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08/24/15 5:00pm
08/24/2015 5:00 PM

It’s an age-old rite of summer. When the dog days of August arrive, out come the helmets and the pads, the blocking sleds, the big tires, the blocking dummies, the stopwatches, the agility cones and the agility ladders. READ

04/03/15 12:00pm
04/03/2015 12:00 PM
Riverhead senior lineman Eddie Willis III will play football for the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He was joined in a signing ceremony Thursday morning with his parents, Ed and Caroline, and Riverhead coach Leif Shay. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Riverhead lineman Eddie Wills III will play football for the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He was joined in a signing ceremony Thursday morning with his parents, Ed and Caroline, and Riverhead coach Leif Shay. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

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…)

02/04/15 4:00pm
02/04/2015 4:00 PM
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Riverhead lineman Ethan Greenidge was joined by his parents Robin and Xann, as well as coach Leif Shay, on National Signing Day. Greenidge accepted a full scholarship from Villanova University. (Credit: Riverhead Schools)

It isn’t exactly Riverhead High School’s royal blue, but Villanova University has a little blue in its school colors. Before long, Villanova’s football team will have a big Riverheader among its ranks.

The biggest player on Riverhead’s football team made a big move on National Signing Day, putting pen to paper and accepting a full athletic scholarship from Villanova. (more…)

11/08/14 5:39pm
11/08/2014 5:39 PM
Riverhead running back Ryun Moore picks up a first down in the Blue Waves' playoff win against Deer Park Saturday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead running back Ryun Moore picks up a first down in the Blue Waves’ playoff win against Deer Park Saturday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Behind a suffocating defense that forced two turnovers and bottled up Deer Park’s star running back, the Riverhead Blue Waves advanced to the semifinals of the Division II playoffs with a 23-6 win Saturday afternoon over the Falcons.  (more…)

11/07/14 5:00pm
11/07/2014 5:00 PM
Riverhead's Raheem Brown rushes up the middle for a first down. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead’s Raheem Brown rushes up the middle for a first down in last week’s win over Bellport. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead coach Leif Shay didn’t need to watch hours of film to get a handle on Deer Park’s offensive approach.

“They run Thompson and then they run Thompson and then after that they’ll run Thompson,” Shay said before practice Friday.  (more…)

11/01/14 5:35pm
11/01/2014 5:35 PM
Riverhead celebrates after Bellport's Nick Founts (#12) has his last second field goal attempt blocked by Troy Trent (#77.) (Credit: Daniel DeMato)

Riverhead celebrates after Bellport’s Nick Founts (#12) has his last second field goal attempt blocked by Troy Trent (#77.) (Credit: Daniel DeMato)

BLUE WAVES 9, CLIPPERS 7

Soaking wet and shivering with mud splattered on his face, Raheem Brown had one final duty before he could finally retreat to a warm bus. Standing on the field, he answered reporters’ questions and spoke about what he and his Riverhead High School football teammates had just done: hand rival Bellport its first loss of the season.

It is because of Riverhead that Bellport will not enter the playoffs unbeaten. And it is because of Brown — not to mention a big helping hand from Troy Trent — that the Blue Waves were able to persevere under extremely difficult conditions. (more…)

10/11/14 7:47pm
10/11/2014 7:47 PM
Riverhead coach Leif Shay addressing his players following their win over Newfield. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead coach Leif Shay addressing his players following their win over Newfield. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

BLUE WAVES 20, WOLVERINES 15

The Riverhead Blue Waves’ defense took the philosophy of “bend but don’t break” to extremes in Saturday’s 20-15 win over the Newfield Wolverines in Selden.

In the first half of the Suffolk County Division II game, Newfield was stopped on Riverhead’s 6-yard line after going for it on fourth down with 2 yards to go on. The Wolverines were stopped on fourth-and-1 from Riverhead’s 4 on their next drive, and they were intercepted on a third-and-1 play on Riverhead’s 6 on the drive after that, leaving the score at 8-7 Newfield (1-4) by halftime.

In the fourth quarter, after both teams got their offenses going a little more, the Riverhead defense stopped Newfield on a fourth-and-3 from Riverhead’s 10 to seal the win. (more…)