03/20/15 12:00pm
03/20/2015 12:00 PM
Riverhead lacrosse player Courtney Troyan (left) and Shoreham-Wading River's Manuela Cortes will be key players for their respective teams this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead lacrosse player Courtney Troyan (left) and Shoreham-Wading River’s Manuela Cortes will be key players for their respective teams this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Rebuilding years have been few and far between at Shoreham-Wading River. From 2004 through 2013, the Wildcats never really rebuilt as they much as they rolled one standout team into the next.

The 2014 season represented a change of course. The Wildcats, under a new coaching staff, stumbled to a 7-9 season. The record, though, was a bit deceiving for the young group. The team still advanced to the county semifinals, falling by four goals to a stacked Mount Sinai team that was in the midst of a 37-game win streak.  (more…)

03/20/15 7:00am

Kelly Wooten and friends Mary Higgins-Maresco and Tom Higgins traveled to Paris, France, March 4-8 to celebrate Mary’s birthday. The trio toured Notre Dame and enjoyed the beautiful architecture and stained glass windows. At the Louvre, they saw the Mona Lisa and all the other beautiful pieces of art. They viewed the Eiffel Tower at night, which was simply spectacular with the lights flashing. (more…)

03/18/15 5:00pm
03/18/2015 5:00 PM
Nick Herzog, a left-hander with a tough curveball, is one of Riverhead's three projected starting pitchers. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Nick Herzog, a senior left-hander with a tough curveball, is one of Riverhead’s three projected starting pitchers. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Good baseball teams have an ace pitcher. The Riverhead Blue Waves don’t believe they have a No. 1 pitcher. Rather, they prefer to think that they have three: call them 1a, 1b and 1c.

Riverhead coach Rob Maccone didn’t hesitate a second when he was asked what the biggest difference between last year’s team and this year’s version is.

“Pitching,” he said. (more…)

03/14/15 12:00pm
03/14/2015 12:00 PM
The rough winter left McKillop Field covered in snow, which has finally begun to melt, delaying the sod installation as the field undergoes renovations. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

The rough winter left McKillop Field covered in snow, which has finally begun to melt, delaying the sod installation as the field undergoes renovations. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

The Riverhead lacrosse teams will have a new, temporary home this season as Coach Mike McKillop Memorial Field is renovated.  (more…)

03/11/15 7:00pm
03/11/2015 7:00 PM
Riverhead senior Kayla Ormandy plays catcher in a game last season. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Riverhead senior Kayla Ormandy plays catcher in a game last season. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

The offseason for a varsity coach can be filled with anything but downtime. Especially for a coach in charge of two teams.

After finishing teaching at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School, Jeff Doroski would head to Hampton Bays High School at least twice a week during the winter to oversee offseason workouts for the Baymen football team. Often, on the same days, Doroski would follow that with a trip to Riverhead for offseason workouts with the Blue Waves’ softball team.

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03/10/15 8:00am
03/10/2015 8:00 AM
Culinary instructor Eric Rickmers talk to the new students in the commercial kitchen Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Culinary instructor Eric Rickmers talks to the new students in the Riverhead school’s commercial kitchen Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Monday marked the first day in a new Riverhead school for a small group of teens living in a country still very new to them.

At the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Alternative High School English Language Learner Program, teenagers referred to as SIFE students — or students with interrupted formal education — will learn English and math and acquire job skills such as culinary arts and maintenance work, BOCES officials said. (more…)

03/07/15 1:00pm
03/07/2015 1:00 PM
Riverhead senior Jacob Robinson was among the best track and field athletes in New York State to compete in Cornell University's Barton Hall on Saturday. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Riverhead senior Jacob Robinson was among the best track and field athletes in New York State to compete in Cornell University’s Barton Hall on Saturday. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

NYSPHSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Last winter Jacob Robinson described the experience of running in his first indoor state track and field meet as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity. He could have amended that on Saturday to a “twice-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.

For the second year in a row, Robinson made it to the awards podium, where he stood with a pair of third-place medals (one for the state public schools and one for the federation) dangling around his neck. For the second year in a row, the Riverhead senior ran the 200-meter leg for a third-place intersectional medley-relay team. (more…)