12/10/14 1:00pm
12/10/2014 1:00 PM
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…)

12/02/14 7:30pm
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Isreal Squires, with an escort provided by Bryce Casey, crossing the goal line for an 80-yard touchdown reception. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Isreal Squires, with an escort provided by Bryce Casey, crossing the goal line for an 80-yard touchdown reception. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Speed kills — and thrills. And wins Long Island championships.

Fleetness of foot was the outstanding quality exhibited by the Shoreham-Wading River High School football team as it sped to its first Long Island championship on Sunday. It was Isreal Squires’ blazing speed, especially, that drew raves from the press box at Stony Brook University’s Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

Squires sure can fly, and the Wildcats soared, 47-13, in the Long Island Class IV final over a Roosevelt team that is pretty fast itself. (more…)

12/02/14 12:14am
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 Monday night’s all-county dinner. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

One-by-one, the players of the Shoreham-Wading River football team entered the catering hall at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge Monday night. Wearing their jerseys over their dress shirts, they walked in a line toward the dais, pausing to share a hug with Tom Cutinella’s mother, Kelli.

Moments earlier, the Wildcats were announced as the winner of the Rutgers Trophy as the top team in Suffolk County during the annual all-county dinner. It was a first in program history in a season filled with firsts.  (more…)

12/01/14 12:57am
12/01/2014 12:57 AM
Shoreham-Wading River collected some coveted trophies with their first Long Island championship on Sunday night. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River collected some coveted trophies with their first Long Island championship on Sunday night. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

LONG ISLAND CLASS IV FINAL | WILDCATS 47, ROUGH RIDERS 13

The season that brought so much pain also brought joy, and perfection.

Along with 54, the retired uniform number of a fallen teammate, the Shoreham-Wading River High School football team’s season will also be remembered for some other numbers: 12-0, as in 12 wins, no losses.

A season that mixed tragedy with triumph concluded Sunday night with the Wildcats in a class of their own. For the Wildcats, it was the perfect ending to a perfect season, a 12-0 season topped off by their first Long Island championship in the team’s 17-year history. (more…)

11/24/14 2:00pm
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The late Tom Cutinella's retired No. 54 jersey held a prominent place as the Shoreham-Wading River players marched onto the field before the game. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

The late Tom Cutinella’s retired No. 54 jersey held a prominent place as the Shoreham-Wading River players marched onto the field before the game. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The same season that brought the Shoreham-Wading River High School football team the worst day in its history, also produced its best day.

To those who remember before Shoreham had its own football team and the struggles it experienced along the way after it did, what happened on Saturday was the pinnacle of a long journey. What happened on this raw, cold day was enough to warm your heart. (more…)

11/22/14 7:28pm
11/22/2014 7:28 PM
The No. 54 flag representing Tom Cutinella waves amid the Shoreham-Wading River players after Saturday's county championship win. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

The No. 54 flag representing Tom Cutinella waves amid the Shoreham-Wading River players after Saturday’s county championship win. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

SUFFOLK COUNTY DIVISION IV FINAL | WILDCATS 47, KNIGHTS 10

The Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats, dressed in their navy blue uniforms, looked all business as they marched solemnly across the field toward their sideline before the game. Leading the way were four Wildcats. Aaron Harley-Rey and Danny Hughes carried a blue banner with “54” printed on it in gold, and Jimmy Puckey and Kevin Cutinella held the late Tom Cutinella’s retired No. 54 jersey.

Not only have the Wildcats clung to the memory of their former teammate, but they honored it Saturday by securing a place in team history. (more…)

11/21/14 5:00pm
11/21/2014 5:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River quarterback Danny Hughes carries the ball in Saturday's win over Babylon. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River quarterback Danny Hughes carries the ball in last weekend’s win over Babylon. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Three portable lights shined down on the practice field at Shoreham-Wading River High School Thursday as daylight faded on the football team’s practice. All around them, the practice fields were empty, every other fall team’s season having come to an end.

“I guess it’s a little bit of an accomplishment being the last ones out here, kind of knowing this is our time,” said senior quarterback Danny Hughes.  (more…)