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Bridgehampton Falls To Greenport Leaving Playoff Berth in Doubt

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Bridgehampton's Anajae Lamb leaps for a backwards fadeaway during the Killer Bees' loss to Greenport Porters on Thursday.

Bridgehampton’s Anajae Lamb leaps for a backwards fadeaway during the Killer Bees’ loss to Greenport Porters on Thursday.

By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller

The Bridgehampton boys basketball team lost, 68-64, in a thriller against rival Greenport Thursday night as the Killer Bees let a 17-point first-half lead slip away on their home court.  The loss was especially hurtful since it guarantees that Bridgehampton will finish below the .500 mark against League VIII competition, which is required for an automatic berth in the Class D postseason.

With one game remaining in the regular season, Greenport (8-7) will join Shelter Island in the Class D brackets. Bridgehampton (6-9), which plays the winless Knox School on the road today, February 7, will have to petition Section XI, Suffolk County’s governing body of athletics, for a playoff berth based on their record against fellow Class D schools.

With a win over Knox on Friday, the Killer Bees would have a 5-3 record against Class D opponents.

It seemed early on Thursday that Bridgehampton would cruise to a win over Greenport, and that a victory over Knox on Friday would cement a three-team playoff for the Suffolk Class D title. Instead, Greenport’s Angel Colon came out of halftime on fire, scoring 10 straight points to trim Bridgehampton’s lead to 40-37 in a matter of minutes.

Foul trouble was a major factor all night as well, with both Josh Lamison and Tylik Furman, Bridgehampton’s top two players, fouling out in the fourth quarter. Furman finished with 25 points, while Lamison had 19.

Gavin Dibble, who also fouled out in the fourth quarter, led Greenport with 25 points while Colon finished with 16

The Killer Bees’ role players, including Henry Kotz, Kevin Feliciano, Matt Hochstedler and Max Cheng, played admirably but lacked the offensive firepower to hold the slim three-point lead Bridgehampton held when Furman joined Lamison on the bench with 5:04 remaining in the game, which Greenport closed out with a 9-0 run.

Pierson Baseball Moves into Playoffs

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By EJ Yennie

A three run seventh inning comeback won the final game of the season for the Pierson  baseball team at Stonybrook on Friday, May 20 after an anti-climatic forfit by Stonybrook (2-16-0) on what would have been Pierson Seniors day on Thursday May 19. The 4-2 win put Pierson at 11-7 in league play earning them the number two seed in the playoffs and a double elimination game against the Port Jefferson Royals on Wednesday, May 25.

Friday’s game at Stonybrook started slowly for Pierson with senior Jake Weingartner pitching 5 2/3 innings with 6 Kk’s allowing 1 hit and 0 earned runs. Stony Brook scored on 2 errors in the bottom of the 6th. Tyler Gilbride threw a runner out from centerfield to keep the game tied. Freshman Forrest Loesch relieved Jake and went 1 1/3 innings allowing 0 hits and 0 earned runs with 2 K’s to earn the win.

Down 2-1 in the top of the seventh, Loesch began the rally with a single. With his first varisty up at bat, Nick Kruel’s bunt advanced Loesch and Kruel’s speed landed him on base.  With two men on and no outs, it looked like Pierson might have a chance of tying the score. Joe Faraguna, also on varsity for the first time, grounded to the right, loading the bases. Sean Hartnett doubled in Loesch to tie the game at 2. Weingartner hit a groundball to third base forcing Kruel out at home. With the score tied, Tyler Gilbride doubled to leftfield, scoring Faraguna and Hartnett, to put Pierson ahead 4 to 2.

The win placed the Whalers as a second seed in a double elimination tournament for the Suffolk County League VIII title and gave the Whalers a home field advantage for the first game of the tournament against Port Jefferson.

Pierson vs. Port Jefferson Royals

Despite the home field advantage, the Pierson Whalers lost the first of the double elimination playoff series on Wednesday, 4-3 to Port Jefferson.

Port Jefferson took the lead in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs off of Pierson errors. Pierson came back to tie the score in the bottom of the inning. Hunter Leyser was walked, then stole second and third. A base hit by Sean Hartnett scored Leyser. A double by Tyler Gilbride scored Hartnett, tying the score, 2-2.

Port Jefferson came back in the sixth, scoring two more runs before Pierson changed pitchers for the second time, bringing in Jake Weingarten to close the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, down two runs, Joseph Faraguna singled down the first base line. After a pop out by Leyser, Sean Hartnett tripled, scoring Faraguna. Down by one, with Hartnett on third and one out, it appeared that Pierson had a chance to even the score. A ground out followed by a pop fly out ended the game, 4-3 Port Jefferson.

