12/31/13 7:00am
12/31/2013 7:00 AM
AP/SCOTT BOEHM PHOTO  |  Miguel Maysonet played in his first NFL game Thursday night as the Cleveland Browns won a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams.

AP/SCOTT BOEHM FILE PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet playing in his first NFL game.

All the buzz around town in late April centered around Miguel Maysonet, the former star running back for Riverhead and Stony Brook University, as the NFL draft neared.

While Maysonet did not get drafted, it didn’t take long after the draft for him to sign as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Since then, he’s bounced around a handful of teams, spending the majority of time with the Cleveland Browns during the preseason. Several teams have picked him up for their practice squads, including the New York Jets.

Most recently, he signed to the Washington Redskins’ practice squad.

Editor’s note: We’re counting down the top 10 sports stories of 2013. Check back every day until Jan. 1 to follow along.

12/30/13 7:51pm
12/30/2013 7:51 PM

DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Riverhead senior Deon Shorter scored 17 points in the Blue Waves’ loss to Sachem East Monday.


With each successive stop on defense, the crowd grew louder and louder, waiting for the inevitable big basket from Riverhead that would turn the game in the home team’s favor.

For more than five minutes into the fourth quarter of a non-league game against Sachem East Monday night, the Blue Waves held the Flaming Arrows to two points in the quarter. Riverhead trimmed what had been a 10-point deficit earlier in the half down to four. But with each stop on defense came a missed opportunity on the other end of the court.

And despite hitting just three field goals in the final quarter, Sachem East cruised from the free-throw line during the final two minutes to escape Riverhead with a 62-57 victory.

“We had a sense on the bench that the big shot was coming,” said Riverhead coach John Rossetti. “It was like the ball was slipping out. The ball wasn’t going our way tonight.”

The Blue Waves dropped their sixth straight game after a season-opening win over Bellport. As the league season gets into full swing beginning at the end of this week, the Blue Waves will have little time left to right the ship before postseason aspirations begin to fade.

Riverhead is 0-3 in League III going into Friday’s game against Smithtown East.

“We’re a young team with very few kids that have playing time varsity experience,” Rossetti said. “The scoreboard isn’t showing it, but these kids are getting significantly better. We’re right there. We’re going to be OK.”

Senior point guard Deon Shorter led Riverhead with 17 points, matching his season high set twice before. Sachem East had four players in double figures, led by Ryan Cole’s 17.

The Blue Waves trailed throughout the game, briefly taking a one-point lead at 23-22 in the second quarter. The Flaming Arrows opened the second half on a 11-3 run to open up their biggest lead of the game at 40-30. The Blue Waves got caught twice giving up open looks on 3-pointers and the Arrows — who didn’t shoot particularly well from deep — burnt them on both possessions. They were 2-12 from 3-point range until the back-to-back long balls. Sachem finished the game 4-for-21 from beyond the arc.

Riverhead switched between a zone and man defense during the game. In both sets at times, the Blue Waves lost track of defenders and gave up easy hoops.

“We have some lapses out there and when we go into lapses we get into this rut,” Rossetti said. “Our weak side defense in man-to-man needs help and our on-ball pressure, we need to do a better job of pushing guys to a side. We’re letting them dictate where to go.”

It hasn’t helped in recent games that senior Brandon Tolliver has been slowed by a deep bone bruise on his knee that he suffered in a collision earlier this month. Tolliver had offseason surgery following a torn ACL.

The latest bone bruise has limited his explosiveness.

“He’s hobbling out there and he’s giving it his all,” Rossetti said. “But he’s not the Brandon we’re used to seeing. I give the kid credit. He’s trying to be a trooper.”

Tolliver finished with seven points. Sophomores Tyrese Kerr and Charles Manning both scored nine.

Finding the right rotations has been the challenge early on in the season for Rossetti. He’s already used multiple starting lineups. Center Ethan Greenidge started in Monday’s game, but didn’t see much action in the second half as the Blue Waves tried to better match up against the smaller Arrows.

“They were bringing him out way up high, so it kind of took his size and negated it,” Rossetti said. “So we had to go with a smaller lineup.”

