03/23/14 8:30am
03/23/2014 8:30 AM

Testing

We’ve heard a lot recently about the “new” SAT, the national standardized test created and marketed by the private, not-for-profit College Board and used by many colleges and universities as the most important part of their admissions process. It is in the news because of the fear it instills in almost every high school student in America: the underlying message is “Blow the SAT and forget about your future.” (more…)

03/22/14 12:00pm
03/22/2014 12:00 PM
McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill reaches back for the baton during a relay event last year. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill reaches back for the baton during a relay event last year. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Given its history, the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls track and field team has always been a difficult opponent.

With a new $290,000 track at the school, the Wildcats could be tough to beat at home this season.

“Now that we’ve got a track, we’ll be better,” coach Paul Koretzki said. “It’s going to save us on injuries. The [old] track was very hard and very old. The new track is very comfortable.”  (more…)

03/20/14 7:52pm
03/20/2014 7:52 PM
Shoreham-Wading River's Alex Makoske unleashing a shot in the face of defensive pressure from Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Tim Schmidt. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Alex Makoske unleashing a shot in the face of defensive pressure from Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Lucas Webb. (Credit: Garret Meade)

WILDCATS 18, TUCKERS 3

The first true glimpse of the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys lacrosse team left little doubt that goal scoring will not be a problem for the Wildcats this season. Nor will face-offs, passing, defense and goaltending, for that matter.

The start of Shoreham’s season, and the Justin Arini era, began Thursday when the Wildcats rolled to victory in convincing fashion, 18-3, over Mattituck/Greenport/Southold in a non-division game at Mattituck High School. Arini, who succeeded Tom Rotanz, becoming only the second coach the Wildcats have ever had, liked what he saw from the defending Long Island Class C champions. Troy Miller, a senior attackman, struck for three goals and three assists. Alex Makoske added three goals and an assist. Ryan Bray and Dalton Baron also recorded hat tricks.

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03/19/14 6:00pm
03/19/2014 6:00 PM

Riverhead senior Cody Smith returns at catcher this season in his third year on varsity. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

For nearly a third of Riverhead’s games last season, towering lefty Matt Crohan mowed through opposing lineups with seemingly effortless ease. Crohan went on to become the first Riverhead baseball player to win the Carl Yastrzemski Award as the top player in the county.

Now a year later, with Crohan pitching in college at Winthrop University, the Blue Waves are left to rebuild their pitching rotation. In a season where nearly all their position players are returning, the Blue Waves’ biggest question mark centers around the pitching staff.  (more…)

Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Outlining the final sections of his proposed budget for the upcoming school year, Shoreham-Wading River School District superintendent Steve Cohen informed the board of education that he’s proposing spending increases in technology, staff development and athletics, while cutting costs in community programming and health and services.

The items discussed on Tuesday night represented but a fraction of the $67 million spending plan — 5.36 percent to be exact. (more…)

03/19/14 10:00am
Riverhead junior Jacob Robinson running at the Long Island Elite Track Invitational earlier this year. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk photo, file)

Riverhead junior Jacob Robinson running at the Long Island Elite Track Invitational earlier this year. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk photo, file)

Riverhead High School coach Steve Gevinski is pretty hopeful entering the spring boys track and field season. The Blue Waves can be good. In fact, they can be very good.

“I’m very optimistic,” he said. “I think this could be a great season. We’re a very balanced team. … If things go the right way we can possibly win our league.  (more…)

03/18/14 1:00pm
03/18/2014 1:00 PM
Ohio State-bound Shannon Rosati (10) returns to lead Shoreham-Wading River this year. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Ohio State-bound Shannon Rosati (10) returns to lead Shoreham-Wading River this year. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

Rachel Feirstein, who once admired the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls lacrosse team from afar as an outsider (an opposing player for Smithtown East) is now the ultimate insider: She is the team’s coach.

Feirstein can now admire, from close range, the fervor with which the Wildcats practice. “They’re relentless,” she said. “They go hard after every ball.”  (more…)

03/14/14 4:00pm
03/14/2014 4:00 PM
BILL LANDON PHOTO  |  Shoreham-Wading River players wore pink jerseys Saturday as part of the Lax-Out Cancer fundraiser game against Garden City.

Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse players wore pink jerseys at a previous Lax-Out Cancer fundraiser. This year’s event will feature a doubleheader with the girls team. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Lax-Out Cancer, Shoreham-Wading River’s cancer awareness event and fundraiser, will be held April 26 with a lacrosse doubleheader at Shoreham-Wading River High School.  (more…)