Apparently, first impressions don’t mean a darn thing in volleyball. Nor do second, third and fourth impressions, for that matter.
In this sport, momentum is a fragile, fickle thing that can come and go with each serve.
That was the case in Wednesday’s Suffolk County League VII girls match between Shoreham-Wading River and Mount Sinai. What started out looking like it would be an easy three-setter for SWR, turned into an exhausting five-setter in which the total points were virtually identical (118-116 in SWR’s favor) and no set was decided by more than four points. READ
The Riverhead High School girls volleyball team may not be quite ready yet to measure its progress by wins and losses, but that long-awaited win on Friday sure felt good.
“It’s our first win in my whole entire time on varsity,” senior setter Coco Wharton said of the four-set, non-league victory over visiting Hampton Bays. “It was amazing.” READ
It wasn’t a case of insult added to injury so much as injury contributing to insult.
The injury came when Riverhead’s David Squires left the ground in an attempt to catch a pass. Moving gingerly, the junior was helped off Coach Mike McKillop Memorial Field in Riverhead. READ
Falling behind, 1-0, was a cause for concern. The way the Shoreham-Wading River High School field hockey team responded, though, was a cause for great optimism.
SWR turned a one-goal halftime deficit into a three-goal triumph, pumping in four second-half goals in impressive fashion to take down East Hampton, 4-1, Thursday at Thomas Cutinella Memorial Field in Shoreham. READ
Unlike most years when the goal for Long Island’s top high school cross-country runners is to go upstate, the aim this year is to remain downstate, on the island.
The eyes of the New York State cross-country community will be focused on Sunken Meadow State Park on Nov. 10. Almost 10 years to the day since they were last run on Long Island, the state boys and girls championships will return to the hilly 3.1-mile course in Kings Park. READ
Just how far the Riverhead High School field hockey team goes this year may very well depend on how low the Blue Waves can go.
Every now and then Angie Graziano’s coaches remind her to get low and position herself by the post, ready to knock a shot on goal. READ
Shoreham-Wading River High School’s boys cross-country team has two returning state meet runners, but after that the Wildcats have question marks. That could have coach Bob Szymanski feeling a bit uneasy heading into the new season. READ
The Riverhead High School girls soccer team isn’t playing the stylish samba soccer made famous by Brazilian teams, nor are they playing the “Samba” soccer their first-year head coach, Samba Traore, would like to see from them one day.
“I want to play samba soccer,” Traore said. “We have a long, long way to go.” READ