. “We went to Sayville and got a win in the scrimmage. On top of that, we had a really good week of practice. We may face our toughest games coming right out of the break, but I think we’re ready.” “We’ve got Greenport, Stony Brook and Port Jefferson coming up. Those are the three best teams in the league, so that’s going to be a difficult run for us. We’ll be competitive if we do the things we need to do. We’re going to have to do some damage against some of the lesser teams in the league to put ourselves in position to make the playoffs. The Whalers get their season back underway on Friday with a league eight matchup against Greenport (5-0, 2-0). Greenport’s two league eight victories came against Bridgehampton (0-5, 0-1) – a 66-34 blowout on December 15 – and against Southold (3-3, 1-1) – a 61-54 victory on Tuesday. Pierson/Bridgehampton will need to work hard to stop Greenport’s Dantre Langhorne, who scored 27 points each in his last two games and hasn’t scored fewer than 20 points once this season.

Ladies Take Home Opener, Boys Fall in Southold

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by Benito Vila

After a pre-season that saw the Pierson girls’ drop three games to Class B schools in League VII and League VI, the Lady Whalers started their League VIII schedule with a 53-37 win over Southold at home Friday.

The team overcame adversity off the court before the game, the seniors learning early in the day one of their kindergarten buddies (now in seventh grade) is likely losing a two-year battle with cancer.

According to athletic director Montgomery Granger, putting off the home opener was considered by the administration, but the girls and their coach, Dennis Case, agreed to play as scheduled.

The game tipped off soon after Southold took the JV contest, those Lady Clippers taking control early on. That was not the case in the varsity game, the Lady Whalers running out to leads of 15-6 after the first quarter and 33-18 at the half.

The Pierson varsity left little doubt to the outcome in their game by pushing the score to 45-23 after the third period, that advantage proving to be enough even as Southold cut into the lead in the fourth.

Senior co-captains Sarah Barrett and Samantha James led the Lady Whalers with 15 and 11 points respectively, sophomore Emily Hinz netting seven and senior Kaci Koehne adding 6.

Freshman Bridget Canavan scored five points and senior Amanda Busiello three, with freshman Casey Gilbride, senior Nina Hemby and freshman Katherine Matthers each recording a pair.

The girls’ next league contest comes after the school break, once again at home, Mercy set to make their way to Pierson on January 7.

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While the Lady Whalers were enjoying their success at home, the Whalers saw a good start come undone in Southold and the Clippers prevail, 43-34. An 11-5 Southold run in the third quarter proved to be difference on the scoreboard, putting Pierson down 32-21 to open the fourth.

The Whalers outscored the Clippers in the final period but not so much to get back into the game. Skyler Loesch led Pierson with ten points with Tyler Gilbride tossing in seven and Seamus Doyle and Jake Weingartner each adding six, those four seniors doing the bulk of the scoring. Sophomore Jackson Marienfeld knocked in five.

The Pierson boys have a non-league contest set for Tuesday at Hampton Bays and resume league play at Greenport January 7. Their home opener is set for January 11 against Stony Brook.

Whalers Hope to Erase a Bad Year

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By Jacob Sisson

The Pierson Whalers basketball team comes into 2010-2011 ready to forget what was often a disappointing year in 2009-2010. A coaching change and a core group of performers could be just the thing the Whalers need to get them into the playoffs and beyond.??It was a tough year for the Whalers in 2010-2011, as the team dipped to 2-16 across all competitions in what was largely a year to forget.

While the wins and losses may not have shown the team’s effort and desire, it was those qualities that made up for a lack of senior leadership (the team had six juniors and two sophomores on their roster last year) and gives newly appointed coach Dan White something to build on.

“Honestly, I’ll be disappointed if we don’t make the playoffs this year,” said White of his first year in charge. “We had a really good JV team last year and we’ve got a good core group of guys here who have been playing together and playing with me year round, so I think we should definitely say the playoffs are our goal this year.”

“We need to dominate on the boards this year. If we are equalled or out-rebounded, we’ll be in trouble, but we’ve got plenty of size and should be able to dominate our opponents in the rebounding category. If we do that we have a shot at every game.”??The size that White is talking about are the dynamic duo of seniors Skyler Loesch and Seamus Doyle, who will both be tasked with giving Pierson a dominating inside presence. “We have plenty of size. We’ve got guys who are 6’3″ and very athletic and they have to own the boards every night.”

