10/26/13 7:17pm
10/26/2013 7:17 PM
DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River's Brennan Gorman (51), Max Goldfarb (77), Chris Rosati (8) and Ethan Wiederkehr (40) celebrate after stopping Elwood/John Glenn on a third-and-one play.

DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River’s Brennan Gorman (51), Max Goldfarb (77), Chris Rosati (8) and Ethan Wiederkehr (40) celebrate after stopping Elwood/John Glenn on a third-and-one play.

KNIGHTS 21, WILDCATS 18

A back-and-forth battle marked by turnovers and missed opportunities came down to a big fourth-quarter decision.

The Knights of Elwood/John Glenn, thanks to three rushing touchdowns by sophomore quarterback Wayne Knight — and needing a win to stay in the race for a Suffolk County football playoff spot — held a 21-18 lead over host Shoreham-Wading River on Saturday afternoon.

The Knights faced fourth-and-three at the Wildcats’ 32 with a little more than three minutes remaining. With the wind behind them, they could punt into the end zone or try a pooch punt deep into Wildcats territory and leave it to their defense. They could let White or tailback Chris Forsberg, who combined for 200 rushing yards, carry the ball for a first down that would all but seal the win.

Knights head coach Dave Shanahan went for door No. 3.

White faked a handoff, turned to his right and tossed a 5-yard curl to Stephen Orkiszewski for the first down, which allowed the Knights — who entered the game in seventh place in Division IV — to run out the clock and improve to 5-2.

“I went to the senior,” said Shanahan, referring to Orkiszewski. “Our kids really rallied and buckled down, and we were able to run the ball. Usually, we throw the ball. Today we ran it.”

White relieved starting quarterback Tommy Balacki, a senior, midway through the first quarter, and the move sparked the Knights. White finished with 102 yards rushing and 48 yards passing.

Shoreham-Wading River came into the game in second place and dropped to 5-2 with the loss. With one game remaining at 3-4 Port Jefferson, the Wildcats are playing for a top-four seed in the playoffs.

“I tell the kids after every game, whether it’s a win at Mount Sinai, enjoy the weekend, but we’ll see you on Monday and it’s back to work,” said Wildcats head coach Matt Millheiser. “The message is the same here. We had a tough loss, we wanted this one bad, but now it stings over the weekend, and it’s time to get back to work on Monday.”

The Wildcats honored 13 seniors in a ceremony before their final home game, and came out storming. Tyler Anderson (26 carries, 225 yards) returned the opening kickoff 43 yards to midfield. After a 16-yard run and a 30-yard jaunt by quarterback Danny Hughes, Anderson capped the 89-second drive with a six-yard touchdown for a 7-0 lead.

Two plays later, Glenn’s Keeshawn Boodie lost a fumble at midfield, but a botched pitch to Isreal Squires gave the ball right back to the Knights, who ended up missing a field goal.

The Wildcats went three-and-out, and a shanked punt into a stiff wind gave the Knights possession at the Shoreham 16 yard-line. Four plays later, at fourth-and-one from the 7, White scored on a sweep to help knot the score, 7-7.

The Wildcats answered with a drive that featured a 31-yard run by Anderson and a 26-yard reception by Aaron Harely-Rey, and had first-and-goal at the Knights 4. Anderson lost three yards, and after an incomplete pass, Hughes took it to the goal line and came up inches short. On fourth down, Millheiser called Hughes’ number again, but the Knights defense stopped him at the goal line.

“Danny doesn’t get it in on the quarterback sneak, so that’s a difference in score right there,” Millheiser said. “They were able to capitalize on their chances, and we weren’t able to capitalize on enough of ours.”

The Knights punted the ball back to the Wildcats, who went ahead by 10-7 on a 35-yard field goal by Zach McAuley. But the Knights responded, driving 72 yards for a touchdown when White scored from two yards out with 18 seconds left in the half.

Glenn missed another field goal, from 25 yards out, early in the third quarter, but the Wildcats couldn’t handle the prosperity, turning it back over when Harely-Rey lost a fumble at the Shoreham 38. Four plays later, White scored his third touchdown, and the Knights led, 21-10.

