08/27/14 2:00pm
08/27/2014 2:00 PM
Bobby Puckey's off-season training and leadership led to his being named a team captain. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Bobby Puckey’s off-season training and leadership led to his being named a team captain. (Credit: Garret Meade)

One day last week, the Shoreham-Wading River High School football coach, Matt Millheiser, took the unusual step of naming one of his team captains much earlier than usual. The honor bestowed upon senior lineman Bobby Puckey was less a reflection of how he played last season so much as his reaction to how he played.

The 2013 season wasn’t one that Puckey remembers fondly, and for good reason. (more…)

08/18/14 10:01pm
08/18/2014 10:01 PM
Shoreham-Wading River coach Matt Millheiser will likely feature passing in his game plan this season. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River coach Matt Millheiser will likely feature passing in his game plan this season. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The task that lies before the Shoreham-Wading River High School football team is a daunting one. Just how do the Wildcats follow up their act from last season?

Last season was possibly the best the Wildcats ever had. They defeated Mount Sinai for the first time in their history. They played their first home playoff game. They picked up their first playoff win. They advanced to the Suffolk County Division IV semifinals for the first time. And when it was over, they could hold their heads high as the proud holders of a 7-3 record.

Matching that record of achievement will not be easy, especially when the Wildcats no longer have their star running back, Tyler Anderson, who graduated. What the Wildcats do have, however, should not be overlooked. They have a strong arm and a fine pair of hands. (more…)

08/08/14 8:00am
08/08/2014 8:00 AM
Sal Mignano patrols the third base coaching box at Southampton High School around the 1982 season. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Sal Mignano patrols the third base coaching box at Southampton High School around the 1982 season. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Buddy Gengler stood at the podium inside the dimly lit auditorium at Shoreham-Wading River High School, the rain having forced the day’s festivities indoors. As he gazed out into the audience, he saw a crowd that had gathered to honor him along with two other former baseball players, Matt Millheiser (2001) and Bryan Sabatella (’02). On this day, their jerseys were to be formally retired, their legacy forever etched into SWR lore. But Gengler knew the day would be about more than his past accomplishments on the diamond. It was about something bigger. Someone bigger.  (more…)

08/08/14 7:59am
The Shoreham-Wading River baseball team celebrates a league championship in 1990. (Credit: News-Review archives)

The Shoreham-Wading River baseball team celebrates a league championship in 1990. (Credit: News-Review archives)

In 38 seasons, the Shoreham-Wading River baseball team, under the leadership of Sal Mignano, won 12 league championships, seven county championships and a state title. Mignano announced Aug. 2 he’ll be retiring.

Here’s a look back at some of the highlights, as they were covered in the Riverhead News-Review.  (more…)

08/08/14 12:07am
Meg Kelly, who scored one goal and assisted on another for Shoreham-Wading River, boots the ball upfield against Brentwood. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Meg Kelly, who scored one goal and assisted on another for Shoreham-Wading River, boots the ball upfield against Brentwood. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

For the first time this summer, perhaps, the Shoreham-Wading River girls soccer team’s defense, its bedrock, was shaken.

The Wildcats had looked in control of the Town of Brookhaven Summer League championship game Thursday evening pretty much the whole time, and then there was cause for concern. A late flukish Brentwood goal made things interesting. (more…)

08/06/14 10:24pm
08/06/2014 10:24 PM
Shoreham-Wading River's Maria Smith moves toward the basket during the small schools final against Hampton Bays. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Maria Smith moves toward the basket during the small schools final against Hampton Bays. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The matchup was an intriguing one: Hampton Bays’ Alexis Fotopoulos and Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen.

The two central figures in the Town of Brookhaven Summer League girls basketball small schools final had never played against each other before. They both came up big at different times, and in their own ways, in Wednesday evening’s showdown at Eastport/South Manor High School.

In the end, it was Clasen, the senior, and her teammates who ended up with the prize, though not before blowing a 16-point lead and enduring a scare from Fotopoulos and her friends in purple.

(more…)

08/06/14 12:00pm
Shoreham-Wading River senior Courtney Clasen scored the game-winning goal Tuesday night against Miller Place. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Courtney Clasen scored the game-winning goal Tuesday night against Miller Place. (Credit: Bill Landon)

With a shortened roster of just 14 players Tuesday night, the Shoreham-Wading River girls soccer team persevered long enough against a deeper Miller Place team to emerge 1-0 winners in the Town of Brookhaven small school championship. (more…)

08/02/14 12:00pm
08/02/2014 12:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River coach Sal Mignao, pictured during the 2012 county finals, announced his retirement Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Shoreham-Wading River coach Sal Mignano, pictured during the 2012 county finals, announced his retirement Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

After nearly 600 victories, 38 seasons and seven county championships, legendary Shoreham-Wading River baseball coach Sal Mignano has decided to hang up the cleats.  (more…)