11/21/13 1:14pm
11/21/2013 1:14 PM
FILE PHOTO | Riverhead High School is hosting college planning workshops for parents and students.

FILE PHOTO | College-planning workshops are planned for parents and students.

The Riverhead High School’s guidance department is hosting a pair of college-planning workshops for parents and students.

High school graduates that will be home during their holiday breaks from college will meet with seniors next Tuesday during fourth period in the auditorium to discuss their experiences, district officials said.

Then, on Dec. 4, the guidance department will host workshops in the high school cafeteria to discuss National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) scholarships and financial aid.

The NCAA workshop is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. and includes a presentation about its rules and regulations.

The financial aid workshop is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. to help families understand the application process, as well as provide them tips with tips on how to pay for college.

For more information, contact the high school at (631) 369-6723.

11/14/13 5:33pm


A case of whooping cough has been confirmed at Riverhead High School, according to a message to parents posted online by the district this week.

The school was notified of the diagnosis by the Suffolk County Health Department, who sent a notice to the school Wednesday.

The “highly contagious” bacterial infection is spread through the air by coughing, and is especially dangerous and can be fatal for infants.

Superintendent Nancy Carney could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.

Early symptoms of whooping cough are a mild cough, a runny nose and a low fever, according to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As the disease persists the traditional symptoms of a high pitched “whooping” cough, vomiting and exhaustion after coughing fits may appear. Coughing fits may persist for weeks, health officials said. The best way to prevent the disease is immunization, the CDC states on its website, though those vaccinated can still be infected as vaccination “wanes over the years.”

Though no cases were reported at Riverhead High School last school year, two whooping cough cases were reported at Shoreham-Wading River High School.


10/20/13 12:00pm
10/20/2013 12:00 PM

Riverhead Blue Waves football

The Riverhead football team improved its record to 5-1 with a 28-0 victory over Walt Whitman Saturday.

You can read a full recap, including sound bites from interviews and game video by clicking here.

View more photos from the game in the gallery below:

Next Saturday at 2 p.m. is the Waves’ regular season home finale against 5-1 West Islip.

09/26/13 2:31pm
FILE PHOTO | A Riverhead High School student was allegedly in possession of a knife Thursday.

FILE PHOTO | A Riverhead High School student was allegedly in possession of a knife Thursday.

Police were called to Riverhead High School on Thursday after a student was found to be in possession of a knife, school officials confirmed Thursday afternoon.

The knife was found in the student’s backpack, said Superintendent Nancy Carney.

The student was a recent transfer to the district, she said.

Ms. Carney said the student in question will be receiving an automatic five-day suspension, pending any additional disciplinary action.

“Obviously, anything involving a weapon we take very seriously,” she said.

Riverhead police said the incident is under investigation.

09/22/13 10:17am
09/22/2013 10:17 AM


We’re used to seeing instant replays from a handful of angles following a disputed call in a televised football game. But in the world of high school football, it’s rare you ever see an instant replay.

News-Review contributing photographer Daniel De Mato has given us that rare opportunity this week.

You could hear grumbles from the East Islip crowd Saturday when Riverhead wide receiver Dan Czelatka made a spectacular diving catch along the sideline in the end zone during the fourth quarter. The officials ruled it a touchdown.

De Mato’s photo shows Czelatka did, in fact, get a foot down in the end zone. Or did he?

You be the judge.

09/12/13 7:24pm
09/12/2013 7:24 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead sophomore Ryun Moore had an impressive varsity debut in the Blue Waves’ win over North Babylon Thursday.


Coming off a county championship and featuring a roster loaded with underclassmen, the players on the 2013 Riverhead football team know they have big shoes to fill this season.

If Thursday’s season-opening win over North Babylon is any indication, the Blue Waves will be up to the task.

Riverhead scored three first half touchdowns, cruising to a 35-6 home victory.

“I’m really proud of our guys,” said Riverhead head coach Leif Shay, who noted that several academically ineligible and injured players have forced others into a larger role to start the season. “The young kids stepped up.”

Most notably among them were sophomore Ryun Moore, who started at running back for injured returning starter Jeremiah Cheatom, and junior linebacker Raheem Brown.

Moore, who admitted after the game that he didn’t lose the jitters until halftime, carried the ball 18 times for 112 yards and a touchdown. His longest run was a 35-yard carry early in the fourth quarter.

Coach Shay said Moore will continue to develop over time.

“He’s powerful and compact and he doesn’t even really know what he’s doing yet,” Shay said. “That’s the scary part. He’s built like a man, but he’s still a young kid.”

The same can be said about Brown, who recorded a pair of sacks in the game, and even carried the ball three times for 44 yards in the fourth quarter, setting up the Waves’ final touchdown — a 9-yard yard run by senior Taiheem McKay.

Brown and the defense, led by senior defensive lineman Ryan Harkin and linebacker Mike Van Bommel, forced two early turnovers and kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard for the game’s first 43 minutes.

The teams actually traded early turnovers after the Waves fumbled the opening kickoff.

Perhaps the biggest question for Riverhead coming into the season was how well quarterback Cody Smith could fill in for three-year starter Ryan Bitzer, who graduated in June. He quickly responded by completing his first 10 pass attempts. He finished the game 13 of 17 for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also scored on a 1-yard run that put the Blue Waves ahead 20-0 with 7:59 to play in the second quarter.

“It was a little nerve wracking,” he said of his first varsity start. “But once you get on the field and you get that first play in, it just flies off you and you get in a zone.”

Smith’s first play Thursday was a 20-yard completion to the tight end Van Bommel, who would later add catches of 18 and 19 yards, the latter a fourth quarter touchdown.

Fellow tight end Jaron Greenidge caught Smith’s first touchdown pass, a 9-yard scoring strike to cap the Waves’ first offensive series. He finished with a team-high five catches.

Senior Daniel Czelatka led all receivers with 61 yards on four receptions.

The Blue Waves defeated North Babylon twice last season, including a 52-20 victory in the Division II championship game at Stony Brook University. Despite being the defending champion, Riverhead is ranked third this season and North Babylon slipped to No. 6.

Moore said the season-opening win is exactly what the Blue Waves needed.

“It’s real important,” the sophomore said. “It sets the tone for the season and let’s everyone know we’re playing no games this year.”

Coach Shay said next week’s road matchup against top-ranked East Islip made winning the opener, which he called a “confidence builder,” that much more important.

“We needed to get this one,” he said.

Cheatom said he expects to return next week, though Coach Shay said he must first show he’s physically able to play.


09/04/13 5:00pm
09/04/2013 5:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The outside of Riverhead High School Wednesday. The front of the school will receive a major face-lift starting next summer.

Riverhead High School is undergoing some major renovations, some of which students will enjoy when the school year starts Sept. 9. The new gymnasium floor and bleachers were completed over the summer. The school’s front entrance is under construction now as is the auditorium seating and library.

The new entrance is in the back of the building and the security office has been moved to the back next to the cafeteria, where head of security Donald Henderson has access to all the security cameras in the district.

The school district’s $78.3 million bond project approved by voters in 2011 remains on schedule with the exception of the high school, planning consultants said recently at a Board of Education meeting.

Larry Salvesen, an architect with BBS Architecture of Patchogue, updated the school board on the renovation work and said a delay in approvals from the state Department of Education has pushed back the high school’s completion date by a year. He estimates work will be completed by the summer of 2015.

Click here to read more about the renovations.