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03/04/15 5:00pm
Shoreham-Wading River junior Kaitlyn Ohrtman, who has recovered from a breathing condition she had in 2013, will run the 1,500 meters in Saturday's state meet. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Shoreham-Wading River junior Kaitlyn Ohrtman, who has recovered from a breathing condition she suffered in 2013, will run the 1,500 meters in Saturday’s state meet. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

Kaitlyn Ohrtman is not easily deterred. It would take a lot to prevent the Shoreham-Wading River High School junior from running.

That sort of approach got Ohrtman into some trouble during the cross-country season in the fall of 2013. She believes that by running while she had a chest cold at the time, she had developed a condition in which her vocal chords closed when she breathed in instead of opening up like they should. Sometimes, she said, she felt as if she was breathing through a straw.

Ohrtman’s breathing condition has since been corrected, and she said she has been feeling fine. Her times don’t lie. They have been good. (more…)

03/02/15 10:00am
Bill Kanz of Orient ice boating on Great Pond in Southold. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Bill Kanz of Orient ice boating on Great Pond in Southold. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Before the invention of the airplane, the fastest moving vehicle on the planet was an ice boat. Ice boats can fly on solidified water. All it takes is a stiff wind, a flat ice surface and an adventurous soul.

Bobby Abel of East Quogue, who has been involved in ice boating for 46 of his 51 years, said it is “like flying on land. There’s nothing like it.” (more…)

02/25/15 10:00am
Rob Gabrielsen and his wife Amanda along with Ayden and Robert, far right, skating on the family rink in Jamesport. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Rob Gabrielsen and his wife Amanda along with Ayden and Robert, far right, skating on the family rink in Jamesport. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

If you build it, they will skate.

The Gabrielsen family of Jamesport has a love of winter sports. Some Scandanavian blood runs in the family, so that may have something to do with it. But the Gabrielsens’ enthusiasm for skating goes beyond that of most people. After all, how many families can say they have an ice skating rink in their backyard? (more…)

02/22/15 7:06pm
Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Gladysz finished sixth in the 1,000 meters in 2 minutes 40.13 seconds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Gladysz finished sixth in the 1,000 meters in 2 minutes 40.13 seconds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

LONG ISLAND ELITE TRACK INVITATIONAL

Jacob Robinson walked out of St. Anthony’s High School with a couple of well-earned plaques in his hand on Sunday afternoon. The Riverhead High School senior was involved in a pair of fourth-place finishes in the Long Island Elite Track Invitational.

Robinson, wearing his trademark white headband, clocked a time of 36.31 seconds in the 300-meter dash. The only faster times among the 31 competitors were turned in by Luke Germanakos of Lynbrook (35.17), Kyle Watkins of Longwood (35.75) and Kory Fitzgerald of Half Hollow Hills West (36.10). They are all seniors. Bishop McGann-Mercy junior Dale Kelly came in sixth in 36.47. (more…)

02/22/15 6:27pm
Shoreham-Wading River eighth-grader Lexce Smith running in the frosh/soph 1,500-meter race. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Megan Kelly won her heat in the 300 meters and finished 16th overall with a time of 45.81 seconds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

LONG ISLAND ELITE TRACK INVITATIONAL

One of the qualities Shoreham-Wading River coach Paul Koretzki likes best about his standout long-distance runner, Katherine Lee, is her knack for rising to the occasion and coming up big in the big track and field meets.

She did it again on Sunday.

Lee wasn’t impressed with her time, but it was fast enough to bring her first place in the 3,000 meters in the Long Island Elite Track Invitational at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington. The freshman tuned up for the upcoming state meet by clocking a time of 11 minutes 4.50 seconds. Bay Shore junior Alexandra Peck was second in 11:09.77. (more…)

02/18/15 10:23pm
Shoreham-Wading River's Courtney Clasen battles for a rebound with Comsewogue's Sam Collins. Sam Higgins stood nearby. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen battles for a rebound with Comsewogue’s Sam Collins. Sam Higgins stood nearby. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS A QUARTERFINAL | WARRIORS 48, WILDCATS 45

Some players are lifted onto the shoulders of their teammates when they make their final exit. In Courtney Clasen’s case, she was rolled out of the Shoreham-Wading River High School gym on a chair supported by wheels.

It’s safe to say that Clasen’s final minutes as a Shoreham basketball player did not go as she might have envisioned. After making a layup and rolling her right ankle on the landing, Clasen spent the last 2 minutes 13 seconds of her high school career sitting on the bench, with her right leg spread out across a chair and an ice pack on her ailing ankle. The senior forward watched her teammates make a valiant comeback attempt in her absence, only to fall short, 48-45, to fifth-seeded Comsewogue in a Suffolk County Class A Tournament quarterfinal on Wednesday night.

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02/17/15 9:01pm
Riverhead's Kim Ligon flies toward the basket as King Park's Gianna Cancemi stands her ground. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Kim Ligon flies toward the basket as King Park’s Gianna Cancemi stands her ground. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS AA TOURNAMENT | KINGSMEN 69, BLUE WAVES 51

Sam Dunn was getting bumped, banged around and knocked to the floor. The Riverhead High School junior flashed a grin when she wasn’t giving an incredulous look to her bench after not being granted the benefit of a foul call.

It was a playoff game, after all, and Dunn was determined to enjoy the moment, even if she couldn’t take much joy in the final result.

The Blue Waves were outscored, 26-11, in a third quarter that swung Tuesday evening’s Suffolk County Class AA girls basketball first-round game decisively in host Kings Park’s favor. Sam Schultz scored 8 of her 16 points in that quarter and Emily Morello’s 3-point shot capped a 12-0 spurt to end the period with the Kingsmen ahead by 20 points. They led by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter before settling for a 69-51 final score in their favor. (more…)

02/16/15 12:57am
Riverhead senior Ed Matyka overcame a 5-0 deficit in the final half-minute of the third period and won his first county title in triple overtime. He was also named the tournament's outstanding wrestler. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead senior Ed Matyka overcame a 5-0 deficit in the final half-minute of the third period and won his first county title in triple overtime. He was also named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

SECTION XI DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ed Matyka had a lot to do, and time was running out. With half a minute remaining in his county final wrestling match, the Riverhead High School senior was trailing by 5-0.

How Matyka responded was, in a word, outstanding.

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