Pierson will be playing either Port Jefferson or Mercy on Friday, May 27 at 4 p.m. If Mercy wins tomorrow, they will play Port Jefferson in Sag Harbor on Friday. If Port Jefferson wins tomorrow, Pierson will play McGann Mercy on Friday in Riverhead. Details on Friday’s game will be posted on the Sag Harbor School website.

The tradition of honoring Pierson Seniors at their last home game of the season was postponed on Thursday, May 19, as the game was forfeited by Stonybrook. The Whalers (11-7-0) instead took on the Lady Whalers in an impromptu scrimmage that kept both teams limber for this week’s playoffs and championship games.

Lady Whalers Play For It All

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By EJ Yennie

The Pierson Bridgehampton Lady Whalers (12-5-0) and the Port Jefferson Royals (14-3-0) face off in a three game battle for the Suffolk County League VIII Championship on Friday, May 27 at 4 p.m. in Port Jefferson.

The series looks to be great match up, with the Lady Whalers and the Royals sharing some striking similarities. For one, each team has only lost to the other in League VIII play; with their other losses coming against teams in league VII and League VI. Secondaly, both the Lady Whalers and the Royals have mercied (won by more than twelve runs by or in the fifth inning) every other team in League VIII at least once this season.  Lastly, both teams have remarkable Junior pitchers.

As Pierson Lady Whaler’s Coach Mellissa Edwards put it “We always play well against Port Jeff-this year we want to play well and win.”

Coach Edwards remains confident in her team’s ability to take two of the three games needed to win the series.  “The key to my team is to stay relaxed and confident in their abilities. We’ve played them in the past: this year it is our time to win.”

The second game of the series will be at home, behind Pierson High School, on Tuesday, May 31 at 4 p.m.  If a final game if needed to determine the winner it will be held in Port Jefferson on Thursday, June 2 at 4 p.m.

End Comes Quick for Girls in Playoffs

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Stony brook ended Pierson\'s season in quadruple overtime

Last week the high school varsity girls volleyball, soccer and field hockey all had high hopes for the playoff season, preparing all week for last weekend’s games, only to be disappointed in the end for a loss for all three teams.


Perhaps the biggest upset of the weekend, was the varsity girls soccer game, where the girls went into quadruple over-time against Stony Brook at the Dowling Sports Complex. The girls had to appeal in order to get into the playoffs. But on Saturday they were up against Stony Brook, who they tied with last time they played the them, earlier this season.
Soccer coach, Haley Luzim said that the girls played excellent on Saturday. With only 1:48 remaining in the game, Pierson’s Katie Osieki scored, but after the girls started celebrating their victory, the referee took back the goal, calling an illegal handball. Luzim said the girls were very upset. The game then went into overtime, where neither team scored in the first two 10 – minute overtime periods and the third 5-minute extra period. They finally lost in the end when Stony Brook eventually scored, 108 minutes into the game. Goalie, Annie Osiecki had five saves on Saturday for Pierson.
The seniors that Luzim will be sad to see go will be Katie Osieki, Alicia Tagliasacchi and Diana Rodriquez.
For Luzim, she said the season started out slow, and the girls were able to develop and improve on their defense, communication and desire to win. In the off-season, she says the girls need to continue to work their ball skills. Luzim is planning to get the girls playing in an indoor soccer league this winter, which will help them with their ball skills and control. In addition, the girls may be attending a soccer camp as a team. This, according to Luzim, will help them build their skills and get in shape for next season.

Field Hockey

The girl’s varsity field hockey team also went into overtime on Saturday. They traveled to Patchogue-Medford where they were up against Port Jefferson. The first two halves of the game showed no score for either team and coach Shannon Judge said the team lost 2.5 minutes into overtime off a broken corner.
“After we lost, I told the girls, people expected nothing of us, and we came in fourth in our league,” Judge said.
She added that the team actually had the second best record in the league, but they come in fourth because of the power rating.
For next season, the girls will only have three starting positions to fill and coach Judge says she already has the kids that will step in to take those positions. This season was a good one for the team overall, Judge said. Her senior, Samantha Federico beat the school’s record of 13, by getting 16 goals this season. Judge said, another senior, Anna Verneuille, a captain and her tenacity as a defender will be missed. Other seniors Dina Silver and Mariah Marienfeld, played an excellent season according to Judge.


