Featured Story
04/10/17 2:04pm
04/10/2017 2:04 PM

A good, competitive high school girls lacrosse game was anticipated. It didn’t start out that way, though.

Riverhead scored on seven of its first eight shots, shooting out to a surprisingly easy 7-0 lead within the opening 8 minutes, 26 seconds. If the Blue Waves thought at that point that Monday’s non-league game was going to be easy for them, they would have been greatly mistaken.
READ

Featured Story
10/27/16 7:34pm
10/27/2016 7:34 PM

Courtney Wrigley #16 (right) celebrates a point with her teammates during the second set of Shoreham Wading River's three set loss to Sayville at Shoreham Wading River High School in Shoreham on Oct. 27, 2016.

The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls volleyball team didn’t get the result it was looking for. Then again, the Wildcats could take some good things away from their final regular-season match Thursday.

In a playoff tuneup for both teams, visiting Sayville defeated Shoreham, 25-22, 25-18, 25-19, in a Suffolk County League VI match.
READ

Featured Story
06/01/16 6:37pm
06/01/2016 6:37 PM

Shoreham-Wading River celebrates its 11-5 victory over Sayville in the Suffolk County Boys Lacrosse Class B Championship game at Stony Brook University's Lavalle Stadium on June 1, 2016.

The Suffolk County Class B boys lacrosse final didn’t start the way Shoreham-Wading River wanted it to. Sayville was taking it to the Wildcats, who were on their heels and looking out of sorts. At halftime, Shoreham was on the short end of a 5-2 score.

The Wildcats can’t say they haven’t been there before. Just five days earlier, in the semifinals, they trailed Comsewogue, 4-2, at halftime.
READ

11/05/14 6:29pm
11/05/2014 6:29 PM
Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Alex Kuhnle one her way toward scoring the only goal in Wednesday's Class A county championship game. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Alex Kuhnle on her way toward scoring the only goal in Wednesday’s Class A county championship game. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

CLASS A COUNTY FINALS  |  WILDCATS 1, GOLDEN FLASHES 0

It was a moment 27 years in the making.

The Shoreham-Wading River girls soccer team outlasted perennial nemesis Sayville, 1-0, in Wednesday’s Class A county finals to win the program’s first championship since 1987.  (more…)

11/05/14 4:00pm
Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Alex Kuhnle one her way toward scoring the only goal in Wednesday's Class A county championship game. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Alex Kuhnle one her way toward scoring the only goal in Wednesday’s Class A county championship game. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

CLASS A COUNTY FINALS
No. 1 Sayville (15-0-3) vs. No. 2 SWR (17-0-1)
Dowling Sports Complex

In a battle of two unbeatens, Shoreham-Wading River faces Sayville this afternoon for the Class A county title in girls soccer. The Wildcats are playing in their first county title game since 2006 when they lost to Islip. Sayville is the defending county champion. (more…)

05/17/14 5:53pm
05/17/2014 5:53 PM
Ryan Bray of Shoreham-Wading River  (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Ryan Bray of Shoreham-Wading River (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS B TOURNAMENT | GOLDEN FLASHES 9, WILDCATS 6

The Shoreham-Wading River High School boys lacrosse team will not have an opportunity to play for a Suffolk County championship this year.

The fifth-seeded Wildcats, who were Suffolk Class C champions the last two years, were eliminated by host and fourth-seeded Sayville, 9-6, a Class B quarterfinal on Saturday.

The game wasn’t as close as the score suggests. (more…)

11/01/13 6:00pm
11/01/2013 6:00 PM

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River goalkeeper Kelly Wynkoop saw her four-year varsity career come to an end Friday in the semifinals of the Class A playoffs.

CLASS A SEMIFINALS  |  GOLDEN FLASHES 1, WILDCATS 0

Junior Jessica O’Shaughnessy scored in the 30th minute to lift top-seeded Sayville to a 1-0 victory over Shoreham-Wading River in the Suffolk County Class A girls semifinals at Depot Field in Sayville on Friday afternoon.

