05/14/15 12:39pm
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Shoreham-Wading River catcher Chris Sperruzzi and Riverhead first baseman Pat Cuccia will lead their teams into the postseason. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River catcher Chris Sperruzzi and Riverhead first baseman Pat Cuccia will lead their teams into the postseason. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The Riverhead baseball team was seeded No. 13 in the Class AA playoff bracket and will open the postseason Saturday at No. 10 Half Hollow Hills East.

The Blue Waves, who finished 12-8 overall this year, won four of their final five games of the season leading into the playoffs. Hills East posted a 13-7 record in League III.  (more…)

11/14/14 4:00pm
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SWR running back Chris Rosati scores a touchdown in a Week 8 win over Port Jefferson. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

SWR running back Chris Rosati scores a touchdown in a Week 8 win over Port Jefferson. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

It was back in Week 2, on a Friday night in mid-September, that the Shoreham-Wading River football team picked up one of its biggest wins in years.

The Wildcats, behind a stout defense, won for the first time ever that night in Babylon and for only the second time ever in program history against the Panthers. Shoreham snapped a 25-game winning streak for Babylon, the two-time defending Class IV Long Island champions.  (more…)

11/08/14 5:39pm
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Riverhead running back Ryun Moore picks up a first down in the Blue Waves' playoff win against Deer Park Saturday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead running back Ryun Moore picks up a first down in the Blue Waves’ playoff win against Deer Park Saturday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Behind a suffocating defense that forced two turnovers and bottled up Deer Park’s star running back, the Riverhead Blue Waves advanced to the semifinals of the Division II playoffs with a 23-6 win Saturday afternoon over the Falcons.  (more…)

10/24/14 1:00pm
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Shoreham-Wading River senior Mackenzie Roberts looks for a shot against Southampton Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Mackenzie Roberts looks for a shot against Southampton Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

After an unbeaten regular season, the Shoreham-Wading River girls soccer team will open the 2014 playoffs as the No. 2 seed in Class A, according to the brackets released by Section XI today.  (more…)

05/15/14 2:00pm
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Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse players Troy Miller (left) and Logan Hoffmann will lead their respective teams into the playoffs Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon/Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse players Troy Miller (left) and Logan Hoffmann will lead their respective teams into the playoffs Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon/Garret Meade)

In a roller-coaster season for the Shoreham-Wading River girls and boys lacrosse teams, the Wildcats will both get a fresh start when the playoffs begin Saturday.

At times earlier in the season, making the playoffs was no given for each team, which are both under the direction of new coaches this season.  (more…)

05/22/13 9:25pm
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DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Riverhead shortstop Danielle Napoli applies the tag at second base on a Bay Shore runner Wednesday in the Class AA quarterfinals.

SUFFOLK CLASS AA QUARTERFINALS | MARAUDERS 3, BLUE WAVES 0

The No. 8 Riverhead Blue Waves were eliminated from the Suffolk County Class AA softball quarterfinals, dropping a 3-0 decision to top-seeded and host Bay Shore on Wednesday afternoon.

Bay Shore right-hander Michelle DeVito allowed two hits, struck out 11 batters and walked only one at Jim McGowan Field at the Fifth Avenue Elementary School.

Kali Alzate went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the fourth inning for Bay Shore.

Only five Riverhead players reached base as Stephanie Falisi doubled with two out in the second inning. Sara Tucci had the other hit. Danielle Napoli twice got on via errors and starting pitcher Amanda Graziano walked as the Blue Waves finished at 15-6.

The Marauders (20-1) will host fourth-seeded Hauppauge in the semifinals on Friday.

05/22/13 12:00pm

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Brittany Mahan of Shoreham-Wading River receiving a throw to get Sayville’s Emily Sellitti out.

SUFFOLK CLASS A FIRST ROUND  |  GOLDEN FLASHES 4, WILDCATS 0

To stop a softball team like Sayville, you just might have to be perfect. After all, the Golden Flashes are the defending New York State Class A champions.

