Articles by

Joe Werkmeister

09/10/14 5:00pm
The Shoreham-Wading RIver girls cross country team, led by the trio of (from left) Kaitlyn Ohrtman, Alexandra Hays and Katherine Lee, will battle Miller Place and Bayport-Blue Point for the league and county titles. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

The Shoreham-Wading RIver girls cross country team, led by the trio of (from left) Kaitlyn Ohrtman, Alexandra Hays and Katherine Lee, will battle Miller Place and Bayport-Blue Point for the league and county titles. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

It’s been six seasons since the last time Shoreham-Wading River won a county championship in girls cross country. For most teams, such a drought would hardly seem abnormal. But for Shoreham, a program that has contended for titles year after year, six years can seem like a long time.

There are no guarantees that streak will snap this year. But with a team that returns nearly its entire roster from a year ago, the Wildcats appear poised to make a run at the Class B title.  (more…)

09/04/14 10:00am
Riverhead senior Sierra Smith works on a ball-handling drill during practice. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead senior Sierra Smith works on a ball-handling drill during practice. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Through all the struggles in recent years for the Riverhead girls soccer team, there was always one constant: the calming presence of Carolyn Carrera anchoring the defense in goal. The scores of most games hardly reflected the effort of Carrera to keep her team close.  (more…)

09/02/14 6:00pm
Players on the Shoreham-Wading River soccer team run sprints during tryouts last week. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Players on the Shoreham-Wading River soccer team run sprints during tryouts last week. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Andrew Moschetti found himself in unfamiliar territory last fall. For the first time as a varsity coach at Shoreham-Wading River, beginning with the girls soccer team and now with the boys, his team fell short of the playoffs.

It was a humbling experience for Moschetti, who first started coaching with the girls in 2006.  (more…)

08/31/14 8:00am
A seaplane flies over Mattituck Aug. 22, one of several aircraft observed over a three-hour period. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

A seaplane flies over Mattituck Aug. 22, one of several aircraft observed over a three-hour period that night. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Three hours into an exhaustive stakeout to document the greatest threat to North Fork life — helicopter noise — I reached an inauspicious conclusion: On this night in Mattituck, the loudest noise was neither helicopter, seaplane, nor any other flying craft that pollutes our precious skies.  (more…)

08/28/14 3:00pm
Reggie Archer, a fourth-year varsity player for McGann-Mercy who lives in Riverhead, will be the featured back for the Monarchs this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Reggie Archer, a fourth-year varsity player for McGann-Mercy who lives in Riverhead, will be the featured back for the Monarchs this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Reggie Archer grew up playing football in PAL with Ken Simco, Troy Trent and many of the other guys who will make up the core of Riverhead’s varsity football team this season as seniors. When they reached high school, and the point where football takes on a more serious tone, their paths split.  (more…)

08/26/14 12:00pm
Miguel Maysonet carries the ball against the New York Giants in the team's preseason opener at MetLife Stadium. (Credit: AP/Frank Franklin II)

Miguel Maysonet carries the ball against the New York Giants in the team’s preseason opener at MetLife Stadium. (Credit: AP/Frank Franklin II)

Miguel Maysonet’s journey through the NFL was put on hold this morning when the Pittsburgh Steelers included him in the team’s first round of cuts with the start of the regular season just under two weeks away.  (more…)

08/23/14 4:00pm
Walkers along the Peconic Riverfront Saturday morning at the third annual Alzheimer's Walk in Riverhead. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Walkers along the Peconic Riverfront Saturday morning at the third annual Alzheimer’s Walk in Riverhead. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

As the ALS Challenge sweeps across the nation on social media, nearly 100 people took to the streets around downtown Riverhead Saturday morning to raise money for another deadly disease: Alzheimer’s.  (more…)