One year after a season full of tragedy and triumph, the Shoreham-Wading River High School varsity football team will not defend its Suffolk County championship at home.
EMPIRE CHALLENGE | LONG ISLAND 34, NEW YORK CITY 27
Because of the weather, the postgame fireworks show was cancelled. That was O.K., though, because the fans had already seen a different sort of fireworks, before and during the 20th annual Empire Challenge football game.
At first, there was nature’s brand of fireworks that caused two lightning delays at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium. And then there were the fireworks created by the Long Island offense.
Long Island’s offense provided some bolts of energy itself, beating New York City, 34-27, on Tuesday night in the annual meeting of the top senior high school players in the area. (more…)
After guiding Shoreham-Wading River through an unforgettable run to the Long Island Championship last fall, Shoreham-Wading River senior Dan Hughes will get one more chance to throw on the pads as a high school football player.
Hughes, the quarterback of the Wildcats, is one of three local players who will represent Long Island next week in the annual Empire Challenge game at Hofstra University. The game features the top Long Island players against New York City. (more…)
Deciding which college to attend can be an overwhelming process for any high school student. Add in athletics to the mix and it can become even more daunting.
For a select few athletes, the decision also becomes which sport to play in college. (more…)
Jeff Doroski will return as the McGann-Mercy football coach next fall.
After a contentious departure in early 2014, which led to him taking the varsity head coach positions of Riverhead softball and Hampton Bays football, Doroski will once again be on the sideline of his alma mater when the Monarchs kick off in September. (more…)
Thomas Cutinella, the Shoreham-Wading River student and varsity athlete who died after a football-related injury last fall, has left his mark on the Shoreham-Wading River school district.
Now his name is part of the high school itself.
In a unanimous vote by the SWR school board at its meeting Tuesday night, the high school athletics field was renamed the “Thomas Cutinella Memorial Field.” (more…)
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…)
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…)