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Joe Werkmeister

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05/23/15 10:00am
Jeff Doroski will return this fall as Mercy's head football coach. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Jeff Doroski will return this fall as Mercy’s head football coach. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Jeff Doroski will return as the McGann-Mercy football coach next fall.

After a contentious departure in early 2014, which led to him taking the varsity head coach positions of Riverhead softball and Hampton Bays football, Doroski will once again be on the sideline of his alma mater when the Monarchs kick off in September.  (more…)

05/22/15 10:25pm
Shoreham-Wading River pinch runner Alex Bettenhauser is tagged out at third in Friday's semifinal loss at John Glenn. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River pinch runner Alex Bettenhauser is tagged out at third in Friday’s semifinal loss at John Glenn. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

CLASS A SEMIFINALS, GAME 1  |  KNIGHTS 1, WILDCATS 0

After opening the playoffs with a win at Westhampton Wednesday, Shoreham-Wading River coach Kevin Willi wasn’t ready to publicly commit to which pitcher would throw Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinals series that started Friday.

He ended up choosing John Montesano and the senior didn’t disappoint. (more…)

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05/22/15 7:11pm

CLASS A TOURNAMENT  |  WILDCATS 13, GOLDEN FLASHES 8

Shoreham-Wading River senior Hailey Tilton stood near the dugout amid a jubilant group of teammates when a spectator yelled for her attention.

“You played some game, kid!” the man said to her.

“Thank you!” she replied.  (more…)

05/21/15 8:42pm
Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Curran scored three goals with two assists in Thursday's loss to Sayville. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Curran scored three goals with two assists in Thursday’s loss to Sayville. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

CLASS B SEMIFINALS  |  GOLDEN FLASHES 12, WILDCATS 11 (OT)

There was an undeniable feeling from the early moments of the season, beginning with a dominant opener against Harborfields, to a win over Miller Place and a string of blowout victories toward the end, that Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse was back.

The up-and-down season a year ago gave way to stability under new coach Mike Taylor. And the focus was squared back where it belonged: on playing lacrosse. (more…)

05/20/15 8:40pm
Shoreham-Wading River center fielder Caitlin Mirabell charges in to make a catch Wednesday against Comsewogue. (Credit: John O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River center fielder Caitlin Mirabell charges in to make a catch Wednesday against Comsewogue. (Credit: John O’Rourk)

CLASS A TOURNAMENT  |  WILDCATS 9, WARRIORS 2

The road through the playoffs will take Shoreham-Wading River to a familiar destination: Sayville.

The Wildcats opened the Class A playoffs with a 9-2 win Wednesday afternoon at home against Comsewogue, setting up a match against the Golden Flashes Friday. Over the last decade, Sayville’s been a constant roadblock for Shoreham to reach the county finals. Sayville bounced the Wildcats from the playoffs in their most recent visits in 2013 and 2012.  (more…)

05/20/15 7:09pm
Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Fox drove in a pair of runs in the Wildcats' playoff win over Westhampton Wednesday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Fox drove in a pair of runs in the Wildcats’ playoff win over Westhampton Wednesday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

CLASS A PLAYOFFS  |  WILDCATS 7, HURRICANES 2

Through five innings Wednesday, the Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats were still searching for their first hit, locked into a pitcher’s duel against Westhampton in the first round of the Class A playoffs.

Sixteen players had to come to bat for the Wildcats and only one reached base on a walk.

“It was very frustrating,” said third baseman Matt Fox.  (more…)

05/15/15 7:17pm
Riverhead shortstop Dani Napoli applies a tag on Hills West senior Samantha Katz. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead shortstop Danni Napoli applies a tag on Hills West senior Samantha Katz. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

CLASS AA OUTBRACKET |  COLTS 6, BLUE WAVES 5 (8 innings)

Jubilation to heartache. All in a matter of minutes.

One out stood in the way of a memorable, come-from-behind victory for the Riverhead softball team Friday. Facing the defending Class AA county champion Half Hollow Hills West Colts, the Blue Waves rallied for a run in the seventh inning to send the game into extras and then another run in the eighth to seize the lead.  (more…)