Mark Matyka has a lot to be proud about, but his high school wrestling season ended in tears on mat No. 2 at Times Union Center in Albany Saturday.
Matyka appeared on the path to a Cinderella story. The Riverhead junior was a wild-card entry to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships. Then, after losing his first-round Division I match at 99 pounds Friday by a major decision, 12-4, to sixth-seeded Monsignor Farrell sophomore Terry Adams, Matyka battled back in the consolation rounds. Later that day he recorded 6-2 decisions over Malone sophomore Sam Searles and Clarence freshman Aiden Rabideau.
Mark Matyka, who gained entry into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships by being granted a wild card, lost his first-round Division I wrestling match at 99 pounds, but his chances for a third-place finish are still alive.
The Riverhead High School junior started the tournament by dropping a major decision, 12-4, to Monsignor Farrell sophomore Terry Adams, the No. 6 seed, at Times Union Center in Albany Friday.
Jason Louser is a humble sort, but the Shoreham-Wading River High School sophomore was something else at the conclusion of the 500-yard freestyle race in the Section XI Championships at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Saturday. He was tired. Make that more than tired.
“He was exhausted, but he was relieved,” his coach, Joyce Brown, said. “That’s what I saw on his face, ‘Holy smoke, I’m glad it’s over.’ ” READ
Shoreham-Wading River’s postseason adventure has come to an end, and it took a high school girls basketball team similar in style to the Wildcats to end it.
Harborfields plays a relentless, pressure defense.
Free throws. The very description implies they are easy. No defenders. No obstructions.
Basketball can be a funny game. The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls team could afford to laugh about that notion Saturday.
Points were hard to come by in the first half of the Suffolk County Class A quarterfinal between Comsewogue and Shoreham. Neither side led by more than three points in the opening 16 minutes, which ended with Comsewogue holding a 17-16 edge.
Then third-seeded Shoreham won by 20 points.
Patti White had successfully pulled it off. Bob Furlong was thoroughly surprised, she said.
On a hot July Sunday afternoon last summer, White successfully orchestrated Bob Furlong Day at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton. Furlong, who shared the general manager title for the Riverhead Tomcats of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League with White, had been in and out of hospitals in his battle against leukemia. READ
One of the things about being around long enough is you get to see coaches come and go. You sure hate to see the good ones go, though, and Dave Spinella is one of the good ones.
Not to make it sound like Spinella, 38, has died or anything like that. He has just stepped down as the Riverhead High School girls basketball coach to embark on a new chapter in his life. That fact was enough to generate more than a few tears last Wednesday night when Spinella coached his final game for the Blue Waves.