12/28/12 10:00am
12/28/2012 10:00 AM

JOHN ZACHARY FILE PHOTO | The Shoreham-Wading River girls lacrosse team celebrates its 2012 state championship.

One day. Two state championship games.

That was the scenario for the Shoreham-Wading River boys and girls lacrosse teams in early June. Following the same script the teams used in 2007 to become the first Suffolk County school with two lacrosse state champions in the same year, the Wildcats ruled New York once again.

In Cortland, the girls faced off against Honeoye Falls-Lima in the Class C finals. A few hours later in Middletown, the boys began their championship game against Penn Yan.

For the girls, the game was an opportunity to reclaim their spot atop the podium. After winning four straight state titles, the Wildcats fell short in 2011 when they briefly bumped up a classification. With their return to Class C, the Wildcats once again proved their supremacy.

The Wildcats faced their share of adversity in the playoffs. In their state semifinal win, a seven-goal lead in the second half got sliced down to one in the final minutes by Christian Brothers Academy. Shoreham held on to win 14-13 in a thriller.

In the championship game the Wildcats fell behind by four before unleashing a 7-0 run in the second half to seize control. The Wildcats went on to win 11-9 to clinch the program’s fifth state title.

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | The Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats celebrate their county championship victory over Bayport-Blue Point Wednesday.

The boys faced some early adversity of their own early in the finals. Trevor Brosco, a senior captain in the midfield, suffered a concussion just moments into the game and couldn’t return. In his absence, the rest of the team, led by Tim Rotanz, stepped up to carry the load. Rotanz torched the Mustangs for five goals and two assists as Shoreham won 10-6.

As the teams arrived back in Shoreham, a police escort guided them back to the high school, where a crowd gathered to celebrate.

Two teams, two state champions.

12/16/12 11:00am

JOHN GRIFFIN FILE PHOTO | A case of whooping cough has been reported at Shoreham-Wading River High School, the district has reported.

A case of whooping cough was confirmed at Shoreham-Wading River High School this week, according to a message on the district’s website.

The student is home and under a doctor’s care, according to the message.

“Please be assured that the health and safety of our students is our top priority,” the district wrote. “Please continue to monitor your children for symptoms, specifically a persistent cough. People are contagious for 2-3 weeks after the onset of the cough and can be effectively treated with antibiotics during that time, so please contact your physician promptly for diagnosis if you suspect pertussis.”

The district is directing parents seeking more information on pertussis, including the symptoms, to visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/pertussis.

Whooping cough, which is transported through the air by coughing, is especially dangerous and can be fatal for infants.

Early symptoms of whooping cough are a mild cough, a runny nose and a low fever, according to the Center for Disease control. 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. The best way to prevent the disease is immunization, the CDC states on its website.

Adults and children, however, may develop pertussis even if they are up to date on their vaccination since immunization wanes over the years, according to the county Department of Health and Human Services. If you suspect that your child has contracted whooping cough, it is urged you contact their physician and request your child is tested for the disease using a special nasal/throat swab.

Those suffering from whooping cough are asked to stay home until he or she has completed five days of antibiotic treatment, according to the county health department.


07/24/12 2:00pm

FILE PHOTO | The track at Shoreham-Wading River High School could get an upgrade if a measure is approved tonight and a referendum is later passed by voters.

A proposition this fall to spend more than $1.6 million on new track facilities and upgraded electronic equipment for the Shoreham-Wading River school district will go before the school board for approval at tonight’s meeting.

The proposal would include new resurfacing of the high school’s track facility, which student athletes and school officials said has fallen into disrepair. The track has faded paint, cracks, and uneven surfaces due to previous short-term fixes, making it a potential safety hazard, officials said.

A group of students from the school’s track team said in a presentation passed along to the board this spring the school may not be allowed to hold meets in the future due to the poor condition of the track. This would require the school to bus the team to all away meets, according to the presentation.

The proposed upgrades would also include new computers and Internet systems across the district.

