02/07/15 10:12pm
Shoreham-Wading River wrestlers and coaches posed for photos after the Wildcats saw all five of their league finalists claim championships. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Shoreham-Wading River wrestlers and coaches pose for photos after the Wildcats saw all five of their league finalists claim championships. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

LEAGUE VI TOURNAMENT

When the name of the most outstanding wrestler of the 2015 Suffolk County League VI Tournament was announced, Jack Taddeo was not to be seen. As it turned out, the Shoreham-Wading River High School junior was in a hallway outside the East Hampton High School gym at the time, posing for photos with teammates.

Taddeo’s selection, by a vote of the coaches, was the proverbial icing on the cake for the Wildcats. Shoreham sent five wrestlers into the league finals — no easy trick in itself — and all five emerged as champions.

That’s 5 for 5. Not bad at all. (more…)

02/05/15 9:35pm
One of Riverhead's three seniors, Cassidy Brown, looks for shooting room while being guarded by Centereach's Alicia Indence. (Credit: Garret Meade)

One of Riverhead’s three seniors, Cassidy Brown, looks for shooting room while being guarded by Centereach’s Alicia Indence. (Credit: Garret Meade)

BLUE WAVES 58, COUGARS 33

Senior Night is different. Senior Night is special. It’s not a typical game night, especially not if you’re one of the seniors being recognized.

As much as one may prepare for it, the emotions of the event can get the better of people. So when the Riverhead High School girls basketball coach, Dave Spinella, delivered heartfelt remarks about the three seniors on his team, tears flowed, with the notable exception being Amanda Baron, who has a reputation for being calm, cool and collected.

Starting with the team manager, senior Mieko Vail, Riverhead’s seniors were introduced by Spinella to the crowd during a pregame ceremony on Thursday night. Cassidy Brown, Baron and Joanna Messina took their turns listening to Spinella say some nice words about them. Then they hugged their coaches, were handed flowers and met their parents at center court for pictures.

Moments later, the Blue Waves went about another tradition: winning on Senior Night. (more…)

02/04/15 4:00pm
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Riverhead lineman Ethan Greenidge was joined by his parents Robin and Xann, as well as coach Leif Shay, on National Signing Day. Greenidge accepted a full scholarship from Villanova University. (Credit: Riverhead Schools)

It isn’t exactly Riverhead High School’s royal blue, but Villanova University has a little blue in its school colors. Before long, Villanova’s football team will have a big Riverheader among its ranks.

The biggest player on Riverhead’s football team made a big move on National Signing Day, putting pen to paper and accepting a full athletic scholarship from Villanova. (more…)

02/03/15 10:28pm
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Joe Jeskie attacking the basket while Mattituck's Parker Tuthill defends. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Joe Jeskie attacking the basket while Mattituck’s Parker Tuthill defends. (Credit: Garret Meade)

MONARCHS 78, TUCKERS 67

First came the punch, and then came the virtual knockout.

An intense high school boys basketball game, played at a frantic pace, with one Bishop McGann-Mercy player ejected for punching a Mattituck player, all but dashed Mattituck’s playoff hopes.

McGann-Mercy, already eliminated from playoff contention, dealt a severe blow to Mattituck’s chances. The Monarchs punctuated their Senior Night by outscoring Mattituck, 27-16, in the fourth quarter for a 78-67 victory on Tuesday night.

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01/23/15 8:00am
James Suarez with his parents Joe and Kalli on Senior Day at Shoreham-Wading River High School. (Credit: Garret Meade)

James Suarez with his parents Joe and Kalli on Senior Day at Shoreham-Wading River High School. (Credit: Garret Meade)

James Suarez, a Shoreham-Wading River High School student who has wrestled since he was a seventh grader, was looking forward to his senior season. This past summer he trained in earnest for his big opportunity. Suarez had a good chance of winning a place in Shoreham’s lineup, perhaps at 152 or 160 pounds. He wanted to be ready.

Then life intervened.

Suarez, 17, had to step back from his wrestling family so he could come to the rescue of his actual family. (more…)

01/17/15 9:29pm
Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Tanner Zagarino, right, wrestling against Riverhead's Raheem Brown, won the 170-pound title and was selected the North Fork Invitational's Champion of Champions. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Tanner Zagarino, top, wrestling against Riverhead’s Raheem Brown, won the 170-pound title and was selected the North Fork Invitational’s Champion of Champions. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

NORTH FORK INVITATIONAL

Every second of a wrestling match counts. With the right move (or the wrong move), a match can turn in an instant, the proverbial blink of an eye.

Such was the case in the 170-pound final of the 18th annual North Fork Invitational on Saturday night. Mattituck/Greenport/Southold sophomore Tanner Zagarino was trailing by 3 points in the dying moments of the match and looked spent, but he still had something left in him. With about 10 seconds to go, Zagarino, the No. 1 seed, took down Riverhead senior Raheem Brown for 2 points and kept him down, picking up 3 back points for a dramatic 10-8 triumph at Mattituck High School. It was his third tournament title this season. (more…)

01/16/15 8:38pm
Jack Del Duca was a winner for Shoreham-Wading River at 113 pounds, defeating Westhampton Beach's Casey Hughes, 7-2. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Jack Del Duca was a winner for Shoreham-Wading River at 113 pounds, defeating Westhampton Beach’s Casey Hughes, 7-2. (Credit: Garret Meade)

HURRICANES 39, WILDCATS 35

Sometimes it’s not how many wrestling matches you win, but how you win them that counts.

Such was the case Friday. Shoreham-Wading River won most of the individual bouts, but Westhampton Beach took the bulk of the bonus points — and the contest. (more…)

01/13/15 9:43pm
Mattituck's Ryan Mowdy blocking a shot while Bishop McGann-Mercy's Eddie Kneski (15) and Joe Jeskie (3) watch. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s Ryan Mowdy blocking a shot while Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Eddie Kneski (15) and Joe Jeskie (3) watch. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 66, MONARCHS 58

More than a few eyebrows may have been raised over how Bishop McGann-Mercy was taking it to Mattituck in the first half of Tuesday night’s high school boys basketball game. The Tuckers were having trouble guarding McGann-Mercy’s Kevin Santacroce. They never held the lead in the opening 16 minutes, trailing virtually the entire half. An upset was in the making.

Or so it seemed. (more…)