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05/26/15 10:00am
05/26/2015 10:00 AM
RJ Foster will play football and lacrosse at Dean College. He was joined by his parents Edith and Roger for a signing ceremony as well as athletic director Bill Groth (from left) varsity coach Vic Guadagnino, guidance counselor Chris Martin and assistant principal Sean O'Hara. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

R.J. Foster will play football and lacrosse at Dean College. He was joined by his parents Edith and Roger for a signing ceremony as well as athletic director Bill Groth (from left), varsity coach Vic Guadagnino, guidance counselor Chris Martin and assistant principal Sean O’Hara. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

Deciding which college to attend can be an overwhelming process for any high school student. Add in athletics to the mix and it can become even more daunting.

For a select few athletes, the decision also becomes which sport to play in college.  (more…)

05/22/15 1:00pm
05/22/2015 1:00 PM
Riverhead senior Nick Herzog, pictured alongside his parents Debbie and Scott, will play baseball at the University of Massachusetts-Boston next year. High School principal Charles Regan (left), varsity coach Rob Maccone and athletic director Bill Groth joined them for a signing ceremony. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

Riverhead senior Nick Herzog, pictured alongside his parents Debbie and Scott, will play baseball at the University of Massachusetts-Boston next year. High School principal Charles Regan (left), varsity coach Rob Maccone and athletic director Bill Groth joined them for a signing ceremony. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

After posting a 6-1 record this season on the mound for Riverhead, senior Nick Herzog plans to continue his baseball career next year at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Herzog, a left-handed pitcher who had a 2.61 ERA this past season, is one of five players from this year’s team pursuing baseball in college.  (more…)

05/16/15 6:16pm
05/16/2015 6:16 PM
Riverhead's Cody Dilworth putting a ball in play during his team's playoff loss to Half Hollow Hills East on Saturday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Cody Dilworth putting a ball in play during his team’s playoff loss to Half Hollow Hills East on Saturday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS AA TOURNAMENT | THUNDERBIRDS 10, BLUE WAVES 0

For the Riverhead High School baseball team, the thrill and excitement of qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in seven years met a jarring reality on Saturday. Reaching the postseason is one thing, but winning a playoff game is quite another.

Riverhead’s long-awaited return to the playoffs was a harsh one. The Blue Waves were blasted, 10-0, as Half Hollow Hills East played a virtually flawless qualifying-round game in the Suffolk County Class AA Tournament in Dix Hills. Hills East will next play either No. 7 Sachem East or No. 16 Bellport for the right to advance to the championship round. (more…)

05/16/15 6:00am
A Riverhead police officer walks the beat downtown on Monday night. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A Riverhead police officer walks the beat downtown on Monday night. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Editor’s note: This story was published in Thursday’s paper, before an arrest was made in relation to the downtown robberies.

On Monday morning, Francine Smith was walking past the Suffolk Theater, newly purchased gift in hand. It’s a route along Main Street she’s familiar with, having lived in Riverhead for the past 17 years.

But once the sun sets, she’ll be back inside. She and her husband don’t want to risk going out, she said.

“I wouldn’t come down here at nights, to be honest,” Ms. Smith said. (more…)

05/15/15 9:24pm
Riverhead's Mark Andrejack tries to elude the Ward Melville defender in Friday's playoff game. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead’s Mark Andrejack tries to elude the Ward Melville defender in Friday’s playoff game. (Credit: Bill Landon)

CLASS A PLAYOFFS  |  PATRIOTS 12, BLUE WAVES 4

In only their second postseason appearance in program history, the 13th-seeded Riverhead Blue Waves had their hands full with No. 4 Ward Melville on the road Friday afternoon.

Few outside the Blue Waves locker room might have imagined the game’s start. After two quarters, Ward Melville — a program whose championship pedigree dates back to the 1970s — was left clinging to a one-goal lead against the Blue Waves.  (more…)

05/15/15 7:17pm
Riverhead shortstop Dani Napoli applies a tag on Hills West senior Samantha Katz. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead shortstop Danni Napoli applies a tag on Hills West senior Samantha Katz. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

CLASS AA OUTBRACKET |  COLTS 6, BLUE WAVES 5 (8 innings)

Jubilation to heartache. All in a matter of minutes.

One out stood in the way of a memorable, come-from-behind victory for the Riverhead softball team Friday. Facing the defending Class AA county champion Half Hollow Hills West Colts, the Blue Waves rallied for a run in the seventh inning to send the game into extras and then another run in the eighth to seize the lead.  (more…)

05/14/15 2:06pm
05/14/2015 2:06 PM
Riverhead shortstop Dani Napoli fields a grounder in the regular season finale Tuesday. The Blue Waves open the playoffs Friday.(Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead shortstop Dani Napoli fields a grounder in the regular season finale Tuesday. The Blue Waves open the playoffs Friday.(Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The Riverhead softball team will open the 2015 playoffs with an outbracket game Friday at Half Hollow Hills West.

The Blue Waves were seeded No. 18 in the Class AA tournament and will face the No. 15 seed in the Colts. The winner advances to play at No. 2 Commack.  (more…)