04/30/13 8:18pm
04/30/2013 8:18 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead junior Carolyn Carrera scored five goals with a pair of assists in the Blue Waves’ loss Tuesday to Patchogue-Medford.


After each successive yellow card handed down to the Riverhead Blue Waves Tuesday, the prospect of a win became increasingly bleak.

In total the Blue Waves got assessed five cards, helping fuel Patchogue-Medford’s 17-8 Division I win in Riverhead. The Blue Waves lost their sixth straight in a game that was very much up for grabs midway through the second half until everything quickly unraveled.

“I’m not saying that all of our playing was legal, but I definitely disagree with some of the calls,” said Riverhead coach Ashley King.

The Raiders ended the game on a 9-0 run over the final 15 minutes after the Blue Waves (2-10, 2-9 D-I) had tied the game at 8. The run coincided with the Blue Waves going a man down after their fourth yellow card with 15:31 left.

Moments earlier, Carolyn Carrera took one step in on a free position and unleashed a big right-handed shot past Pat-Med’s goalkeeper to score her fifth goal of the game. The goal capped a 5-0 run that began in the first half and brought the Blue Waves all the way back from a big early hole. Carrera scored three of the five goals during the run and assisted on another.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead’s Joanna Messina tries to defend Patchogue-Medford freshman Madison Ostrick.

Twenty-one seconds later, the Blue Waves lost Samantha Brodeur to a yellow, her second of the afternoon, which forced her to the bench.

“It hurt a lot, considering we played about 20 minutes man down, due to the excessive yellow cards handed out,” King said.

In the first half the Blue Waves lost Sabina Dorr, one of the team’s leading scorers, to a pair of yellows. Adding insult to injury, the Blue Waves got tacked for another two-minute penalty when Dorr went back into the game after serving two minutes in the penalty area following her second yellow. But a player cannot reenter the game after two yellow cards.

The Raiders’ coaches alertly notified the refs the moment Dorr entered the game and the Blue Waves were hit with the additional two-minute penalty.

The Raiders (5-7, 5-6 D-I) struck for two goals over the next 3 1/2 minutes and appeared to have the game well in hand. But the Blue Waves came back with three straight goals to end the half, capped by a transition goal from Carrera on a low shot as she attacked the cage.

“Confidence,” King said of the Blue Waves’ run. “We were going to goal a lot more. Our speed, we were being more aggressive. Usually we’re a little hesitant to shoot. But today we were really firing some shots.”

The Raiders got five goals and two assists from freshman Madison Ostrick. Senior Erika Flowers and junior Kristin Carroll each added three goals.

The Blue Waves got three goals from Brodeur. She was the only Blue Waves with a goal in addition to Carrera.

King described Carrera as a “workhorse.”

“She’s working up and down the field, but we’re getting a lot of girls touching the ball and it really comes together as at team,” King said. “It’s a matter of putting 50 minutes together.”

The Blue Waves are down to just three games left on the season beginning Friday back at home against Smithtown East.

King said a big key down the stretch is trying to minimize mistakes late in the game. The Blue Waves don’t have a ton of depth, so most of the girls are playing the full 50 minutes.

“We’re getting there,” King said. “Our bench is getting deeper. A lot of the girls don’t get a lot of subs, so they’re working hard.”

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04/30/13 7:19pm
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Riverhead Fire Department brush truck heads into the woods near a Calverton development Tuesday afternoon.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Riverhead Fire Department brush truck heads into the woods near a Calverton development Tuesday afternoon.

Riverhead firefighters doused a brush fire the length of a football field in a section of woods near a Calverton development Tuesday evening, preventing the fire from spreading, fire officials said.

Fire officials were called to the Calverton Hills development at 5:09 p.m. to investigate reports of people smelling smoke near the basketball courts off Wooded Way, said first assistant chief Joseph Raynor. Fire chiefs soon located the fire across the street in a hilly section of woods behind a series of apartment buildings, he said.

