01/25/15 9:25pm
01/25/2015 9:25 PM
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…)

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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…)

01/24/15 9:44pm
01/24/2015 9:44 PM
Riverhead's Cody Weiss was the (Credit: Michael Lewis)

Riverhead’s Cody Weiss was the 126-pound champion Saturday at Port Jefferson High School (Credit: Michael Lewis)

Given the events of the past two weeks, Cody Weiss just might have a soft spot in his heart for the Port Jefferson area.

During a 15-day span, the Riverhead High School senior reached two major milestones. On Jan. 10, Weiss became only the ninth wrestler in Blue Waves history to reach the 100-win benchmark with a victory over a Comsewogue opponent in Port Jefferson Station.  (more…)

01/23/15 4:30pm
01/23/2015 4:30 PM
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…)

01/23/15 8:00am
James Suarez with his parents Joe and Kalli on Senior Day at Shoreham-Wading River High School. (Credit: Garret Meade)

James Suarez with his parents Joe and Kalli on Senior Day at Shoreham-Wading River High School. (Credit: Garret Meade)

James Suarez, a Shoreham-Wading River High School student who has wrestled since he was a seventh grader, was looking forward to his senior season. This past summer he trained in earnest for his big opportunity. Suarez had a good chance of winning a place in Shoreham’s lineup, perhaps at 152 or 160 pounds. He wanted to be ready.

Then life intervened.

Suarez, 17, had to step back from his wrestling family so he could come to the rescue of his actual family. (more…)

01/22/15 7:23pm
01/22/2015 7:23 PM
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
01/20/2015 9:39 PM
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…)