Shoreham-Wading River senior Danny Hughes goes up for a shot Tuesday against Sayville. (Credit: Garret Meade)
CLASS A FIRST ROUND | GOLDEN FLASHES 53, WILDCATS 51
In the two weeks his team was off since the regular season ended, Shoreham-Wading River coach Kevin Culhane did his best to keep the players loose before Tuesday night’s Class A playoff opener. On Saturday, the Wildcats played crisp in a scrimmage against Bellport, a playoff-bound Class AA team.
All signs indicated the Wildcats were ready. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River senior Jonah Caldwell, pictured against Amityville, scored 23 points in the Wildcats’ loss to Bayport Tuesday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
PHANTOMS 73, WILDCATS 60
The banners that hang in the gym at Shoreham-Wading River High School represent each sport in the school. Some banners, like for girls track, are stuffed with years showcasing the titles won.
For boys basketball, the banner lists just two years: 1990 and 1992, both league titles. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Ethan Wiederkehr goes up for a rebound against Mike Smith of Amityville. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
WILDCATS 47, WARRIORS 45
As Amityville guard Rae Toppin caught a pass on the baseline, with the court seemingly all to himself, everyone inside the Shoreham-Wading River High School gym would have had the same thought: here comes overtime.
With his team trailing by two in the waning seconds of Tuesday’s game, Toppin found himself wide open under the basket. But he went up too strong, and somehow, his layup attempt missed and the ball fell safely into the hands of Shoreham forward Danny Hughes, who dribbled out the final two seconds in a 47-45 Wildcats win. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River coach Matt Millheiser accepts the Rutgers Trophy on the team’s behalf at Monday night’s all-county dinner. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)
One-by-one, the players of the Shoreham-Wading River football team entered the catering hall at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge Monday night. Wearing their jerseys over their dress shirts, they walked in a line toward the dais, pausing to share a hug with Tom Cutinella’s mother, Kelli.
Moments earlier, the Wildcats were announced as the winner of the Rutgers Trophy as the top team in Suffolk County during the annual all-county dinner. It was a first in program history in a season filled with firsts. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River collected some coveted trophies with their first Long Island championship on Sunday night. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
LONG ISLAND CLASS IV FINAL | WILDCATS 47, ROUGH RIDERS 13
The season that brought so much pain also brought joy, and perfection.
Along with 54, the retired uniform number of a fallen teammate, the Shoreham-Wading River High School football team’s season will also be remembered for some other numbers: 12-0, as in 12 wins, no losses.
A season that mixed tragedy with triumph concluded Sunday night with the Wildcats in a class of their own. For the Wildcats, it was the perfect ending to a perfect season, a 12-0 season topped off by their first Long Island championship in the team’s 17-year history. (more…)
The No. 54 flag representing Tom Cutinella waves amid the Shoreham-Wading River players after Saturday’s county championship win. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)
SUFFOLK COUNTY DIVISION IV FINAL | WILDCATS 47, KNIGHTS 10
The Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats, dressed in their navy blue uniforms, looked all business as they marched solemnly across the field toward their sideline before the game. Leading the way were four Wildcats. Aaron Harley-Rey and Danny Hughes carried a blue banner with “54” printed on it in gold, and Jimmy Puckey and Kevin Cutinella held the late Tom Cutinella’s retired No. 54 jersey.
Not only have the Wildcats clung to the memory of their former teammate, but they honored it Saturday by securing a place in team history. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River quarterback Danny Hughes scored six touchdowns in the Wildcats’ win over John Glenn Saturday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
The Shoreham-Wading River football team earned its first county title in program history with a 47-10 win over John Glenn Saturday at Stony Brook University. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River quarterback Danny Hughes carries the ball in last weekend’s win over Babylon. (Credit: Bill Landon)
Three portable lights shined down on the practice field at Shoreham-Wading River High School Thursday as daylight faded on the football team’s practice. All around them, the practice fields were empty, every other fall team’s season having come to an end.
“I guess it’s a little bit of an accomplishment being the last ones out here, kind of knowing this is our time,” said senior quarterback Danny Hughes. (more…)