Articles by

Joe Werkmeister

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…)

04/01/15 5:00pm
Riverhead senior Ed Matyka (right) wrestling in the New York State Championships in February. This past weekend he placed fifth at Senior Nationals to become an all-American. (Credit: Paul Wager, file)

Riverhead senior Ed Matyka (right) wrestling in the New York State Championships in February. This past weekend he placed fifth at Senior Nationals to become an all-American. (Credit: Paul Wager, file)

As far back as they can remember, Eddie Matyka and James Szymanski were on the ground wrestling each other. Their fathers grew up together and the boys spent years training together, leading into their senior seasons.

“We’re really close,” said Szymanski, who wrestles at Shoreham-Wading River. “Eddie’s like a brother to me.”  (more…)

03/31/15 5:00pm
Shoreham-Wading River pitcher Brian Morrell returns for his sophomore season this year for the Wildcats. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)

Shoreham-Wading River pitcher Brian Morrell returns for his sophomore season this year for the Wildcats. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)

The 2014 season at Shoreham-Wading River featured a bit of everything. A freshman throwing two no-hitters, crazy come-from-behind wins, a league title and a trip to the county finals.

It was a thrilling, exhausting ride and when it was over, the only coach the program has ever known, Sal Mignano, announced he was retiring. Now, the Kevin Willi era at Shoreham begins as the Wildcats look to duplicate some of the magic of last year.

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