The fire, which was roughly 100 yards across, was put out by firefighters using pumpers and brush trucks, Mr. Raynor said. Firefighters used the brush trucks — vehicles specifically designed to knock down trees — to clear a path to the fire.

The volunteers also had to contend with onlookers, some of whom were children who ran close to the fire trucks or rode their bikes around them as the firefighters tried to enter the woods.

By 6 p.m., the fire was extinguished and fire crews were spraying the ground with water to “mop up” any smoldering remains of the fire.

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04/30/13 5:18pm

Linda Pisacano of Riverhead died April 16. She was 55 years old.

She was born Nov. 21, 1957, in Huntington to Gasper and Adeline Pisacano.

Formerly a Southold resident, she was a bookkeeper at Capital One for twenty years and most recently served in hospitality for Roanoke Vineyards. She was a member of Community Christian Fellowship.

Ms. Pisacano is survived by her son, Christopher, and her father, both of Riverhead; three brothers, Stephen, of Cutchogue, Richard, of Sagaponack and Michael, of Jamesport; and a sister, Maria Pisacano Bassemir of Aquebogue. She was predeceased by her mother in 2002.

The family received visitors April 19 and 20 at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck. Services were conducted by Dan Reiter of Community Christian Fellowship. Interment was at Cutchogue Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Community Christian Fellowship, P.O. Box 612, Wickham Ave., Mattituck, NY 11952.

04/30/13 4:00pm

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Bishop McGann-Mercy senior Danielle Gehring has signed to play basketball for Chestnut Hill College (Penn.).

COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Gehring signs with D-II school Bishop McGann-Mercy senior Danielle Gehring signed a letter of intent to play for Chestnut Hill College, a Division II Catholic college in Germantown, Penn.

Gehring did not play basketball for McGann-Mercy her senior season. She instead opted to spend the season working out with the boys’ varsity team. She also took part in clinics, worked with basketball, speed and agility trainers and former professional players.

Gehring was McGann-Mercy’s most valuable player her junior season, averaging 12 points, 5 assists, 5 blocks and 3 3-pointers per game. She was an all-league selection.

Gehring and her younger sister, Caroline, will travel to Austria and Germany in June to represent the United States in an international basketball tournament. Her two older sisters play basketball for DeSales University, a Division III school that is a 45-minute drive away from Chestnut Hill.

Gehring said, “I visited Chestnut Hill and fell in love with the school.”

COLLEGE WOMEN’S GOLF: Accolades for Santacroce Marie Santacroce of Mattituck, a sophomore at Flagler College (Fla.), was recently named to the All-Peach Belt Conference First Team. Santacroce finished in fourth place in the conference and led Flagler in tournament scoring average this year. She was also named Flagler’s most valuable player. Santacroce ended the season with eight top-10 finishes, three top-five finishes and one first-place finish during season.

COLLEGE MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD: Clancy sets personal records SUNY/Oneonta sophomore Michael Clancy of Shoreham recorded two personal-best marks recently in the discus and hammer throw at the Upstate Track Classic. He took third place in the discus with a toss of 136 feet and fourth in the hammer throw with a distance of 150-2.

COLLEGE WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD: Two firsts for Riley UConn freshman Melodee Riley of Jamesport had a big weekend for the Huskies in an invitational meet at Brown University in Rhode Island. Riley took first place in both the long jump (5.41 meters) and the triple jump (11.90).

COLLEGE WOMEN’S ROWING: Orient rower helps league champions For the third time in as many seasons, William Smith College captured the Liberty League championship with a dominating performance on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs. Libby Hughes of Orient competed on the varsity eight team that defeated St. Lawrence, RIT, Skidmore and Union for the title. In calm, flat conditions, William Smith’s varsity eight, ranked third in this week’s CRCA/USRowing poll, defended its league title with a 2,000-meter time of 6 minutes 44.0 seconds. It is the sixth overall league championship for the Herons.

For the third time this spring and the seventh time this year, the William Smith varsity eight was named the Liberty League Women’s Rowing Boat of the Week by the conference office.

