09/13/14 6:44pm
09/13/2014 6:44 PM
Riverhead's Raheem Brown evading West Islip's Joe Rushton during Saturday's season-opening game. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Riverhead’s Raheem Brown evading West Islip’s Joe Rushton during Saturday’s season-opening game. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

BLUE WAVES 28, LIONS 25

An overcast, gray day got uglier in the second half when rain began to fall, lightly at first, and then with growing intensity, making for slick conditions and a slippery football. That was fitting enough because Riverhead was turning in a performance that was at once disturbing and ugly. But what the Blue Waves lacked in points for artistry, they made up for in drama and excitement.

The Blue Waves, defending Suffolk County Division II champions, dodged a bullet in their season opener on Saturday, narrowly averting an upset loss to West Islip in the final seconds. Steven Reid III pulled in an 18-yard touchdown reception with 15.1 seconds left to play, allowing the Blue Waves to escape with a 28-25 result in their favor at Coach Mike McKillop Memorial Field in Riverhead.

Call it Riverhead magic. (more…)

09/13/14 11:30am
Shoreham-Wading River senior Isreal Squires during a practice leading up to yesterday's season opener. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Isreal Squires during a practice leading up to yesterday’s season opener. (Credit: Garret Meade)

WILDCATS 35, RED DEVILS 7

No matter how well a team may look in the preseason, a coach still gets that uneasy feeling before the first game of the season. How will a new team perform once the game’s count for real?  (more…)

09/12/14 10:34pm
09/12/2014 10:34 PM
McGann-Mercy running back Reggie Archer tries to find a hole against the Bayport defense. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

McGann-Mercy running back Reggie Archer tries to find a hole against the Bayport defense. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

PHANTOMS 33, MONARCHS 6

From the moment Bishop McGann-Mercy received the No. 6 seed in Division IV, a peculiar position for a team whose only victory a year ago came via forfeit, this much was evident: the schedule would again be unforgiving. (more…)

09/11/14 8:00am
09/11/2014 8:00 AM
Ethan Greenidge, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman, is one of Riverhead's three all-division players. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Ethan Greenidge, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman, is one of Riverhead’s three all-division players. (Credit: Garret Meade)

PREVIEW

So, what will be vital for the Riverhead High School football team as it makes a bid this year for a third straight Suffolk County Division II championship? Will it be the play of its quarterback, Kenny Simco? The blocking of the offensive line? The running prowess of Ryun Moore? The tenacity of its defense?

While all of the above will undoubtedly be important, those are not the answers coach Leif Shay gave when asked that question. As Shay sees it, it comes down to something far more elemental: team chemistry and player personalities.

Shay said how well his players get along with each other and respect each other — the subject of his speech to them on the first day of preseason practice — will go a long way toward determining whether the Blue Waves go a long way. (more…)

09/09/14 2:00pm
09/09/2014 2:00 PM
Members of Riverhead's 7-year-old PAL team on the set of Sunday's Fox & Friends show. (Courtesy photo)

Members of Riverhead’s 7-year-old PAL team on the set of Sunday’s Fox & Friends show. (Courtesy photo)

It’s not often your local football team makes it onto national television. But that’s exactly where Riverhead Blue Waves’ seven-year-old Police Athletic League football team was on Sunday morning, when it made the trek into New York City for an appearance on Fox & Friends.  (more…)

08/31/14 6:00pm
08/31/2014 6:00 PM
Riverhead High School graduate Miguel Maysonet was vying for a spot on the Pittsburgh Steelers' roster. (Credit: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Riverhead graduate Miguel Maysonet was vying for a spot on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster. (Credit: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Here are 10 News-Review stories you may have missed over the past week. To make sure you stay on top of breaking news out of the Riverhead area, follow @riverheadnews1 on Twitter.  (more…)

08/28/14 3:00pm
08/28/2014 3:00 PM
Reggie Archer, a fourth-year varsity player for McGann-Mercy who lives in Riverhead, will be the featured back for the Monarchs this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Reggie Archer, a fourth-year varsity player for McGann-Mercy who lives in Riverhead, will be the featured back for the Monarchs this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Reggie Archer grew up playing football in PAL with Ken Simco, Troy Trent and many of the other guys who will make up the core of Riverhead’s varsity football team this season as seniors. When they reached high school, and the point where football takes on a more serious tone, their paths split.  (more…)

08/27/14 2:00pm
08/27/2014 2:00 PM
Bobby Puckey's off-season training and leadership led to his being named a team captain. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Bobby Puckey’s off-season training and leadership led to his being named a team captain. (Credit: Garret Meade)

One day last week, the Shoreham-Wading River High School football coach, Matt Millheiser, took the unusual step of naming one of his team captains much earlier than usual. The honor bestowed upon senior lineman Bobby Puckey was less a reflection of how he played last season so much as his reaction to how he played.

The 2013 season wasn’t one that Puckey remembers fondly, and for good reason. (more…)