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.
Tears were bound to fall when the end came.
Before she left her house to head for the game, it occurred to Riverhead senior forward Sam Dunn that this most likely would be the last time she ever wore the Blue Waves’ home white jersey. READ
One play told Dave Spinella all he needed to know. It was five years ago when the coach saw Sam Dunn dive into the bleachers during a summer league game as an eighth grader.
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
Tears at the conclusion of a playoff loss or a season are not unusual in sports. But after a summer league game?
One of Riverhead’s three seniors, Cassidy Brown, looks for shooting room while being guarded by Centereach’s Alicia Indence. (Credit: Garret Meade)
BLUE WAVES 58, COUGARS 33
Senior Night is different. Senior Night is special. It’s not a typical game night, especially not if you’re one of the seniors being recognized.
As much as one may prepare for it, the emotions of the event can get the better of people. So when the Riverhead High School girls basketball coach, Dave Spinella, delivered heartfelt remarks about the three seniors on his team, tears flowed, with the notable exception being Amanda Baron, who has a reputation for being calm, cool and collected.
Starting with the team manager, senior Mieko Vail, Riverhead’s seniors were introduced by Spinella to the crowd during a pregame ceremony on Thursday night. Cassidy Brown, Baron and Joanna Messina took their turns listening to Spinella say some nice words about them. Then they hugged their coaches, were handed flowers and met their parents at center court for pictures.
Moments later, the Blue Waves went about another tradition: winning on Senior Night. (more…)
Riverhead guard Faith Johnson-DeSilvia drives to the basket Thursday against Hills West. (Credit: Bill Landon)
BLUE WAVES 64, COLTS 33
As Sam Dunn put it, the Blue Waves had to take their lumps last year. On a team that featured three eighth-graders playing prominent minutes, some difficult stretches were expected.
But that was last year.
This year? Well, the eighth-graders are still only freshmen, but that extra year experience has proved to make a world of difference. (more…)