The Wildcats answered quickly. A 17-yard pass from Hughes to Adam Tanner helped set up a 21-yard touchdown run by Anderson, and the senior workhorse converted the two-point try to move the Wildcats within three, 21-18, early in the fourth quarter.

The Shoreham defense forced the Knights to punt, but the Wildcats’ turned it back over on downs, as Anderson was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-three from the Shoreham 39.

Millheiser said he is counting on his seniors to get the Wildcats back on track. He said, “It’s nothing they haven’t been through before, and I expect them to respond and be leaders going into the next week.”

04/24/13 11:10pm
04/24/2013 11:10 PM

Kevin Pimentel had an arm in the Shoreham-Wading River baseball team’s second no-hitter in nine days on Wednesday. The junior tossed a no-hitter in a 4-0 win over visiting Elwood/John Glenn. Pimentel had eight strikeouts and four walks, according to msgvarsity.com.

On April 16, Pimentel shared a no-hitter with Brian Klemfuss in a 20-0 win over Amityville.

With Wednesday’s victory, Shoreham-Wading River raised its overall and League VII record to 9-4. Elwood/John Glenn dropped to 6-7, 5-6.

03/27/13 9:31pm
03/27/2013 9:31 PM
ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Eddie Knight, who started in goal for Bishop McGann-Mercy, facing a shot by Elwood/John Glenn.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Eddie Knight, who started in goal for Bishop McGann-Mercy, facing a shot by Elwood/John Glenn’s Matthew Choinski.

KNIGHTS 17, MONARCHS 0

The Bishop McGann-Mercy boys lacrosse team lost its season debut on Wednesday afternoon, 17-0, to host Elwood/John Glenn.

Senior attacker Bobby Maddia led John Glenn (2-0 overall and in Suffolk County Division II) with three goals and one assist. Senior midfielder Kenny Massa added two goals and two assists.

Eddie Knight and Jamie Tuthill split time in goal for the Monarchs, who played as a junior varsity team last year.

McGann-Mercy will play at Deer Park on Tuesday before hosting Mount Sinai in its first home game on April 4.

02/19/13 7:21pm
02/19/2013 7:21 PM
ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Kari Gostic of Shoreham-Wading River passed Elwood/John Glenn defenders before putting up a shot.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Kari Gostic of Shoreham-Wading River passed Elwood/John Glenn defenders before putting up a shot.

SUFFOLK CLASS A SEMIFINAL | KNIGHTS 56, WILDCATS 49

Shoreham-Wading River’s girls basketball team has never advanced to a county final. Not even once. The Wildcats will have to live with that fact for at least another year.

It’s not so much that Shoreham-Wading River is cursed, as Elwood/John Glenn is blessed — with talent.

Elwood/John Glenn, one of the most successful programs in Suffolk County, has been a major obstacle in Shoreham-Wading River’s path to a county final, and was so again on Tuesday. With three of its players scoring in double figures, the third-seeded Knights beat No. 2 Shoreham-Wading River on its home court, 56-49, in a Suffolk Class A semifinal. It is the third straight year in which Elwood/John Glenn has ended Shoreham-Wading River’s playoff run. It is the fifth time in six years that Shoreham-Wading River has finished one win shy of a county final.

“We’ve had a lot of good opportunities, so I guess that means we have a pretty good program,” Shoreham-Wading River coach Dennis Haughney said. “We’ve been close for a while. It just so happens that they’ve been a little better. Maybe one day this program will get a little better than that program, and they’ll feel cursed for a while.”

With the victory, the defending Long Island champion Knights (18-2) earned a place in Friday night’s county title game at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue against No. 1 Harborfields or No. 4 Islip. It will be Elwood/John Glenn’s third straight county final.

“It’s a new bunch of kids, and they are the ones that are taking us to the final, not me, and they did a great job,” said Elwood/John Glenn coach Andrew Athanas.

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Meghan King, playing in her final game for Shoreham-Wading River, posted 9 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists and 1 steal.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Meghan King, playing in her final game for Shoreham-Wading River, posted 9 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists and 1 steal.

