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Lady Whalers Stung by Monarchs

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By Benito Vila

Although the stands have been bare when they play, the Lady Whalers are making their own noise. A 53-21 win over Ross Friday put the Pierson girls into the county post-season tournament for the fourth consecutive year and ran their league mark to 6-3.

Matching up with Mercy at Pierson on Tuesday, that feel-good moment got away, the end coming too quick and the visitors making off with a 39-29 win. The outcome mixes up the post-season seedings some, Pierson now likely to meet undefeated Stony Brook in the first round rather than two-seed Southold.

Stony Brook comes next for the Lady Whalers, the Pierson girls going there this afternoon knowing they could be back again in just two weeks. While the stakes will be higher then, the Lady Whalers would like to come away from today more consistently than they did Tuesday against Mercy.

That game started with Mercy opening up a 14-5 advantage and Pierson battling back to tie at 15 just before halftime. In the second half, a Lady Monarch press disrupted the Lady Whaler offense, and an injury in the backcourt depleted the Pierson defense, sparking a 16-5 Mercy run and putting the visitors up 33-20 with just over six minutes remaining.

When the final buzzer sounded, both Pierson and Mercy moved to 6-4 on the season with the Lady Monarchs staking a claim to the number three seed and the Lady Whalers falling to the fourth seed.

Coming off the court afterwards, Pierson girls’ varsity coach Dennis Case said, “That was disappointing. We missed five easy lay-ups at the beginning and it cost us. It didn’t help us that we didn’t do well on the glass later on; they beat us to balls and created more chances. That cost us, too.”

The Playoff Clincher

The pace of Friday’s game was quite the opposite for the Pierson side, the Lady Whalers jumping out to a 16-6 first quarter lead and going into the fourth up 41-16. The final buzzer set off a subdued Pierson celebration, a 53-21 final up on the scoreboard.

Leading the Lady Whalers in scoring was Sarah Barrett with 17 points. Sam James tallied 14, Emily Hinz eight, Amanda Busiello and Sam Kamper four each and Kaci Koehne and Bridget Canavan two apiece.

Tuesday saw James lead the team with ten points, Busiello lift in eight, Hinz five and Barrett four. Yesterday, Coach Case described what’s ahead for the team, saying, “We need to focus on Stony Brook for tomorrow and the playoffs. It’s a tough uphill battle, but we’ll do the best we can. Hopefully, we’ll get a good crowd for Port Jeff next Wednesday.”

It looks like we could finish 7-5 in league play which isn’t bad for a rebuilding year. We will have the same group of 10 players returning. The girls are expressing interest in playing in the summer league, along with some camps. That’ll help us ahead.”

So Many Empty Seats

In mentioning next Wednesday’s finale against Port Jefferson, Coach Case diplomatically noted the lack of fan support his girls have had this season, parents coming, but all too often the other side getting as many people to turn out.

To counteract all that quiet, Coach Case has written letters to the papers covering his team, inviting them to be a part of a “Coaches for Cancer” benefit his team has put together for the home finale.

In the letter to The Express, Case described the passion he saw at a recent Whaler game and what he remembered playing against Pierson in the 1960s. Wanting his girls to have the same experience, Coach Case wrote, “It would be exciting and extremely gratifying for the Pierson Lady Whalers to have the same atmosphere at one of our games.” Tip-off next Wednesday is 6:15 p.m.

Low Point for Lady Ravens

The Ross School girls’ varsity reached a low point Tuesday, losing to Stony Brook 63-7 at home.

Still to come on the Lady Ravens’ schedule are Port Jefferson this afternoon at home at 6:15 p.m., a trip to Southold on Monday and the season finale at home against Mercy on Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

JV Jamming

The Lady Whaler JV came out ahead in both of its games this week, topping Ross 36-17 Friday and Mercy 48-42 Tuesday to push their overall record to 8-6.

Coach Kevin Barron described Tuesday’s win as “a great one for the team since we lost a close game to them the first time. The girls have been waiting to play Mercy again and they made the most of it.” In citing the difference in the game, Coach Barron said, “We continued to move the ball well on offense and did an excellent job creating fast breaks.”

