It was a championship 20 years in the making.
For the first time since 1998, the Riverhead High School girls cross-country team has been crowned a league champion. The Blue Waves capped a perfect 5-0 dual-meet season Tuesday with a 17-43 League III win over Northport at Sunken Meadow State Park. READ
The Riverhead Blue Waves weren’t singing in the rain, but there might have been some dancing going on.
Certainly, there was plenty of smiling and laughing on the Riverhead side as its girls lacrosse team celebrated the first Suffolk County quarterfinal win in the team’s eight-year history Saturday afternoon. Delu Rizzo’s goal off a return pass from Lauren Kenny with 30 seconds left in the second half snapped a tie, giving Riverhead a thrilling 13-12 victory over Middle Country at Nick DeCillis Field in Selden. With that, the fifth-seeded Blue Waves (11-5) move on to the Suffolk Class A semifinals against the Division I champion and No. 1 seed, Northport (17-0), on Wednesday. READ
In the Section XI large school team championships last year, Riverhead came within a second of breaking a school record in the 4×800 relay. (more…)
Katherine Lee could be considered among the cross-country runners who have a love-hate relationship with Sunken Meadow State Park’s demanding five-kilometer course in Kings Park.
Clutching onto a tenuous one-goal lead, it was time for Riverhead to run out the clock. Literally.
Following a foul by Huntington with 13 seconds left in the game, Riverhead midfielder Kayla Kielbasa had the ball in the pocket of her lacrosse stick while she raced diagonally toward the right side of the field with Huntington players desperately chasing after her.
Riverhead fielded one of the youngest high school girls cross-country teams at Friday’s Section XI Championships, with four freshmen among the team’s top seven runners.
But young teams have a way of surprising people, sometimes. This season, for example, Riverhead went 5-1 in Suffolk County League III, defeating Northport for the first time in the program’s history, according to coach Justin Cobis.
The annual trip to Brown University in Providence, R.I., always includes an added bonus for the Shoreham-Wading River girls cross country team: a trip to the mall. READ