07/11/14 1:49am
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Shoreham-Wading River's Jon Constant protecting the ball under pressure from Greenport's Sam Strickland. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Jon Constant protecting the ball under pressure from Greenport’s Sam Strickland. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Size isn’t everything for a basketball team, but it sure is nice to have.

Certainly, height can be overrated, but when that height is accompanied by talent, it can make a difference. That is something the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys basketball team can appreciate. (more…)

05/20/14 7:58pm
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Shoreham-Wading River's Manuela Cortes is guarded closely by Mount Sinai's Mary Ellen Carron. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Manuela Cortes is guarded closely by Mount Sinai’s Mary Ellen Carron. (Credit: Garret Meade)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS C TOURNAMENT | MUSTANGS 8, WILDCATS 4

About an hour before game time, when the players on the Mount Sinai High School girls lacrosse team marched toward their field for pregame warmups on Tuesday, there was not a single smile on their faces. On the contrary, they looked all business, wearing deadly serious looks. One might even say they appeared downright angry, as if resentful that someone was going to dare try to take something away from them that they had worked hard for.

The fact that they were facing Shoreham-Wading River may have only made them more determined. The two teams, whose schools are separated by only eight miles, are fierce rivals, after all.

“It’s Army-Navy,” said Mount Sinai coach Al Bertolone. (more…)

05/13/14 7:52pm
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Shoreham-Wading River’s Brittany Mahan connecting on a pitch from Mount Sinai’s Holly Drasser. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Brittany Mahan connecting on a pitch from Mount Sinai’s Holly Drasser. (Credit: Garret Meade)

MUSTANGS 13, WILDCATS 0 (5 INNINGS)

What will the Shoreham-Wading River High School softball coach, Christina Shiffman, recall when she looks back on her team’s recently concluded season?

“Honestly, I’m remembering how great they can look in one moment, you know,” she said. “Sometimes I’m in awe at some of the plays that they make.” (more…)

05/28/13 4:50pm
05/28/2013 4:50 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Alex Fehmel guarded by Mount Sinai sophomore Sydney Pirreca in the first half of Tuesday’s Class C championship game.

The title said Class C county championship. But the game may as well have been for a state championship.

The two top-ranked teams in the state squared off Tuesday afternoon at Dowling Sports Complex and when it was over, the Mount Sinai Mustangs kept their perfect record intact. The Mustangs led start to finish in a 7-3 win over defending state champion Shoreham-Wading River.

The Wildcats lost their first Class C playoff game since 2006. And it dropped their overall playoff record since that time to 29-3.

The Mustangs won their second county championship in program history and first with Shoreham also in Class C. Mount Sinai lost in the 2011 state finals while Shoreham was in Class B.

Shoreham had been 5-0 in county championship games against Mount Sinai before today.

Caroline Fitzgerald and Kasey Mitchell each scored two goals for the Mustangs. The only Shoreham goals were scored by Jessica Angerman, Shannon Rosati and Paulina Constant.

Mount Sinai advances to the Long Island championship, which will be Saturday or Sunday.

01/24/13 6:44pm
01/24/2013 6:44 PM

WILDCATS 45, MUSTANGS 17

The game itself was surely not a work of art. It is highly doubtful that the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be calling to request video of Thursday’s girls basketball game between Shoreham-Wading River and Mount Sinai. In fact, the Shoreham-Wading River coach, Dennis Haughney, said he wouldn’t watch the game video if he didn’t have to.

Not that Shoreham-Wading River didn’t play well, because it did, and in the process, the Wildcats coasted to a 45-17 win that kept them running virtually neck and neck with Elwood/John Glenn in the race for the Suffolk County League VI championship. It was Shoreham-Wading River’s 11th win in 12 games and third straight victory since an 18-point loss to Elwood/John Glenn.

This could be a special season for Shoreham-Wading River (11-4, 8-1), which is seeking its first league title since 2002.

“You want to give it a shot,” Haughney said. “We don’t talk about it a lot.”

But the Wildcats have a lot to play for, nonetheless.

“We’re working so hard,” junior forward Taylor Whiffen said. “There’s something for us to accomplish. We’ve been trying this for years. Last year we wanted to win [the league], but this year we really think we have a chance.”

Shoreham-Wading River kept its chances looking good by taking care of business Thursday at Mount Sinai High School in a game that didn’t always look so good.

For most of the opening six minutes, the score stood at 2-0 Shoreham-Wading River thanks to a basket by Meghan King. Both teams were in a shooting funk, and the first quarter ended with the score 6-0. But as the Wildcats slowly picked up their scoring, their defense remained intense, and Mount Sinai (7-7, 2-7) struggled mightily. The Mustangs finally got on the scoreboard when Carissa Gulli made a free throw 1:55 into the second quarter.

Mount Sinai managed only 3 points in the first half from three free throws, and it missed its first nine shots from the field. Shoreham-Wading River held the Mustangs without a field goal until Kate Hogan put in a two-handed shot in the paint 16 seconds into the third quarter.