The JV girls have three games left on their schedule, traveling to Stony Brook today and hosting Smithtown Christian Monday at 4:30 p.m. and Port Jefferson Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Eighth graders Kasey Gilbride and Katherine Matthers have been the team’s top scorers of late, Matthers recording thirteen at Ross and eleven at home Tuesday. Gilbride, meanwhile, dropped in six against Ross and twelve against Mercy. 

Perfect Night for Pierson: Teams Sweep Ross

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By Benito Vila

The Pierson and Ross basketball programs matched-up for four games Friday, the Whalers winning all four: varsity girls, JV girls, JV boys and varsity boys.

The varsity boys’ game was the closest of them all, the outcome in doubt until late in the fourth quarter when Pierson’s Skyler Loesch hit a pair of free throws with 1:26 left to put his team up, 54-45.

That nine-point lead could have disappeared on the Whalers had the Ravens seen their three-pointers fall, but only one dropped through. Another pair of Loesch free throws with 49 second remaining all but finished the affair, leaving the Ravens down eight, at 57-49.

The 61-50 final pushed Pierson’s league mark to 2-8 and provided a bit of redemption to a team that may forever be known as the first Whaler basketball team ever to lose to the Ross. The Ravens, meanwhile, see their mark fall to 4-6, a 3-0 start now a bit like a dream.

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Despite the schools’ records and their somewhat one-sided history, the game Friday was a good one to watch. The teams were nearly even at the half, the advantage there going to Pierson, 26-25.

With a minute left in the third, the Whaler lead was still one, 40-39, but then Pierson went on a 10-2 run to take control of the contest. There was an up-tempo, back-and-forth pace to the game until that decisive and uneven five-minute stretch, fans on both sides happily cheering the constant action until then.

Loesch came off the court leading all scorers with 23 points. Luke Kirrane and Seamus Doyle each added 11 for Pierson. Tyler Gilbride tossed in nine and Sam Miller seven.

Ross’ Liam Chaskey sunk in 17 to top the Ravens. Brendan Pettaway and Lorcan Jowers each scored ten; Hayden Aldredge added eight and Fuhito Yoshida five.

Lady Whalers Lock Up Playoffs

As action-packed as the boys’ varsity game proved to be, the girls’ varsity game had somewhat more significance, the Lady Whalers’ 53-21 win putting Pierson into the county post-season tournament for the fourth consecutive year.

The girls’ scoring was not quite as even as the boys’, the Lady Whalers jumping out to a 16-6 first quarter lead and going into the fourth up 41-16. The final buzzer set off a subdued Pierson celebration, a 53-21 final up on the scoreboard.

Leading the Lady Whalers in scoring was Sarah Barrett with 17 points. Sam James tallied 14, Emily Hinz eight, Amanda Busiello and Sam Kamper four each and Kaci Koehne and Bridget Canavan two apiece.

The Lady Whalers (6-3 in League VIII) host Mercy on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. and travel to Stony Brook on Thursday. The Pierson girls close their season at home against Port Jefferson Wednesday, February 10.

The Lady Ravens are at Stony Brook Tuesday and come home to host Port Jefferson next Thursday at 6:15 p.m. The Ross season has two games the final week, the team heading to Southold February 8, and meeting Mercy at home February 10.

Look Out For the Killer Bees

On Tuesday, the Whalers travel to Greenport while the Ravens host 7-3 Stony Brook at 6:15 p.m. On Friday, the Whalers host Stony Brook at 6:15 p.m. and the Ravens go to “The Hive” to play Bridgehampton at 5 p.m.

The Killer Bees used their cozy home court to their advantage Friday, flying out to an early 22-7 lead over Smithtown Christian and going back to the locker room at the half up 42-13. The Bridgehampton boys sweetened their lead to 45 points at the end of the third, a 26-10 run making the score 68-23.

The Crusaders took the fourth period, 25-10, but that was barely enough to cut the final margin to 30, the Killer Bees evening up their league mark at 5-5 with the 78-48 final.

Tossing in 31 points to lead Bridgehampton was Canaan Campbell, who threw down five three-pointers, the long shots ringing up nearly half his total. Cesar Banados dropped in three three-pointers in scoring 13. Ainsley Wyche also added 13, while Jamal Hires and Jason Hopson had six each.

