Articles by

Joe Werkmeister

06/25/14 8:00pm
Riverhead Tomcats center fielder Mike Donadio snags a fly ball against Southampton June 19. Mike's twin brother Mark plays left field. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead Tomcats center fielder Mike Donadio snags a fly ball against Southampton June 19. Mike’s twin brother Mark plays left field. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Randy Caden is well versed in dealing with twins; the Riverhead Tomcats manager has twin boys. Still, when it comes to telling apart brothers Mike and Mark Donadio, two outfielders suiting up for the Tomcats this summer, Caden admits it’s often a toss-up.

“You can’t tell them apart unless you know the number,” he said. “Sometimes I think I have one and I turn and it’s the wrong one.”  (more…)

06/19/14 8:41pm
Riverhead Tomcats shortstop Danny Mendick fields a grounder in Game 2 of a doubleheader against Southampton Thursday. Mendick drove in six runs in the two games. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead Tomcats shortstop Danny Mendick fields a grounder in Game 2 of a doubleheader against Southampton Thursday. Mendick drove in six runs in the two games. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

As the fifth-year manager of the Riverhead Tomcats, Randy Caden is already one of the elder statesman in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League.

“I love it,” Caden said. “Coaching at Farmingdale and then coming here, it’s a different type of athlete. It’s baseball, and when you’re playing good baseball, it’s enjoyable.”  (more…)

06/14/14 12:15pm
McGann-Mercy's Julianna Cintron runs the opening leg of the 4 x 100 relay at last week's state championship. The team ran again at nationals Friday. (Credit: Hal Henty)

McGann-Mercy’s Julianna Cintron runs the opening leg of the 4 x 100 relay at last week’s state championship. The team ran again at nationals Friday. (Credit: Hal Henty)

All throughout the spring track & field season, the four runners on McGann-Mercy’s 4 x 100 relay team posted faster and faster times every time they took the track.  (more…)

06/07/14 5:00pm
McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill crosses the finish line after running the 1,500 Saturday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill crosses the finish line after running the 1,500 Saturday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

When Meg Tuhill arrived in Cicero, N.Y. for the New York State Championships, her focus centered on her first event: the 800-meter run.

Competing in two events at a state meet can be daunting enough for any runner, let alone a sophomore.  (more…)

06/07/14 3:09pm
Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia ran a personal best time in the 1,600 Saturday in Syracuse. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia ran a personal best time in the 1,600 Saturday in Syracuse. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The greatest challenge in running two distance events at a meet the caliber of the New York State Championships is always the second event.

About 17 hours after running the 3,200, Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia returned to the track Saturday morning at Cicero-North Syracuse High School for the 1,600, an event jam-packed with talented runners.  (more…)

06/06/14 10:15pm
Riverhead senior Charles Villa clears 14 feet 6 inches in the pole vault Friday at the state championships in Syracuse. (Credit: Hal Henty)

Riverhead senior Charles Villa clears 14 feet 6 inches in the pole vault Friday at the state championships in Syracuse. (Credit: Hal Henty)

NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Charles Villa first began pole vaulting in the spring three years ago as a freshman for Riverhead. Even in a sport that, by its nature, is difficult to begin as a youth, it was still a later start than for many of the top pole vaulters.

“Ever since then I loved it,” Villa said of his introduction to the sport. “I had so much fun.”

On Friday, Villa pole vaulted for the final time representing the Blue Waves. And with it, for now, came the end of an era. For the past several years, the Blue Waves have been flush with talented pole vaulters, from last year’s graduates Jonah Spaeth and Dan Normoyle, to Villa this year.  (more…)

06/05/14 2:00pm
A step-by-step view of how Riverhead senior Charles Villa has mastered the pole vault. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

A step-by-step view of how Riverhead senior Charles Villa has mastered the pole vault. Click on the photo to enlarge. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

When USA Today ran a series in 2005 on the 10 hardest things to do in sports, pole vaulting ranked third. In Riverhead, Charles Villa routinely makes it look easy.

The senior recently set the outdoor school record of 15 feet 1 inch. He finished first at last weekend’s state qualifier by clearing 14-3. On Friday, Villa will compete at the New York State Championships, where he’ll be aiming to set the record even higher. (more…)