03/25/15 2:00pm
03/25/2015 2:00 PM
Riverhead sophomore Casey Plitt pitched nearly every inning last season for the Blue Waves. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Riverhead sophomore Casey Plitt pitched nearly every inning last season for the Blue Waves. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

Pitching and defense can carry any softball team a long way, especially in high school. At Riverhead, coach Jeff Doroski is confident the Blue Waves have both.

“I think one of our strengths last year was defense,” Doroski said. “I don’t see any letdown there. I think we will be as good defensively as we were last year.”  (more…)

03/11/15 7:00pm
03/11/2015 7:00 PM
Riverhead senior Kayla Ormandy plays catcher in a game last season. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Riverhead senior Kayla Ormandy plays catcher in a game last season. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

The offseason for a varsity coach can be filled with anything but downtime. Especially for a coach in charge of two teams.

After finishing teaching at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School, Jeff Doroski would head to Hampton Bays High School at least twice a week during the winter to oversee offseason workouts for the Baymen football team. Often, on the same days, Doroski would follow that with a trip to Riverhead for offseason workouts with the Blue Waves’ softball team.

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11/25/2014 2:00 PM
Eleven Shoreham-Wading River student-athletes signed to continue playing their sports in college next year. (Credit: SWR schools)

Eleven Shoreham-Wading River student-athletes signed to continue playing their sports in college next year. The signees were: (seated, from left): Alex Hutchins, Madison Dwyer, Emily DeGennaro, James Szymanski and Caitlin Mirabell; (standing, from left) Lauren Daly, Manuela Cortes, Christian Clarkin, Ryan Bray, Steven Weindler and Jack Zukowski. (Credit: SWR schools)

From gymnastics to lacrosse, Shoreham-Wading River was well represented during the early signing period.

Eleven students signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college next year, highlighted by three students signing to major Division I programs.  (more…)

08/02/14 8:00am
08/02/2014 8:00 AM
Wedel Signs workers installing the Veterans Memorial Park last April in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photo)

Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton serves as host for Riverhead softball games.
(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Bobby Jones, the famous amateur golfer and co-founder of Augusta National Golf Club, once said, “Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots. But you have to play the ball where it lies.”  (more…)

05/14/14 4:30pm
05/14/2014 4:30 PM
Shoreham-Wading River graduate Chelsea Hawks won 15 games as a freshman pitching at Molloy College this spring. (Credit: Molloy Athletics)

Shoreham-Wading River graduate Chelsea Hawks won 15 games as a freshman pitching at Molloy College this spring. (Credit: Molloy Athletics)

Chelsea Hawks was never a stranger to the burden of carrying a hefty pitching load. During her four-year varsity career at Shoreham-Wading River, she pitched nearly every inning the team played.

More often than not, she led the team to victory.

Entering her freshman season at Molloy College this spring, Hawks expected to tally plenty of innings. Still, the reality of just how much a college pitcher throws came as a bit of a shock.  (more…)

05/13/14 7:52pm
05/13/2014 7:52 PM
Shoreham-Wading River’s Brittany Mahan connecting on a pitch from Mount Sinai’s Holly Drasser. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Brittany Mahan connecting on a pitch from Mount Sinai’s Holly Drasser. (Credit: Garret Meade)

MUSTANGS 13, WILDCATS 0 (5 INNINGS)

What will the Shoreham-Wading River High School softball coach, Christina Shiffman, recall when she looks back on her team’s recently concluded season?

“Honestly, I’m remembering how great they can look in one moment, you know,” she said. “Sometimes I’m in awe at some of the plays that they make.” (more…)

05/09/14 7:28pm
05/09/2014 7:28 PM
McGann-Mercy catcher Ali Hulse had both of Mercy's hits Friday against Center Moriches. (Credit: Bill Landon)

McGann-Mercy catcher Ali Hulse had both of Mercy’s hits Friday against Center Moriches. (Credit: Bill Landon)

RED DEVILS 14, MONARCHS 1 (5 Innings)

When the McGann-Mercy softball team gathered early in the season inside the gym, the field outside still unplayable in early March, coach Frank Baker spoke of the team’s goals for the upcoming season.

“I looked up at the batters and said, ‘Girls, our job is to at least get into the playoffs,’ ” Baker said.  (more…)

05/06/14 11:00am
05/06/2014 11:00 AM
Teenage race car driver Vincent Biondolillo posed with kids at Stotzy Park last Friday during Riverhead Little League's Opening Day. (Credit: Barbarallen Koch)

Teenage race car driver Vincent Biondolillo posed with kids at Stotzy Park last Friday during Riverhead Little League’s Opening Day. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Baseball and race cars. The two worlds collided last Friday when teenage race car driver Vincent Biondolillo stopped by Riverhead Little League’s Opening Day to pose for pictures with kids in front of his No. 06 race car.  (more…)