12/26/14 5:38pm

Dave Spinella on the sideline during a 2012 game. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Dave Spinella on the sideline during a 2012 game. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Dave Spinella said he is sorry. He is not sorry for what he said; he is sorry for who he said it to.

Riverhead High School’s girls basketball coach issued a mea culpa the day after Christmas. In what amounts to a public apology to his players and their parents, Spinella said he was wrong to state in a postgame interview that his players lacked heart. (more…)

12/22/14 5:37pm
One of Riverhead's starting freshmen, Faith Johnson-DeSilvia, brought the Blue Waves 12 points and 8 rebounds against Eastport/South Manor. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

One of Riverhead’s starting freshmen, Faith Johnson-DeSilvia, brought the Blue Waves 12 points and 8 rebounds against Eastport/South Manor. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SHARKS 54, BLUE WAVES 50

Any semblance of holiday cheer was wiped off Dave Spinella’s face. He wasn’t happy, and that’s putting it mildly.

The Riverhead High School girls basketball coach said his team showed “no heart” in its 54-50 non-league loss to Eastport/South Manor on Monday.

“We have no energy, no heart,” Spinella said after meeting with his players following the contest at Eastport/South Manor High School, the final game before Christmas for both teams. “We have no fire. We don’t have passion.” (more…)

12/09/14 9:05pm
Shoreham-Wading River's Dan Hughes, guarded by Eastport/South Manor's Tristan Lucacci, scored 25 points in his team's home opener. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Dan Hughes, guarded by Eastport/South Manor’s Tristan Lucacci, scored 25 points in his team’s home opener. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

WILDCATS 64, SHARKS 30

It is around the time of the year when Dan Hughes makes the transformation from football player to basketball player. This year, however, that metamorphosis was delayed by an extended football season in which Hughes quarterbacked Shoreham-Wading River to a Long Island championship.

But there was no question that the basketball Dan Hughes arrived for his team’s home opener on Tuesday night. (more…)

12/04/14 7:43pm
Mike Chiliki of Bishop McGann-Mercy putting up a successful jump shot against William Floyd in the first round of the Colonial Classic. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Ed Kneski of Bishop McGann-Mercy putting up a successful jump shot against William Floyd in the first round of the Colonial Classic. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

COLONIAL CLASSIC | COLONIALS 72, MONARCHS 46

Mike Clauberg is treated like a celebrity when he returns to his alma mater, William Floyd High School, where he played for a Suffolk County championship boys basketball team in 1993-94. As welcoming as the Colonials are to Clauberg upon his return to the site of his glory days, they aren’t so kind to the Bishop McGann-Mercy team that he coaches.

William Floyd handed the Monarchs a rough introduction to the 2014-5 season on Thursday, thrashing them, 72-46, in the first round of the 26th annual Colonial Classic. Floyd won convincingly, despite shooting 0 for 11 from the field in the third quarter. (more…)

12/02/14 7:30pm
Isreal Squires, with an escort provided by Bryce Casey, crossing the goal line for an 80-yard touchdown reception. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Isreal Squires, with an escort provided by Bryce Casey, crossing the goal line for an 80-yard touchdown reception. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Speed kills — and thrills. And wins Long Island championships.

Fleetness of foot was the outstanding quality exhibited by the Shoreham-Wading River High School football team as it sped to its first Long Island championship on Sunday. It was Isreal Squires’ blazing speed, especially, that drew raves from the press box at Stony Brook University’s Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

Squires sure can fly, and the Wildcats soared, 47-13, in the Long Island Class IV final over a Roosevelt team that is pretty fast itself. (more…)

12/01/14 12:57am
Shoreham-Wading River collected some coveted trophies with their first Long Island championship on Sunday night. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River collected some coveted trophies with their first Long Island championship on Sunday night. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

LONG ISLAND CLASS IV FINAL | WILDCATS 47, ROUGH RIDERS 13

The season that brought so much pain also brought joy, and perfection.

Along with 54, the retired uniform number of a fallen teammate, the Shoreham-Wading River High School football team’s season will also be remembered for some other numbers: 12-0, as in 12 wins, no losses.

A season that mixed tragedy with triumph concluded Sunday night with the Wildcats in a class of their own. For the Wildcats, it was the perfect ending to a perfect season, a 12-0 season topped off by their first Long Island championship in the team’s 17-year history. (more…)

11/24/14 2:00pm
The late Tom Cutinella's retired No. 54 jersey held a prominent place as the Shoreham-Wading River players marched onto the field before the game. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

The late Tom Cutinella’s retired No. 54 jersey held a prominent place as the Shoreham-Wading River players marched onto the field before the game. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The same season that brought the Shoreham-Wading River High School football team the worst day in its history, also produced its best day.

To those who remember before Shoreham had its own football team and the struggles it experienced along the way after it did, what happened on Saturday was the pinnacle of a long journey. What happened on this raw, cold day was enough to warm your heart. (more…)

11/22/14 7:28pm
The No. 54 flag representing Tom Cutinella waves amid the Shoreham-Wading River players after Saturday's county championship win. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

The No. 54 flag representing Tom Cutinella waves amid the Shoreham-Wading River players after Saturday’s county championship win. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

SUFFOLK COUNTY DIVISION IV FINAL | WILDCATS 47, KNIGHTS 10

The Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats, dressed in their navy blue uniforms, looked all business as they marched solemnly across the field toward their sideline before the game. Leading the way were four Wildcats. Aaron Harley-Rey and Danny Hughes carried a blue banner with “54” printed on it in gold, and Jimmy Puckey and Kevin Cutinella held the late Tom Cutinella’s retired No. 54 jersey.

Not only have the Wildcats clung to the memory of their former teammate, but they honored it Saturday by securing a place in team history. (more…)