09/11/14 4:00pm
09/11/2014 4:00 PM
Nick Tropeano, who pitched for the Riverhead Tomcats in 2009, won his first MLB game Wednesday. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Nick Tropeano, who pitched for the Riverhead Tomcats in 2009, won his first MLB game Wednesday. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Nick Tropeano, who in 2009 dominated in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League as a member of the Riverhead Tomcats, made his Major League Baseball debut Wednesday night with the Houston Astros.  (more…)

09/11/14 8:00am
Ethan Greenidge, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman, is one of Riverhead's three all-division players. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Ethan Greenidge, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman, is one of Riverhead’s three all-division players. (Credit: Garret Meade)

PREVIEW

So, what will be vital for the Riverhead High School football team as it makes a bid this year for a third straight Suffolk County Division II championship? Will it be the play of its quarterback, Kenny Simco? The blocking of the offensive line? The running prowess of Ryun Moore? The tenacity of its defense?

While all of the above will undoubtedly be important, those are not the answers coach Leif Shay gave when asked that question. As Shay sees it, it comes down to something far more elemental: team chemistry and player personalities.

Shay said how well his players get along with each other and respect each other — the subject of his speech to them on the first day of preseason practice — will go a long way toward determining whether the Blue Waves go a long way. (more…)

09/10/14 5:00pm
09/10/2014 5:00 PM
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…)

09/09/14 5:00pm
09/09/2014 5:00 PM
Amanda Baron, a four-year starter, anchors Riverhead's defense at left back. (Robert O'Rourk photo)

Amanda Baron, a four-year starter, anchors Riverhead’s defense at left back. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

PREVIEW

After reaching the high school field hockey playoffs last year, Riverhead coach Cheryl Walsh-Edwards has a simple, yet straightforward goal for the Blue Waves this year: Go further into the postseason. (more…)

09/09/14 2:00pm
Members of Riverhead's 7-year-old PAL team on the set of Sunday's Fox & Friends show. (Courtesy photo)

Members of Riverhead’s 7-year-old PAL team on the set of Sunday’s Fox & Friends show. (Courtesy photo)

It’s not often your local football team makes it onto national television. But that’s exactly where Riverhead Blue Waves’ seven-year-old Police Athletic League football team was on Sunday morning, when it made the trek into New York City for an appearance on Fox & Friends.  (more…)

09/08/14 5:00am
A view of a river and mountain in Wyoming. (Credit: Microsoft Images)

A view of a river and mountain in Wyoming. (Credit: Microsoft Images)

Why do we go on vacation?

That thought goes through the head of anyone who lives, contented most of the time, anywhere with a lot of outdoor opportunities. We’re not talking “stay-cation” here, i.e. taking a week or two off work to catch up on painting the house, dining locally, and enjoying the bay or Long Island Sound intermittently. (more…)

09/05/14 4:00pm
09/05/2014 4:00 PM
Joscelin Morrow, an all-county libero, is a big part of Riverhead's defense. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Joscelin Morrow, an all-county libero, is a big part of Riverhead’s defense. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

PREVIEW

This year Riverhead High School’s girls volleyball team has been moved from League IV to League III, where it will play against bigger schools. In trading places with Centereach, Riverhead is the only newcomer to League III, a mystery team to the rest of the league, if you will.

Riverhead coach Amy Greene likes that.

“We have nothing to lose this year and everything to gain because League III knows nothing about us,” she said. “… I think they should see us as a threat.”

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