Five days prior to the first bell of the school year, there already were some tough lessons learned by the Riverhead High School boys soccer team on Friday morning.
During the Blue Waves’ season-opening 7-0 defeat to Northport, those lessons included clearing the ball away from the front of the net, being better organized on defense and playing more possession ball. READ
They just couldn’t hold the Tigers.
Then again, no other Suffolk County girls lacrosse team has been able to do that. READ
The word of the day for the Riverhead High School softball team?
Grace wasn’t always amazing all of the time, but she was pretty darn good when it really counted.
Called into the Suffolk County League III softball game as an emergency relief pitcher in the second inning, Grace Dillingham helped Riverhead overcome not one, but two deficits before shutting down Northport over the final two innings en route to an exciting and dramatic 8-7 win on Thursday afternoon. READ
It wasn’t long after the playoffs had begun for the Riverhead High School boys lacrosse team when it was all over.
It was a tale of two halves as Riverhead was able to go toe to toe with visiting Northport through two quarters of play. Tied at six goals apiece to begin the second half, Northport shut out Riverhead in the third quarter and allowed just two goals in the fourth to cruise to a 13-8 victory Tuesday in a Suffolk County Class A Tournament outbracket game at the Pulaski Sports Complex in Riverhead.
Considering that Riverhead had opened the season with series against the three premier baseball teams in Suffolk County League III, it was quite conceivable that the Blue Waves could have started off with an 0-9 record.
Considering that Riverhead had a .194 team batting average in those first nine games (and was the victim of no-hitters by Half Hollow Hills East and Smithtown East), it’s rather surprising that the Blue Waves are 3-6 in league play.
Jack was nimble, Jack was quick.
And Jack Wetzel was able to score a hat trick.
DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Riverhead’s Shanice Allen going up for a layup against Northport in the Suffolk Shootout.
SUFFOLK SHOOTOUT | TIGERS 84, BLUE WAVES 58
The Riverhead Blue Waves dug themselves a hole that was too deep to climb out of as they dropped an 84-58 decision to Northport at the Suffolk Shootout girls basketball tournament in Northport on Saturday.
The Tigers (7-1) bolted to a 22-10 advantage late in the opening quarter before extending it to 46-26 at halftime. The Blue Waves (3-4) pulled to within 13 points at 55-42 midway through the third period, but could not get any closer.
Senior guard Shanice Allen, who was named to the all-tournament team, led Riverhead with 23 points. Senior guard Naysha Trent added 14 points.
All of Northport’s starters finished in double figures, paced by senior forward Allie Clarke’s career-high 25 points. She also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Junior guard Lizzy Atkinson and senior forward Dorrien Van Dyke contributed 16 points apiece. Senior forward Kristin Cleary had 15 points and junior guard Allie Pavinelli 10.
The Blue Waves will host Centereach on Thursday.