12/14/15 6:00am

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When the first pitch of the 2015 Riverhead Little League season was thrown, it wasn’t clear who — if anyone — would step up to the plate and serve as the league’s president after longtime volunteer Tony Sammartano announced he was stepping down.

But Riverhead Little Leaguers will be playing ball again next spring — this time behind the leadership of Scott Wicklund. READ

05/26/15 8:04pm
05/26/2015 8:04 PM
Shoreham-Wading River eighth-grader Nickey Ness looks to make a throw. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River eighth-grader Nickey Ness looks to make a throw. (Credit: Bill Landon)

CLASS A TOURNAMENT  |  BUCCANEERS 8, WILDCATS 5

Shoreham-Wading River’s success in the postseason before Tuesday came in large part to some terrific defense. The Wildcats relied on several key defensive plays to pull out wins over Comsewogue and Sayville, sending them into a matchup at home against Islip.  (more…)

05/22/15 7:11pm
05/22/2015 7:11 PM

CLASS A TOURNAMENT  |  WILDCATS 13, GOLDEN FLASHES 8

Shoreham-Wading River senior Hailey Tilton stood near the dugout amid a jubilant group of teammates when a spectator yelled for her attention.

“You played some game, kid!” the man said to her.

“Thank you!” she replied.  (more…)

05/21/15 9:05pm
05/21/2015 9:05 PM
McGann-Mercy senior shortstop Micaela Zebroski fields a ground ball in Thursday's playoff game at Center Moriches. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

McGann-Mercy senior shortstop Micaela Zebroski fields a ground ball in Thursday’s playoff game at Center Moriches. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The challenge for the McGann-Mercy softball team Thursday was to accomplish something no team could do this season: defeat Center Moriches.

The Red Devils, 20-0 and the No. 1 seed in Class B, moved one step closer to a county crown with a 12-3 victory over the Monarchs.  (more…)

05/20/15 8:40pm
05/20/2015 8:40 PM
Shoreham-Wading River center fielder Caitlin Mirabell charges in to make a catch Wednesday against Comsewogue. (Credit: John O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River center fielder Caitlin Mirabell charges in to make a catch Wednesday against Comsewogue. (Credit: John O’Rourk)

CLASS A TOURNAMENT  |  WILDCATS 9, WARRIORS 2

The road through the playoffs will take Shoreham-Wading River to a familiar destination: Sayville.

The Wildcats opened the Class A playoffs with a 9-2 win Wednesday afternoon at home against Comsewogue, setting up a match against the Golden Flashes Friday. Over the last decade, Sayville’s been a constant roadblock for Shoreham to reach the county finals. Sayville bounced the Wildcats from the playoffs in their most recent visits in 2013 and 2012.  (more…)

05/15/15 7:17pm
05/15/2015 7:17 PM
Riverhead shortstop Dani Napoli applies a tag on Hills West senior Samantha Katz. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead shortstop Danni Napoli applies a tag on Hills West senior Samantha Katz. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

CLASS AA OUTBRACKET |  COLTS 6, BLUE WAVES 5 (8 innings)

Jubilation to heartache. All in a matter of minutes.

One out stood in the way of a memorable, come-from-behind victory for the Riverhead softball team Friday. Facing the defending Class AA county champion Half Hollow Hills West Colts, the Blue Waves rallied for a run in the seventh inning to send the game into extras and then another run in the eighth to seize the lead.  (more…)