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BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Little League will host the state softball tournament for 11-12-year-old majors division in July.

SOFTBALL: State tourney coming to Riverhead The Riverhead Little League will host the state softball tournament for the 11-12-year-old majors division. Six teams will participate in the double-elimination tournament, with the dream of earning a berth to the Eastern Regional Tournament in Bristol, Conn. The tournament will open with a Champion Recognition Banquet for the teams and guests, is tentatively scheduled for the week after the Fourth of July, according to the Riverhead Little League president, Tony Sammartano. An opening ceremony and parade of teams will also be held. All games will be played at Stotzky Memorial Park in Riverhead.

“As with any event of this magnitude, we will look to the businesses, community leaders and families of our league to make this event a memorable one for the teams participating and something our town can be proud of,” Sammartano said in a press release.

RUNNING: Riverhead endurance event Registrations are being accepted for the third annual Riverfront 24 Endurance Run/Walk, a benefit for Suffolk County United Veterans that will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, and conclude at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. A 12-hour Enduro will begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday, April 14, and finish the same time as the 24-hour event. Racers may compete solo or as a team with a limitless number of teammates. For more information, call Suffolk County United Veterans at (631) 924-8088.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: SWR player scores 11 John Kovach of Shoreham had 11 points for Fredonia State in a 98-74 loss at New Paltz on Saturday.

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AMY SPERO FILE PHOTO  |  Shawn Solomito of Islip was officially crowned the modified champion

AMY SPERO FILE PHOTO | Shawn Solomito of Islip was officially crowned the modified champion Sunday afternoon at the raceway’s annual luncheon.

Shawn Solomito of Islip received a standing ovation and was officially crowned Riverhead Raceway’s 2012 NASCAR Modified champion on Sunday afternoon during the raceway’s annual champions’ luncheon in Center Moriches. After being presented with the championship hardware from Riverhead Raceway, Solomito was then awarded the perpetual Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Long Island Driver’s Cup, becoming the 12th driver to be given the cup.

Going into the season, Solomito and his SS Motorsports team dedicated their season to two fallen friends, Keri and Jason Trinca, who died in October of 2011. Solomito’s racecar carried a tribute collage to the Trinca family all season long. “I know I had two angels riding with me all season long en route to this championship,” Solomito said, “and I know somewhere in heaven Keri and little Jay are smiling down on us.”

It is the first NASCAR Modified championship of Solomito’s career.

Race teams and fans turned out to salute all eight track champions. Joining Solomito in the 2012 “parade of champions” were: Mike Bologna of Melville (Late Model), Mike Mujsce of Westhampton Beach (Figure Eight), Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead (Charger), Tom Pickerell of Huntington (Blunderbust), Roger Turbush of Riverhead (Super Pro Truck), Kyle Ellwood of Riverhead (Legend Race Car) and Andrew Fowler of Wantagh (Demolition Derby).

Rookie of the Year awards were handed out to Chris McGuire of Shirley (NASCAR Modified), Jeremy McDermott (Late Model), George Seus of Ronkonkoma (Figure Eight) and Cory Midgett (Charger).

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FIELD HOCKEY: Awards aplenty for Riverhead Riverhead, which won six of its last seven games of the regular season to earn a playoff berth, did quite well at the Suffolk County field hockey awards dinner on Dec. 19. Christy Brewer was named to the all-county team. Maria Dillingham and Amanda Graziano were all-conference choices while Corinne Kimmelmann and Danielle Napoli both made the all-division team. Christina Sacchitello was selected to the all-tournament team. They weren’t the only Riverhead award winners, either. Cheryl Walsh was selected the Division III Coach of the Year.

Meanwhile, the Greenport/Southold/Shelter Island team coached by Rebecca Lillis was presented with the Marilyn Cross Sportsmanship Award. The award is issued to one team in Suffolk County each year and is chosen by the Field Hockey Umpires Association.