Mount Sinai shot 6 of 34 (17.6 percent) from the field for the game, yet managed to make it a 10-point contest when a basket by Marisa Colacino cut Shoreham-Wading River’s lead to 17-7 early in the third quarter.

Haughney couldn’t rest easy. “I’ve seen crazy stuff happen,” he said.

But the Wildcats then scored the next 9 points — 6 of them coming from King — to run the score to 26-7. Later, Shoreham-Wading River opened the fourth quarter with a 16-4 spurt in which six players scored for the Wildcats, giving their side a 42-15 lead late in the game.

King had a big day. Before the senior forward made her exit along with teammate Courtney Clasen with 1:49 left in the game, she had collected 15 points, 11 rebounds, 6 steals and 1 blocked shot. Keri Clark added 10 points with the aid of three 3-point shots. Clasen totaled 5 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 1 blocked shot.

Shoreham-Wading River outrebounded the home team by 44-27 and by 18-5 on the offensive glass.

What King liked best about the game, though, was Shoreham-Wading River’s ball movement.

“It was a good game for passing,” she said. “We still had mistakes, obviously, and that’s going to happen with every game. We were finding the open girl and passing inside.”

Shoreham-Wading River didn’t exactly shoot the lights out, hitting 15 of 46 (32.6 percent) field-goal attempts, but it played aggressive defense, challenging Mount Sinai shooters at every turn.

Jessica Parente was the top scorer for Mount Sinai with 8 points.

“Defensively, we always work hard, and I think that always gives us a chance,” Haughney said. “I really feel like we haven’t brought our best game yet as far as just all around hitting shots and whatnot. I guess we’re just athletic enough and work hard enough and do enough good things just to win the games.”

Shoreham-Wading River started the day in second place, a half-game behind Elwood/John Glenn. The teams will meet in their final regular-season game on Feb. 8 in Shoreham. That game could be for the league crown.

“I think we’re finally starting to work as a team,” Whiffen said. “We’re moving the ball more, our shots are falling. We’ve been working hard, and it’s paying off. We haven’t played our best game but we’re still working hard, and it will come.”

bliepa@timesreview.com

11/17/12 1:20am
11/17/2012 1:20 AM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Tyler Anderson of Shoreham-Wading River scampers for yardage despite an effort by Mount Sinai’s Mike Donadio to bring him down.

SUFFOLK COUNTY DIVISION IV SEMIFINAL | MUSTANGS 21, WILDCATS 0

This has been an historic football season for Shoreham-Wading River. The team earned its first home playoff game, posted its first playoff win, and set a team record for the most wins in a season.

What the Wildcats weren’t able to do, however, was defeat perennial power Mount Sinai.

Shoreham-Wading River has never beaten Mount Sinai, which won both games between the teams this year. The most recent came Friday night when Mark Donadio scored all three touchdowns in a Suffolk County Division IV semifinal that ended with the score 21-0.

“They should be proud of what they achieved,” Shoreham-Wading River coach Matt Millheiser said of his players. “The seniors going out took us from an 0-8 group a couple of years ago to a group playing in the semifinals that won seven games. It hurts now, but I think in a couple of weeks a little perspective sets in and they see what they accomplished over their time here. They have a lot to hold their heads high about.”

As does No. 2 seed Mount Sinai (9-1). The Mustangs ousted defending Long Island champion Elwood/John Glenn from the playoffs a week earlier, and they looked sharp in their final home game of the season on Friday night. Donadio’s play and Mount Sinai’s defense proved to be a winning recipe, earning the Mustangs a place in the county final. They will play the winner of Saturday’s other semifinal between Bishop McGann-Mercy (7-2) and Babylon (9-0). The title game will be played on Nov. 24 or 25 at Stony Brook University.

Mount Sinai has a potent one-two punch in its backfield in the form of identical twins, seniors Mark and Mike Donadio. Mark plays fullback and free safety; Mike plays halfback and outside linebacker.

The brothers bear such a strong resemblance to each other that Mount Sinai coach Vinnie Ammirato needs a second or two to tell which one is which. Their appearance isn’t the only thing they have in common, either.

“Their running styles are identical,” Ammirato said. “The good thing about both of them is they are always moving forward, even when they make cuts.”

Mark Donadio had a lot of forward motion on Friday night — 188 yards worth, to be exact. He did most of his damage in the first half when he picked up 130 of his 141 rushing yards.

“I felt great,” Mark Donadio said. “There were a lot of holes to run through, and it just opened up nice for me.”

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River’s Danny Hughes passing.

As if to show that he can do more than just run with the ball, Mark Donadio had a touchdown reception with 5 minutes 7 seconds left in the third quarter. He received a swing pass from Billy Tartaglia before weaving his way 47 yards to the end zone. Chris Prestia’s extra point made it 21-0. It was one of only two passes Mount Sinai threw in the game. When a team runs like Mount Sinai does, it doesn’t have to pass much.

The game had been scoreless until the first play of the second quarter. On a third-down play from the Shoreham-Wading River 10-yard line,
Mark Donadio took a handoff and cut to the left side, going untouched for the score.

Then Mark Donadio capped Mount Sinai’s next offensive series by showing good body control and zigzagging 15 yards for another touchdown.

