06/24/15 12:00pm
06/24/2015 12:00 PM
North Fork Rugby Club players during a scrum at practice. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

North Fork Rugby Club players during a scrum at practice. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

To those who have never seen one before, a rugby ball is sort of odd looking, like a bloated football on steroids. One can imagine a rugby player being asked by somebody who doesn’t know better: “Hey dude, what’s wrong with your football?”

Rugby balls are not exactly a common sight on the North Fork, although they are becoming more common, thanks to the efforts of Mike Jablonski.

Jablonski, a Mattituck High School teacher who lives in Shoreham, is the founder and coach of the fledgling North Fork Rugby Club. He assembled an under-18 team that held after-school practices this spring and played its first game earlier this month. It is Jablonski’s hope that, with this modest beginning, rugby will gain a foothold on the North Fork. (more…)

06/24/15 12:21am
Shoreham-Wading River wide receiver Isreal Squires pulled in a pass for a touchdown that gave Long Island a 34-14 lead with 5 minutes 45 seconds to go. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk).

Shoreham-Wading River wide receiver Isreal Squires pulls in a pass for a touchdown that gave Long Island a 34-14 lead with 5 minutes 45 seconds to go. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk).

EMPIRE CHALLENGE | LONG ISLAND 34, NEW YORK CITY 27

Because of the weather, the postgame fireworks show was cancelled. That was O.K., though, because the fans had already seen a different sort of fireworks, before and during the 20th annual Empire Challenge football game.

At first, there was nature’s brand of fireworks that caused two lightning delays at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium. And then there were the fireworks created by the Long Island offense.

Long Island’s offense provided some bolts of energy itself, beating New York City, 34-27, on Tuesday night in the annual meeting of the top senior high school players in the area. (more…)

06/21/15 10:00am
06/21/2015 10:00 AM
Representing Long Island in Tuesday's Empire Challenge game are (from left) Isreal Squires, Ethan Greenidge and Dan Hughes.

Representing Long Island in Tuesday’s Empire Challenge game are (from left) Isreal Squires, Ethan Greenidge and Dan Hughes.

After guiding Shoreham-Wading River through an unforgettable run to the Long Island Championship last fall, Shoreham-Wading River senior Dan Hughes will get one more chance to throw on the pads as a high school football player.

Hughes, the quarterback of the Wildcats, is one of three local players who will represent Long Island next week in the annual Empire Challenge game at Hofstra University. The game features the top Long Island players against New York City. (more…)

06/20/15 4:02pm
06/20/2015 4:02 PM

Coming of an all-state finish at the New York State Track & Field Championships last weekend, Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee added another major accomplishment to her resume.

Lee won the 1-mile freshman race Saturday afternoon at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. Lee, who mostly ran the 3,000 and 1,500-meter races during the season, won the race in 4 minutes 57.65 seconds. She was the only runner in the 27-girl field to crack 5 minutes. (more…)

06/18/15 8:03pm
06/18/2015 8:03 PM
Three of the Riverhead News-Review athletes of the year honored were (from left) Katherine Lee of Shoreham-Wading River, Reggie Archer of McGann-Mercy and Danni Napoli of Riverhead. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Three of the Riverhead News-Review athletes of the year honored were (from left) Katherine Lee of Shoreham-Wading River, Reggie Archer of McGann-Mercy and Danni Napoli of Riverhead. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

2014-15 ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

For the second year in a row, Meg Tuthill, a cross-country runner and track and field athlete for Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, was named an athlete of the year by the Times Review Media Group. Tuthill, a junior, is the first McGann-Mercy athlete to ever win the award more than once.

Tuthill was the only repeat winner among the slate of 12 winners for the 2014-15 school year. She was also one of four non-seniors in the group. (more…)

06/12/15 7:24pm
06/12/2015 7:24 PM
Riverhead senior Steven Reid III runs the final leg of the 4x100 relay at Friday's state championship meet. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Riverhead senior Steven Reid III runs the final leg of the 4×100 relay at Friday’s state championship meet. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

There were undoubtable mixed emotions for Riverhead’s 4×100 relay team following the Section XI State Qualifier last weekend. The Blue Waves, thanks to their personal best time, had punched a ticket to the state meet. But a second-place finish left a bitter taste.

On Friday afternoon, at the University at Albany, the Blue Waves’ quartet was nothing but smiles after running its best time once again.  (more…)