The wait is over.
After a 10-win season last year that left them on the outskirts of the playoffs, the Riverhead Blue Waves will enter the dance this season for the first time.
The Blue Waves’ 8-6 Division I record positioned them 13th in the power rankings at the conclusion of the regular season yesterday. That sets up a first-round playoff matchup Thursday at Smithtown East, the No. 4 seed. The game is tentatively slated for 4 p.m.
The top three seeds — Ward Melville, Smithtown West and Northport — all receive a first-round bye.
Riverhead finished the regular season 10-6.
The Blue Waves actually finished with one fewer league win than last year, but a tougher schedule allowed the power points to work in their favor this season.
Riverhead did not play Smithtown East in the regular season. The Blue Waves went 1-5 against playoff teams in the regular season.