Next up for the Killer Bees are Shelter Island away Tuesday and Ross at home Friday. Wins in those two games will clinch a playoff spot for Bridgehampton. A loss in either one puts more pressure on the team to win away against Stony Brook February 8 or at home against Pierson February 10.

Young Whalers Pull Away

Both the Pierson girls’ and boys’ junior varsity came off the court having had everyone on the team play, the margins allowing the coaches to give the reserves some game day experience. The Whalers took their game by 30 and the Lady Whalers took theirs by 19.

Katherine Matthers led the girls’ JV with 13 points. Kasey Gilbride dropped in six while Maricarmen Chavez and Sol Varela lifted in four apiece.

A Friday to Forget for Whalers, Bees and Ravens

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By Benito Vila

Friday was a day to forget on the scoreboard for the Bridgehampton, Ross, and Pierson boys’ varsity basketball teams. All three schools lost games by margins that no player wants to see, the Killer Bees losing by seven to Greenport, 54-47, the Ravens by seven to Shelter Island, 68-61 and the Whalers by 52 to Southold, 80-28.

The slim margin against the Porters turns missed shots and missed stops into chances given away, the Killer Bees allowing a W to become an L. The loss to the Indians leaves the Ravens that much farther removed from their 3-0 start, the Ross boys now 4-5 on the season, with Pierson up next eager out to avenge an early season loss and the top of the league coming after that.

The Whalers, meanwhile, at 1-8, must be wondering what has gone so wrong for them, an athletic hard-working team struggling to get the ball up-court and into the net. It’s a tough game to win without experienced ball handlers and proven shooters, the mostly underclassmen team learning as-they-go.

But there’s no way the Pierson boys are giving into making excuses for their shortcomings or even suggesting that a won-loss record is more an indication of the quality of your opponent than it is the quality of your own team; these boys want to win, and with Ross, Greenport, Stony Brook, Bridgehampton and Smithtown Christian coming up, the Whalers are sure to surprise someone before the season is out.

Raven Re-Match

High school mid-terms pushed off all competition on the court this week, every local team going back to the basics in practice with players hopefully banging the books in school and at home.

Ross comes into Pierson Friday for a 6:15 p.m. start, looking to sweep the season series and add to the Whalers woes. The Whalers are hoping to be less generous as hosts than they were as visitors.

In their first match-up, Pierson turnovers and traveling calls left Ross with extra possessions that the Raven shooters, Liam Chaskey, Brendan Pettaway and Fuhito Yoshiba turned into quick points, both from the floor and from the line.

Never before had a Ross boys basketball team ever beaten a Pierson one and the bedlam on the Ross court afterwards was something Ravens fans will remember for a long time to come.

Crusaders, Indians and Ravens

Now having lost to the three top teams in the league by a collective 23 points, the Bridgehampton boys are out to win their next three to clinch a playoff spot.

There’s not a sport in the world where wins are automatic, but the Killer Bees cruised past their next three opponents, Smithtown Christian, Shelter Island and Ross, the first time around by a margin of 204-104. Those three are currently a collective 8-19, the common expectation being that Bridgehampton will come through those three games unscathed and playoff-bound.

Nothing Comes Easy

The Ravens saw their game against the Indians get away late, a one-point, 45-44 lead turning into a long lost dream, when Shelter Island came back to defend their home court with a 25-point fourth quarter. Despite the foul shooting of Pettaway, who was 18-for-25 at the line in totaling 33 points, the Ravens couldn’t keep pace and ended up with the long ride back on the ferry.

Whalers, Bees, Ravens

After hosting Ross Friday, the Pierson boys go to Greenport next Tuesday before coming back to play Stony Brook at home next Friday at 6:15 p.m. The Whalers finish their schedule on the road against Smithtown Christian February 8 and Bridgehampton February 10.

Bridgehampton has Smithtown Christian in Friday at 5 p.m. and goes to Shelter Island next Tuesday, with Ross in “the Hive” next Friday at 5 p.m. An away game at Stony Brook, February 8, and a home game against Pierson, February 10, ends the Killer Bees regular season.

