01/23/15 8:00am
01/23/2015 8:00 AM
James Suarez with his parents Joe and Kalli on Senior Day at Shoreham-Wading River High School. (Credit: Garret Meade)

James Suarez with his parents Joe and Kalli on Senior Day at Shoreham-Wading River High School. (Credit: Garret Meade)

James Suarez, a Shoreham-Wading River High School student who has wrestled since he was a seventh grader, was looking forward to his senior season. This past summer he trained in earnest for his big opportunity. Suarez had a good chance of winning a place in Shoreham’s lineup, perhaps at 152 or 160 pounds. He wanted to be ready.

Then life intervened.

Suarez, 17, had to step back from his wrestling family so he could come to the rescue of his actual family. (more…)

01/20/15 9:39pm
01/20/2015 9:39 PM
Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Ethan Wiederkehr goes up for a rebound against Mike Smith of Amityville. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Ethan Wiederkehr goes up for a rebound against Mike Smith of Amityville. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

WILDCATS 47, WARRIORS 45

As Amityville guard Rae Toppin caught a pass on the baseline, with the court seemingly all to himself, everyone inside the Shoreham-Wading River High School gym would have had the same thought: here comes overtime.

With his team trailing by two in the waning seconds of Tuesday’s game, Toppin found himself wide open under the basket. But he went up too strong, and somehow, his layup attempt missed and the ball fell safely into the hands of Shoreham forward Danny Hughes, who dribbled out the final two seconds in a 47-45 Wildcats win.  (more…)

01/17/15 9:29pm
01/17/2015 9:29 PM
Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Tanner Zagarino, right, wrestling against Riverhead's Raheem Brown, won the 170-pound title and was selected the North Fork Invitational's Champion of Champions. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Tanner Zagarino, top, wrestling against Riverhead’s Raheem Brown, won the 170-pound title and was selected the North Fork Invitational’s Champion of Champions. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

NORTH FORK INVITATIONAL

Every second of a wrestling match counts. With the right move (or the wrong move), a match can turn in an instant, the proverbial blink of an eye.

Such was the case in the 170-pound final of the 18th annual North Fork Invitational on Saturday night. Mattituck/Greenport/Southold sophomore Tanner Zagarino was trailing by 3 points in the dying moments of the match and looked spent, but he still had something left in him. With about 10 seconds to go, Zagarino, the No. 1 seed, took down Riverhead senior Raheem Brown for 2 points and kept him down, picking up 3 back points for a dramatic 10-8 triumph at Mattituck High School. It was his third tournament title this season. (more…)

01/16/15 8:38pm
01/16/2015 8:38 PM
Jack Del Duca was a winner for Shoreham-Wading River at 113 pounds, defeating Westhampton Beach's Casey Hughes, 7-2. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Jack Del Duca was a winner for Shoreham-Wading River at 113 pounds, defeating Westhampton Beach’s Casey Hughes, 7-2. (Credit: Garret Meade)

HURRICANES 39, WILDCATS 35

Sometimes it’s not how many wrestling matches you win, but how you win them that counts.

Such was the case Friday. Shoreham-Wading River won most of the individual bouts, but Westhampton Beach took the bulk of the bonus points — and the contest. (more…)

01/16/15 3:00pm
Mike Taylor. (Credit: Dowling Athletics)

Mike Taylor. (Credit: Dowling Athletics)

Mike Taylor was “chomping at the bit” to get started. As the Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education voted Tuesday to night to accept his recommendation as the next varsity boys lacrosse coach, Taylor was preparing to meet his new team as soon as possible.

The next day, he got his chance after school to introduce himself and get to know the players he will coach when the season officially rolls around in March. (more…)

01/13/15 10:18pm
01/13/2015 10:18 PM
Shoreham-Wading River senior Courtney Clasen scored 24 points in the Wildcats' win Tuesday against Bayport-Blue Point. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Courtney Clasen scored 24 points in the Wildcats’ win Tuesday against Bayport-Blue Point. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

WILDCATS 43, PHANTOMS 31

The stress of choosing a college can be intense for any high school student. Add in the wrinkle of playing a sport in college, and it can be doubly as stressful.

For Shoreham-Wading River senior Courtney Clasen, before narrowing down her choices, she first needed to decide which sport she wanted to play. Basketball? Soccer? Maybe even track?

She ultimately settled on basketball, and after a busy summer playing AAU, she was primed for a big season in her final year for the Wildcats. Then in the team’s first game, an ankle injury left her hobbling, and possibly out for an extended period of time.

But Clasen quickly bounced back, returning to the court much sooner than expected. And the Wildcats are thankful to have their all-county forward in the lineup.

Clasen dodged a bullet by avoiding an extended absence, and last week, she could finally take a deep breath when she made a verbal commitment to attend Coastal Carolina University, a Division I school in South Carolina.

“I can just have fun now,” Clasen said. “The stress is almost gone.”

Clasen can officially sign a National Letter of Intent on April 15, the start of the regular signing period that ends May 20 for Division I.

On Tuesday against Bayport-Blue Point, Clasen gave a glimpse of what kind of a player Coastal Carolina will be getting. She sliced through the Phantoms’ defense on fast breaks, scoring on some, dishing nifty passes to her teammates on others. She was a menace on defense, tally 11 steals and blocking five shots. And she showed a developing outside shot, sinking a pair of 3-pointers as part of her game-high 24 points.

The Wildcats led start-to-finish in a 43-31 victory at Shoreham-Wading River High School that brings the team to 4-2 at the midway point of the league season.

The Wildcats ran out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back despite an overall poor shooting night. The Wildcats had plenty of shots, thanks in part to a huge rebounding advantage, but often couldn’t find the bottom of the net. The Wildcats shot 25 percent from the field, connecting on 18 of 71 shots.

“I said to them at halftime, we’re passing the ball well, we’re driving the ball, we’re moving the ball well, we’re getting second looks and third looks,” said Shoreham coach Adam Lievre. “At some point, we just got try to knock them in.”

Clasen was the only Shoreham player with more than 4 points. Four different players scored four: Maria Smith, Sophie Triandifils, Jess McCormack and Christina Iannacchino.

The Wildcats will have a few days off now before returning to action Saturday at home against East Hampton to begin the second half of the league schedule.

joew@timesreview.com

01/13/15 3:00pm
Students at John Glenn High School donated a "54" plaque to Shoreham-Wading River in memory of Tom Cutinella. (Credit: John Glenn School District)

Students at John Glenn High School donated a “54″ plaque to Shoreham-Wading River in memory of Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Elwood Union Free School District)

Students and community members from the John Glenn School District raised more than $4,500 for the Tom Cutinella Scholarship Fund, the school district said. (more…)

01/08/15 9:00am
01/08/2015 9:00 AM
The Shoreham-Wading River football team celebrates its 2014 Long Island Championship win over Roosevelt. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

The Shoreham-Wading River football team celebrates its 2014 Long Island Championship win over Roosevelt. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

In front of a crowd of more than 40,000 at Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 29, Shoreham-Wading River athletic director Mark Passamonte stood on the field during a break in the action between the Clemson Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners. He was joined by representatives of Russell Athletic, the host of the college football bowl game.

Mr. Passamonte likely never would have envisioned himself spending part of the holiday break on the field of a college bowl game. But then again, ever since Oct. 1, life in the Wading River community became anything but ordinary.  (more…)