BOYS SOCCER: Greenport’s good sports Greenport’s varsity and junior varsity soccer teams achieved a rare double recently when they were both named recipients of the 2012 Suffolk County Sportsmanship Award given by the Suffolk County Referees’ Association. It is only the second time that a school has had a varsity and junior varsity team receive the honor in the same year. Greenport’s varsity team was a sportsmanship award winner in 2003.

The award is given to the teams that display sportsmanship prior to, during and after contests.

The Greenport varsity team, captained by seniors Matt Dibble, Camilo Torres and Jesus Duran, was presented with a plaque and trophy at the annual boys’ soccer coaches association awards dinner last month. Varsity coaches Chris Golden and James Read, along with junior varsity coach Tom Taylor, were pleased with the behavior of their players. Golden said, “This validates everything in our soccer program that we try to teach and impart to our players about how they should conducts themselves and treat other people while continuing to compete at the highest level possible.”

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ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet can add All-American now to his impressive resume.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Maysonet named all-American Having recorded one of the greatest seasons by a rusher in FCS history, Stony Brook senior running back Miguel Maysonet of Riverhead was named to the AFCA FCS All-America Team on Tuesday.

Maysonet, a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, given to the outstanding player in FCS, rushed for 1,964 yards, the 11th most yards in a season in FCS history, and scored 23 total touchdowns.

The 5-foot-10, 210-pound back accounted for more than 100 rushing yards in a game six times and had three games with 200 or more yards in 2012.  During a four-game span, he rushed for a career-high three times, capped by a 233-yard, two-touchdown performance at Coastal Carolina.

In Stony Brook’s two FBS games this season, Maysonet totaled 158 yards and a touchdown against Syracuse and 220 yards and two scores in a 23-3 win over Army.

Maysonet increased his rushing totals in each of three seasons as a Seawolf, rushing for 1,128 yards as a sophomore to 1,633 as a junior to 1,964 as a senior.

When factoring in his freshman season at Hofstra, he finished his career with 5,110 yards, good for 17th all-time in FCS history, and 51 touchdowns, despite averaging only 16 carries per game.

The 2011 and 2012 Big South Offensive Player of the Year recorded 21 games with 100 or more yards, had six games with three touchdowns and is the only player in school and conference history with two games of four scores.

Maysonet also owns school and conference records for career rushing yards (4,725), yards per game (127.7), touchdowns (53) and rushing attempts (695).

COLLEGE MEN’S SOCCER: Academic honor for Parma Kevin Parma, a junior defender from Peconic who played for Southold High School and is currently a member of the Western New England University team, has been named to the Academic All-America NCAA Division III First Team, it was announced last week. He became the first CoSIDA Academic All-American in the 47-year history of the Golden Bears program and the first Western New England student/athlete to receive the honor since football’s Mike Valentine (first team) in 2011. Parma is the only conference soccer player, male or female, to be placed on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team.

“Kevin is the consummate scholar/athlete in every sense of the word,” Western New England coach Erin Sullivan said. “He holds himself to an exceptionally high standard, both on the field and in the classroom and this is truly a well-deserved accolade. Our coaching staff is excited that he has been recognized by CoSIDA and thrilled that our program and players will continue to benefit from his leadership and exemplary role modeling in 2013.”

The only junior selected on the all-star first team’s backline, Parma helped captain the Golden Bears to a 9-9-3 record and an Eastern College Athletic Conference New England tournament berth. This fall he earned All-Commonwealth Coast Conference accolades for a second time when he was placed on the first team as a defender. With three goals and three assists for nine points, which ranked him tied for second for the Golden Bears, Parma became known as one of the most dangerous offensive-minded backs in the CCC this season. A workhorse with a team-leading 1,493 minutes played, he has performed in the clutch as most of his points have helped either tie the score or put Western new England ahead.

Parma excels equally well off the field as he does on it. Carrying a 3.93 grade-point average as a double major in accounting and finance, he is in the Western New England honors program, has earned a Provost’s Scholarship Award, received a grant for leadership and been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society.

