Articles by

Joe Werkmeister

02/10/15 10:43am
Riverhead guard Faith Johnson-DeSilvia drives to the basket against Hills West earlier this season. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Riverhead guard Faith Johnson-DeSilvia drives to the basket against Hills West earlier this season. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

After finishing in a tie for second place in League III, the Riverhead girls basketball team was seeded 11th in the Class AA playoff bracket. The Blue Waves will open the playoffs Feb. 17 at No. 6 Kings Park. The game is set for 5 p.m.  (more…)

02/08/15 4:30pm
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee crosses the finish line first in the 3,000-meter race Sunday at the Section XI State Qualifier. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee crosses the finish line first in the 3,000-meter race Sunday at the Section XI State Qualifier. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SECTION XI STATE QUALIFIER

Katherine Lee had plenty of reason to be happy after winning the 3,000-meter race Sunday. The Shoreham-Wading River freshman’s victory clinched her a spot in the state championship.

But it was after the 1,500 — a race that she didn’t win — that brought out the biggest smiles.  (more…)

02/07/15 2:21pm
Riverhead's varsity cheerleading team performs in Orlando, Fla. this morning at nationals. (Credit: courtesy photo)

Riverhead’s varsity cheerleading team performs in Orlando, Fla. this morning at nationals. (Credit: courtesy photo)

The Riverhead varsity cheerleading team is back in familiar territory today: the National High School Cheerleading Championship presented by Universal Cheerleaders Association.

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02/06/15 9:55pm
Southold sophomore Madison Tabor goes up for a shot as Mercy's Nicole Gravagna guards. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Southold sophomore Madison Tabor goes up for a shot as Mercy’s Nicole Gravagna guards. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

CLIPPERS 39, MONARCHS 35

The full length of the court separated the McGann-Mercy girls basketball team from basket as they prepared to inbound for one final possession.

“Can you say Christian Laettner?” yelled out Southold/Greenport coach Howie Geismer.  (more…)

02/03/15 9:36pm
Shoreham-Wading River senior Jonah Caldwell, pictured against Amityville, scored 23 points in the Wildcats' loss to Bayport Tuesday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Jonah Caldwell, pictured against Amityville, scored 23 points in the Wildcats’ loss to Bayport Tuesday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

PHANTOMS 73, WILDCATS 60

The banners that hang in the gym at Shoreham-Wading River High School represent each sport in the school. Some banners, like for girls track, are stuffed with years showcasing the titles won.

For boys basketball, the banner lists just two years: 1990 and 1992, both league titles.  (more…)

02/01/15 8:00am
Shoreham_Wading River freshman Katherine Lee won two events Saturday at the small school county championship. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham_Wading River freshman Katherine Lee won two events Saturday at the small school county championship. (Credit: Bill Landon)

SMALL SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP

There are runners who cross the finish line after a race and can barely stand. The look of exhaustion on their face says it all. Some simply collapse onto the track after the finish line before regaining the strength to walk again.

Then there are runners like Katherine Lee.  (more…)