A banner that reads “Celebrate Bob Furlong Day!” has proudly hung in Shirley Price-Furlong’s living room for a year.
On Saturday, it adorned the field at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton once again to honor her husband, Bob Furlong, who shared the general managership for the Riverhead Tomcats of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League with Patti White until he lost his battle with leukemia. He died Feb. 14 at age 58.
The path toward professional baseball has been a winding one for Tyler Osik. READ
The Riverhead Little League all-star team improved to 4-0 in pool play of the District 36 Tournament after a 10-0 win Thursday night against the North Fork all-stars at Stotzky Park in Riverhead. READ
Timmy Solomito of Islip captured his third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory of the season Saturday night in the main event at Riverhead Raceway. Solomito won the Riverhead 200, his 18th career victory at his home track, by holding off Dave Sapienza of Riverhead, the runner-up. READ
Alvin Melendez, a sophomore at Fordham University, made the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team this year based on his work as a relief pitcher for the Rams. But it is Melendez’s batting that is making an impression in this young Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League season. READ
Ryan Preece of Berlin, Connecticut, and his team may be hitting their stride at the right time.
Preece roared to victory in the inaugural Modified Touring Series 125 Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway. The win came on the heels of Preece’s triumph last Wednesday night in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 125 at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut.
Call them summer rentals.
That is essentially what the players in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League are. Colleges entrust their players to the care of the HCBL clubs for the purpose of training and development. The Riverhead Tomcats’ new manager, Mike Amendola, had an apropos analogy.
Paul Koretzki isn’t afraid to make a bold statement about the long-distance runners on his Shoreham-Wading River High School girls track and field team. Without hesitation, the coach called the five runners in question “the greatest distance team in the history of Suffolk County, maybe in the state of New York.”
A bold comment like that requires bold supporting evidence. Here it is: two national champion relay teams and five All-Americans — junior Katherine Lee and seniors Payton Capes-Davis, Amanda Dwyer, Aly Hayes and Maria Smith.