04/03/15 12:00pm
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Riverhead senior lineman Eddie Willis III will play football for the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He was joined in a signing ceremony Thursday morning with his parents, Ed and Caroline, and Riverhead coach Leif Shay. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Riverhead lineman Eddie Wills III will play football for the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He was joined in a signing ceremony Thursday morning with his parents, Ed and Caroline, and Riverhead coach Leif Shay. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Tears of joy flowed. They were the first sign that Eddie Wills III had gotten what he wanted.

When the phone call came from the United States Merchant Marine Academy’s admissions office last week, Wills’ mother, Caroline, became the first family member to learn what college her son will attend and play football for. An undoubtedly anxious, and observant, Eddie stood nearby while his mother took the call. “She started tearing up, so I knew it was some good news,” he said.

And it was. Wills, a Riverhead High School senior, had been accepted into the USMMA at King Point. (more…)

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Kelli Cutinella (left), the mother of Shoreham-Wading River student Tom Cutinella, who died last year playing football, hugs Wildcat Athletics Club board member Regina McGee at a school board meeting Tuesady night. The booster club had just presented Ms. Cutinella with a $106,000 check to help start a foundation and scholarships in Tom's memory. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Kelli Cutinella (left), the mother of Shoreham-Wading River student Tom Cutinella, who died last year playing football, hugs Wildcat Athletics Club board member Regina McGee at a school board meeting Tuesady night. The booster club had just presented Ms. Cutinella with a $106,000 check to help start a foundation and scholarships in Tom’s memory. (Credit: Paul Squire)

It’s one thing to say that the memory of a life lost too soon won’t soon be forgotten.

It’s quite another thing to raise over $100,000 in donations to keep that memory alive.

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of the Shoreham-Wading River community, and so many others, the memory of Tom Cutinella will live on for years to come, his mother, Kelli, said.  (more…)

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Riverhead lineman Ethan Greenidge was joined by his parents Robin and Xann, as well as coach Leif Shay, on National Signing Day. Greenidge accepted a full scholarship from Villanova University. (Credit: Riverhead Schools)

It isn’t exactly Riverhead High School’s royal blue, but Villanova University has a little blue in its school colors. Before long, Villanova’s football team will have a big Riverheader among its ranks.

The biggest player on Riverhead’s football team made a big move on National Signing Day, putting pen to paper and accepting a full athletic scholarship from Villanova. (more…)

01/08/15 9:00am
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In front of a crowd of more than 40,000 at Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 29, Shoreham-Wading River athletic director Mark Passamonte stood on the field during a break in the action between the Clemson Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners. He was joined by representatives of Russell Athletic, the host of the college football bowl game.

Mr. Passamonte likely never would have envisioned himself spending part of the holiday break on the field of a college bowl game. But then again, ever since Oct. 1, life in the Wading River community became anything but ordinary.  (more…)

01/01/15 12:00pm
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The Shoreham-Wading River football team celebrates its 2014 Long Island Championship win over Roosevelt. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

The Shoreham-Wading River football team celebrates its 2014 Long Island Championship win over Roosevelt. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The season began with the Shoreham-Wading River football team as the No. 3 seed in Division IV. It was familiar territory. Never before had Shoreham gotten beyond the semifinals of the playoffs to play in a county championship game. (more…)

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The 2014 Russell Athletic ‘Fight Like Dylan Award’ is presented to Shoreham-Wading River High School during the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl Press Conference; L-R, Clemson University head coach Dabo Swinney; Russell Athletic senior vice president, general manager, Robby Davis; Shoreham-Wading High School assistant coach Tom Fabian; University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. (Credit: Russell Athletic, courtesy)

The 2014 Russell Athletic ‘Fight Like Dylan Award’ is presented to Shoreham-Wading River High School during the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl Press Conference; L-R, Clemson University head coach Dabo Swinney; Russell Athletic senior vice president, general manager, Robby Davis; Shoreham-Wading High School assistant coach Tom Fabian; University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. (Credit: Russell Athletic, courtesy)

Dylan Rebeor wasn’t around for his team’s finest moment on the football field.

Diagnosed with colon cancer in spring 2010, the 16-year-old from Columbia, Tenn. didn’t live long enough to see his Columbia Central teammates win a state title.

But before he died, he made a pledge to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for his team to receive new uniforms.

Since his passing, Russell Athletic has honored his memory by awarding a $50,000 uniform and equipment grant to a high school  that overcame a challenge or triumphed in the face of adversity while embodying Dylan’s spirit and courage.

On Sunday, the “Fight Like Dylan” award was presented to Shoreham-Wading River High School, whose football team finished its first unbeaten season last month as Long Island champions, despite the October death of lineman Thomas Cutinella, who died hours after suffering an on-field injury(more…)