According to the resolution before the board, the district’s existing technology is “outdated, out-of-warranty, not compatible with new state-mandated assessment requirements, and is currently (or soon will be) unsupportable.”

The total project is expected to cost $1,642,000, and would use prior year state aid and reserve funds to keep school taxes at the same rate, according to the resolution.

If approved, the proposition will go before the public in a vote on Oct. 2.

The public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Shoreham-Wading River High School library.

06/04/11 8:07pm
06/04/2011 8:07 PM

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham Wading River goalie Tyler Lutien makes a save, one of many he made in the Wildcats' 9-4 loss to Garden City in the Long Island championship game Saturday night.

Shoreham-Wading River’s quest for a fourth Long Island boys lacrosse championship ended Saturday night in the Class B final at Stony Brook University, with a 9-4 loss to Nassau County champion Garden City.

The Trojans, winners of the last six Nassau titles, advanced to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B semifinals, where they will face Yorktown this Wednesday.

Shoreham-Wading River finished the season with a record of 17-3.

Tom Rotanz Jr., Mike Malave, Kris Miller and Paul Curran scored for the Wildcats.

Patric Berkery scored three goals for Garden City and Devin Dwyer added two more.

The Wildcats opened the scoring 1:12 into the game when Malave found Rotanz Jr. just outside the left post for a 1-0 lead.

Rotanz returned the favor with just under four minutes left in the quarter, assisting on Malave’s goal from eight yards in front, giving the Wildcats a two-goal edge.


Garden City’s patient attack yielded nothing in the opening 12 minutes, partly because of two turnovers deep in the Shoreham end, and partly because of two key stops, one by goaltender Tyler Lutjen and another by the post on a shot by Berkery.

The Trojans dominated possession in the second quarter — mainly because of Rob Savage’s faceoff proficiency — and cut the lead in half two minutes in on a goal by Dwyer.

Lutjen made three more stops from point-blank range to help maintain Shoreham’s edge, but Savage evened it up with 3:09 left in the half.

The Trojans pulled ahead with 1:43 remaining when Tom Gordon converted a pass from Dwyer behind the net. Brian Coleman added to the lead with an unassisted goal with 23 seconds left, and the Trojans took a 4-2 lead into halftime.

The Wildcats had a man-up opportunity early in the third but turned it over on a bad pass, then Malave was stopped by Trojan goalie Dan Marino.

Lutjen made another big save on a bullet by Berkery midway through the third, but Berkery got another chance with a man advantage and didn’t miss, scoring with 2:54 left to make it 5-2.

Jack Spencer scored another goal for Garden City with 30 seconds remaining, and the Trojans led by four heading into the final quarter.

Savage won the opening faceoff of the fourth quarter, and a few seconds later, Berkery scored to extend the Trojan lead to 7-2.

A Wildcats turnover gave the ball right back 90 seconds later, and Dwyer scored his second of the game and it was 8-2.

Curran got one back for the Wildcats with an unassisted goal with nine minutes remaining, and then Miller bounced a shot past Marino with 6:48 left to cut the gap to 8-4.

But Berkery scored his third of the game with 4:02 left to make it 9-4, and the Trojans ran out the clock to end it.

Shoreham-WR 2-0-0-2 — 4
Garden City 0-4-3-2 — 9

Check back Sunday for the complete story and postgame reaction.

12/23/10 1:42pm
12/23/2010 1:42 PM

The annual Christmas gift and food drive run by members of the Riverhead PBA culminated Thursday morning with the packaging of all the goods collected throughout the drive.


The holidays will be a little brighter for 30 needy families from across town, from Wading River to Jamesport, thanks to the holiday drive. PBA President Dixon Palmer (far left) and the union’s vice president, police officer Chris Parkin, organized this year’s efforts. They were joined Thursday at the town’s municipal garage to package the toys and turkey dinners with all the trimmings to deliver to the families. They were joined by Riverhead High School Principal David Zimbler (far right) and Riverhead students, as well as students from McGann-Mercy and Shoreham Wading River high schools. The Riverhead PBA has been running the holiday drive for 15 years.