Jeremiah Cheatom came off the bench to kick in 10 points, mostly on second chance buckets, which has been his speciality going back to last season.

Cheatom missed an easy one under the basket about halfway through the fourth quarter that would have cut Sachem’s lead to two. It was just one example of missed opportunities for Riverhead.

Where the Blue Waves really hurt themselves was at the free-throw line. They finished 7 of 16 for 44 percent. Sachem was 12 of 20 for 60 percent.

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12/30/13 7:35pm


As a spectator two years ago, eighth-grader Sam Dunn cheered on the Riverhead High School girls basketball team during its march to the Suffolk County Class AA championship and the state semifinals.

“I went to every game,” she said. “I used to sit in the stands and I wanted to do that one day. I wanted to be them.”

Well, Dunn is one of them today. The sophomore forward had an opportunity to perform some heroics of her own in the Blue Waves’ 47-41 girls non-league win at Lindenhurst on Monday.

Dunn scored a season-high 23 points, including 7 during a critical 36-second stretch late in the fourth quarter, to boost a young Riverhead team (3-2). She added 5 rebounds and 1 steal against Lindenhurst (1-6).

Not only has Dunn been thrust into a starting role but a leadership one as well on a team that has two eighth-graders starting at guard.

“It was a big adjustment from being a freshman last year and having all the older girls, Shanice Allen and Naysha Trent, as our role models and me just looking up to them,” she said. “Then, all of sudden I’m one of the oldest players and I have to start stepping up and leading, not relying on them anymore.”

Dunn acquitted herself quite well Monday. First, she helped Riverhead to a 13-9 first-quarter advantage with 9 points.

After eighth-grade guard Kate McCarney’s jumper from the right side broke a 31-31 tie with 4:46 remaining in the fourth quarter, Dunn boosted Riverhead’s lead to 40-33 by hitting a driving basket and a subsequent foul shot with 2:49 left and layups off some nice feeds with 2:33 and 2:13 to go.

“With a tight score like that, we’ve got to start driving to the basket,” she said.

The learning curve sometimes has been steep. But Dunn has been up to the task. She has learned “a lot about leadership, knowing that you have to step up to the plate. You don’t have to rely on anyone any more. That’s the biggest thing for me, that I can’t rely on anyone any more.”

If there was any pressure, Dunn did not show it during crunch time. She also sank 11 of 13 foul shots.

“She’s lethal from the free-throw line,” coach David Spinella said.

Spinella knows that he has some talent to nurture and realizes that he can’t expect giant steps overnight. But he has seen progress.

“They’re going great,” he said. “Every day we’re getting better. We’re working on things. We’re learning to play in game situations. I just have to be patient and understand that it doesn’t matter what our record is at the end of the season, as long as we are getting better every day because pretty much everybody comes back.”

Dunn understands what eighth-grade guards Kim Ligon, Faith Johnson-DeSilvia and McCarney are going through because she was in a similar spot last year.

“I was very nervous all the time and the younger players are experiencing the same thing,” she said. “I have to just suck it all up when they’re down and start playing more.”

These youngsters have gotten better.

“There’s been a big improvement, especially with the younger guards having to step up,” Dunn said. “Even one of the younger girls said, ‘Every day I’m getting more confident, every time I step [onto the court], every practice, every game.’ ”

As well as Dunn played, the Blue Waves were far from a one-young-woman show. Another sophomore forward, 6-foot Dezarae Brown, enjoyed an outstanding game under the basket at both ends, snaring a game-high 15 rebounds and adding 8 points. Senior guard Carolyn Carrera, better known for her heroics as a lacrosse goal-scorer and soccer goalkeeper, came off the bench to help limit sharp-shooter Alexis Perdue to 9 points in the second half after scoring 14 in the first half.

Johnson-DeSilvia also a reserve, hit a trey and sank three free throws in the final 63 seconds.

“I just love it. Basketball is my whole entire life,” Dunn said. “I love being out there with the girls. Whether we win or lose, it’s how hard you work at the end of the day and that’s what matters.”

