02/18/15 10:23pm
Shoreham-Wading River's Courtney Clasen battles for a rebound with Comsewogue's Sam Collins. Sam Higgins stood nearby. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen battles for a rebound with Comsewogue’s Sam Collins. Sam Higgins stood nearby. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS A QUARTERFINAL | WARRIORS 48, WILDCATS 45

Some players are lifted onto the shoulders of their teammates when they make their final exit. In Courtney Clasen’s case, she was rolled out of the Shoreham-Wading River High School gym on a chair supported by wheels.

It’s safe to say that Clasen’s final minutes as a Shoreham basketball player did not go as she might have envisioned. After making a layup and rolling her right ankle on the landing, Clasen spent the last 2 minutes 13 seconds of her high school career sitting on the bench, with her right leg spread out across a chair and an ice pack on her ailing ankle. The senior forward watched her teammates make a valiant comeback attempt in her absence, only to fall short, 48-45, to fifth-seeded Comsewogue in a Suffolk County Class A Tournament quarterfinal on Wednesday night.

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02/17/15 9:01pm
Riverhead's Kim Ligon flies toward the basket as King Park's Gianna Cancemi stands her ground. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Kim Ligon flies toward the basket as King Park’s Gianna Cancemi stands her ground. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS AA TOURNAMENT | KINGSMEN 69, BLUE WAVES 51

Sam Dunn was getting bumped, banged around and knocked to the floor. The Riverhead High School junior flashed a grin when she wasn’t giving an incredulous look to her bench after not being granted the benefit of a foul call.

It was a playoff game, after all, and Dunn was determined to enjoy the moment, even if she couldn’t take much joy in the final result.

The Blue Waves were outscored, 26-11, in a third quarter that swung Tuesday evening’s Suffolk County Class AA girls basketball first-round game decisively in host Kings Park’s favor. Sam Schultz scored 8 of her 16 points in that quarter and Emily Morello’s 3-point shot capped a 12-0 spurt to end the period with the Kingsmen ahead by 20 points. They led by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter before settling for a 69-51 final score in their favor. (more…)

02/16/15 12:57am
Riverhead senior Ed Matyka overcame a 5-0 deficit in the final half-minute of the third period and won his first county title in triple overtime. He was also named the tournament's outstanding wrestler. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead senior Ed Matyka overcame a 5-0 deficit in the final half-minute of the third period and won his first county title in triple overtime. He was also named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

SECTION XI DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ed Matyka had a lot to do, and time was running out. With half a minute remaining in his county final wrestling match, the Riverhead High School senior was trailing by 5-0.

How Matyka responded was, in a word, outstanding.

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02/13/15 12:02pm
New York Times columnist David Carr at last year's WebSummit in Dublin. (Credit: Flickr/WebSummit. http://ow.ly/J17Xg)

New York Times columnist David Carr at last year’s WebSummit in Dublin. (Credit: Flickr/WebSummit. http://ow.ly/J17Xg)

The impact a person can have on someone, even someone that person never met, is extraordinary. That was brought home to me late Thursday night as I considered how someone I had never met gave me a greater appreciation and enthusiasm for what I do for a living.

I was in the process of preparing to post a basketball story to The Suffolk Times’ website when I noticed a picture of The New York Times’ media columnist, David Carr, on his newspaper’s website. Being in a hurry to do what I needed to do, I made a mental note to go back later and check out why Mr. Carr’s photo was up there. I assumed it was a video of a panel discussion he had moderated earlier that evening.

I was wrong. (more…)

02/10/15 6:00pm
Riverhead senior forward Anthony Antunes signed a national letter of intent to play for Dowling College. Joining him in the signing ceremony on Tuesday were his parents Rosa and Jose and his brother Kevin. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo, courtesy)

Riverhead senior forward Anthony Antunes signed a national letter of intent to play for Dowling College. Joining him in the signing ceremony on Tuesday were his parents Rosa and Jose and his brother Kevin. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo, courtesy)

The Riverhead High School boys soccer team has an obvious connection to Dowling College. Riverhead’s coach, Lamine Traore, left his west African country Mali to accept a full soccer scholarship from Dowling in 2006, the same year Dowling won the NCAA Division II championship. He was the top Division II goal scorer in the country with 26 in 2008, the same year he led the Golden Lions to the national final and was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America third team.

Now Riverhead has another Dowling connection: His name is Anthony Antunes. (more…)

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…)