BASEBALL: MLB pitch, hit, run competition A free Major League Baseball pitch, hit and run competition for area youths will be held May 11 at 4 p.m. at Tasker Park in Peconic. Boys and girls in four age divisions (7/8, 9/10, 11/12 and 13/14) will have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including team championships at major league stadiums and the national finals at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the all-around champions in each age and gender group at the local competition, will be awarded and advance to the sectional level of competition. All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have a parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. For more information, call Brian Hansen at (631) 553-3940.

RUNNING: 5K for moms The For Our Moms 5K will be run on May 11 in Cutchogue. A fun run for kids will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 5K run/walk at 8:45 a.m. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. The pre-registration cost is $25. Day-of-the-race registration costs $30. The fun run fee is $10. To register, go to www.active.com. For more information, call (631) 680-9223. All proceeds from the event will benefit Danielle Fogarty’s Campaign for the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

04/30/13 2:40pm

Julius Stapon of Aquebogue died April 23 at his home. He was 96.

He was born July 26, 1916, to Charles and Martha (Petrowicz) Stapon. He attended school through eighth grade and later joined the U.S. Army, fighting in World War II. He had been employed as a heavy-equipment operator by Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Mr. Stapon was predeceased by his wife, Ainslee, in 2006. He is survived by his son, Richard, and his daughter, Patricia Wokosky, both of Aquebogue; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family received visitors April 25 at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead. Services were held April 26 at St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead, Father Robert Kuznik officiating. Interment followed at Sound Avenue Cemetery in Aquebogue.

04/30/13 2:16pm

Michael F. Rogers, a lifelong Southold resident, died on April 25, 2013. He was 59 years old.

Born in Riverhead on Dec., 8, 1953, to Frank B. Rogers Jr. and Helen A. Zimnoski, he was a graduate of Southold High School.

On Nov. 21, 1998, he married the former Debbie Day and together they made their home in Southold. Michael was a direct care coordinator for East End Disability.

Michael enjoyed sports, especially the Mets and the Dallas Cowboys. He played high school soccer and had played softball for the Southold Town softball team. He coached his own children in sports and enjoyed playing darts and a game of pool with his son, Michael.

He was a great father, husband and friend, with a wonderful sense of humor, said family members.

Surviving are his wife, Debbie; two children, Michael S. Rogers and Elizabeth A. Rogers; two stepdaughters, Kimberly and Michelle Swiskey; two grandchildren, Madeleine G. Rogers and Layne P. Swiskey; his mother, Helen Rogers; and his sister Joan A. Powell. He was predeceased by his father, Frank B. Rogers Jr., and a sister, Susan A. Rogers.

The family received friends April 29 at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Homes, where prayer services were conducted by Father Thomas P. Murray. Interment was at Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice.

This is a paid notice.

04/30/13 1:00pm

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Tulips line the property at Van de Wetering Greenhouses on Sound Avenue in Jamesport.

Van de Wetering Greenhouses, a longtime producer of tulips that line Park Avenue, was recently featured in the New York Times. Peter Van de Wetering, 82, opened the North Fork nursery in 1958, and soon after won a commission to plant 10,000 daffodils at United Nations Plaza, according to the Times article.

Mr. Van de Wetering’s son, Anton, now runs most of the day-to-day operation of the business.

Click here to read the full article — A Gardner’s Stage: Park Avenue.

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Tulips outside Van de Wetering Greenhouses in Jamesport Tuesday afternoon.

04/30/13 12:41pm

Gregory G. Petrelli of Riverhead died April 25 at Stony Brook University Medical Center. He was 56.
He was born  March 4, 1957, in Queens, to Arthur and Rose Petrelli. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Knights of Columbus 928, and served as an usher at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Riverhead. Family members said his interests included music and jewelry.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Petrelli is survived by his brother, Arthur Jr., of Selden; a niece, Lauren, and a nephew, Michael.
The family received visitors April 27 at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. Services were held April 29 at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Riverhead, Father Larry Duncklee officiating. Interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123