03/27/15 5:00pm
Christopher Kuhnle returns to play first singles for Shoreham-Wading River this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Christopher Kuhnle returns to play first singles for Shoreham-Wading River this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

 

PREVIEW

Debbie Lutjen, who coached the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys tennis team from 1986 to 1995, has returned to the Wildcats, taking over the team from Chris Bevelander.

Lutjen, who also coaches Shoreham’s girls tennis team, was asked if she noticed any changes in the boys game since she last coached the Shoreham boys.

“I think it’s changed in the same way that girls tennis has,” she said. “The top players are putting more time in out of season and playing year-round, so that’s raising the overall level of the players we have competing.” (more…)

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03/26/15 8:30pm
Steve Wiendler, carrying the ball forward, collected 10 ground balls and an assist for Shoreham-Wading River in its season-opening win over Harborfields. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Steve Wiendler, carrying the ball forward, collected 10 ground balls and an assist for Shoreham-Wading River in its season-opening win over Harborfields. (Credit: Garret Meade)

WILDCATS 18, TORNADOES 9

The game ball from the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys lacrosse team’s first game of the season didn’t go to anyone who scored a goal, made a pass or dug up a ground ball. It didn’t even go to a player holding a stick.

After the Wildcats handed Harborfields a sound 18-9 thumping on Thursday, one of their assistant coaches, Dan Luciano, presented the ball to Mike Taylor, who made his debut as a varsity coach.

“Hey, it’s your first varsity win,” Taylor recalls Luciano telling him. “You got to take the game ball.”

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03/26/15 5:00pm
Senior sprinter Jacob Robinson and his Riverhead teammates will face a lot of new compettion in League III. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Senior sprinter Jacob Robinson and his Riverhead teammates will face a lot of new competition in League III. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

PREVIEW

The 2014 Suffolk County League IV boys track and field championship came down to one event, the final event in the final dual meet of the season between East Islip and Riverhead.

“Heartbreaker, man,” said Riverhead coach Steve Gevinski, recalling the painful memory.

East Islip defeated Riverhead in that final event, the 4×100-meter relay, and with it took the league title.

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03/24/15 9:53pm

Former Mattituck High School star Cameron Burt has been assigned to play for the North Fork Ospreys in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League this coming summer. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound right-handed pitcher is a freshman at Queens College.

Two former Shoreham-Wading River High School players have also been placed on HCBL teams.Tyler Osik, a freshman infielder for Coker College (S.C.), will play for the Riverhead Tomcats. Jack Massa of Shoreham, a freshman catcher at Canisius College, will join the Westhampton Aviators. (more…)

03/24/15 5:00pm
Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Alexandra Hays was a runner-up in the 3,000 meters at last year's Section XI Individual Championships. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Alexandra Hays was a runner-up in the 3,000 meters at last year’s Section XI Individual Championships. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

PREVIEW

The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls track and field team had quite a fruitful season in 2014. So, what else is new?

Success has become just as much a part of the sport for the Wildcats as batons, hurdles and spikes. In 1980, when Paul Koretzki took over as the team’s coach, Shoreham went 7-2 in dual meets. With the exception of 2001, when they lost twice, it was the only year since then that they have lost more than once in a season. (more…)

03/23/15 10:00am
Dave Gruner, 74, of Jamesport strung together game scores of 278, 254 and 289 for an 821 series at Wildwood Lanes in Riverhead on March 12. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Dave Gruner, 74, of Jamesport strung together game scores of 278, 254 and 289 for an 821 series at Wildwood Lanes in Riverhead on March 12. (Credit: Garret Meade)

SPORTS DESK/Bob Liepa

In bowling, 300 is unquestionably the sexy number. Dropping down 300 pins in one game is perfection.

Even so, other numbers can be more desirable and more appreciated.

Meet Mr. 800. Well, Mr. 821, to be exact. (more…)

03/18/15 5:00pm
Nick Herzog, a left-hander with a tough curveball, is one of Riverhead's three projected starting pitchers. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Nick Herzog, a senior left-hander with a tough curveball, is one of Riverhead’s three projected starting pitchers. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Good baseball teams have an ace pitcher. The Riverhead Blue Waves don’t believe they have a No. 1 pitcher. Rather, they prefer to think that they have three: call them 1a, 1b and 1c.

Riverhead coach Rob Maccone didn’t hesitate a second when he was asked what the biggest difference between last year’s team and this year’s version is.

“Pitching,” he said. (more…)

03/07/15 5:40pm
Meg Tuthill of McGann-Mercy runs at a meet earlier this year. She finished XX Saturday in the 1,000 at the state meet. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Meg Tuthill of McGann-Mercy runs at a meet earlier this year. She finished XX Saturday in the 1,000 at the state meet. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

NYSPHSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

As far as the gameplan went (run with the pack and use a late kick near the end), Meg Tuthill ran as good a race as one could ask. It was the placement she wasn’t as happy with.

Tuthill won her section in the 1,000 meters, but the Bishop McGann-Mercy junior finished 11th overall at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships on Saturday. (more…)