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Joe Werkmeister

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10/25/14 1:05pm
Nicholas Berglin, a Hampton Bays H.S. senior, and Tara Farrell, a Long Island Marathon winner, were the top finishers in Saturday's Run for the Ridley 5K race in Riverhead. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Nicholas Berglin, a Hampton Bays H.S. senior, and Tara Farrell, a Long Island Marathon winner, were the top finishers in Saturday’s Run for the Ridley 5K race in Riverhead. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Nicholas Berglin was admittedly confident that he could emerge as the winner in Saturday morning’s Run for the Ridley 5K race in downtown Riverhead.  (more…)

10/24/14 11:23pm
McGann-Mercy students celebrated with the players on the field following Friday night's playoff-clinching win. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

McGann-Mercy students celebrated with the players on the field following Friday night’s playoff-clinching win. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

MONARCHS 28, WARRIORS 6

The bleachers were empty and most the McGann-Mercy football players were on their way to the locker room. Near the north end zone, where moments earlier the players chanted “playoffs! playoffs!” with classmates who stormed the field, Reggie Archer and some his fellow seniors remained.

The joy of the moment gave way to a bittersweet reality: they had likely just played their final home game at McGann-Mercy High School.

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10/24/14 1:00pm
Shoreham-Wading River senior Mackenzie Roberts looks for a shot against Southampton Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Mackenzie Roberts looks for a shot against Southampton Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

After an unbeaten regular season, the Shoreham-Wading River girls soccer team will open the 2014 playoffs as the No. 2 seed in Class A, according to the brackets released by Section XI today.  (more…)

10/21/14 7:00pm
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee ran the fastest time at Tuesday's division championships at Sunken Meadow State Park. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee ran the fastest time at Tuesday’s division championships at Sunken Meadow State Park. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

All around her, the congratulations came pouring in for the Shoreham-Wading River freshman.

“I love you!” said one competitor from McGann-Mercy. “Even though you don’t know me…”

Katherine Lee, who first came up to varsity as a seventh grader during winter track at Shoreham, found herself in the spotlight Tuesday afternoon after running a personal best time in the Section XI Division Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park. (more…)

10/20/14 7:47pm
Shoreham-Wading River senior Emily Sopko spent the second half Monday playing a different position than she's used to. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Emily Sopko spent the second half Monday playing a different position than she’s used to. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Emily Sopko’s role on the soccer field is to help prevent goals. On defense for Shoreham-Wading River, she and her teammates accomplish that goal to near perfection.

At 14-0-1, the Wildcats are in the midst of one their finest seasons in program history. A win in their regular season finale Wednesday would lock up an undefeated regular season heading into the playoffs.  (more…)

10/14/14 7:06pm
Shoreham-Wading River's Dan Mahoney fires a shot in the final seconds of Tuesday's game that hit off the crossbar, just missing on an equalizer. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Dan Mahoney fires a shot in the final seconds of Tuesday’s game that hit off the crossbar, just missing on an equalizer. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

PANTHERS 3, WILDCATS 2

Andrew Moschetti gathered his players on the sideline to deliver one final message before the players departed following Tuesday afternoon’s game against Miller Place.

Moschetti, the coach of Shoreham-Wading River, offered the age-old rally cry: “It’s not over!” he said to the players. (more…)

10/10/14 7:03pm
Riverhead senior Rachel Doroski rises up for a hit in Friday's match against Smithtown West. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead senior Rachel Doroski rises up for a hit in Friday’s match against Smithtown West. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

BULLS 3, BLUE WAVES 0

Recapturing last year’s jubilant run to the playoffs, the first in three seasons, was always going to be a challenge for the Riverhead Blue Waves this season. On top of losing several of last year’s key players to graduation, the Blue Waves bumped up a league, pitting them against a host of new, and as they’ve quickly discovered, talented teams. (more…)

10/08/14 10:00am
West Point football coach Jeff Monken helped arrange for the Cutinella family to receive a jersey and scholarship offer for Tom Cutinella. (Credit: courtesy photo)

West Point football coach Jeff Monken helped arrange for the Cutinella family to receive a jersey and scholarship offer for their son, Tom. (Credit: Courtesy Photo)

Tom Cutinella dreamed of attending West Point, his father, Frank, said during a eulogy for the 16-year-old Tuesday morning.

It was a dream that, in a way, became reality one day earlier thanks to the effort of a Shoreham-Wading River alumnus and the football staff at West Point.  (more…)