04/18/15 4:00pm
04/18/2015 4:00 PM
Nick Longo. (Credit: Saint Rose Athletics/Tom Killips)

Nick Longo. (Credit: Saint Rose Athletics/Tom Killips)

Nick Longo of Wading River, a senior at The College of Saint Rose (N.Y.), was named the Northeast-10 Conference Goalkeeper of the Week for the period ending March 29. Longo posted a 6.23 goals against average and a .755 save percentage throughout the week.

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04/16/15 5:00pm
04/16/2015 5:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike O'Reilly was the Peach Belt Conference’s Pitcher of the Week. (Credit: Flagler College Athletics)

Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike O’Reilly was the Peach Belt Conference’s Pitcher of the Week. (Credit: Flagler College Athletics)

Flagler College (Fla.) junior Mike O’Reilly, a former Shoreham-Wading River High School player, was selected as the Peach Belt Conference’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday.  (more…)

04/11/15 6:24pm
04/11/2015 6:24 PM
Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Bray led the Wildcats with five goals Saturday against Miller Place. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Bray led the Wildcats with five goals Saturday against Miller Place. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

WILDCATS 11, PANTHERS 7

Mike Taylor saw firsthand in 2010 the Shoreham-Wading River Lax Out Cancer event. That year, the boys lacrosse team played the annual fundraiser event, which started in 2008, at Dowling Sports Complex where Taylor was a coach.

When he became the Wildcats’ varsity coach this season, he knew carrying on that tradition was an important part of his new job.

It was also a bit overwhelming.  (more…)

04/01/15 5:00pm
04/01/2015 5:00 PM
Riverhead senior Ed Matyka (right) wrestling in the New York State Championships in February. This past weekend he placed fifth at Senior Nationals to become an all-American. (Credit: Paul Wager, file)

Riverhead senior Ed Matyka (right) wrestling in the New York State Championships in February. This past weekend he placed fifth at Senior Nationals to become an all-American. (Credit: Paul Wager, file)

As far back as they can remember, Eddie Matyka and James Szymanski were on the ground wrestling each other. Their fathers grew up together and the boys spent years training together, leading into their senior seasons.

“We’re really close,” said Szymanski, who wrestles at Shoreham-Wading River. “Eddie’s like a brother to me.”  (more…)

03/31/15 5:00pm
03/31/2015 5:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River pitcher Brian Morrell returns for his sophomore season this year for the Wildcats. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)

Shoreham-Wading River pitcher Brian Morrell returns for his sophomore season this year for the Wildcats. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)

The 2014 season at Shoreham-Wading River featured a bit of everything. A freshman throwing two no-hitters, crazy come-from-behind wins, a league title and a trip to the county finals.

It was a thrilling, exhausting ride and when it was over, the only coach the program has ever known, Sal Mignano, announced he was retiring. Now, the Kevin Willi era at Shoreham begins as the Wildcats look to duplicate some of the magic of last year.

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03/27/15 5:00pm
03/27/2015 5:00 PM
Christopher Kuhnle returns to play first singles for Shoreham-Wading River this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Christopher Kuhnle returns to play first singles for Shoreham-Wading River this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

 

PREVIEW

Debbie Lutjen, who coached the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys tennis team from 1986 to 1995, has returned to the Wildcats, taking over the team from Chris Bevelander.

Lutjen, who also coaches Shoreham’s girls tennis team, was asked if she noticed any changes in the boys game since she last coached the Shoreham boys.

“I think it’s changed in the same way that girls tennis has,” she said. “The top players are putting more time in out of season and playing year-round, so that’s raising the overall level of the players we have competing.” (more…)