01/01/14 7:00am
01/01/2014 7:00 AM
JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | The Riverhead Blue Waves celebrate their second straight Division II county championship Friday night after a thrilling 21-14 win over East Islip at Stony Brook University.

JOE WERKMEISTER FILE PHOTO | The Riverhead Blue Waves celebrate their second straight Division II county championship after a thrilling 21-14 win over East Islip at Stony Brook University.

The season began with question marks for the Riverhead football team.

The Blue Waves were down several key players and were opening the season with a sophomore at running back.

After a loss in Week 2 to East Islip, it was fair to wonder just how far the Blue Waves might go this year. But quickly, things turned in the Blue Waves’ favor as Jeremiah Cheatom dominated on the ground and quarterback Cody Smith guided the team through the air.

The defense began to excel and the Blue Waves kept winning and winning. It culminated with a spectacular 84-yard punt return from Ryan Hubbard to win the Division II county championship at Stony Brook against East Islip, avenging their earlier season loss. The Blue Waves fell short in the Long Island championship, losing to Carey at Hofstra University.

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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.

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12/30/13 10:00am
12/30/2013 10:00 AM
ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO  |  A League VI champion at 126 pounds, Shoreham-Wading River junior T.J. Fabian lost Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the county tournament for his first loss of the season.

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River junior T.J. Fabian.

The grueling New York State Wrestling Championship is a tournament even the top wrestlers struggle to survive at times.

Rarely does a wrestler make it look easy. But that’s just what Shoreham-Wading River’s T.J. Fabian did en route to winning the 126-pound title and becoming just the fourth wrestler in Shoreham history to win a state title.

Fabian pinned his opponent in the finals with nine seconds left as he closed in on a technical fall.

Fabian finished the season with an astounding 51-1 record. His only loss came in the county tournament. But he bounced back to place third and an earn an at-large bid to the state tournament.

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12/29/13 7:00am
12/29/2013 7:00 AM
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Matt Crohan, the only non-senior starter for Riverhead on Senior Day, did not allow an earned run and gave up two hits in six innings for his first career win.

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Blue Waves baseball pitcher Matt Crohan.

At times during the 2013 season, it seemed almost unfair for any batter who stepped up to plate against Riverhead’s towering left-hander, Matt Crohan.

For two months, he mowed through one lineup after another. He posted a streak of 44 straight scoreless innings and threw a pair of no-hitters. His magnificent season earned him the Carl Yastrzemski Award as the top baseball player in Suffolk County.

He became the first Riverhead player to ever win the award. He was also the League IV Most Valuable Player and was Newsday’s Long Island Player of the Year.

Crohan now attends Winthrop University, where he’ll continue his baseball career this spring.

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12/28/13 7:00am
12/28/2013 7:00 AM
GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Riverhead senior Markim Austin rises for one-handed dunk Tuesday that put the Blue Waves ahead by seven in the fourth quarter against Smithtown West.

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Riverhead senior Markim Austin rises for one-handed dunk that put the Blue Waves ahead by seven in the fourth quarter against Smithtown West.

The Riverhead boys basketball team entered the 2012-13 season with lofty expectations as an experienced core of players returned. And the Blue Waves didn’t disappoint, posting a 12-2 record in League III and clinching the program’s first league title since 1997.

It was a thrilling season throughout, highlighted by a 72-71 victory over Smithtown West early in February that guaranteed the Blue Waves at least a share of the league title.

Riverhead got 20 points from Markim Austin in the win in front of a near-capacity crowd at Riverhead High School. The Blue Waves’ season ended on a bitter note with a loss to Longwood in the first round of the playoffs, but the season nevertheless was one to remember.

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12/27/13 7:00am
12/27/2013 7:00 AM
ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Riverhead senior Dan Normoyle.

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Riverhead senior Dan Normoyle.

For a track and field team to have one elite pole vaulter is a luxury. To have two? Even better. But three?

That’s just hard to imagine. But in 2013, the Riverhead Blue Waves had one of the most formidable pole vaulting trios any team could ever hope for.

Dan Normoyle, Jonah Spaeth and Charles Villa were often competing against each other at meets to determine the champion.

And at any given meet, it could be any of the vaulters with a top mark. At the state championship for the indoor season, Normoyle cleared 14 feet 6 inches and Spaeth cleared 14.

In the outdoor season, Normoyle and Villa qualified for the state championship. Normoyle again cleared 14-6 and Villa cleared 14. To qualify for states, Normoyle cleared 15 feet as the Blue Waves finished 1-2-3.

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12/26/13 7:00am
12/26/2013 7:00 AM
GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River junior Ryan Udvadia, shown here earlier this season, ran the fastest 3,200 time in the state Friday.

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River junior Ryan Udvadia, shown here earlier this season, ran the fastest 3,200 time in the state Friday.

Whether it was indoor track, outdoor track or cross country, Shoreham-Wading River runner Ryan Udvadia tallied win after win in 2013.

Going back to winter track at the start of the year, Udvadia dominated at the league championship, winning the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. He went on to win the 3,200 at the small-school county championship and earned a trip to states in two events.

He continued to excel through the spring outdoor season, when he once again qualified for the state meet in both events. He was the top 3,200 runner in the county. Most recently during the cross country season, he was the top runner in Class B and, at the state championship, finished second in Class B.

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12/25/13 7:00am
12/25/2013 7:00 AM
GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Shanice Allen leapt into the record book, passing Felicia Hobson as Riverhead's all-time leading scorer.

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Shanice Allen leapt into the record book, passing Felicia Hobson as Riverhead’s all-time leading scorer.

During the Riverhead girls basketball team’s spirited run to the state semifinals in 2012, Shanice Allen eclipsed the 1,000-point career milestone during a county championship win. She reached the mark while still just a junior. It made it evident that early the next season, Allen would become the school’s all-time scoring leader.

And Allen earned that honor on Jan. 3, scoring a career-high 36 points in a win over Centereach to pass Felicia Hobson. In the game, Allen brought her career total to 1,208 points. She finished the season as the Blue Waves’ top scorer and was an all-state and all-Long Island selection. Allen now plays for Pace University.

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