10/24/14 1:00pm
10/24/2014 1:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River senior Mackenzie Roberts looks for a shot against Southampton Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Mackenzie Roberts looks for a shot against Southampton Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

After an unbeaten regular season, the Shoreham-Wading River girls soccer team will open the 2014 playoffs as the No. 2 seed in Class A, according to the brackets released by Section XI today.  (more…)

10/21/14 7:00pm
10/21/2014 7:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee ran the fastest time at Tuesday's division championships at Sunken Meadow State Park. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee ran the fastest time at Tuesday’s division championships at Sunken Meadow State Park. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

All around her, the congratulations came pouring in for the Shoreham-Wading River freshman.

“I love you!” said one competitor from McGann-Mercy. “Even though you don’t know me…”

Katherine Lee, who first came up to varsity as a seventh grader during winter track at Shoreham, found herself in the spotlight Tuesday afternoon after running a personal best time in the Section XI Division Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park. (more…)

10/20/14 7:47pm
10/20/2014 7:47 PM
Shoreham-Wading River senior Emily Sopko spent the second half Monday playing a different position than she's used to. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Emily Sopko spent the second half Monday playing a different position than she’s used to. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Emily Sopko’s role on the soccer field is to help prevent goals. On defense for Shoreham-Wading River, she and her teammates accomplish that goal to near perfection.

At 14-0-1, the Wildcats are in the midst of one their finest seasons in program history. A win in their regular season finale Wednesday would lock up an undefeated regular season heading into the playoffs.  (more…)

10/14/14 7:06pm
10/14/2014 7:06 PM
Shoreham-Wading River's Dan Mahoney fires a shot in the final seconds of Tuesday's game that hit off the crossbar, just missing on an equalizer. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Dan Mahoney fires a shot in the final seconds of Tuesday’s game that hit off the crossbar, just missing on an equalizer. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

PANTHERS 3, WILDCATS 2

Andrew Moschetti gathered his players on the sideline to deliver one final message before the players departed following Tuesday afternoon’s game against Miller Place.

Moschetti, the coach of Shoreham-Wading River, offered the age-old rally cry: “It’s not over!” he said to the players. (more…)

10/12/14 8:00am
10/12/2014 8:00 AM
The Shoreham-Wading River tennis courts have been condemned. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Upgrading the condemned tennis courts are included in the capital improvement proposal residents will vote on Dec. 9. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)

Shoreham-Wading River School District residents will go to the polls Dec. 9 to vote on two capital improvement referendums — one to issue a $33.6 million bond, the other to offset construction costs with $15 million in reserves.

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10/11/14 5:29pm
10/11/2014 5:29 PM
Shoreham-Wading River players bowed their heads during a moment of silence in memory of their late teammate Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River players bowed their heads during a moment of silence in memory of their late teammate Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

WILDCATS 54, WARRIORS 0

Tom Cutinella wasn’t present, but his presence was felt, and his uniform number, 54, was everywhere.

“SWR 54” was painted onto a hillside by the Shoreham-Wading River High School football field in yellow characters outlined in blue. A replica of Cutinella’s No. 54 jersey hung from the front of the press box. Near the top of the press box dangled a banner that read, “#54 FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS.” The players and coach Matt Millheiser wore towels with “54” imprinted on them.

And had the scoreboard been functioning, it would have read 54-0 — poetic enough — by the time the Suffolk County Division IV game ended. (more…)

10/10/14 8:00am
10/10/2014 8:00 AM
A flag flies at half-mast at Shoreham-Wading River High School last week following the death of junior Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A flag flies at half-mast at Shoreham-Wading River High School last week following the death of junior Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

When tragedy strikes, it’s only natural to wonder what, if anything, could have been done to prevent it. When a life is lost on the athletic fields at far too young an age, the emotional toll cuts deep to the core of a community.  (more…)

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(Credit: Paul Squire)

Pallbearers carry the casket of Tom Cutinella at Tuesday’s funeral service in Wading River. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Editor’s Note: This story appeared in the Oct. 9 print edition of the Riverhead News-Review.

It was second-down-and-five with 3 minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the third quarter on the overcast afternoon of Oct. 1. The Shoreham-Wading River football team led host Elwood/John Glenn by a score of 17-12.

The call was for a simple running play.

Wildcats quarterback Danny Hughes handed the ball to tailback Chris Rosati, who began to run to his left.  (more…)