Articles by

Joe Werkmeister

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…)

05/14/15 2:06pm
Riverhead shortstop Dani Napoli fields a grounder in the regular season finale Tuesday. The Blue Waves open the playoffs Friday.(Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead shortstop Dani Napoli fields a grounder in the regular season finale Tuesday. The Blue Waves open the playoffs Friday.(Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The Riverhead softball team will open the 2015 playoffs with an outbracket game Friday at Half Hollow Hills West.

The Blue Waves were seeded No. 18 in the Class AA tournament and will face the No. 15 seed in the Colts. The winner advances to play at No. 2 Commack.  (more…)

05/14/15 12:39pm
Shoreham-Wading River catcher Chris Sperruzzi and Riverhead first baseman Pat Cuccia will lead their teams into the postseason. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River catcher Chris Sperruzzi and Riverhead first baseman Pat Cuccia will lead their teams into the postseason. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The Riverhead baseball team was seeded No. 13 in the Class AA playoff bracket and will open the postseason Saturday at No. 10 Half Hollow Hills East.

The Blue Waves, who finished 12-8 overall this year, won four of their final five games of the season leading into the playoffs. Hills East posted a 13-7 record in League III.  (more…)

05/13/15 12:00pm
Aneisha Scott, a former Riverhead lacrosse player, played on the conference championship winning St. Joseph's College lacrosse team this spring. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Aneisha Scott, a former Riverhead lacrosse player, played on the conference championship winning St. Joseph’s College lacrosse team this spring. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

There’s the attackman who tore her ACL as a senior in high school. There’s the girl from Rocky Point who had never played lacrosse. There’s the goalkeeper who got peppered with goals in high school, losing nearly every game.

The bios of the women who make up the St. Joseph’s College lacrosse team read unlike most championship-caliber squads. They are not the high school All-Americans, the women whose pictures constantly appeared in newspapers, the prolific goal scorers.

They are the diamonds in the rough.  (more…)

05/11/15 7:55pm
McGann-Mercy freshman Isabella Sorgi fires a pitch against Pierson Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

McGann-Mercy freshman Isabella Sorgi fires a pitch against Pierson Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

WHALERS 9, MONARCHS 0

As a five-year varsity player, Micaela Zebroski entered Monday’s Senior Day game as the longest tenured member of the Bishop-McGann Mercy softball team. A lot has changed over those years, from different teammates to coaches, to even the field.

The Monarchs used to travel to Stotzky Park for their home games before a new field was constructed last year on the school’s campus.  (more…)

05/09/15 12:07pm
Riverhead senior Mark Andrejack scored three goals in Saturday's win over Copiague. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead senior Mark Andrejack scored three goals in Saturday’s win over Copiague. (Credit: Bill Landon)

BLUE WAVES 18, EAGLES 1

The scenario set up like a playoff: One game left in the season. Win or go home.

The Riverhead Blue Waves, after narrowly missing the postseason a year ago, needed a win Saturday in the final game of the regular season to keep their season alive. It took only a few minutes after the opening whistle for the outcome to become inevitable.  (more…)

05/06/15 7:17pm
Riverhead senior Kenny Simco, pictured in a game earlier this year, threw a two-hit shutout against North Babylon Wednesday. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Riverhead senior Kenny Simco, pictured in a game earlier this year, threw a two-hit shutout against North Babylon Wednesday. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

BLUE WAVES 6, BULLDOGS 0

If there was a sense of optimism in the air around the Riverhead Blue Waves this spring, it started with pitching. Notably, starters Kenny Simco, John Wendt and Nick Herzog.  (more…)