Articles by

Joe Werkmeister

02/01/15 8:00am
Shoreham_Wading River freshman Katherine Lee won two events Saturday at the small school county championship. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham_Wading River freshman Katherine Lee won two events Saturday at the small school county championship. (Credit: Bill Landon)

SMALL SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP

There are runners who cross the finish line after a race and can barely stand. The look of exhaustion on their face says it all. Some simply collapse onto the track after the finish line before regaining the strength to walk again.

Then there are runners like Katherine Lee.  (more…)

01/31/15 10:21am
More snow appears headed our way after a blizzard dumped about two feet of snow last Monday into Tuesday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

More snow appears headed our way after a blizzard dumped about two feet of snow last Monday into Tuesday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Less than a week after a blizzard dropped two feet of snow across the North Fork, another storm is headed to the area. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch this morning that will be in effect from Sunday evening into Monday afternoon.

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01/25/15 9:25pm
Riverhead senior Troy Trent prepares for the shot put in Sunday's League III Championship. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Riverhead senior Troy Trent prepares for the shot put in Sunday’s League III Championship. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

LEAGUE III CHAMPIONSHIP

On the bus ride to Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood Sunday, Troy Trent and Andrew Smith spoke to each other about the upcoming meet.

They each vowed to win their main events.

“We both came in today just like, we’re going to come in first,” Trent said. “We’re taking home gold medals. If the team can’t take it overall, we’ll take it for the team.”  (more…)

01/25/15 10:00am
Riverhead senior Ra'Shae Smith finished second in the shot put at the League III Championship Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead senior Ra’Shae Smith finished second in the shot put at the League III Championship Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon)

LEAGUE III CHAMPIONSHIP

As Ra’Shae Smith stepped into the circle for her final throw in the shot put, the Riverhead senior was feeling the pressure. She knew she had already locked up at least second place, but she still wanted to improve on her mark. (more…)

01/23/15 4:30pm
Riverhead's Justin Hansel wrestles against Cameron Byrne of Hills East in a dual meet Jan. 9. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead’s Justin Hansel wrestles against Cameron Byrne of Hills East in a dual meet Jan. 9. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead High School will no longer host the League III wrestling tournament scheduled for Feb. 7, according to Section XI.

The tournament was switched this week to Smithtown East High School, a spokeswoman for Section XI, the governing body for high school sports in Suffolk County, said. (more…)

01/22/15 7:23pm
Riverhead guard Faith Johnson-DeSilvia drives to the basket Thursday against Hills West. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead guard Faith Johnson-DeSilvia drives to the basket Thursday against Hills West. (Credit: Bill Landon)

BLUE WAVES 64, COLTS 33

As Sam Dunn put it, the Blue Waves had to take their lumps last year. On a team that featured three eighth-graders playing prominent minutes, some difficult stretches were expected.

But that was last year.

This year? Well, the eighth-graders are still only freshmen, but that extra year experience has proved to make a world of difference.  (more…)

01/20/15 9:39pm
Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Ethan Wiederkehr goes up for a rebound against Mike Smith of Amityville. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Ethan Wiederkehr goes up for a rebound against Mike Smith of Amityville. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

WILDCATS 47, WARRIORS 45

As Amityville guard Rae Toppin caught a pass on the baseline, with the court seemingly all to himself, everyone inside the Shoreham-Wading River High School gym would have had the same thought: here comes overtime.

With his team trailing by two in the waning seconds of Tuesday’s game, Toppin found himself wide open under the basket. But he went up too strong, and somehow, his layup attempt missed and the ball fell safely into the hands of Shoreham forward Danny Hughes, who dribbled out the final two seconds in a 47-45 Wildcats win.  (more…)