The reliance on the two big men was readily apparent when the Whalers headed to Shoreham Wading River on November 27 for their first scrimmage of the year. For the new Whalers, it was their first chance to get in some game action, and for Loesch and Doyle, it was a chance to showcase their hard work from the off-season.

Doyle and Loesch were both effective on the inside, with Doyle showing excellent touch with his mid-range jump shooting. Moreover, the entire Pierson defensive unit showed great tenacity, challenging every ball and never allowing Shoreham Wading River an open shot.

Defense will be the name of the game for the Whalers, who will try to keep other teams off the scoreboard to ease the pressure on the offense.

“We’re going to try to lock other teams up so we don’t have to score 70 points to win games,” said White. “We’re also going to control the ball more. Last year we lost too many games because we didn’t respect our position. We also need to be good team defenders as well as good individual defenders.”

White points to Greenport, Stony Brook and Port Jefferson as the class of League VIII, but points out Southold as the Whalers’ main competition for the fourth playoff spot. Southold was the runaway winners of League VIII in the 2009-2010 season, going undefeated en route to the league eight title.

The Whalers will also have to fend off challenges from Bridgehampton, Ross and Shelter Island if they hope to make the post-season. ??Pierson’s march to the playoffs begins on Saturday with a trip to non-league foes East Hampton, with the teams league season getting underway on December 17 with a trip to Southold.

New Coach, New Year

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After getting his start with the Pierson seventh grade basketball team last season, Dan White has taken over a Pierson varsity basketball squad in need of a fresh start. After going 2-16 last year, White will need to bring together a talented group of individuals who may be in need of motivation and a winning mentality that may have been lacking in recent years.

White seems just the man to make this turnaround happen. A four year varsity basketball player at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., he was a two year starter. White was named captain of the squad during his senior year. A former native of the Albany area, White was a member of his high school’s team that made it to the New York State Final Four in 2005.

“I’ve coached a lot of AAU and varsity summer leagues. Last year, I coached the Pierson seventh grade team, but what I’m doing this year is a whole different animal. I think that I’m ready for it though.

“I want my team to take pride in their defense. I want them to be able to go to another team’s gym and have the other team walk out saying, ‘wow, we couldn’t get anything going tonight.’

“At the end of the day, my goals are to allow the kids the freedom to play the game of basketball. I’m not the type of guy to tell them ‘oh, you have to go here, you have to go there.’ I give them some guidelines to play the game, but I’m not going to give them these complex offensive scenarios. I want them to just go out and play the game and have fun.”

Whaler Field Hockey and Boys’ Soccer to Play On

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10/28 Pierson/Bridgehampton 2 – 0 East Hampton

The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers field hockey team (9-6, 9-5) sealed its season with a defensive 2-0 victory over East Hampton (5-9, 5-9), and simultaneously tied up third place in division three and the number one seed in the Suffolk County Class C tournament. For Pierson/Bridgehampton, it is the second win over East Hampton this season, after a 2-1 overtime victory at home on September 25.

Pierson/Brdigehampton’s scoring was evenly distributed over the game’s two halves, with Lilah Yardley scoring late in the first half to give the Lady Whalers a 1-0 lead going into the break. East Hampton could do little to reignite their offense and it wasn’t long before Sariah Cafiero grabbed the second goal of the game and put victory out of reach for East Hampton. Lindsay Warne and Alexa Lantiere, who both had an assist, set up the goals. The Pierson/Bridgehampton defense kept their goalkeeper, Catherin Musnicki, well shielded from the East Hampton attack, and the net minder only had to record two saves. For the Lady Whaler back line, it was the seventh shutout of the season, and their third in a row.

After knocking out three straight wins, the Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers head to the Suffolk County Class C Tournament as the number one seed, where they will face second seeded Southampton (10-6, 8-6) for the County Championship on Tuesday. Pierson/Bridgehampton had a winning record against Southampton this season, taking their first meeting on September 27, 4-0 and the return trip on October 19, 4-1.

Boys Soccer

10/27 Smithtown Christian 0 – 1 Pierson/Bridgehampton

The Pierson/Bridgehampton boys soccer team (8-6-2, 8-2-2) wrapped up its regular season with a 1-0 home victory against Smithtown Christian (5-8-1, 4-8-0) and clinched third place in League VIII. It was a tight affair between the Whalers, a side that wanted to break a streak of two straight draws, and Smithtown Christian, who had already been eliminated from the playoffs and were playing for the pride of their graduating seniors. In their previous encounter, Pierson/Bridgehampton had emerged 1-0 winners when they traveled to Smithtown Christian on October 6.

