12/28/14 7:17pm
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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…)

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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…)

12/10/14 1:00pm
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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
12/05/2014 4:00 PM
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…)