12/14/14 1:17pm

ESPN aired a five-minute segment on Tom Cutinella and the Long Island champion Shoreham-Wading River football team during its popular College Gameday show Saturday.

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The piece about Tom, the SWR football player who died this fall after an on-field injury during the team’s Oct. 1 game at John Glenn, was shot earlier this week. Gene Wojciechowski — an analyst and columnist for the network — was in the district Tuesday gathering material and doing interviews for the piece, SWR athletic director Mark Passamonte at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

The Shoreham-Wading River team also attended the Army-Navy game due to the generosity of one total stranger. After reading about West Point offering Cutinella a posthumous scholarship, Dr. Michael Masciello — a 65-year-old cardiologist and 1971 graduate of Army — purchased tickets for the entire team to attend the game, which is 3 p.m. Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Masciello, who has no connection to the SWR program or the Cutinellas, reached out to the family and the team. He also bought special jerseys for the team that bear Cutinella’s No. 54.

A No. 54 sign, made in memory of Tom, was visible at times during the show Saturday among the many other signs fans typically prepare for the cameras.

12/12/14 6:00pm
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McGann-Mercy senior Reggie Archer received the 2014 Boden Award Dec. 5. He's pictured with his mother (left), football coach Phil Lombardi and Denise Boden. (Courtesy photo)

McGann-Mercy senior Reggie Archer received the 2014 Boden Award Dec. 5. He’s pictured with his mother (left), football coach Phil Lombardi and Denise Boden. (Courtesy photo)

A four-year varsity football player, Reggie Archer was honored Dec. 5 with the 2014 Boden Award, which is given annually to a Mercy football player. An all-county running back/defensive back, Archer helped lead the Monarchs into the playoffs twice during his tenure.   (more…)

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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)

Shoreham-Wading River coach Matt Millheiser accepts the Rutgers Trophy on the team’s behalf at the Dec. 1 all-county dinner. Millheiser was selected by the New York Giants as the “Coach of the Year.” (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Add one more accolade to Shoreham-Wading River’s stunning football season.

Coach Matt Millheiser has been named “Coach of the Year” by the New York Giants, earning the program $4,000 in donations, according to the organization.  (more…)

12/05/14 4:00pm
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Shoreham-Wading River coach Matt Millheiser played for the Wildcats in the program's first three years from 1997-99. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch/Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River coach Matt Millheiser played for the Wildcats in the program’s first three years from 1997-99. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch/Robert O’Rourk)

The players came charging out of the locker room fired up to kick off the football season. It was a moment that seemed unlikely to ever happen for most of the players.

They strapped on their helmets, ready to show the county there was a new team in town.

And then, a delay.  (more…)

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Isreal Squires, with an escort provided by Bryce Casey, crossing the goal line for an 80-yard touchdown reception. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Isreal Squires, with an escort provided by Bryce Casey, crossing the goal line for an 80-yard touchdown reception. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Speed kills — and thrills. And wins Long Island championships.

Fleetness of foot was the outstanding quality exhibited by the Shoreham-Wading River High School football team as it sped to its first Long Island championship on Sunday. It was Isreal Squires’ blazing speed, especially, that drew raves from the press box at Stony Brook University’s Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

Squires sure can fly, and the Wildcats soared, 47-13, in the Long Island Class IV final over a Roosevelt team that is pretty fast itself. (more…)

12/02/14 12:14am
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)

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…)

12/01/14 10:00am
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Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Rosati leaves a trail of defenders behind him. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Rosati leaves a trail of defenders behind him. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

A remarkable season for the Shoreham-Wading River football team came to an end Sunday night at Stony Brook University. The Wildcats capped a 12-0 season with a 47-13 win over Roosevelt in the Class IV Long Island Championship.  (more…)

12/01/14 12:57am
Shoreham-Wading River collected some coveted trophies with their first Long Island championship on Sunday night. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

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…)