The odds weren’t in Shoreham-Wading River’s favor. Not only was Shoreham missing its best runner, but the girls 4×1 mile relay team was seeded 12th in a field of 15 and had as many as eight teams ahead of it during the race.
But odds don’t determine track and field races. Times and heart do.
Shoreham-Wading River’s postseason adventure has come to an end, and it took a high school girls basketball team similar in style to the Wildcats to end it.
Harborfields plays a relentless, pressure defense.
One will generally find two types of players in high school girls basketball: athletes who play basketball and genuine basketball players.
Mackenzie Zajac can clearly be categorized among the latter.
Members of the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls cross-country team looked at each other and smiled knowingly when they were asked if they had heard much about the school’s 1986 state champion team. Oh yes, they have, from coach Paul Koretzki himself.
“Mr. K will not stop talking about it,” said junior Katherine Lee.
The most accomplished runner in Shoreham-Wading River history added to her legacy Saturday morning. READ
The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls cross-country coach, Paul Koretzki, has seen Katherine Lee do some amazing things, but what Lee did on Saturday may have topped the cake.
Lee, a junior, has quite a running résumé. She was a state champion as a freshman and fourth as a sophomore. The last two years she was selected as Suffolk County’s most outstanding runner. READ
Four runners on Shoreham-Wading River’s county champion girls cross country team received all-state honors. READ
Shoreham-Wading River’s Alex Hutchins faces double-team pressure during the Wildcats’ 43-30 win over Sayville on the final night of the regular season. (Credit: Garret Meade)
This has been a summer of basketball for Courtney Clasen, and a busy one, at that.
A player of unquestioned athleticism, Clasen has been known for being more of an athlete who plays basketball than a basketball player. So, this summer she went about working on that by playing for an Amateur Athletic Union team, the Long Island Renegades, and seeing the larger basketball world outside of Suffolk County. An intensive schedule saw the Renegades play close to 30 games (including 13 this past week) while traveling around the country and playing in places like Washington, D.C., Chicago and Orlando.
That’s a lot of basketball, and it was beneficial to the Shoreham-Wading River High School senior. (more…)