The first half pulsed from end to end, with Pierson/Bridgehampton enjoying the better part of possession, but not able to find that final, cutting ball. On the Pierson/Brdigehampton right, the dynamic duo of Oscar Reinoso and Christian Bautista had a number of charging runs cut out at the very last moment. Brook Hartnett was creating problems on the left side of the pitch while Oscar Reyes always looked a threat to score.

The true man of the match, however, was senior captain Gavin Kudlak, who ensured time and time again that Smithtown Christian didn’t see even a whiff of a goal. Kudlak was instrumental in closing down multiple Smithtown Christian attacks, and never put a foot wrong for the entire game. It was a phenomenal performance for a young man taking his bow in his final home game.

Pierson/Bridgehampton finally found the breakthrough on the 44th minute; just minutes after the second half whistle had blown. Reyes took a wonderfully chipped ball down to his feet, reversed course to put the ball on his left foot, and fired a howitzer into the top left corner of the goal. The Smithtown Christian keeper had no shot at getting to the ball that was rifled from within the 18 yard box. Pierson/Brigehampton could defend for the rest of the match, and drew a curtain on the 2010 regular season with their eighth league win of the year. Senior goalkeeper Tyler Gilbride recorded his fifth shutout of the season with six saves.

Pierson/Bridgehampton earned the third seed in the Suffolk County Class C Tournament and beat Stony Brook (10-3-1, 9-2-1)Wednesday. They now face Port Jeff for the County Class C Championship this Saturday.

Pierson Sports Wrap

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by Jacob Sisson

Girls Soccer

Pierson/Bridgehampton 3 – 1 Ross

The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers (4-3-2, 3-2-0) took a well-earned win against Ross that moved them temporarily to .500 on the season. Amanda Busiello returned to the lineup to score a hat trick, including one goal in the first half and two in the second half, to lead the Lady Whalers to victory. Ross showed some fight in the first half, heading to halftime with the scored tied at 1-1 thanks to a goal from Emma Betuel.

Southold/Greenport 0 – 3 Pierson/Bridgehampton

The Lady Whalers’ scoring assault continued as Southold/Greenport (1-7-1, 1-5-1) came to Mashashamuet Park. Kaci Koehne opened the scoring in the first half, while Amanda Busiello and Alexis Suydam each added one goal to the scoreboard in the second half. Thanks to the win, Pierson/Bridgehampton sprung into third place in the league eight standings.

Boys Soccer

Ross 0 – 2 Pierson/Bridgehampton

The Pierson/Bridgehampton Whalers (3-6-0, 3-2-0) picked up their third win of the season against Ross (1-4-0, 1-4-0), coming out of their home matchup 2-0. With the win, Pierson/Bridgehampton moved into third place in league eight and closer to a playoff berth.

Pierson/Bridgehampton 0 – 1 Stony Brook

Pierson/Bridgehampton traveled to Stony Brook (4-2-0, 4-1-0) where they dropped a narrow league eight encounter. Pierson/Bridgehampton went down in the first half through a Tyler Anderson goal, which Stony Brook maintained until the full time whistle.

Southold 1 – 2 Pierson/Bridgehampton

Pierson/Bridgehampton picked up their second 2-1 win of the season over Southold (6-3-1, 3-3-0). The win, paired with the Southold loss, helped move Pierson up one spot over the visitors and helped distance the Whalers from the rest of the playoff contenders.

Field Hockey

Shoreham Wading River 6 – 2 Pierson/Bridgehampton

Pierson/Bridgehampton (4-3-0, 4-2-0) welcomed joint league leaders Shoreham Wading River (6-0-0, 4-0-0) to Mashasamuet Park. Shoreham Wading River jumped out to an early 4-0 lead thanks to four first half goals. Pierson/Bridgehampton’s Sariah Cafiero and Lindsay Warne responded with one goal each in the second half, but it was not enough, as Shoreham Wading River also scored two goals in the second half.