Ross has Stony Brook in next Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. and heads to Bridgehampton next Friday. Southold comes in February 8 and Greenport awaits on February 10.

Discipline Works

In describing the difference in his team’s 46-26 win over Southold on Friday, Whaler JV coach Jonathan Tortorella said, “We played four quarters of disciplined basketball. We moved the ball around on offense, worked for good shots and valued every offensive possession. On the defensive end, we were very consistent all game. It was one of our better defensive efforts of the season.”

 “Patrick Sloane was matched up on their best scorer and did a very solid job. Jake Bennett, Joe Butts and Michael Heller shot very well and gave us a lift offensively. Hunter Leyser and Jackson Marienfeld did a tremendous job running the offense and making smart decisions.”

Bennett had twelve points and Heller ten to lead the young Whalers.

Ravens Top Whalers for the First Time

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By Benito Vila

The new kid. Everyone likes his toys but they don’t know what to make of him. No one knows how long he’ll be around and he’s sort of awkward when he tries to do what everyone else has been doing for a long time.

That can all be true of new schools, too, coming on the scene where others have been for years. So it has been for Ross, the private school seeming to emphasize experiential learning over traditional practices.

But as Ross closes out its second decade, the local community is seeing its more conventional “academic” programs mature. That is plainly evident in athletics, Ross teams starting to be ones that no one wants to play.

No longer easy to beat, those teams are making a name for themselves. That’s become true in tennis and now it’s true in basketball, the Ross boys’ varsity team protecting their home court on Tuesday and upending their Pierson rivals for the first-time ever, 54-47.

Ross now stands 3-0 in League VIII play while one-time state powerhouse Pierson is 0-3. This coming week is one that will prove whether those starts are flukes or a preview of what’s to come this winter.

Pierson has Greenport home on Friday, Stony Brook away Monday, Smithtown Christian home Wednesday and Bridgehampton home next Friday. Ross, meanwhile, has Stony Brook away today, Bridgehampton home Tuesday, Southold away Wednesday and Greenport home Friday. That sets the Whalers against the current middle of the league, with the Ravens taking on mostly the top.

There’s no knowing where the teams will end up, but what was clear Tuesday is that Ross can pass and shoot and that Pierson has hustle and depth that can keep it in games. Neither school, though, seems to have a dominant go-to force and both will need to rely on effort and teamwork to win.

Chaskey, Pettaway and More

It was Ross’ free throw shooting that put the game away Tuesday, 16 of the Ravens’ last 20 points coming from the line. Pierson, meanwhile, managed to work out of a nine-point hole with two minutes remaining to have a whistle with 30 seconds left derail a near comeback.

Even though the win was a team effort, it was sophomore Liam Chaskey who kept Ross in the game, scoring 18 of his team’s 22 first-half points, the Ravens up one at the break. Twelve of Chaskey’s points came from beyond the arc, each of those four three-pointers dropping through the net after Pierson had started to pull away.

In the second half, the Whalers shadowed and shut down Chaskey’s outside shooting, but junior forward Brendan Pettaway stepped up to distribute the ball inside and create another tempo. The two teams played even in the third quarter, the score 34-33 Ross going into the final frame.

The Wild, Wild Fourth

The physical, pounding nature of the contest took its toll in the fourth, Pierson coach Christian Johns being ejected for pointing out what he wanted to be called a foul. That double technical brought Chaskey to the line for four shots, Ross up 36-33 with seven minutes to go.

Chaskey made three out of four, the Ravens going up six, 39-33. Ross maintaining possession, Chaskey almost put the game away there, his three pointer going in and out.

Pierson stayed close, coming to within two, at 39-37, with four minutes left to play, an in-bounds play drawn up by Whaler coaches Dan White and Jonathan Tortorella freeing Tyler Gilbride for a lay-up.

The next two minutes saw Ross go on a 6-0 run, all the points coming from the foul line, Fuhito Yoshiba, a perfect four-for-four and Chaskey and Hayden Aldredge adding one apiece.

Four free throws by Tyler Gilbride and two by Sklyer Loesch lifted the Whalers back into the game, at 48-43, with 47.5 seconds left. Regaining possession with a full-court press, Pierson played for two, Luke Kirrane making that plan work, his basket cutting the Raven lead to 48-45 with 35.3 seconds left.

