01/04/15 12:00pm
01/04/2015 12:00 PM
Riverhead girls coach Dave Spinella goes over instructions with the Blue Waves at practice. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead girls coach Dave Spinella and his team at a practice earlier this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

The best in people can emerge during trying times.

I have known Dave Spinella for a dozen years or so. I have seen him develop players, make them better, prepare them for the varsity level and assemble winning girls basketball teams for Riverhead High School. I have seen him win the right way, with class. I have seen him handle defeat with dignity.

And yet, for all he has done as a coach on the basketball court, Spinella’s shining moment, for me, came the day after Christmas when he issued a public apology for making public comments critical of his team following a loss. (more…)

01/03/15 3:17pm
01/03/2015 3:17 PM
Greenport's Darius Bolling (2) tries to stop Shoreham-Wading River's Dan Hughes, one of three 11-point scorers for the Wildcats. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Greenport’s Darius Bolling (2) tries to stop Shoreham-Wading River’s Dan Hughes, one of three 11-point scorers for the Wildcats. (Credit: Garret Meade)

WILDCATS 58, PORTERS 22

Two high school boys basketball teams heading in different directions crossed paths Saturday and started the new year the same way they ended the old one.

Shoreham-Wading River ushered in what promises to be a good year for the Wildcats with a 58-22 trouncing of Greenport in a non-league game in Shoreham. It was the eighth straight win for the Wildcats (8-1, 3-0 Suffolk County League VI) and the sixth straight loss for the Porters (2-7, 1-4 League VIII). (more…)

01/02/15 2:09pm
01/02/2015 2:09 PM

Shoreham-Wading River coach Joe Condon viewed the two-day John Davidson Duals earlier this week as a measuring stick for his team. The Wildcats wrestled eight teams, all large schools, and faced some stiff competition before the upcoming sprint to the league tournament.

“It’s a good test,” Condon said. “It’s sort of a midseason test to see where we are, to see what we need to improve on and see what some of our strengths are.”  (more…)

01/01/15 12:00pm
01/01/2015 12:00 PM
The Shoreham-Wading River football team celebrates its 2014 Long Island Championship win over Roosevelt. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

The Shoreham-Wading River football team celebrates its 2014 Long Island Championship win over Roosevelt. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The season began with the Shoreham-Wading River football team as the No. 3 seed in Division IV. It was familiar territory. Never before had Shoreham gotten beyond the semifinals of the playoffs to play in a county championship game. (more…)

12/31/14 12:00pm
12/31/2014 12:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River baseball coach Sal Mignano announced his retirement this summer after 38 years. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River baseball coach Sal Mignano announced his retirement this summer after 38 years. (Credit: Bill Landon)

In 38 seasons as the head coach of the Shoreham-Wading River baseball team — and the only coach in the program’s history — Sal Mignano guided the Wildcats to 583 victories.  (more…)

12/31/14 10:00am

With a left turn, we were on Davis Street in Oceanside, and I had taken a drive back three decades in time.

I was with my sisters and others in a car that had stopped at an intersection on Davis Street, where my family had lived for a good chunk of my childhood. While others stared to the right, my eyes kept scanning, searching for the house we used to live in before we moved to East Meadow in 1979. Then, one of my sisters pointed me in the right direction. “There,” she said, “that’s the house we used to live in.” (more…)