05/14/15 12:39pm
05/14/2015 12:39 PM
Shoreham-Wading River catcher Chris Sperruzzi and Riverhead first baseman Pat Cuccia will lead their teams into the postseason. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River catcher Chris Sperruzzi and Riverhead first baseman Pat Cuccia will lead their teams into the postseason. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The Riverhead baseball team was seeded No. 13 in the Class AA playoff bracket and will open the postseason Saturday at No. 10 Half Hollow Hills East.

The Blue Waves, who finished 12-8 overall this year, won four of their final five games of the season leading into the playoffs. Hills East posted a 13-7 record in League III.  (more…)

05/13/15 12:00pm
05/13/2015 12:00 PM
Aneisha Scott, a former Riverhead lacrosse player, played on the conference championship winning St. Joseph's College lacrosse team this spring. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Aneisha Scott, a former Riverhead lacrosse player, played on the conference championship winning St. Joseph’s College lacrosse team this spring. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

There’s the attackman who tore her ACL as a senior in high school. There’s the girl from Rocky Point who had never played lacrosse. There’s the goalkeeper who got peppered with goals in high school, losing nearly every game.

The bios of the women who make up the St. Joseph’s College lacrosse team read unlike most championship-caliber squads. They are not the high school All-Americans, the women whose pictures constantly appeared in newspapers, the prolific goal scorers.

They are the diamonds in the rough.  (more…)

05/12/15 10:17pm
05/12/2015 10:17 PM
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Kaitlyn Butterfield, far left, and Meg Tuthill led the way during the 1,500-meter race. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Kaitlyn Butterfield, far left, and Meg Tuthill led the way during the 1,500-meter race. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

MONARCHS 116, CLIPPERS 24

A league dual-meet championship in high school girls track and field can be a rather fragile thing. Because teams run only a handful of dual meets over the course of a season, a loss can be devastating to a team’s title chances.

That was the case with Bishop McGann-Mercy last year when the Monarchs lost their season-opening meet to Southampton. It was their one and only loss of the season, but it cost them the league championship.

The Monarchs haven’t slipped up since then, winning 11 straight dual meets since that loss to Southampton. With their 116-24 defeat of Greenport/Southold on Tuesday night in Riverhead, the Monarchs capped a 6-0 season and won the Suffolk County League VIII championship outright. It is their sixth league title since 2001 and fifth in seven years, according to the team’s second-year coach, Collin Zeffer. (more…)

05/11/15 7:55pm
05/11/2015 7:55 PM
McGann-Mercy freshman Isabella Sorgi fires a pitch against Pierson Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

McGann-Mercy freshman Isabella Sorgi fires a pitch against Pierson Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

WHALERS 9, MONARCHS 0

As a five-year varsity player, Micaela Zebroski entered Monday’s Senior Day game as the longest tenured member of the Bishop-McGann Mercy softball team. A lot has changed over those years, from different teammates to coaches, to even the field.

The Monarchs used to travel to Stotzky Park for their home games before a new field was constructed last year on the school’s campus.  (more…)

05/11/15 7:47pm

RIVERHEAD RACEWAY ROUNDUP

Shawn Solomito of East Moriches earned victories in both Twin 30 NASCAR Modified main events on Week Two of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday.

Not only that, but Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead and Ron Silk of Norwalk, Conn., were second and third, respectively in both races. Vinny Biondolillo of Farmingville was fourth and John Fortin of Holtsville was fifth in the first race. In the second race, fourth place went to Eric Goodale of Riverhead and fifth to Fortin once again. (more…)

05/11/15 5:06pm
Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Kuhnle (20-0), who hasn't been pushed to three sets this season, won the Division IV singles championship. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Kuhnle (20-0), who hasn’t been pushed to three sets this season, won the Division IV singles championship. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

SUFFOLK COUNTY DIVISION IV CHAMPIONSHIPS

Chris Kuhnle said it wasn’t easy. The scores may suggest otherwise, but Kuhnle said winning the Suffolk County Division IV singles championship on Monday was hard work, something he is not a stranger to.

Hard work, Kuhnle said, is what has brought his tennis game to where it is. The Shoreham-Wading River High School junior, the top-seeded player in the division tournament, reached the final for the second year in a row. The only difference is this time he was the one presented with the keepsake tournament bracket that goes to the champion. (more…)

05/11/15 10:00am
Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike O'Reilly was the Peach Belt Conference’s Pitcher of the Week. (Credit: Flagler College Athletics)

Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike O’Reilly was the Peach Belt Conference’s Pitcher of the Year. (Credit: Flagler College Athletics)

He was the top baseball player in Suffolk County as a senior three years ago. And now Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike O’Reilly is the top pitcher in the Peach Belt Conference.  (more…)