The varsity girl’s volleyball team shed tears on Friday night after their game in Center Moriches against Shelter Island. Stacey Springer, coach for the varsity team said the girls played really well the first match against their opponents, but lost all three games. “We have to work on mental toughness, the ability wasn’t always the issue,” she said. She added that the girls needed to have more confidence in themselves. She said now she is trying to get the team to push for clinics, clubs and doing more than just participating in the fall season. She adds that the defense, did a great job, but the offensive side needed to hit a little harder and a little more often, “I feel that’s where we lost some of our points, but, she said, “I’m happy they got to have that playoff experience this year.” Seniors that won’t be returning for Pierson volleyball next year are Danielle Schiavoni, Devan Larson, Brianna Hand, Veronica O’Malley and Luisa Kennefick.

Girls Soccer not taking “no”

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The Pierson varsity girl’s soccer team is not taking no for an answer when it comes to competing in the playoffs this season. As of right now, the girls were not set to be in the playoffs because they are finishing their season below .500; but were already planning on a challenge
“We are slightly below .500,” Coach Haley Luzim said on Wednesday, who said their league record stands at 6-4-1. “If we were over .500 we would definitely make it in,” she said. The girls face Southold/Greenport today; but even if they win they will still not have the record to advance — because of the tie.
“We will have to create a letter with the athletic director on Friday morning,” Luzim, who noted a win would put them a mere half game out, said. The letter of appeal will be sent to section eleven — the regulating body. The section eleven handbook says that the appeal must be made within five school days of the decision and the high school principal along with the athletic director will be required to submit a written request to the Executive Director.
Luzim believes the team has a good chance of being permitted into the playoffs.
“We feel we have a good case having four wins, one loss, and a tie against class C teams.” She said that today’s game will definitely help their chances. “We have a good shot, last time we played them we only lost by one goal,” Luzim said, “We definitely have the ability to win.”
The girls had one win and one loss this week as they played Port Jefferson last Wednesday and Smithtown Christian on Friday. Luzim said they played better against Smithtown Christian than Port Jefferson, although they beat Port Jefferson 5 to 1. “The difference was team caliber. Smithtown Christian is an excellent team – the first time we played them we lost 7-0 and this was time we lost 3-0.”
Luzim said on Wednesday that although they are losing three starting seniors, which she said will be difficult to replace, “our remaining team will be strong.”

Ready for the Playoffs

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Tuesday night marked the end of the regular season for the Sag Harbor Men’s Fastpitch Softball League. Playoffs begin Thursday, July 24 between the top four teams in the league.
Sag Harbor Liquors, the defending champions, finished in first place with a record of 12-2. T & S Mott has an identical record, but has a second place seeding as Liquors is responsible for both of their losses. The two teams met last year in the championships, and the first place team is looking again to see the trophy stand in the window of the liquor store.
Beyel Plumbing follows in third, winning 10 out of their 14 games, and A-to-Z Irrigation rounds out the bracket in fourth with a record of 9-5.
Beyel Plumbing and A-to-Z are new to the league this summer, offshoots of the now defunct Conca D’oro team.
“Overall I’m very pleased, a first year team finishing 10-4,” said manager Sean Beyel. “I told the guys on the team I couldn’t have asked for anything better.” He said he thinks the right teams are in the playoffs. Beyel added, “I feel that we have something for these other teams,” and that his team is “not going to be a pushover,”
Beyel will meet with Mott in a first round three game series. Said Benito Vila of Mott in regards to this years playoffs, “Anything can happen.”
Manager of A-to-Z Shaun McGowin is looking forward to playing first place Liquors in the first round. “The whole team is really starting to gel,” he said, adding that he thinks the teams are all on equal footing. “This year any team can win the whole thing.”
“This whole league is about the playoffs,” said Jeremy Carl of Liquors. He noted that everyone has played well, saying “There’s some competition out there this year.”
Carl mentioned Kelly Fox, a new member of the Liquors family and the only woman on the team. “She’s a great pickup, for defense and offense,” he said. One of their three pitchers, Fox has been nearly unhittable, and according to Carl, she has been getting on base nearly every time she gets to the plate. “Hopefully she’ll help us win the championship.”
Liquors clinched first place on Monday, defeating Pilinko Plumbing 20-0 in a make-up rain out game. Decker and Co. played their last game on Tuesday defeating the Hysterical Society (1-13) to finish the season at 6-8.
First round of the playoffs begins Thursday night. The championships, a best of five series, will begin a week later on July 31, featuring the two victorious teams of the first round.

Top Photo: Liquors’ pitcher Kelly Fox.  – photo by Michael Heller