02/08/15 4:30pm
02/08/2015 4:30 PM
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee crosses the finish line first in the 3,000-meter race Sunday at the Section XI State Qualifier. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee crosses the finish line first in the 3,000-meter race Sunday at the Section XI State Qualifier. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SECTION XI STATE QUALIFIER

Katherine Lee had plenty of reason to be happy after winning the 3,000-meter race Sunday. The Shoreham-Wading River freshman’s victory clinched her a spot in the state championship.

But it was after the 1,500 — a race that she didn’t win — that brought out the biggest smiles.  (more…)

02/08/15 11:30am
Riverhead senior Ed Matyka pins David Hararah of Copaigue in the preliminaries Saturday of the League III Tournament. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead senior Ed Matyka pins David Hararah of Copaigue in the preliminaries Saturday of the League III Tournament. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Riverhead senior Ed Matyka earned Most Outstanding Wrestler honors after winning the 120-pound title at Saturday’s League III Championship at Smithtown East High School.  (more…)

02/07/15 2:21pm
02/07/2015 2:21 PM
Riverhead's varsity cheerleading team performs in Orlando, Fla. this morning at nationals. (Credit: courtesy photo)

Riverhead’s varsity cheerleading team performs in Orlando, Fla. this morning at nationals. (Credit: courtesy photo)

The Riverhead varsity cheerleading team is back in familiar territory today: the National High School Cheerleading Championship presented by Universal Cheerleaders Association.

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02/05/15 9:35pm
02/05/2015 9:35 PM
One of Riverhead's three seniors, Cassidy Brown, looks for shooting room while being guarded by Centereach's Alicia Indence. (Credit: Garret Meade)

One of Riverhead’s three seniors, Cassidy Brown, looks for shooting room while being guarded by Centereach’s Alicia Indence. (Credit: Garret Meade)

BLUE WAVES 58, COUGARS 33

Senior Night is different. Senior Night is special. It’s not a typical game night, especially not if you’re one of the seniors being recognized.

As much as one may prepare for it, the emotions of the event can get the better of people. So when the Riverhead High School girls basketball coach, Dave Spinella, delivered heartfelt remarks about the three seniors on his team, tears flowed, with the notable exception being Amanda Baron, who has a reputation for being calm, cool and collected.

Starting with the team manager, senior Mieko Vail, Riverhead’s seniors were introduced by Spinella to the crowd during a pregame ceremony on Thursday night. Cassidy Brown, Baron and Joanna Messina took their turns listening to Spinella say some nice words about them. Then they hugged their coaches, were handed flowers and met their parents at center court for pictures.

Moments later, the Blue Waves went about another tradition: winning on Senior Night. (more…)

02/05/15 7:00am

My husband, Joe, and I had just finished eating breakfast at Lolly’s Hut Saturday morning when who did we see walk in but former Riverhead resident Pete Bilski, who now resides in Elgin, S.C., with his wife, Pat. Pete came up to attend Eagle Hose Company 4’s 100th anniversary celebration, which was held at Polish Hall Jan. 31. Pete was a 36-year member of the company; many of his relatives were also members. We had a great time chatting with him.  (more…)

02/04/15 4:00pm
02/04/2015 4:00 PM
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Riverhead lineman Ethan Greenidge was joined by his parents Robin and Xann, as well as coach Leif Shay, on National Signing Day. Greenidge accepted a full scholarship from Villanova University. (Credit: Riverhead Schools)

It isn’t exactly Riverhead High School’s royal blue, but Villanova University has a little blue in its school colors. Before long, Villanova’s football team will have a big Riverheader among its ranks.

The biggest player on Riverhead’s football team made a big move on National Signing Day, putting pen to paper and accepting a full athletic scholarship from Villanova. (more…)

01/25/15 10:00am
01/25/2015 10:00 AM
Riverhead senior Ra'Shae Smith finished second in the shot put at the League III Championship Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead senior Ra’Shae Smith finished second in the shot put at the League III Championship Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon)

LEAGUE III CHAMPIONSHIP

As Ra’Shae Smith stepped into the circle for her final throw in the shot put, the Riverhead senior was feeling the pressure. She knew she had already locked up at least second place, but she still wanted to improve on her mark. (more…)

01/24/15 9:44pm
01/24/2015 9:44 PM
Riverhead's Cody Weiss was the (Credit: Michael Lewis)

Riverhead’s Cody Weiss was the 126-pound champion Saturday at Port Jefferson High School (Credit: Michael Lewis)

Given the events of the past two weeks, Cody Weiss just might have a soft spot in his heart for the Port Jefferson area.

During a 15-day span, the Riverhead High School senior reached two major milestones. On Jan. 10, Weiss became only the ninth wrestler in Blue Waves history to reach the 100-win benchmark with a victory over a Comsewogue opponent in Port Jefferson Station.  (more…)