“Kevin is one of those rare people that elevates every environment he performs in,” Sullivan said. “His competitive passion, humility, and insatiable desire for excellence are hallmarks of his career as a Golden Bear, and he is one of the finest young men I have had the privilege of coaching.”

Sullivan added, “Kevin’s achievement will now be the gold standard for individual academic excellence in our program and it is a fitting tribute to his exceptional intelligence, personal sacrifice, and tireless work ethic.”

In addition, Parma has served on a plethora of community service projects and worked clinics for local youth soccer teams.

A three-year starter, Parma has served an internship for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and earned the WNE Coaches’ Award for character, integrity and professionalism as a freshman.

COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Zilnicki co-player of week Western Connecticut senior guard Jackie Zilnicki of Riverhead was selected the Little East Conference co-player of the week for the week ending Nov. 25. Zilnicki scored a season-best 20 points and pulled in 8 rebounds to lead Western Connecticut to a road victory at Mount St. Mary’s (N.Y.). Zilnicki shot 63.6 percent (7 for 11) from the floor, including 75 percent (3 for 4) from beyond the 3-point arc. She poured in 11 of her 20 points in the second half.

BASEBALL: January tryouts All League Baseball is looking for players ages 8 and under, 9 and under, 10 and under, 12 and under and 14 and under for the 2013 season. Tryouts will start in January. For more information, contact coach Brian Hansen at (631) 553-3940.

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ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet set the Big South Conference all-time career rushing record last weekend.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Maysonet sets conference, school marks Miguel Maysonet, a senior from Riverhead, became the Stony Brook and Big South all-time leading rusher Saturday night in a 49-7 defeat of Charleston Southern at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Saturday. Senior Kyle Essington tied a school record with five touchdown passes as Stony Brook (5-1, 1-0) won its seventh straight Big South game. Charleston Southern dropped to 1-4, 0-1.

Maysonet accounted for 88 rushing yards, giving him 3,649 for his career. He broke Conte Cuttino’s school mark of 3,607 yards and Rashad Jennings’ conference total of 3,633.

“I know my name will be attached to the records, but it’s the offensive line and tight ends and fullbacks as much as it is mine,” Maysonet said. “The team gets the plays done.”

Maysonet, who ran for a touchdown, also became the first player in Big South history to rush for a touchdown in the first six games of a season.

COLLEGE MEN’S SOCCER: Parma supplies assist Kevin Parma of Peconic, a junior for Western New England, supplied a cross that freshman Colin Macdonald headed in during a 2-1 loss to Nichols College (Mass.) in a key Commonwealth Coast Conference match on Saturday afternoon. Andrew Conklin, a senior from Wading River, played for Nichols and nearly scored, testing goalkeeper Nick Starr with a one-on-one chance in the 41st minute as the visiting goalkeeper collected the shot.

COLLEGE WOMEN’S TENNIS: Bundrick wins in doubles First-year players Erica Bundrick of Mattituck and Alexandra Sulkin recorded the largest margin of victory among the Saint Michael’s College (Vt.) doubles pairings, notching an 8-2 win from the third position in a 9-0 blanking of New Haven in the final Northeast-10 Conference match of the season on Saturday.

COLLEGE WOMEN’S SAILING: Orient sailor on winning team The William Smith varsity eight started the season with a convincing first-place finish at the HWS Challenge on the Canal, and the Herons were tabbed the Liberty League Boat of the Week for their efforts. Among the crew was Libby Hughes, a junior from Orient. The Herons finished in 17 minutes 7 seconds for a 23-second victory over Canisius College and a 24-second margin over Ithaca College.

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SAILING: 125 boats expected for regatta One hundred and twenty-five sailboats are expected to hit the water Saturday morning for the 19th annual Whitebread “Round the Whirl” Regatta. The regatta will start in New Suffolk at 8:35 a.m. Seven cruising and racing divisions will be contested as sailors navigate a 30-mile race that will round Shelter Island and return to New Suffolk.

