Only five basketball players can play on the court at a time for a team. The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls team has many more capable players than that. The Wildcats are deep.
That means Shoreham’s starting lineup is up in the air like a jump ball.
To call the challenge that awaited Shoreham-Wading River Saturday a tall task would be putting it mildly. READ
There weren’t many introductions needed on the first day of practice in Riverhead. Eight returning players, including the entire starting lineup, made for a quick start. READ
Shoreham-Wading River senior Courtney Clasen shoots a jumper in a game last month. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
Minutes before Shoreham-Wading River took on Miller Place in its final regular-season home game on Friday night, Courtney Clasen noticed that a teammate had forgotten to take the bouquet of flowers to give to her mother on Senior Night.
So, Clasen bolted from the bench to give her teammate the bouquet.
That’s vintage Courtney Clasen. She’s a team player, on the basketball court and off. (more…)
TERRIERS 55, WILDCATS 25
The list of teams playing in the three-day St. Anthony’s Winter Classic featured some of the top programs in the region. Teams like St. John the Baptist, St. Mary’s and St. Dominic’s, teams that resemble college teams at quick glance.
In the 14 games scheduled in the gym at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington Station, only one featured a Section XI team. That would be Shoreham-Wading River. (more…)
Riverhead girls coach Dave Spinella goes over instructions with the Blue Waves at practice. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
From ankle to hamstring to foot injuries, the Riverhead girls basketball team has one mission at the start of the 2014-15 season: get healthy.
The Blue Waves, a team flush with young, talented players, has been struck with the injury bug to start the season. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River’s Maria Smith moves toward the basket during the small schools final against Hampton Bays. (Credit: Garret Meade)
The matchup was an intriguing one: Hampton Bays’ Alexis Fotopoulos and Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen.
The two central figures in the Town of Brookhaven Summer League girls basketball small schools final had never played against each other before. They both came up big at different times, and in their own ways, in Wednesday evening’s showdown at Eastport/South Manor High School.
In the end, it was Clasen, the senior, and her teammates who ended up with the prize, though not before blowing a 16-point lead and enduring a scare from Fotopoulos and her friends in purple.
Shoreham-Wading River’s Alex Hutchins faces double-team pressure during the Wildcats’ 43-30 win over Sayville on the final night of the regular season. (Credit: Garret Meade)
This has been a summer of basketball for Courtney Clasen, and a busy one, at that.
A player of unquestioned athleticism, Clasen has been known for being more of an athlete who plays basketball than a basketball player. So, this summer she went about working on that by playing for an Amateur Athletic Union team, the Long Island Renegades, and seeing the larger basketball world outside of Suffolk County. An intensive schedule saw the Renegades play close to 30 games (including 13 this past week) while traveling around the country and playing in places like Washington, D.C., Chicago and Orlando.
That’s a lot of basketball, and it was beneficial to the Shoreham-Wading River High School senior. (more…)