Elwood/John Glenn and Shoreham-Wading River (14-5) are the League VI co-champions, but the Knights, who have won all five of their playoff meetings with the Wildcats since 2008, were a notch better on Tuesday. Unlike the previous game between the teams, a double-overtime thriller won by Shoreham-Wading River on Feb. 7, Elwood/John Glenn was at full strength on Tuesday. Meaghan Haber, a senior guard, sat out the Feb. 7 game with an injured ankle; Mackenzie Sivilli, a junior guard, played hurt.

Both were in the starting lineup in the semifinal, though.

“It made a big difference,” said Athanas.

For one thing, Haber brought 14 points worth of offense to the Knights. They also received 16 points from Emma Klis and 15 from Tanna Mohammed. Klis and Sivilli had 5 assists each.

Successive 3-point shots by Haber, Sivilli and Haber again kick-started a 14-0 run that put Elwood/John Glenn ahead, 25-9, with 3 minutes 48 seconds left in the second quarter.

But Shoreham-Wading River showed resilience, pulling to within 3 points by halftime and taking the lead at 26-25 on back-to-back baskets by Sabrina Santiago (11 points, 5 assists) and Meghan King (9 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists, 1 steal) to start the third quarter.

The teams traded leads five times after that. Elwood/John Glenn went in front for good, 38-37, on a shot by Haber late in the third quarter, the second of four straight baskets by the Knights.

“It’s a game of runs, and they were the team that had more runs in them today,” said Haughney.

Elwood/John Glenn used a 13-2 surge to open the fourth quarter, 7 of those points coming from Mohammed.

“We really made sure that we used the clock,” Haber said. “We passed the ball. We really worked as a team and made sure we got that right shot.”

While Shoreham-Wading River started the game in a 3-for-15 shooting slump, Elwood/John Glenn showed that it is one of the better outside shooting teams around. The Knights hit on 48.7 percent of their shots from the field, including 7 of 14 from 3-point range. Shoreham-Wading River finished at 34 percent.

“They’re a very good outside shooting team, and I think that’s what killed us,” said Santiago.

It was Elwood/John Glenn’s accurate shooting that atoned for its struggles on the boards. The Knights were outrebounded, 36-23, and by 17-6 on the offensive end.

Courtney Clasen brought Shoreham-Wading River 12 points and 8 rebounds.

With the two teams having played each other three times this season (two of those games ending in Elwood/John Glenn’s favor), the players know each other well, “pretty much by almost middle name,” said Haber.

Haber said that despite her team’s successful history, the Knights knew better than to take anything for granted. “We knew this game we had to come out and really fight,” she said.

Elwood/John Glenn looked focused, and that was no accident. Athanas said the team was coming off its two best practices of the season. “They were pumped and ready,” he said.

Santiago said it was a season to remember for Shoreham-Wading River, which earned its first league title since 2002.

As for that evasive county final, she said, “One day we’ll get there.”

bliepa@timesreview.com

02/07/13 8:09pm
02/07/2013 8:09 PM
ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River's Taylor Whiffen took an elbow to the head from Elwood/John Glenn's Jillian Del Grasso while shooting.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River’s Taylor Whiffen took an elbow to the head from Elwood/John Glenn’s Jillian Del Grasso while shooting.

WILDCATS 59, KNIGHTS 48 (2 OT)

Meghan King said she had never been at the free-throw line before, in a situation such as the one she faced Thursday, with not only a game on the line, but a league championship as well.

But there she was, having been fouled with her Shoreham-Wading River girls basketball team trailing Elwood/John Glenn by 2 points with 12.3 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. Talk about pressure.

King said she was telling herself at the time to approach it like she was at practice, focusing on the shots, not the scoreboard, and forgetting about the surroundings, the crowd and everything else.

And yet, it was still there. In the back of her mind, she said, an inner voice was reminding her of the significance of the free throws. That inner voice, King said, reminded her, “‘You know, you got to make these so we will win.”

After King hit the first free throw, Elwood/John Glenn coach Andrew Athanas called timeout, perhaps hoping to ice the senior.

No such luck.