No. 3 Shoreham-Wading River (7-3) didn’t reach Mount Sinai’s red zone until the fourth quarter. The Wildcats advanced to the Mount Sinai 16-yard line on one series, but back-to-back sacks by Ryan Clark and Sal Maresca put an end to that threat. Then, a fumble recovery by Scott Lavey gave Shoreham-Wading River another chance to score. The Wildcats reached the Mount Sinai 5 before Bryan Reed recorded a game-ending sack. Mount Sinai finished with five sacks, including two and a half by Clark.

“They’re sure tacklers and they make you make plays,” said Millheiser, whose team was held scoreless in the eight quarters it played against Mount Sinai this year. “They’re not going to give away anything soft.”

Isreal Squires was involved in 11 tackles and Anthony Lima had a hand in 10 for Shoreham-Wading River.

Shoreham-Wading River’s feature back, Tyler Anderson, had a productive game. The junior picked up 159 yards from 22 carries. He also caught three passes for 20 yards.

“He’s a tremendous back with a ton of upside,” Millheiser said. “He’s a great back, and I think the sky’s the limit. I don’t know if  we’ve seen the best from him yet.”

Mount Sinai usually plays its home games at night, but because of budgetary considerations, Friday’s game was the only home game this year that the Mustangs played under the lights.

“I think Friday night football at Mount Sinai is something pretty special,” Ammirato said, “and I’m glad they got to play their last home game” at night.

Some tears on the Shoreham-Wading River sideline after the game were evidence that the result wasn’t what the Wildcats wanted, but they clearly can’t complain about the strides they made this season.

“We played tough to the end,” Anderson said. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. Unfortunately, we couldn’t keep going. Sometimes you just fall short.”

bliepa@timesreview.com

04/20/12 7:45pm
04/20/2012 7:45 PM

MICHAEL GASPARINO PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River's Tyler Keys handing the baton to Ryan Udvadia for the final leg of the final leg of the 4x400-meter relay during Friday's League VII meet in Mount Sinai.

WILDCATS 90, MUSTANGS 57

Shoreham-Wading River improved to 4-0 in Suffolk County League VII boys track and field with a 90-57 victory over Mount Sinai Friday afternoon at Mount Sinai High School.

The Wildcats won 11 events, including all three relays, and took the top three positions in the 200 meters, the 1,600 and the 3,200.

Jordan Wright won the 100 in 10.9 seconds and the 200 in 23.5 seconds. John Lee won the 1,600 in 4:45 and the 3,200 in 10:59.1. Matt Leunig won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 1:03.4. Tyler Keys won the 800 in 2:12, Israel Squires took first in the 400 in 53.2 seconds, and Tom Sager placed first in the pole vault with a height of 12 feet 6 inches.

The Wildcats will continue their league season at Southampton High School on Monday.

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JOHN NEELY FILE PHOTO | Bishop McGann-Mercy coach Jeff Doroski made a point to Jack Strnad during an early-season game.

Considering where the Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School football team was last season, it speaks volumes that the Monarchs can even contemplate the possibility of playoffs with two regular-season games remaining.

“We’re happy with what we’ve accomplished to this point, but we’d like to accomplish more the last two games,” said coach Jeff Doroski.

McGann-Mercy faced a tall order Friday night in the form of the Mount Sinai Mustangs. Peter Natale ran for two touchdowns and Austin Hogan passed for two more as Mount Sinai took a 28-0 halftime lead en route to a 35-0 shutout in the Suffolk County Division IV game in Riverhead.

The Monarchs (2-4) knew what they were up against in the Mustangs (5-1), who include among their coaching staff an assistant, Adam DeWitt, a former Monarchs head coach.

“What we saw on Saturday night was what we expected,” Doroski said. “They’re good. They’re a top four program in our division.”

It didn’t help the Monarchs that they were without their best player, Pat Stepnoski, and two senior linemen, James Edmonds and Anthony Heppner.

Stepnoski, a senior running back/linebacker, rolled an ankle a week earlier against the Hampton Bays Baymen. Edmonds and Heppner had both gone down with knee injuries, and the Monarchs learned last week that they would both be lost for the remainder of the season.

Doroski said Stepnoski felt better on Friday than he did all week and tried to talk his way into the game. The coach said the chances of Stepnoski playing on Saturday at Shoreham-Wading River High School are “probably 85 to 90 percent.”

In Stepnoski’s absence, freshman Reggie Archer, who had gotten sporadic carries earlier in the season, made his first start on offense and did a good job, said Doroski.

With the loss of Edmonds and Heppner, Brian Murray played offensive tackle and defensive end. In addition, two sophomores, Kurt Bahkne and Pat Rossi, were brought up from the junior varsity team and saw time playing on special teams and defense.

Following Saturday’s game against Shoreham (5-1), the Monarchs will close out their regular season at home against their rivals, the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck/Shelter Island Porters (1-5).

So, Coach Doroski, what about reaching the playoffs?

“You never know in this division,” he said. “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves here. Our most important game is Saturday. If you want to keep your playoff hopes alive, your next game is going to be your most important game.”