But winning isn’t too shabby, either.

Perhaps this new generation can emulate the 2012 Blue Waves.

“Maybe in a couple of years,” Dunn said. “That’s what we’re hoping for.”

12/30/13 5:54pm
Riverhead police said a woman gave birth at the Swiss Motel in Calverton Monday.

Riverhead police said a woman gave birth at the Swiss Hotel in Riverhead Monday.

A woman gave birth to what appeared to be a healthy baby girl at the Swiss Motel in Riverhead late Monday afternoon, police said.

Police received word a woman had given birth in one of the rooms at the hotel about 4:30 p.m.

“We got there, and she had done it all by herself,” said an officer at the scene.

Both mom and baby “appeared to be in reasonably good shape,” he said, however added he could not comment further on their condition.

The woman and newborn were transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Volunteers.

Additional information was not immediately available.

12/30/13 5:35pm

Former Aquebogue resident Theodore Trinowski of Riverhead died Dec. 23, 2013, at Southampton Hospital. He was 97.

Born in Riverhead July 6, 1916, Mr. Trinowski served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. He was most recently employed as a mechanic at East End Service Station in Jamesport. Family members said he enjoyed fishing and restoring cars.

Mr. Trinowski was predeceased by his wife, Bertha, in 2012 and his son, Theodore Jr., in 1965. He is survived by his daughters, Maryann Simchick of Riverhead and Frances Krietsek of Florida; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements for private cremation were handled by McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

12/30/13 5:08pm

Linda C. Gray of Riverhead died at her home Dec. 28, 2013. She was 64.

She was born in Greenport June 28, 1949, to Louis Hobson and Marcella Lynch and had most recently worked as a clerk for New York Telephone Company in Patchogue.

Ms. Gray is survived by her son, Justin, of Manorville; her mother, Marcella Cooke of Riverhead; and her brother, Lester Cooke of Central Islip.

The family will receive visitors Monday, Dec. 30, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead, where a funeral service will take place Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at New Bethany Cemetery in Mattituck, with a graveside service officiated by Pastor Don Loper of East End Full Gospel Church.

12/30/13 5:00pm
FILE IMAGE | Who will be our 2013 Educator of the Year?

FILE IMAGE | Who will be our 2013 Civic Person of the Year?

The Riverhead News-Review will announce it Civic Person of the Year in its Jan. 2, 2014 issue.

Here is a list of people that have won the award since 2000:

2012: Georgette Keller

2011: Nancy Swett

2010: Rich Podlas and Chuck Thomas

2009: Tom Gahan

2008: Keith Lewin

2007: Open Arms and Bread & More Inn

2006: Mike Brewer

2005: Sid Bail

2004: Kathy Berezny

2003: Jill Lewis

2002: Chrissy Prete

2001: Joe & Gloria Ingegno

2000: George Klopfer & Lt. Col. Anthony Cristiano

12/30/13 4:31pm

Louis A. Williamson of Greenport died Dec. 28, 2013. He was 62.

He was born Sept. 4, 1951, in Key West, Fla., to Cullen West and Mary Ellene (Hall) Williamson. A 1970 graduate of Marathon High School in Florida, he excelled in athletics, was MVP for three years and held the distinction of the most consecutive free throws in a basketball game.

He married Rita Gebhardt in 1980 and together they made their home in Greenport. Louis had been a commercial fisherman.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, L. Adam (Catie) Williamson of Massachusetts, Karen Sue (Matt) Wolfersdorf of Kansas and Grace Ann Williamson, United States Air Force; his stepmother, Mattie Pearl Williamson of North Carolina; a brother, William E. Williamson of Georgia; a sister, Cullene W. Schneider of Louisiana; a granddaughter, Madison Jane Williamson; three nieces; and two nephews.

Mr. Williamson was cremated Dec. 31. Funeral arrangements were handled by DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Our Lady of Mercy Regional School, attn: Lorraine DelGenio, P.O. Box 970, Cutchogue, NY 11935-0970, would be appreciated.

This is a paid notice.