King converted the second one as well as four more in overtime. In one of the most thrilling games in the team’s recent history, Shoreham-Wading River toppled visiting Elwood/John Glenn, 59-48, in double overtime to finish the regular season in a tie for first place in Suffolk County League VI with the Knights. It is the Wildcats’ first league title since 2002.

“It was well worth the wait,” said Shoreham-Wading River coach Dennis Haughney.

Elwood/John Glenn, the defending Long Island Class A champion, is a league champion for the 10th time in 12 years.

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shannon Rosati of Shoreham-Wading River attempting an off-balance shot while Elwood/John Glenn's Mackenzie Sivilli tries to stop her.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shannon Rosati of Shoreham-Wading River attempting an off-balance shot while Elwood/John Glenn’s Mackenzie Sivilli tries to stop her.

The drama of Thursday’s game, which was pushed forward a day from the original schedule because of an expected snowstorm, left Haughney searching for words. “That was the most exciting game I’ve ever been involved with,” he said. “Unbelievable. I’m speechless, to be honest with you.”

A big difference between the two teams, which pushed each other to the limit, was King’s clutch free throws. It was nothing fancy, nothing spectacular, just basic free-throw shooting that paved the way for the Wildcats’ big win.

King was a driving force for the Wildcats, collecting 19 points and 18 rebounds, both game-high figures. But it was her free-throw shooting that proved critical. King, who shot 9 for 12 from the foul line, sank her last six attempts.

Asked about her skill as a foul shooter, King said: “I’ve had my ups and downs, but the past couple of weeks I’ve been staying after practice, just shooting, shooting and shooting it. I didn’t want to have the game in my hands and then lose it.”

Haughney said, statistically speaking, he was not sure if King is the team’s best foul shooter, but “she’s a streaky kid, and when she gets going, she’s the best.”

Shoreham-Wading River (14-4, 11-1) had a chance to win the contest in regulation time. With 2.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Courtney Clasen inbounded the ball to Sabrina Santiago, who was just across the mid-court line. Santiago dribbled between two defenders and pushed an air ball that fell well short of its target. The score remained 37-37.

The Wildcats had waited 11 years for a league championship, so what was another eight minutes? It was time for overtime.

King netted a pair of free throws with 11.5 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to put Shoreham-Wading River ahead, 44-42. Moments later, though, Elwood/John Glenn’s Monika Sivilli and Mackenzie Sivilli made passes to set up Lexie Koenke’s 15-foot jump shot, evening the score at 44-44. After a Shoreham-Wading River traveling violation with one second left in the first overtime, Mackenzie Sivilli received an inbounds pass from Emma Klis and hoisted a desperate attempt off the back rim at the buzzer.

On to the second overtime.

Shoreham-Wading River seized momentum and scored the first 8 points of the second four-minute overtime period to build a 52-44 lead. King, Taylor Whiffen and Keri Clark contributed points during that spurt.

The game was something of a battle of attrition, too, with three players fouling out. Shoreham-Wading River’s Shannon Rosati picked up all five of her personal fouls in the second half. Then, in the second overtime session, Klis and Alexis Groark fouled out for Elwood/John Glenn (16-2, 11-1), which shot 1 for 7 from the field in the second overtime.

ESPN would have classified the game as an “Instant Classic.”

When the end came, a tired Clasen was relieved. “I was like, ‘Thank God,’ ” she said. “After all those overtimes, I was wondering when it was going to end.”

Shoreham-Wading River, which won for the sixth straight time since an 18-point loss to Elwood/John Glenn on Jan. 15, received a double-double from Clasen, who had 13 points, 12 rebounds, 6 steals, 5 assists and 1 block. Rosati scored 10 points.

Elwood/John Glenn, which saw its winning streak snapped at nine games, received 18 points from Monika Sivilli. Mackenzie Sivilli supplied 12 points.

After the game, the Knights were clearly upset at having failed to win the league title outright and having to share the crown.

“They obviously wanted it very badly,” Athanas said of his players. “It meant a lot to us.”

For King, the lesson of the day was a simple one that youngsters might want to listen to: Practice your foul shots.

