Articles by

Joe Werkmeister

11/26/14 2:00pm
Tyrese Kerr is one of Riverhead's key returners from last year. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Tyrese Kerr is one of Riverhead’s key returners from last year. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

John Rossetti witnessed an unusual sight when the Riverhead boys basketball team gathered for its first official practice of the 2014 season last week. For the first time in three years, all the players coming out for the team were on the court.

It’s a familiar Catch-22 for Rossetti at the start of every season. Many of Riverhead’s basketball players also play football in the fall.  (more…)

11/21/14 5:00pm
Shoreham-Wading River quarterback Danny Hughes carries the ball in Saturday's win over Babylon. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River quarterback Danny Hughes carries the ball in last weekend’s win over Babylon. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Three portable lights shined down on the practice field at Shoreham-Wading River High School Thursday as daylight faded on the football team’s practice. All around them, the practice fields were empty, every other fall team’s season having come to an end.

“I guess it’s a little bit of an accomplishment being the last ones out here, kind of knowing this is our time,” said senior quarterback Danny Hughes.  (more…)

11/18/14 6:21pm
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee, pictured at the state meet Nov. 15, finished fifth Saturday in the federation championship race. (Credit: Kyle Brazeil/MileSplit NY)

Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee, pictured at the state meet Nov. 15, finished fifth Saturday in the federation championship race. (Credit: Kyle Brazeil/MileSplit NY)

As an eighth-grader running in the state federation race last year, Shoreham-Wading River’s Katherine Lee learned a valuable lesson. When it comes to competing in a race loaded with talented runners, get out quick.

It’s a style of running Lee, now a freshman, has taken into all her races this season. And it proved particularly effective Saturday at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.  (more…)

11/15/14 5:53pm
Riverhead's Raheem Brown pursuing Hills West quarterback Jacob Robinson in Saturday's loss in Dix Hills. (Credit: Garrett Meade)

Riverhead’s Edward Wills pursues Hills West running back Ray Lyte in Saturday’s loss in Dix Hills. (Credit: Garret Meade)

DIVISION II SEMIFINALS  |  COLTS 28, BLUE WAVES 13

A season that felt like a constant uphill climb, from Week 1′s last-second win over West Islip to a blocked field goal in the final seconds of Week 8 to defeat Bellport, came to an end Saturday.

The Riverhead Blue Waves’ quest for a third straight county championship — the first such feat for a Division II team since 1998-00 — was ultimately dealt a final blow in Dix Hills, as the Half Hollow Hills West Colts prevailed 28-13 behind the explosive running of halfback Ray Lyte.  (more…)

11/15/14 10:43am
Two accidents were reported on County Road 51 early Saturday morning. (Credit: Google Maps)

Two accidents were reported on County Road 51 early Saturday morning. (Credit: Google Maps)

A Cutchogue woman crashed into an unoccupied Southampton Town police car early Saturday morning on a closed roadway in Manorville as police and firefighters were responding to a single-car accident that seriously injured a Manorville man, Southampton Town police said. (more…)

11/14/14 4:00pm
SWR running back Chris Rosati scores a touchdown in a Week 8 win over Port Jefferson. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

SWR running back Chris Rosati scores a touchdown in a Week 8 win over Port Jefferson. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

It was back in Week 2, on a Friday night in mid-September, that the Shoreham-Wading River football team picked up one of its biggest wins in years.

The Wildcats, behind a stout defense, won for the first time ever that night in Babylon and for only the second time ever in program history against the Panthers. Shoreham snapped a 25-game winning streak for Babylon, the two-time defending Class IV Long Island champions.  (more…)