Riverhead 0 – 4 Pierson/Bridgehampton

Pierson/Bridgehampton got back to its winning ways as the Lady Whalers routed Riverhead (2-3-0, 1-2-0). One goal in the first half and three in the second half came from Lindsay Warne and Sarah Barrett, who each had two goals. Alexa Lantiere and Kacey Gilbride each contributed an assist.

Girls Swimming

East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson 91 – 85 Smithtown

East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson (2-0-0, 0-0-0) picked up its second non-league encounter, coming out 91-85 winners against Smithtown (0-2-0, 0-0-0). Marina Preiss picked up a pair of wins in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard backstroke. Maddie Minetree on both the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.


Deer Park 28 – 21 East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson

Deer Park (3-1-0, 3-1-0) staged a 22 point third quarter rally to upstage East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson (2-2-0, 2-2-0) at home. Despite a touchdown in the first quarter and two in the second quarter, giving East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson a 21-6 lead going into halftime, the team struggled against the run in the second half, giving up 22 points in the third quarter. The offense couldn’t get moving in the second half either, as Deer Park pitched a shutout to preserve the win.

Girls Cross Country

Pierson/Bridgehampton 33 – 22 Mattituck

Pierson/Bridgehampton (0-3-0, 0-3-0) slipped to the bottom of league eight, losing a tight matchup against Mattituck (1-2-0, 1-2-0) in the 5k event at Indian Island.

Pierson/Bridgehampton 15 – 50 Stony Brook

Pierson/Bridgehampton’s Elena Skerys ran 23:01 to finish up the day in second place against Stony Brook (2-1-0, 2-1-0) at Sunken Meadow State Park. The fastest time of the day belonged to Stony Brook’s Margot Rashda, who ran a 22:34.

Boys Golf

Pierson/Bridgehampton 0 – 9 Southampton

Pierson/Bridgehampton (3-3-0, 3-3-0) was shut out at the Southampton Country Club by first place Southampton (5-1-0, 5-1-0). Ryan Ricca shot a 2-under 34 on the course’s back nine, followed closely by Nick Acquino’s even-par 36, to lead Southampton to victory.

Pierson/Bridgehampton 0 – 9 East Hampton

Pierson/Bridgehampton lost its second match to East Hampton (7-0-0, 7-0-0) of the season, as it could not keep up with East Hampton’s record setting 187 stroke team score at the South Fork Country Club, the team’s lowest total since 1985. Zach Grossman led East Hampton with a 1-under 34.

Pierson/Bridgehampton 8 – 1 Westhampton

Pierson/Bridgehampton traveled to the Westhampton Beach Country Club to face Westhampton (3-4-0, 3-4-0). Harrison Bayrami was the top scorer on the day, shooting a 5-over 41 on the course’s front nine. With the win, Pierson moved into the top half of the league eight standings, good enough for third place.

Girls Volleyball

Center Moriches 2 – 3 Pierson/Bridgehampton

The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers (4-3-0, 4-3-0) took a win in a very close match over Center Moriches (2-5-0, 2-5-0). After dropping the first game 21-25, Pierson/Bridgehampton rebounded in the second to win 26-24. Pierson/Bridgehampton dropped another game in the third 22-25 but reversed that scoreline in the fourth to even the match at 2-2. Pierson/Bridgehampton pulled away in the fifth, winning the game 25-19 and taking the match 3-2

Pierson/Bridgehampton 3 – 0 Ross

The Lady Whalers traveled to Ross (0-7-0, 0-7-0) hoping to build on the momentum following the Center Moriches Win. Pierson/Bridgehampton proceeded to rout Ross 3-0. Pierson/Bridgehampton took the first set 25-13, the second set 25-17 and the third set by the same score.

Port Jefferson 3 – 1 Pierson/Bridgehampton

Pierson/Bridgehampton’s winning run came to an end against Port Jefferson (4-3-0, 4-3-0), dropping the match 3-1. Pierson/Bridgehampton dropped the first game 16-25 before rebounding and evening the match score with a second game result of 25-17. Despite their second game success, Pierson/Bridgehampton dropped a close third game 22-25 before dropping the final game 19-25. With the loss, Pierson/Bridgehampton dropped into a tie for third place in league eight.

Whalers Baseball Looks to Next Year

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By Jesse Rosenthal

The Pierson Varsity Baseball Whalers success in the 2010 season cannot be measured by reviewing their record. Considering the way in which they struggled in the beginning of the season, what they accomplished in the end was no small feat.

