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Joe Werkmeister

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09/20/14 5:24pm
Troy Trent and Raheem Brown celebrate during the Blue Waves' win over Smithtown East Saturday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Troy Trent and Raheem Brown celebrate during the Blue Waves’ win over Smithtown East Saturday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

BLUE WAVES 39, BULLS 27

Riverhead quarterback Kenny Simco threw for three touchdowns and running back Ryun Moore rushed for two more as the Blue Waves defeated Smithtown West Saturday afternoon, 39-27, at Coach Mike McKillop Memorial Field.  (more…)

09/19/14 9:52pm
Shoreham-Wading River coach Matt Millheiser receive a surprise ice shower after the Wildcats' upset victory over Babylon Friday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River coach Matt Millheiser receive a surprise ice shower after the Wildcats’ upset victory over Babylon Friday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

WILDCATS 9, PANTHERS 7

The memory is still fresh in the mind of Daniel Hughes. Two years ago. Under the lights in Babylon. The Wildcats were 5-1, and eager to prove they belonged in the upper echelon of Division IV.

On a night that ended like so many before in Babylon, the Wildcats limped away, their egos bruised, in a stinging 55-0 loss. A month later, the Panthers were Long Island champions, in the midst of a 25-game win streak they carried into Friday night.

“I’ve never had something as bad as that in my life,” Hughes said.

Losses against Babylon continued again last year, once in the regular season, again in the playoffs, 42-13.

The Wildcats returned to Babylon Friday, once again eager to prove a point.

And this time, they delivered.

In a defensive battle that came down to the very end, the Wildcats emerged 9-7 winners to hand the Panthers their first loss since the county championship game in 2011 against John Glenn. The Wildcats forced three turnovers, controlled field position throughout and relied on a physical, stout defense to hand the Panthers their first regular season loss since Oct. 1, 2011.

The Wildcats won for only the second time in program history against Babylon. Their only other win came in 2005. Overall, the Wildcats are now 2-15 against Babylon.

Seconds after Shoreham sophomore Ethan Wiederkehr sacked Babylon quarterback Ron Woodhull on fourth down to seal the victory, players grabbed the water cooler to douse coach Matt Millheiser. Only one kneel down remained for the win.

“I could hear the ice and all of a sudden, I was like whoa!” Millheiser said. “It’s all good. It’s worth it.”

Shoreham junior Chris Rosati scored on an 8-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter and the score remained stuck at 6-0 for most of the game.

Neither team’s offense could generate drives.

The Wildcats gained a little breathing room with 5:35 left in the fourth when Daniel Mahoney kicked a 26-yard field to make it a two-possession game at 9-0.

But the Panthers came surging back with a five-play, 69-yard drive capped by a 34-yard touchdown pass from Woodhull to Stephen Schweitzer. The drive took only 56 seconds.

The Wildcats began their next drive with their worst field position of the game after a holding penalty on the kickoff negated a huge return by Isreal Squires. Backed up at their own 6-yard line, the Wildcats managed to pick up two first downs before eventually punting with under a minute to go. Babylon got the ball back on its own 38 and turned it over on four plays.

Rosati rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries. Hughes rushed for 60 on 13 carries. He also completed 7 of 17 passes for 71 yards.

The Wildcats improve to 2-0 heading into next week’s game against Hampton Bays. The Panthers are now 1-1.

Last year the Wildcats defeated Mount Sinai for the first time in program history.

joew@timesreview.com

09/13/14 11:30am
Shoreham-Wading River senior Isreal Squires during a practice leading up to yesterday's season opener. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Isreal Squires during a practice leading up to yesterday’s season opener. (Credit: Garret Meade)

WILDCATS 35, RED DEVILS 7

No matter how well a team may look in the preseason, a coach still gets that uneasy feeling before the first game of the season. How will a new team perform once the game’s count for real?  (more…)

09/12/14 10:34pm
McGann-Mercy running back Reggie Archer tries to find a hole against the Bayport defense. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

McGann-Mercy running back Reggie Archer tries to find a hole against the Bayport defense. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

PHANTOMS 33, MONARCHS 6

From the moment Bishop McGann-Mercy received the No. 6 seed in Division IV, a peculiar position for a team whose only victory a year ago came via forfeit, this much was evident: the schedule would again be unforgiving. (more…)

09/11/14 4:00pm
Nick Tropeano, who pitched for the Riverhead Tomcats in 2009, won his first MLB game Wednesday. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Nick Tropeano, who pitched for the Riverhead Tomcats in 2009, won his first MLB game Wednesday. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Nick Tropeano, who in 2009 dominated in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League as a member of the Riverhead Tomcats, made his Major League Baseball debut Wednesday night with the Houston Astros.  (more…)

09/10/14 5:00pm
The Shoreham-Wading RIver girls cross country team, led by the trio of (from left) Kaitlyn Ohrtman, Alexandra Hays and Katherine Lee, will battle Miller Place and Bayport-Blue Point for the league and county titles. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

The Shoreham-Wading RIver girls cross country team, led by the trio of (from left) Kaitlyn Ohrtman, Alexandra Hays and Katherine Lee, will battle Miller Place and Bayport-Blue Point for the league and county titles. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

It’s been six seasons since the last time Shoreham-Wading River won a county championship in girls cross country. For most teams, such a drought would hardly seem abnormal. But for Shoreham, a program that has contended for titles year after year, six years can seem like a long time.

There are no guarantees that streak will snap this year. But with a team that returns nearly its entire roster from a year ago, the Wildcats appear poised to make a run at the Class B title.  (more…)

09/04/14 10:00am
Riverhead senior Sierra Smith works on a ball-handling drill during practice. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead senior Sierra Smith works on a ball-handling drill during practice. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Through all the struggles in recent years for the Riverhead girls soccer team, there was always one constant: the calming presence of Carolyn Carrera anchoring the defense in goal. The scores of most games hardly reflected the effort of Carrera to keep her team close.  (more…)

09/02/14 6:00pm
Players on the Shoreham-Wading River soccer team run sprints during tryouts last week. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Players on the Shoreham-Wading River soccer team run sprints during tryouts last week. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Andrew Moschetti found himself in unfamiliar territory last fall. For the first time as a varsity coach at Shoreham-Wading River, beginning with the girls soccer team and now with the boys, his team fell short of the playoffs.

It was a humbling experience for Moschetti, who first started coaching with the girls in 2006.  (more…)