Articles by

Joe Werkmeister

11/18/14 6:21pm
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee, pictured at the state meet Nov. 15, finished fifth Saturday in the federation championship race. (Credit: Kyle Brazeil/MileSplit NY)

Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee, pictured at the state meet Nov. 15, finished fifth Saturday in the federation championship race. (Credit: Kyle Brazeil/MileSplit NY)

As an eighth-grader running in the state federation race last year, Shoreham-Wading River’s Katherine Lee learned a valuable lesson. When it comes to competing in a race loaded with talented runners, get out quick.

It’s a style of running Lee, now a freshman, has taken into all her races this season. And it proved particularly effective Saturday at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.  (more…)

11/15/14 5:53pm
Riverhead's Raheem Brown pursuing Hills West quarterback Jacob Robinson in Saturday's loss in Dix Hills. (Credit: Garrett Meade)

Riverhead’s Edward Wills pursues Hills West running back Ray Lyte in Saturday’s loss in Dix Hills. (Credit: Garret Meade)

DIVISION II SEMIFINALS  |  COLTS 28, BLUE WAVES 13

A season that felt like a constant uphill climb, from Week 1′s last-second win over West Islip to a blocked field goal in the final seconds of Week 8 to defeat Bellport, came to an end Saturday.

The Riverhead Blue Waves’ quest for a third straight county championship — the first such feat for a Division II team since 1998-00 — was ultimately dealt a final blow in Dix Hills, as the Half Hollow Hills West Colts prevailed 28-13 behind the explosive running of halfback Ray Lyte.  (more…)

11/15/14 10:43am
Two accidents were reported on County Road 51 early Saturday morning. (Credit: Google Maps)

Two accidents were reported on County Road 51 early Saturday morning. (Credit: Google Maps)

A Cutchogue woman crashed into an unoccupied Southampton Town police car early Saturday morning on a closed roadway in Manorville as police and firefighters were responding to a single-car accident that seriously injured a Manorville man, Southampton Town police said. (more…)

11/14/14 4:00pm
SWR running back Chris Rosati scores a touchdown in a Week 8 win over Port Jefferson. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

SWR running back Chris Rosati scores a touchdown in a Week 8 win over Port Jefferson. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

It was back in Week 2, on a Friday night in mid-September, that the Shoreham-Wading River football team picked up one of its biggest wins in years.

The Wildcats, behind a stout defense, won for the first time ever that night in Babylon and for only the second time ever in program history against the Panthers. Shoreham snapped a 25-game winning streak for Babylon, the two-time defending Class IV Long Island champions.  (more…)

11/08/14 9:00pm
Shoreham-Wading River senior Emily Sopko scored the lone goal for the Wildcats in Saturday's loss to South Side. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Emily Sopko scored the lone goal for the Wildcats in Saturday’s loss to South Side. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

CLASS A LONG ISLAND FINALS  |  CYCLONES 2, WILDCATS 1 (OT)

It took until a chilly night in November, in the 104th minute of a championship game, for the Shoreham-Wading River girls soccer team to feel the agony of defeat.

The Wildcats fell 2-1 to perennial champion South Side Saturday night in the Class A Long Island Championship at Dowling Sports Complex.  (more…)

11/08/14 5:39pm
Riverhead running back Ryun Moore picks up a first down in the Blue Waves' playoff win against Deer Park Saturday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead running back Ryun Moore picks up a first down in the Blue Waves’ playoff win against Deer Park Saturday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Behind a suffocating defense that forced two turnovers and bottled up Deer Park’s star running back, the Riverhead Blue Waves advanced to the semifinals of the Division II playoffs with a 23-6 win Saturday afternoon over the Falcons.  (more…)

11/08/14 11:40am
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee, pictured last week at the state qualifier, was the top finisher in the state at Saturday's Class B championship race in Canton, N.Y. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee, pictured last week at the state qualifier, was the top finisher in the state at Saturday’s Class B championship race in Canton, N.Y. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

After posting the top time in the county at the Section XI Division Championships Oct. 21, Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee looked ahead to the team’s future goals.

“We want to try to get to states as a team,” Lee said at Sunken Meadow State Park that day.  (more…)

11/07/14 5:00pm
Riverhead's Raheem Brown rushes up the middle for a first down. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead’s Raheem Brown rushes up the middle for a first down in last week’s win over Bellport. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead coach Leif Shay didn’t need to watch hours of film to get a handle on Deer Park’s offensive approach.

“They run Thompson and then they run Thompson and then after that they’ll run Thompson,” Shay said before practice Friday.  (more…)