After losing their first eight games, three of which were blowout losses, the Whalers rallied through the second half of their schedule, winning six of their last nine games, and coming up just two wins shy of the playoffs. The last seven losses were by two runs or less.

There was no shortage of talent on Coach Jon Tortorella’s roster, which initially may have been part of the problem. A luxury problem no doubt, it was a problem nonetheless. With a staggering eleven seniors and a few talented juniors to choose from, Tortorella and his Whalers struggled early on to find a balance. Pitchers Brandon Kruel, Kyle McGowin and Jake Weingartner who played first base, center field and shortstop respectively when not on the mound, made for a difficult time moving around the defense, the infield especially, to find the perfect combination of backup in the field for the ace pitching.

Although it was officially recorded as a loss, Tortorella cited game three of the Port Jefferson series as the pivotal moment in his team’s season. The Whalers fought back from a 10-3 Port Jeff lead to tie the game at ten in the sixth inning. Port Jeff scored two in the bottom of six and the Whalers again tied the game in the seventh. Unfortunately, according to league rules the score reverts back to the last completed inning in the event of darkness, so Pierson’s runs were nullified, leaving them with a 12-10 loss.

Despite the official outcome “I think that was when we really came together,” said Tortorella. “We started to believe in ourselves and each other.”

The Whalers found that balance in the infield, bats came alive, base running got smarter, and the boys went on to win six of their next seven games.

It was a team effort the entire season, according to Coach Tortorella. His eleven seniors all played vital roles. Here are the highlights in the coach’s words.

1. George Hoglund came through big for us at the end of the season. George was injured most of the year, but he came up with some big hits when we needed him most. He also played great defense at 3B.

2. Eddie Schall improved drastically this year. He was solid behind the plate and was a vocal leader on the field. His bat really came along as the season went on.

3. Brandon Kruel was great on the mound. He threw strikes, was very effiient with his pitches and kept hitters off balance. His bat was key for our offense.

4. Kyle McGowin came along as a player and as a leader. He was hitting really well at the end of the season. His baserunning and defense was conisistent all year. He did a great job on the mound and came through when we needed him most.

5. T.J. Arreguin had a solid season. He provided some good pop at the plate and drove in some big runs. His defense improved tremendously and he also had some good innings on the mound.

6. Mark Mahoney played great defense all year. He is very consistent in the outfield and always makes the right play. He made solid contributions at the plate and on the bases as well.

7. Jake Federico played a solid 2B this year. He brings energy and hustle everyday. At the plate, he had some big hits and always had productive at bats.

8. Cesar Bernados was a tremendous part of this team. His work ethic, attitude and dedication were exactly how every player should conduct himself. He was one of the most improved and respected players on the team.

9. Jeff Schimmer made the play of the year in a very big spot. He saved the game and our season with his diving catch in the outfield against Smithtown Christian. He had a great attitude all year and was a valuable player in all aspects of the game.

10. Dane Riva is a very hard working, tough player. He played some good defense in the outfield and also improved dramatically. He conducted himself very respectfully every day and worked very hard to improve his game.

11. Joey Dowling played solid defense for us this year and he improved at the plate, having some of his best at-bats at the end of the season. He brought some real energy to this team.

Juniors Jake Weingartner, Tyler Gilbride, Gavin Kudlak and Lukas Wheeler also made invaluable contributions to the 2010 Whalers according to Tortorella.

“Jake had a tremendous year,” said Tortorella. He solidified our SS position a the end of the year and played a great 3B. He also stepped up on the mound. Offensively, he batted cleanup and was killing the ball all season.”

“Tyler did a solid job leading off for our team,” said Tortorella. He improved dramatically at SS and really stepped up behind the plate for us at the end of the season.”

“Gavin and Lukas were both tremendous in the outfield.”

Coach Tortorella echoed what was clear for anyone watching closely this season. “Our record does not indicate the success we had as a team,” he said. We improved dramatically from the beginning of the season, came together as a team and matured a lot as people. I am proud to have coached these guys. They worked hard, fought hard and played hard.”

Next season will see a younger, greener Whaler baseball squad take the field. If Tortorella can rouse the same amount of passion for the game, and hunger to win from his youngbloods as he got from his team this season, and if they can stay positive in the face of true adversity as they did this season, next season is sure to be just as exciting as 2010 was.