Articles by

Joe Werkmeister

04/22/15 5:47pm
Riverhead's Karla Vanston went 2-for-2 Wednesday against Walt Whitman. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead’s Karla Vanston went 2-for-2 Wednesday against Walt Whitman. (Credit: Bill Landon)

As the dark clouds crept closer and light rain began to fall, the brand new scoreboard adjacent the left field line at Riverhead’s softball field turned off. By that point, in the fourth inning, the Blue Waves didn’t need any reminders of the score.

Walt Whitman hit early and often Wednesday afternoon to bring the Blue Waves’ three-game winning streak to a screeching halt.  (more…)

04/21/15 7:52pm
Shoreham-Wading River shortstop Alex Hutchins fields the ball as the Comsewogue runner takes second. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River shortstop Alex Hutchins fields the ball as the Comsewogue runner takes second. (Credit: Bill Landon)

WILDCATS 12, WARRIORS 2

Shoreham-Wading River’s senior trio of Caitlin Mirabell, Alex Hutchins and Hailey Tilton have experienced plenty of thrilling moments during their varsity careers. Two years ago, as sophomores, they each played pivotal roles in leading the Wildcats to the League VII title.

The next season, the good times faded. The Wildcats, rebuilding after losing their four-year starting pitcher, fell short of the playoffs in a rare down year.

Now as seniors, the girls found themselves leading a surprisingly young team with a new coach for their final year as Wildcats.

“Coming off of last year, I wanted to do better,” Tilton said. “I’m very happy with how we’re doing this year.”

No one might have guessed just how well the Wildcats have rebounded this season. Ten games into the season, the Wildcats are 8-2, one win away from a playoff spot and in the hunt with Mount Sinai and Miller Place for the League V title.

Offense has carried the way. The Wildcats are averaging more than 10 runs per game, a number boosted by their latest win Tuesday, a 12-2 victory at home against Comsewogue.

The seniors all played big roles. Tilton went 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBIs. Mirabell hit a pair of doubles in the leadoff spot. Hutchins drove in two runs while playing a smooth shortstop.

The Wildcats struck for four runs in the opening inning to quickly take command against the Warriors. Comsewogue didn’t help its cause with three errors in the inning.

Shoreham struck for four more in the fourth inning and again in the sixth inning.

The Wildcats fielded a lineup with three eighth graders. Second baseman Nickey Ness batted second, followed by center fielder Joy Papagianopoulos (2-for-5). Catcher Melissa Marchese, who drove in one run, batted sixth. Another eighth grader is out injured.

A big part of the Wildcats’ turnaround this year has been freshman pitcher Victoria Coman. She pitched a complete game against the Warriors, giving up seven hits. The Wildcats were strong in the field behind her. She struck out only three batters as the defense took care of the rest.

The Wildcats will get right back at it Wednesday with a game at Westhampton that had been postponed. A win would clinch a spot in the playoffs for Shoreham.

joew@timesreview.com

04/17/15 8:12pm
Riverhead second baseman Cody Dilworth delivered the game-winning hit Friday for Riverhead against West Islip. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead second baseman Cody Dilworth delivered the game-winning hit Friday for Riverhead against West Islip. (Credit: Bill Landon)

BLUE WAVES 5, LIONS 4

The cold, snowy start to the spring season created more than an inconvenience for the Riverhead baseball team. Thanks to several postponements, the schedule morphed into a murder’s row of pitchers for the Blue Waves, one ace after another. (more…)

04/11/15 8:06pm
Jacob Robinson, pictured in a meet last year, set the school record Saturday in the 400-meter dash. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Jacob Robinson, pictured in a meet last year, set the school record Saturday in the 400-meter dash. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

Jacob Robinson didn’t have to look far to find the former Riverhead High School record holder in the 400-meter dash.

At Saturday’s Suffolk Officials Meet at Mount Sinai High School, Robinson turned in a school record time of 50.58 seconds, according to coach Steve Gevinski. The Riverhead senior topped the previous best of 50.64 set in 2007 by Will Razzano, Gevinski said.  (more…)

04/11/15 6:24pm
Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Bray led the Wildcats with five goals Saturday against Miller Place. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Bray led the Wildcats with five goals Saturday against Miller Place. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

WILDCATS 11, PANTHERS 7

Mike Taylor saw firsthand in 2010 the Shoreham-Wading River Lax Out Cancer event. That year, the boys lacrosse team played the annual fundraiser event, which started in 2008, at Dowling Sports Complex where Taylor was a coach.

When he became the Wildcats’ varsity coach this season, he knew carrying on that tradition was an important part of his new job.

It was also a bit overwhelming.  (more…)

04/09/15 4:00pm
Riverhead senior Courtney Troyan is guarded by Bay Shore senior Kendra Cronin Thursday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead junior Courtney Troyan is guarded by Bay Shore senior Kendra Cronin Thursday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

MARAUDERS 10, BLUE WAVES 8

Coming into this season, Riverhead coach Ashley King expected the Blue Waves to surprise some teams.

“I think we’re starting to get there,” she said after a loss at home to Bay Shore Thursday. (more…)

04/07/15 6:44pm
Riverhead senior Ashley-Ann Courts competes in the long jump Tuesday in a dual meet against Smithtown West. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead senior Ashley-Ann Courts competes in the long jump Tuesday in a dual meet against Smithtown West. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Megan Carrick opened up the lead early on the first leg. On the final event of Tuesday’s dual meet, the Riverhead junior raced out to a fast start for the Blue Waves in the 4 x 400 relay.

As the baton switched hands, ultimately landing in those of senior Ashley-Ann Courts, the Blue Waves’ lead was never in doubt. As Courts crossed the finish line, capping the win in 4 minutes 52.5 seconds, the Blue Waves at last had a reason to smile.  (more…)

04/06/15 2:17pm
McGann-Mercy pitcher Nicole Gravagna throws out a runner at first base Monday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

McGann-Mercy pitcher Nicole Gravagna throws out a runner at first base Monday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

MONARCHS 10, MARINERS 5

An early morning start on the day after a holiday can be a cause for alarm for any coach. Are the players going to be mentally ready? Will they come out sluggish?

Before Monday’s home opener for the McGann-Mercy softball team, first-year coach Rich Schaub was confident his group was ready. The Monarchs put together a strong practice Saturday, giving Schaub reason to believe that would carry over.  (more…)