When the announcement was made that the Riverhead High School boys golf team had taken third place in the League VII Tournament on Monday, the Blue Waves knew what that meant: They had qualified as a team for the Suffolk County tournament that will be played in May. The excited Blue Waves began exchanging high fives when their coach, Steve Failla, interceded. “I said, ‘Act like you’ve done it before,’ ” he recalled.
To that, the players responded, “Coach, we haven’t.”
Failla wasn’t sure if the Blue Waves had ever competed in the county tournament as a team before, but he knows what it means for his team. (more…)
Riverhead’s freshman goalie, Rachel Bornstein, making only her second career start, was kept busy by Sachem East’s relentless attack. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS A QUARTERFINAL | FLAMING ARROWS 7, BLUE WAVES 0
Being a high school field hockey team that plays its home games on a grass field, Riverhead prepared for the playoffs by participating in a scrimmage at Rocky Point High School and practicing at Eastport/South Manor High School, which both have field turf. But, playing surfaces aside, there was perhaps nothing that could have prepared the Blue Waves for what they faced on Tuesday.
It wasn’t the field turf at Sachem East High School that proved troublesome for the Blue Waves so much as the Sachem East team that played on it. (more…)
Sam Henry, one of Greenport/Southold’s eight seniors, prepares to serve. Henry made 13 digs against Bishop McGann-Mercy. (Credit: Garret Meade)
CLIPPERS 25, 25, 25, MONARCHS 13, 23, 14
Jenna Standish had been looking forward to Senior Day 2014 ever since she was a freshman. The senior outside hitter and her teammates on the Greenport/Southold high school girls volleyball team found the wait to be a worthwhile one.
Standish made a special day even more memorable by her fine all-around play as the Clippers took down Bishop McGann-Mercy in three games and eliminated the Monarchs from playoff contention on Thursday. The playoff-bound Clippers played what their coach, Mike Gunther, said was one of their best matches of the season, a 25-13, 25-23, 25-14 win in their final home match of the regular season at Greenport High School. (more…)
WOLVERINES 1, BLUE WAVES 0
When it comes to high school field hockey, Riverhead may start associating Newfield with pain. It would be understandable.
Earlier this season, Riverhead blew a two-goal lead against Newfield and lost, 4-3, in overtime. Then, on Monday, the Blue Waves applied pressure but were unable to generate many shots against Newfield and lost, 1-0, at Riverhead High School. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River players bowed their heads during a moment of silence in memory of their late teammate Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
WILDCATS 54, WARRIORS 0
Tom Cutinella wasn’t present, but his presence was felt, and his uniform number, 54, was everywhere.
“SWR 54” was painted onto a hillside by the Shoreham-Wading River High School football field in yellow characters outlined in blue. A replica of Cutinella’s No. 54 jersey hung from the front of the press box. Near the top of the press box dangled a banner that read, “#54 FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS.” The players and coach Matt Millheiser wore towels with “54” imprinted on them.
And had the scoreboard been functioning, it would have read 54-0 — poetic enough — by the time the Suffolk County Division IV game ended. (more…)
Bishop McGann-Mercy junior Marco Sciara caught six of the seven passes thrown his way for 98 yards and a touchdown. (Credit: Garret Meade)
MONARCHS 32, PORTERS 13
Not only was it Greenport/Southold/Mattituck’s homecoming football game, but it was also a homecoming of sorts for Marco Sciara.
Sciara, who lives in East Marion, would most likely be wearing a Porters uniform if he didn’t attend Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in Riverhead. He had been looking forward to this game. With family and friends watching at Greenport High School’s Dorrie Jackson Memorial Field on Friday night, Sciara said he wanted to put on a show.
He didn’t disappoint. (more…)
A candlelit tribute to Tom Cutinella made during a vigil at the Shoreham-Wading River football field last Thursday. (Credit: Thomas Baker)
Football, a sport that has been as bruised and battered as some of its players sometimes, has taken hit after hit in recent years. In the NFL, we have seen Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson involved in domestic abuse and child abuse cases, respectively. The commissioner, Roger Goodell, has come under fire for his handling — or mishandling — of the Rice case. The danger of concussions hangs over the sport like a sword of Damocles. College football has had its own misdeeds, scandals and problems. (more…)
BLUE WAVES 6, CLIPPERS 1
The last day of the high school girls tennis regular season brought one last chance for Riverhead and Southold/Greenport to win — something they haven’t done a lot this fall. In search of a rare victory, the two bottom teams in Suffolk County League VIII that began the day with only one win between them, were in for a surprise.
When the teams arrived in Peconic for Thursday’s match, they found the four courts at Robert W. Tasker Memorial Park unavailable because of maintenance work being done to the courts. That meant that all seven of the individual matches had to be played on the three courts across the street at Jean W. Cochran Park. Southold/Greenport usually uses the courts at both of the parks for their home matches.
With less than three hours of daylight to work with (the courts are not lighted), both Riverhead coach Jerry Duvall and Southold/Greenport coach Howie Geismar agreed that each match would be a pro set, with the first to win eight games the winner.
It worked out well for Riverhead, which snapped a five-match losing streak and finished its season on a winning note thanks to a 6-1 result. It was the Blue Waves’ first win since they defeated the Clippers by the same score on Sept. 19. (more…)