The win boosted Sayville into the county finals against No. 2 Islip at the Dowling Soccer Complex at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The loss ended the fifth-seeded Wildcats’ most successful season since 2006 at 10-4, while the Golden Flash improved to 13-2.

On Tuesday, SWR defeated Bayport-Blue Point, 1-0, in a first-round game.

O’Shaughnessy latched onto a pass from senior Michelle Civitella and rolled in a shot to the lower left corner past goalkeeper Kelly Wynkoop for the game’s lone goal.

The Wildcats tried to equalize, but a stout Sayville backline limited the visitors to any dangerous opportunities.

Shoreham finished the season allowing only six total goals.

08/05/13 10:26pm
08/05/2013 10:26 PM
ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River's Courtney Clasen driving to the basket during her team's summer league semifinal win over Sayville on Monday evening.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen driving to the basket during her team’s summer league semifinal win over Sayville on Monday evening.

Is she a scorer?

Most definitely.

Is she a rebounder?

Absolutely.

Is she a playmaker?

No question about it.

Is she an intimidating defensive presence?

She sure is.

The truth is, Courtney Clasen is all of the above. A player who is not easily defined by a single skill, Clasen brings a fine all-around game to the Shoreham-Wading River girls basketball team. So, when one asks the team’s new coach, Adam Lievre, what Clasen’s official position is, the questioner is bound to encounter a stumped look from the coach. And that isn’t just because Lievre is planning to run a wide open offense during the coming school season, and positions aren’t expected to matter much. Clasen has the ability to play any position on the court. She can bring the ball down the floor as well as play in the post. It’s really an unusual versatility that one doesn’t see often.

Putting it in succinct terms, Lievre said, “She does everything.”

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Jessica McCormick of Shoreham-Wading River battling for a loose ball under the basket.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Jessica McCormick of Shoreham-Wading River battling for a loose ball under the basket.

Now Lievre’s job is to convince the modest Clasen to believe in herself more.

“My goal for the summer and the school year is to get her to realize that she’s even better than she thinks she is,” he said after a recent game. “There are a couple of times — even [Clasen’s teammate] Taylor [Whiffen] said it — she puts on a second gear that someone her size just can’t stay up with. There were a couple of times she got a rebound and just took off. She’s quicker than most people and she jumps higher than everybody.”

Clasen, who will be entering her third varsity season as a junior, gave a good demonstration of what she has to offer as a basketball player on Monday evening in her team’s 32-21 defeat of Sayville in a Town of Brookhaven Summer League small schools semifinal. She totaled 8 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists and 2 blocks in the game at Patchogue-Medford High School.

Not bad at all.

When asked about how she developed her all-around game, Clasen indicated she doesn’t give much thought to it. “I just go out and play,” she said.

“She’s a great player,” said Whiffen, who has also spent time this summer playing AAU ball for the Long Island Renegades. “She’s everywhere on the court. She understands the game really well.”

With the graduation of Meghan King, the team’s leadership mantle has been passed on to Clasen, Shannon Rosati and Whiffen.

The Wildcats didn’t have Rosati for the semifinal, but they did have Whiffen, who provided 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals.

Lievre said he values Clasen most for her rebounding, but Whiffen can also crash the boards. “She’s really one of the first girls that we’ve had that can really play with her back to the basket and make a post move,” the coach said.

With Monday’s win, Shoreham qualified for the small schools final on Wednesday night against either Eastport/South Manor or Hampton Bays at St. Joseph’s College.

Monday’s result aside, the Wildcats are hoping for a cleaner performance. The semifinal was a sloppy affair, with both teams combining for 60 turnovers.

“It definitely wasn’t our prettiest game,” said Lievre.

Neither side shot well, either, but Shoreham atoned for its offensive sins by dominating on the boards, 31-15.

Erin MacDevitt led Sayville with 11 points.

Lievre didn’t sound too concerned with the offense, though. “Even doing JV for 10 years, I always told [the players that] summer league is defense. We’ll worry about offense during the school year.”

And reaching a small schools final is a nice plus.

Said Lievre, “Winning isn’t everything, but it’s nice to win, and it’s something to build on.”

[email protected]