For three-plus innings on Tuesday afternoon, Shoreham-Wading River senior right-hander Chelsea Hawks was perfect, mowing down the opening 10 batters before the fourth-seeded Golden Flashes took advantage of some imperfect play by the No. 5 Wildcats and some errors to break through for a 4-0 home win in the Suffolk County Class A Tournament first-round game.

“We gave them four outs every inning, which didn’t help,” said a tearful Hawks, who played in her final high school game. “And it wasn’t our game.”

For the third year in a row, Sayville (18-3) eliminated Shoreham (16-3) from the playoffs.

“We had been playing pretty good and we thought we had a pretty good shot,” Hawks said. We played them last year … and beat them twice during the season. I knew we had a shot, definitely. We just had to play our game and make every play, which we didn’t do.”

Shoreham coach Christina Shiffman agreed.

“They’re definitely a quality team with quality hitters,” she said. “On the mound, even though they had four runs on the board, Chelsea on every single pitch, we had to be careful with all batters because they have a great hitting team. You have to be close to perfect and I think it helps to score first and that’s what we were going for in there.”

Sayville scored first as it the hosts took advantage of just about every mistake — large and small.

“They definitely did,” Hawks said. “We made an error and they took it to their advantage. So, we gave it to them, completely.”

Hawks (15-2) was unhittable through the first 10 hitters, striking out five, including the side in the third inning. With one out in the fourth, Sayville second baseman Jess Griffin tried a bunt that third baseman Alex Hutchins threw over the head of first baseman Erin Whelan. Griffin wound up at second.

“At that point, we were just trying to get something going, put the ball in play, making them make plays,” Sayville coach Brittany Rowan said.

After retiring Cindy Griffin on an infield pop-up, Hawks walked Kristen Bricker. Olivia Kaczmarak singled in Griffin and Crissy Malone drove in Bricker with another single for a 2-0 lead.

“Chelsea Hawks is an absolutely phenomenal pitcher,” Rowan said. “We knew that we were going to have to make some adjustments at the plate. We went one-two-three for the first, second and third inning. They learned from their at-bats. They went up and they started driving the ball.”

The hosts added a run in the fifth inning as Emily Sellitti singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Jess Griffin’s single. With two out in the sixth and Malone on second with a double, the Wildcats twice allowed catchable pop-ups to fall in foul territory, giving Kerry Keehan a lifeline and two extra opportunities to lash a run-scoring single to center.

“Unfortunately, that’s the way the momentum goes sometimes, not in our favor,” Shiffman said. “In practice and every time we talk to them, we stress to them how important it is to play as perfect as we can and make no errors. Sometimes it can be contagious, and unfortunately, that’s what happened.”

Sayville junior right-hander Julia Simpson (12-2) was quite effective, limiting the Wildcat to only one hit — by Brittany Mahan in the first inning. Hutchins managed to reach base three times — all on errors. Simpson struck out four batters and walked one.

“We just didn’t hit,” Hawks said. “We can’t win with no hits.”

Simpson got the start because Amanda Eremita had a 101-degree fever.

“She’s filling in some big shoes from last year,” Rowan said of Simpson. “I’m so proud of what she’s done throughout the whole year.”

If Sayville has any aspirations of repeating as a state champion, Rowan hasn’t talked about it.

“We never talk about one game, anything in the future,” she said. “It’s always who we’re playing. We only focus on that. We don’t look ahead. To tell you the truth, I don’t look ahead. People are asking me, ‘When’s the next game?’ I don’t know. I’m very superstitious. We don’t look ahead to the future or to the past. What we did was nice, but it doesn’t help us get to where we need to get today.”

The Golden Flash’s next game is against top-seeded Miller Place in the semifinals on today.

“They can go far,” Shiffman said. “They can beat anyone in Suffolk County. I think they can be competitive. If they don’t win, they’ll give every team a run for their money.”