“They come in handy,” she said.

bliepa@timesreview.com

02/26/11 6:35pm
02/26/2011 6:35 PM


GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior center Corinne Wiederkehr totaled eight points, nine rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal in her final game for the Wildcats.


EAST NORTHPORT — The girls basketball team is at the center of attention these days at Elwood/John Glenn High School, and for good reason. After all, the Knights are undefeated.

Standing in the middle of the spotlight is their 6-foot-1 center, Allison McKenna. Tall in stature, McKenna came up big for the Knights on Saturday when their march toward what would be the team’s third Suffolk County championship continued — at the expense of the Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats.

McKenna turned in a tremendous game for top-seeded Elwood/John Glenn as it beat No. 4 Shoreham-Wading River for the third time this season, 48-38, in a Suffolk Class A Tournament quarterfinal that matched up League VI’s top two teams. Despite being double-teamed, McKenna collected 19 points, nine rebounds, nine steals, six blocks and four assists for the Knights, who brought their record to 19-0. They have earned the right to play the No. 2 Harborfields Tornadoes (17-3) in the county final on Tuesday night at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue.

Anyone who suspects that the undefeated record has an impact on the team would be correct.

“It gives us a lot of confidence, but it definitely gives a lot of other people reasons to want to beat us that much more,” said McKenna, a junior who has an outside shooting touch to complement her inside game.

McKenna faced a challenge from Shoreham-Wading River’s 6-0 senior center, Corinne Wiederkehr. Wiederkehr turned in a full day’s work herself, putting up eight points, nine rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal. She knew she had her hands full going up against McKenna.

“She definitely made us work,” Wiederkehr said. “She hits all of her free throws, she hits all of her layups, she hits all of her outside shots. It’s kind of hard to play defense on her, knowing that she can shoot anywhere.”

Elwood/John Glenn beat Shoreham-Wading River by 21 and 26 points during the regular season. But this time was different. This time the Wildcats (12-8) gave the league champions a run for their money.

“Staying with them throughout the game was such a great feeling for us,” Wiederkehr said. “Even though we couldn’t pull away with a win, it was good knowing we could play with them.”


GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River's Cali Lavey left Elwood/John Glenn's Allison McKenna in her wake while aiming for the basket.


Except for a couple of brief spells in the first quarter, the Knights never trailed.

The Wildcats fell behind by as many as 11 points in the second quarter, but then closed the gap. They pulled to within three points of the Knights when a layup by Michelle Gostic made it 36-32 right before the end of the third quarter.

They sliced the margin to two points when Alyssa Fleming grabbed an offensive rebound and, while falling backward, put in an off-balance shot, making the score 40-38.

“They didn’t back down,” Elwood/John Glenn Coach Andrew Athanas said. “Every time we went on a run, they caught up.”

But Elwood/John Glenn responded. McKenna, Monica Eugene and Danielle Evers combined to shoot 8 for 10 from the free-throw line in the final 2 minutes 7 seconds to salt the game away.

Shoreham-Wading River’s comeback attempt wasn’t helped by the fact that three of its players — Cali Lavey, Meghan King and Fleming — fouled out in the final 5:17.

Emma Klis finished with 13 points for the Knights.

Gostic was the top scorer for the Wildcats with 11 points. Lavey added eight points.

McKenna, of course, made a big difference.

“They have a player in the middle who does a lot for them,” Shoreham-Wading River Coach Dennis Haughney said. “She catches the ball, holds it. She breaks the press for them. When she needs a shot, she’ll step back and hit an outside shot. She’ll get an offensive rebound. When you have players like that, it makes it really difficult.”

The Wildcats, who made their fourth appearance in a county semifinal, have never reached a county final, according to Haughney.

The Knights, meanwhile, have been drawing comparisons to their 2004-5 team, which went 29-0, winning the state and federation titles. But Athanas knows that the current team still has a way to go to earn the same accolades as that team.

“They have to win 29 games to be compared,” he said.

Athanas said he knew that he had a good group of players when the season started. He told his players they had the opportunity to do something special. Could he have foreseen being unbeaten at this stage?

“Am I surprised that we’re 19 and 0?” Athanas said. “I suppose, but I’m happy.”

bliepa@timesreview.com