05/17/13 7:22pm
05/17/2013 7:22 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River second baseman Kyle Pendergast tries to turn a double play against Eastport-South Manor Friday.

There will be a new county champion in 2013.

Shoreham-Wading River fell 8-1 Friday afternoon at Eastport-South Manor in a Class A loser’s bracket game, ending the Wildcats’ run of two straight county championships. The Wildcats dropped into the loser’s bracket after a 4-1 loss to Sayville Wednesday.

The sixth-seeded Wildcats caught a tough break facing the second-seeded Sharks in the first game of the loser’s bracket. The Sharks, who won League VI, were upset in the first round by John Glenn, a team that needed to win its final four games of the regular season in League VII to clinch a playoff spot.

Led by starting left-hander John Maccio, the Sharks dominated early to quickly blow the game open. Maccio pitched a complete game, giving up three hits with seven strikeouts. The Sharks scored three in the second and four in the fourth, more than enough to hold off the Wildcats.

Shoreham (12-10) used four pitchers and starter Evan Kearney took the loss.

Eastport third baseman Mat Annunziata was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Shoreham was still without its top hitter, Nick Bottari. He’s been sidelined most of the spring with torn cartilage in his wrist.

The Wildcats ended the season on five-game skid, after getting swept by top-seeded Bayport-Blue Point in the final series before the playoffs.

Eastport (17-5) still faces a long road through the loser’s bracket. The Sharks will play again Monday against Miller Place, needing five more wins in a row to claim the county championship.

Bayport will face Sayville Wednesday and the winner will be one win away from the county title.

05/17/13 2:00pm

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Sarah Freeborn batting against Deer Park earlier this season.

The Riverhead softball team will open the Class AA playoffs Monday with a home game against Smithtown West. The Blue Waves were seeded eighth in the bracket after finishing the season 15-5 overall. The Bulls are seeded ninth, according to the brackets released Friday afternoon by Section XI.

The game is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The winner of Monday’s game will most likely have to face top-seeded Bay Shore in the next round. Bay Shore will play the winner of No. 16 Kings Park and No. 17 Centereach.

Smithtown West went 13-6 in League III. Riverhead lost to Smithtown West April 16, 5-4.

The Blue Waves ended the season winning six of their final seven games to finish one game behind both Hauppauge and Half Hollow Hills West for first place. Four of those wins were by one run.

The playoff bracket becomes double elimination starting in the semifinals. So the Blue Waves would need to win two games to reach the double elimination part of the bracket.

In Class A Shoreham-Wading River was seeded fifth and will open the playoffs Tuesday against rival Sayville, the fourth seed. The Golden Flashes have ended the Wildcats’ season in the playoffs each of the past two years. The Wildcats opened the regular season this year against Sayville and lost 7-2.

The Wildcats finished 16-2 overall, but did not receive a higher seed after playing in League VII. Two Class A playoff teams were in League V and three others played in League VI.

If the Wildcats win they would advance to play top-seeded Miller Place May 23.

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05/11/13 10:00am
05/11/2013 10:00 AM
ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO  |  Dan Czelatka, who scored four Riverhead goals, faces a double team against Northport Thursday.

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Dan Czelatka shoots against Northport.

The wait is over.

After a 10-win season last year that left them on the outskirts of the playoffs, the Riverhead Blue Waves will enter the dance this season for the first time.

The Blue Waves’ 8-6 Division I record positioned them 13th in the power rankings at the conclusion of the regular season yesterday. That sets up a first-round playoff matchup Thursday at Smithtown East, the No. 4 seed. The game is tentatively slated for 4 p.m.

The top three seeds — Ward Melville, Smithtown West and Northport — all receive a first-round bye.

Riverhead finished the regular season 10-6.

The Blue Waves actually finished with one fewer league win than last year, but a tougher schedule allowed the power points to work in their favor this season.

Riverhead did not play Smithtown East in the regular season. The Blue Waves went 1-5 against playoff teams in the regular season.

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11/19/12 10:16am
11/19/2012 10:16 AM

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Riverhead receiver Quinn Funn hauls in a pass against North Babylon in the Blue Waves’ regular season victory.

The Riverhead Blue Waves will play North Babylon in the Division II county championship at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Section XI announced Monday morning.

The game was tentatively scheduled for noon Sunday as part of a doubleheader with the Division IV championship. But after the Stony Brook University football team received at an-large bid to the playoffs, earning a home playoff game Saturday, the high school schedule had to be reworked.

