It came across as a revelation. About halfway through the last high school girls lacrosse season, Shoreham-Wading River coach Brittany Davis heard one of her players exclaim, “Oh my God, we’re good!”
If the Wildcats didn’t know how good they were at the beginning of last season, they sure do now. An overtime loss to Mount Sinai — its second one-goal defeat to the Mustangs in 2016 — is all that kept Shoreham from reaching the Suffolk County Class C championship game.
Two friends and former softball players who coached together last season are both now coaching at their respective alma maters, in the same town, less than a mile away from each other.
After one year of coaching at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, Jackie Zilnicki has slid over to take over the team at Riverhead High School, where she pitched, played shortstop and centerfield. Meanwhile, Zilnicki’s former assistant coach at Mercy, Rose Horton, takes over the Monarchs, the team she used to pitch for. Both coaches graduated from those schools in 2008.
The Mattituck girls basketball team won its second consecutive Class B county championship Tuesday afternoon by defeating Bishop McGann-Mercy. READ
Free throws. The very description implies they are easy. No defenders. No obstructions.
Though based on times and distances, track and field isn’t an exact science. So, trying to predict team scoring can be a risky venture. Things don’t always pan out as projected.
The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls winter track team is grateful for that.
It felt like a party, a big old party. A disc jockey played music. People danced in the stands, there were plenty of smiles to go around and the atmosphere was festive.
Smiles could even be seen on the faces of the cheerleaders competing on the mat. Behind those smiles, undoubtedly, was the stress felt by the pressure to perform. All their hard work and preparation came down to a 2-minute, 30-second routine before a panel of four scoresheet judges and one safety judge, who evaluated the cheerleading teams for jumping, motions, dancing and stunting.
Payton Capes-Davis was the last one to the starting line and the first to the finish line.
In the end, that was all that mattered.
No Liz Dwyer. No problem.
Well, not exactly.
As formidable a high school girls basketball team as Mattituck is, the defending Long Island Class B champions still ran into difficulties Thursday night in the absence of Dwyer, their standout player.