05/23/15 3:22pm
Shoreham-Wading River returned to its Kevin Williams Memorial Field on Saturday to defeat Elwood/John Glenn, 7-2, and even their Suffolk County Class A semifinal series at a game apiece. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Shoreham-Wading River returned to its Kevin Williams Memorial Field on Saturday to defeat Elwood/John Glenn, 7-2, and even their Suffolk County Class A semifinal series at a game apiece. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS A TOURNAMENT | WILDCATS 7, KNIGHTS 2

It sure seemed as if Elwood/John Glenn had Shoreham-Wading River’s number. The previous four games between the two high school baseball teams had ended the same way: with Glenn victories.

This time, however, with much more riding on the line, Shoreham survived to play another day. (more…)

05/16/15 6:16pm
Riverhead's Cody Dilworth putting a ball in play during his team's playoff loss to Half Hollow Hills East on Saturday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Cody Dilworth putting a ball in play during his team’s playoff loss to Half Hollow Hills East on Saturday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS AA TOURNAMENT | THUNDERBIRDS 10, BLUE WAVES 0

For the Riverhead High School baseball team, the thrill and excitement of qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in seven years met a jarring reality on Saturday. Reaching the postseason is one thing, but winning a playoff game is quite another.

Riverhead’s long-awaited return to the playoffs was a harsh one. The Blue Waves were blasted, 10-0, as Half Hollow Hills East played a virtually flawless qualifying-round game in the Suffolk County Class AA Tournament in Dix Hills. Hills East will next play either No. 7 Sachem East or No. 16 Bellport for the right to advance to the championship round. (more…)

05/12/15 10:17pm
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Kaitlyn Butterfield, far left, and Meg Tuthill led the way during the 1,500-meter race. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Kaitlyn Butterfield, far left, and Meg Tuthill led the way during the 1,500-meter race. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

MONARCHS 116, CLIPPERS 24

A league dual-meet championship in high school girls track and field can be a rather fragile thing. Because teams run only a handful of dual meets over the course of a season, a loss can be devastating to a team’s title chances.

That was the case with Bishop McGann-Mercy last year when the Monarchs lost their season-opening meet to Southampton. It was their one and only loss of the season, but it cost them the league championship.

The Monarchs haven’t slipped up since then, winning 11 straight dual meets since that loss to Southampton. With their 116-24 defeat of Greenport/Southold on Tuesday night in Riverhead, the Monarchs capped a 6-0 season and won the Suffolk County League VIII championship outright. It is their sixth league title since 2001 and fifth in seven years, according to the team’s second-year coach, Collin Zeffer. (more…)

05/11/15 5:06pm
Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Kuhnle (20-0), who hasn't been pushed to three sets this season, won the Division IV singles championship. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Kuhnle (20-0), who hasn’t been pushed to three sets this season, won the Division IV singles championship. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

SUFFOLK COUNTY DIVISION IV CHAMPIONSHIPS

Chris Kuhnle said it wasn’t easy. The scores may suggest otherwise, but Kuhnle said winning the Suffolk County Division IV singles championship on Monday was hard work, something he is not a stranger to.

Hard work, Kuhnle said, is what has brought his tennis game to where it is. The Shoreham-Wading River High School junior, the top-seeded player in the division tournament, reached the final for the second year in a row. The only difference is this time he was the one presented with the keepsake tournament bracket that goes to the champion. (more…)

05/08/15 2:40pm
John Wendt III was flanked by his parents, John Jr. and Suzanne, during Friday's signing ceremony. Standing behind them, from left, are Riverhead coach Rob Maccone, Wendt's youngher brother, Riley, and Riverhead athletic director Bill Groth. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

John Wendt III was flanked by his parents, John Jr. and Suzanne, during Friday’s signing ceremony. Standing behind them, from left, are Riverhead coach Rob Maccone, Wendt’s youngher brother, Riley, and Riverhead athletic director Bill Groth. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

The back of John Wendt III’s baseball card should read something like this:

Height: 6 foot 3 inches. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. School: Riverhead High School. Favorite Math Subject: Calculus. Significant Statistics: Is ranked eighth among 314 students. Holds a weighted grade-point average of 105.77.

And, oh yeah, this member of the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language Society is also a pretty darn good baseball player. (more…)

05/06/15 9:31pm
From left, Joe Tardif, Jon Dwyer and Will Gildersleeve with Optimus, a hockey gnome that has served as Mattituck's good-luck charm this season. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

From left, Joe Tardif, Jon Dwyer and Will Gildersleeve with Optimus, a hockey gnome that has served as Mattituck’s good-luck charm this season. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

TUCKERS 19, MONARCHS 0

The reaction was reserved, to say the least. No dogpiles. No hooting and hollering. No players joyously jumping on top of each other.

There wasn’t much in the way of celebration by the Mattituck High School baseball team in the moments after it clinched at least a share of the Suffolk County League VIII championship on Wednesday evening. (more…)

04/17/15 6:48pm
Riverhead sprinter Jacob Robinson, seated next to family friend Patrick Harris, signed to accept a scholarship from Merrimack College (Mass.). Standing, from left, are Riverhead assistant coach Will Razzano and the school's indoor and outdoor coaches, Sal Loverde and Steve Gevinski. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Riverhead sprinter Jacob Robinson, seated next to family friend Patrick Harris, signed to accept a scholarship from Merrimack College (Mass.). Standing, from left, are Riverhead assistant coach Will Razzano and the school’s indoor and outdoor coaches, Sal Loverde and Steve Gevinski. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Not long after he had joined the Riverhead High School boys track and field team four years ago and discovered he had a talent for running fast, Jacob Robinson got into the habit after a race of asking the school’s winter coach, Sal Loverde, if he had run fast.

Loverde recalled, “He would just give me the look, you know, the Jacob look, and I would say: ‘No, you’re not fast yet. I’ll tell you when you’re fast.’ ”

And so it went over recent years. Then, one day this past winter, Robinson ran the 300 meters in a school record time of 35.52 seconds at The Armory in New York City. He gave Loverde that familiar look, as if to say, “So, what do you think?”

Loverde couldn’t deny what he had seen and had to concede, “Alright, maybe you’re fast now.” (more…)

04/14/15 8:12pm
Bishop McGann-Mercy third baseman Leo Ellis awaits a throw as Mattituck's Marcos Perivolaris steals third base on the same play in which Ian Nish drew a walk. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Bishop McGann-Mercy third baseman Leo Ellis awaits a throw as Mattituck’s Marcos Perivolaris steals third base on the same play in which Ian Nish drew a walk. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

TUCKERS 11, MONARCHS 3

The Mattituck offense is a fierce, multi-headed beast, feared as much for its speed and consistency as its power. Whether it be by small ball, long ball or a combination of both, the Tuckers play winning ball.

A perfect case in point was the opener to their Suffolk County League VIII baseball series against Bishop McGann-Mercy on Tuesday. The Tuckers’ offense was so potent that they held a 2-0 lead through the first three innings without the benefit of a hit. Both of the runs were scored in a virtually identical manner. The leadoff hitter, Joe Tardif, drew a walk, stole second base and advanced to third on either a groundout or a balk. Then, he was brought home on sacrifice flies by Chris Dwyer.

Voilá! It’s 2-0, just like that. (more…)