COLLEGE WOMEN’S GOLF: Santacroce shoots 70 Marie Santacroce of Mattituck, a sophomore at Flagler College (Fla.), shot a 2-under-par 70 at the Lady Bearcat Invitational in Hilton Head, S.C., on Sunday. She scored a 76 on Saturday to go along with her 70 on Sunday for a two-day total 146 and a tie for sixth place in the 66-player field.

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BASEBALL: ACBL MVP award shared Center Moriches Battlecats catcher Joe Solomeno (Pace) and Shelter Island Bucks infielder Thomas Roulis (Dartmouth) were named co-winners of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League Most Valuable Player Award. Solomeno also collected the league’s Hitting Award, awarded to the player with the highest batting average. Staten Island catcher Gabby Molina (Keystone) earned the slugging award with a .726 slugging percentage.

Southampton lefthander Paul Paez (Rio Hondo Junior College) reeled in the Most Valuable Pitcher Award after leading the league in wins and strikeouts.

Voting was done by a panel of the 17 field managers in the ACBL. The co-MVP honors were the first since 2009 when Jersey’s Ken Gregory and Riverhead’s Peter Greskoff split the award.

Solomeno had one of the best years in the league’s history, leading all hitters in average (.421), hits (61), doubles (14), runs batted in (53) and total bases (96). His year included a five-hit effort on opening night, a 10-9 triumph over Westhampton, and a stretch of 11 straight games in which he had at least one RBI. He was the starting catcher for the Hampton Division All-Star Team on July 19 at MCU Park in Brooklyn.

All Roulis did in his summer on Shelter Island was lead the league in runs scored (41) and stolen bases (24) while hitting at a .399 clip and finishing second behind Solomeno in hits with 59. He sparked a Bucks offense that led the league in runs scored with 281, leading the first-year squad to the Hampton Division regular-season crown. Roulis enjoyed a mid-season stretch in which he had a hit in 14 consecutive games.

Paez, an 18th-round pick of the New York Mets this year, dominated from day one in Southampton, striking out 12 over five innings in his debut against Shelter Island on June 4. He fanned a season-best 13 in Southampton’s victory over Riverhead on July 14, and Paez tied former Riverhead right-hander Nick Tropeano for single-season wins by recording his seventh in the Breakers’ 9-4 triumph over Center Moriches on July 22.

He finished his season with 82 strikeouts, breaking Tropeano’s Hamptons mark of 77 in 2009. It also put Paez just outside the top five in ACBL history. Paez, who was named the starting pitcher for the Hampton Division All-Stars, limited hitters to 35 hits in 60 regular-season innings.

Molina was a mainstay behind the plate for Staten Island, but he also wielded a mighty bat. Of the senior’s 27 hits this season, 16 went for extra bases, including 11 doubles and five home runs.

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BILL LANDON PHOTO | Swimmers prepare for the start of the Riverhead Rocks Triathlon July 29. Wading River will be hosting a sprint triathlon Saturday.

TRIATHLON: New race in Wading River What is being billed as Long Island’s newest sprint triathlon, the Deep Pond Triathlon, will be held Saturday at the Schiff Scout Reservation in Wading River. The first-time event will have events for running, biking and swimming for athletes ages 7 and up. The adult race will start at 6:30 a.m. with a 750-meter swim in Deep Pond followed by a 13-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run. For more information and a listing of each event level with specifics of races, go to www.deeppondtri.com. or www.competitiveevents.com. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help run the triathlon may e-mail [email protected] or call (631) 957-9700. Proceeds will benefit the Boy Scouts of America.

GOLF: Golfing for Porters The eighth annual Gridiron Golf Classic will be held on Aug. 28 at Island’s End Golf & Country Club in Greenport, with a shotgun start scheduled for 1 p.m. The fee is $175 per golfer. The tournament benefits the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck/Shelter Island high school football team. For more information, call Darryl Volinski at (631) 477-2523.