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…)

01/05/15 7:59pm
Forrest Vail had a 486 series for Riverhead, which swept Southold in three games at Wildwood Lanes in Riverhead. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Forrest Vail had a 486 series for Riverhead, which swept Southold in three games at Wildwood Lanes in Riverhead. (Credit: Garret Meade)

BLUE WAVES 31, FIRST SETTLERS 2

When the bottom two high school boys bowling teams in Suffolk County League IV faced each other on Monday, they both saw it as an opportunity to walk away with points, something that hasn’t been too plentiful for either side this season.

It was Riverhead that garnered the lion’s share of them at Southold’s expense. Three Blue Waves rolled three-game series scores of 564 or higher in a 31-2 win.

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01/04/15 12:00pm
Riverhead girls coach Dave Spinella goes over instructions with the Blue Waves at practice. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead girls coach Dave Spinella and his team at a practice earlier this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

The best in people can emerge during trying times.

I have known Dave Spinella for a dozen years or so. I have seen him develop players, make them better, prepare them for the varsity level and assemble winning girls basketball teams for Riverhead High School. I have seen him win the right way, with class. I have seen him handle defeat with dignity.

And yet, for all he has done as a coach on the basketball court, Spinella’s shining moment, for me, came the day after Christmas when he issued a public apology for making public comments critical of his team following a loss. (more…)

01/03/15 3:17pm
Greenport's Darius Bolling (2) tries to stop Shoreham-Wading River's Dan Hughes, one of three 11-point scorers for the Wildcats. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Greenport’s Darius Bolling (2) tries to stop Shoreham-Wading River’s Dan Hughes, one of three 11-point scorers for the Wildcats. (Credit: Garret Meade)

WILDCATS 58, PORTERS 22

Two high school boys basketball teams heading in different directions crossed paths Saturday and started the new year the same way they ended the old one.

Shoreham-Wading River ushered in what promises to be a good year for the Wildcats with a 58-22 trouncing of Greenport in a non-league game in Shoreham. It was the eighth straight win for the Wildcats (8-1, 3-0 Suffolk County League VI) and the sixth straight loss for the Porters (2-7, 1-4 League VIII). (more…)

12/31/14 10:00am

With a left turn, we were on Davis Street in Oceanside, and I had taken a drive back three decades in time.

I was with my sisters and others in a car that had stopped at an intersection on Davis Street, where my family had lived for a good chunk of my childhood. While others stared to the right, my eyes kept scanning, searching for the house we used to live in before we moved to East Meadow in 1979. Then, one of my sisters pointed me in the right direction. “There,” she said, “that’s the house we used to live in.” (more…)

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…)