There will now be three games Sunday beginning with the Division I championship at 11 a.m. between Sachem East and William Floyd. The Division III championship between Westhampton and Sayville will be 3 p.m. The Division IV championship between Mount Sinai and Babylon has been moved to Monday at 6 p.m.

Admission to each game is $6.

Riverhead won 30-14 against West Babylon Saturday to advance to the finals.

The Division II Long Island championship game will be noon Dec. 1 at Stony Brook.

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11/17/12 12:45pm
11/17/2012 12:45 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Rivheread halfback Jeremiah Cheatom carries the ball against West Babylon in Week 1.

No. 1 Riverhead (7-2) vs. No. 4 West Babylon (5-4)

Division II Semifinals

Coach Mike McKillop Memorial Field

The consensus on the field after Riverhead’s quarterfinal playoff victory over Walt Whitman last weekend was that the Blue Waves would be playing East Islip today in the semifinals.

Only West Babylon, the No. 8 seed going into the playoffs, had other plans. West Babylon stunned No. 1 seeded and previously unbeaten West Islip, shaking up the rest of the Division II playoffs.

Teams are reseeded after the first round, so Riverhead jumped up to the No. 1 spot for the semifinals. Instead of facing East Islip, the Blue Waves will now face the Eagles, a team the Blue Waves throttled in Week 1. Riverhead lost to East Islip in the regular season.

While the Blue Waves won handily in Week 1, the Eagles were dealing with several injuries at the time and have come a long way since. And they still have a dynamic quarterback in Clifton Melhado, who rushed for 129 yards against the Blue Waves this season.

The winner of today’s game advances to the county finals next weekend against either East Islip or North Babylon. That game is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 25 at noon at Stony Brook University.

To follow all the action from today’s game, click on the live blog below as former Blue Wave Michael Hejmej provides all the updates:

11/06/12 6:28pm
11/06/2012 6:28 PM

The high school sports playoffs will have to wait one more day. Playoff games scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed due to the impending Nor’easter expected to hit the area.

An already tight schedule becomes even more cramped now as Section XI must reschedule a bevy of games. With the state tournaments already set, it leaves little wiggle room now for all the games to be completed before those tournaments. The Section XI brackets were not updated as of Tuesday night, but most games would likely be Thursday assuming the weather is fine by then.

The cross country state qualifier is now canceled and the results from the division championship will be used to determine which teams and runners go to the state meet this weekend. Check back for a breakdown of which local runners will advance.

11/03/12 10:09am
11/03/2012 10:09 AM

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | The Riverhead field hockey team, including Danielle Napoli, will get a chance to play its playoff game Wednesday.

The high school sports season will resume Wednesday after more than a week off following Hurricane Sandy.

Here are the games scheduled for local teams:

Football

Saturday, Nov. 10

The Riverhead Blue Waves, seeded No. 2 in Division II, will host No. 7 Walt Whitman at Coach Mike McKillop Memorial Field at 2 p.m. Shoreham-Wading River, seeded No. 3 in Division IV, will host The Stony Brook School also at 2 p.m. And No. 5 McGann-Mercy in Division IV will play a 2 p.m. game at No. 4 Hampton Bays.

The football playoffs were all pushed back one week, so the county championships will be held over Thanksgiving weekend. The Long Island championships will now be pushed back into December.

Field Hockey

Wednesday, Nov. 7

The Riverhead girls, seeded 10th in Class A, will travel to No. 7 Centereach for a 2 p.m. game. The winner plays the next day at No. 2 East Islip. There’s one day off after the quarterfinals and then the semis and finals are on consecutive days.

No. 4 Shoreham-Wading River in Class B will host No. 5 Harborfields at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The winner plays at No. 1 Miller Place Friday.

Boys Soccer

Thursday, Nov. 8

Shoreham-Wading River, seeded 6th in Class B, will travel to No. 3 Eastport-South Manor at 2 p.m. The winner plays the next day against No. 2 East Hampton or No. 7 Miller Place.

Cross Country

Update (12:40 p.m.): The Section XI state qualifier meet is back at Sunken Meadow now  at 1 p.m. Wednesday as the park has been reopened. It had been changed to Sachem East High School, as this post originally stated earlier.

The top 10 teams in each class compete. If the meet gets canceled because of bad weather that may come in Wednesday, there will be no makeup. Results from the division championship will advance teams into the state meet.

Other sections around New York are in a similar situation.