On the next Ross possession, a whistle against the Whalers put Pettaway on the line and he halted the Pierson charge by sinking both shots.

Taking the ball, down five, 50-45, with 30 seconds left, the Whalers were still alive. But a blocked shot and another foul, followed by two more free throws from Yoshiba, buried them, making the score 52-45 with 13 seconds left.

Chaskey and Yoshiba closed out the Ross scoring, each getting a point from the line. Gilbride did the same for Pierson, sinking a pair of free throws with five seconds left, the scoreboard reading 54-47 Ravens at the buzzer.

The gleeful, overflowing Ross crowd came on the court at the buzzer, as what was left of the Pierson side filed out silently.

All On MSG Varsity

Ross coach Kelly McKee was subdued afterwards, cleaning up gear as most high school coaches do after a big win, players minds suddenly going elsewhere.

In summarizing the game, Coach McKee said, “We were sloppy in the first half but much better in the second half. Liam put two halves together and that made it easier on everyone else to play their roles. Both Brendan and Fuhito made big shots at the end, but so did Hayden. And Lorcan [Jowers] and Charles [McIntosh] kept giving us extra chances underneath.”

Coming back to the court later, Chaskey was clearly delighted by the outcome and the fact Cablevision’s MSG Varsity network was there to record his performance. “[Pierson] came out on us man-to-man and we haven’t seen a lot of that. No one else was scoring, so I had to keep shooting, and there was a while when I couldn’t miss.”

“Every time I touched the ball in the second half, there was someone facing me. They were switching people up all the time. That made us all really have to work together and we did.”

The Pierson coaches were quiet about the outcome and the ejection of Coach Johns. By rule, Coach Johns will be unable to lead Pierson in its next game, Coach White and Coach Tortorella taking the helm Friday as the Whalers host Greenport at 6:15 p.m.

The next Ross home game is Monday, the Bridgehampton Killer Bees in for a 4:30 start.

Bees and Ravens Even Up

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By Benito Vila

Last Tuesday saw the Bridgehampton Killer Bees and the Ross Ravens open their League VIII varsity boys’ basketball season with tough on-court lessons. The Bees rallied from an eight-point deficit to overtake the Pierson Whalers before ultimately losing in overtime, while the Ravens had league-favorite Greenport make off with a one-sided win.

Fortunes changed for both Monday, each team evening up their league marks at 1-1. The Bees outmaneuvered Mercy at home, 57-55, a Jamal Hires lay-up at the buzzer becoming the game-winner. The Ravens clawed their way past Smithtown Christian, Liam Chaskey’s 22 points leading the Ross attack.


Hugs in the Hive

Killer Bee coach Carl Johnson was able to get his players “to spread the ball around a lot” in creating scoring opportunities and building a 17-point third quarter lead. Using a zone press, the Monarchs made a game of it, the visitors gaining the lead late in the game.

But timely scoring by Pablo Londono (6 points), Cesar Banados (12 points), Jeremy Carsten (8 points) and Ainsley Wyche (22 points) kept the Killer Bees close. The Hires game-winner set off a celebration in the Hive that had Coach Johnson happy to see “everybody hugging everybody.”

After the holidays, the Bees host Greenport, Tuesday, January 6 at 4 p.m. and Smithtown Christian, Friday, January 9 at 4:30 p.m. The team’s first league road game is Monday, January 12 at 4 p.m. on Shelter Island.


Ross Rallies, Rolls

Sag Harbor’s Chaskey, the Ravens’ freshman guard, took charge late in Monday’s win, tossing in 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. In sparking that Ross run, Chaskey helped turn a tight four-point 38-34 lead at the end of the third quarter to a comfortable 11-point cushion at the final buzzer. Brandon Pettaway also fired in 15 for Ross with Taylor Wilson adding 11.

Ross opens 2009 on Shelter Island Tuesday, January 6, and travels to Pierson Thursday, January 8; both games tip off at 5:45 p.m. The Ravens are home for Stony Brook, Monday, January 12 at 6:15 p.m. and for Mercy, Wednesday, January 14, at 4 p.m.