02/18/15 10:23pm
02/18/2015 10:23 PM
Shoreham-Wading River's Courtney Clasen battles for a rebound with Comsewogue's Sam Collins. Sam Higgins stood nearby. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen battles for a rebound with Comsewogue’s Sam Collins. Sam Higgins stood nearby. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS A QUARTERFINAL | WARRIORS 48, WILDCATS 45

Some players are lifted onto the shoulders of their teammates when they make their final exit. In Courtney Clasen’s case, she was rolled out of the Shoreham-Wading River High School gym on a chair supported by wheels.

It’s safe to say that Clasen’s final minutes as a Shoreham basketball player did not go as she might have envisioned. After making a layup and rolling her right ankle on the landing, Clasen spent the last 2 minutes 13 seconds of her high school career sitting on the bench, with her right leg spread out across a chair and an ice pack on her ailing ankle. The senior forward watched her teammates make a valiant comeback attempt in her absence, only to fall short, 48-45, to fifth-seeded Comsewogue in a Suffolk County Class A Tournament quarterfinal on Wednesday night.

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02/17/15 9:01pm
02/17/2015 9:01 PM
Riverhead's Kim Ligon flies toward the basket as King Park's Gianna Cancemi stands her ground. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Kim Ligon flies toward the basket as King Park’s Gianna Cancemi stands her ground. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS AA TOURNAMENT | KINGSMEN 69, BLUE WAVES 51

Sam Dunn was getting bumped, banged around and knocked to the floor. The Riverhead High School junior flashed a grin when she wasn’t giving an incredulous look to her bench after not being granted the benefit of a foul call.

It was a playoff game, after all, and Dunn was determined to enjoy the moment, even if she couldn’t take much joy in the final result.

The Blue Waves were outscored, 26-11, in a third quarter that swung Tuesday evening’s Suffolk County Class AA girls basketball first-round game decisively in host Kings Park’s favor. Sam Schultz scored 8 of her 16 points in that quarter and Emily Morello’s 3-point shot capped a 12-0 spurt to end the period with the Kingsmen ahead by 20 points. They led by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter before settling for a 69-51 final score in their favor. (more…)

02/10/15 10:43am
02/10/2015 10:43 AM
Riverhead guard Faith Johnson-DeSilvia drives to the basket against Hills West earlier this season. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Riverhead guard Faith Johnson-DeSilvia drives to the basket against Hills West earlier this season. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

After finishing in a tie for second place in League III, the Riverhead girls basketball team was seeded 11th in the Class AA playoff bracket. The Blue Waves will open the playoffs Feb. 17 at No. 6 Kings Park. The game is set for 5 p.m.  (more…)

02/06/15 9:55pm
02/06/2015 9:55 PM
Southold sophomore Madison Tabor goes up for a shot as Mercy's Nicole Gravagna guards. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Southold sophomore Madison Tabor goes up for a shot as Mercy’s Nicole Gravagna guards. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

CLIPPERS 39, MONARCHS 35

The full length of the court separated the McGann-Mercy girls basketball team from basket as they prepared to inbound for one final possession.

“Can you say Christian Laettner?” yelled out Southold/Greenport coach Howie Geismer.  (more…)

02/05/15 9:35pm
02/05/2015 9:35 PM
One of Riverhead's three seniors, Cassidy Brown, looks for shooting room while being guarded by Centereach's Alicia Indence. (Credit: Garret Meade)

One of Riverhead’s three seniors, Cassidy Brown, looks for shooting room while being guarded by Centereach’s Alicia Indence. (Credit: Garret Meade)

BLUE WAVES 58, COUGARS 33

Senior Night is different. Senior Night is special. It’s not a typical game night, especially not if you’re one of the seniors being recognized.

As much as one may prepare for it, the emotions of the event can get the better of people. So when the Riverhead High School girls basketball coach, Dave Spinella, delivered heartfelt remarks about the three seniors on his team, tears flowed, with the notable exception being Amanda Baron, who has a reputation for being calm, cool and collected.

Starting with the team manager, senior Mieko Vail, Riverhead’s seniors were introduced by Spinella to the crowd during a pregame ceremony on Thursday night. Cassidy Brown, Baron and Joanna Messina took their turns listening to Spinella say some nice words about them. Then they hugged their coaches, were handed flowers and met their parents at center court for pictures.

Moments later, the Blue Waves went about another tradition: winning on Senior Night. (more…)

02/03/15 12:00pm
02/03/2015 12:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River senior Courtney Clasen shoots a jumper in a game last month. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Courtney Clasen shoots a jumper in a game last month. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Minutes before Shoreham-Wading River took on Miller Place in its final regular-season home game on Friday night, Courtney Clasen noticed that a teammate had forgotten to take the bouquet of flowers to give to her mother on Senior Night.

So, Clasen bolted from the bench to give her teammate the bouquet.

That’s vintage Courtney Clasen. She’s a team player, on the basketball court and off. (more…)