02/17/15 9:01pm
02/17/2015 9:01 PM
Riverhead's Kim Ligon flies toward the basket as King Park's Gianna Cancemi stands her ground. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Kim Ligon flies toward the basket as King Park’s Gianna Cancemi stands her ground. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS AA TOURNAMENT | KINGSMEN 69, BLUE WAVES 51

Sam Dunn was getting bumped, banged around and knocked to the floor. The Riverhead High School junior flashed a grin when she wasn’t giving an incredulous look to her bench after not being granted the benefit of a foul call.

It was a playoff game, after all, and Dunn was determined to enjoy the moment, even if she couldn’t take much joy in the final result.

The Blue Waves were outscored, 26-11, in a third quarter that swung Tuesday evening’s Suffolk County Class AA girls basketball first-round game decisively in host Kings Park’s favor. Sam Schultz scored 8 of her 16 points in that quarter and Emily Morello’s 3-point shot capped a 12-0 spurt to end the period with the Kingsmen ahead by 20 points. They led by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter before settling for a 69-51 final score in their favor. (more…)

02/16/15 12:57am
02/16/2015 12:57 AM
Riverhead senior Ed Matyka overcame a 5-0 deficit in the final half-minute of the third period and won his first county title in triple overtime. He was also named the tournament's outstanding wrestler. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead senior Ed Matyka overcame a 5-0 deficit in the final half-minute of the third period and won his first county title in triple overtime. He was also named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

SECTION XI DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ed Matyka had a lot to do, and time was running out. With half a minute remaining in his county final wrestling match, the Riverhead High School senior was trailing by 5-0.

How Matyka responded was, in a word, outstanding.

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02/10/15 6:00pm
02/10/2015 6:00 PM
Riverhead senior forward Anthony Antunes signed a national letter of intent to play for Dowling College. Joining him in the signing ceremony on Tuesday were his parents Rosa and Jose and his brother Kevin. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo, courtesy)

Riverhead senior forward Anthony Antunes signed a national letter of intent to play for Dowling College. Joining him in the signing ceremony on Tuesday were his parents Rosa and Jose and his brother Kevin. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo, courtesy)

The Riverhead High School boys soccer team has an obvious connection to Dowling College. Riverhead’s coach, Lamine Traore, left his west African country Mali to accept a full soccer scholarship from Dowling in 2006, the same year Dowling won the NCAA Division II championship. He was the top Division II goal scorer in the country with 26 in 2008, the same year he led the Golden Lions to the national final and was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America third team.

Now Riverhead has another Dowling connection: His name is Anthony Antunes. (more…)

02/10/15 10:43am
Riverhead guard Faith Johnson-DeSilvia drives to the basket against Hills West earlier this season. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Riverhead guard Faith Johnson-DeSilvia drives to the basket against Hills West earlier this season. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

After finishing in a tie for second place in League III, the Riverhead girls basketball team was seeded 11th in the Class AA playoff bracket. The Blue Waves will open the playoffs Feb. 17 at No. 6 Kings Park. The game is set for 5 p.m.  (more…)