11/05/11 10:00am
11/05/2011 10:00 AM

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Riverhead's Kurt Carter intercepted a pass at the Blue Waves' 2-yard line before being tackled by Newfield's Ron Denig on the final play of the first half last week.

Three years after bringing home the Rutgers Trophy and a Long Island Championship, the Riverhead Blue Waves begin their 2011 postseason this afternoon against fifth-seeded Newfield.

The fourth-seeded Blue Waves earned the home field advantage and will host Newfield at 2 p.m. at Coach Mike McKillop Memorial Field.

The two teams met just six days ago in Riverhead and Newfield dismantled the Blue Waves, 37-0. It was the first time all season the Blue Waves were shut out.

The Blue Waves will need to kick their offense into gear this afternoon and hope to get their passing attack. The Blue Waves will be challenged to match Newfield’s physical presence, so they’ll need to work their speed to their advantage. Riverhead never got its passing game going last week against Newfield and winds of 10-15 mph are forecast for this afternoon, which won’t make it any easier.

The offense has been hit or miss this season. In their six wins they’ve averaged about 43 points per game. In the two losses, only three points per game.

The Riverhead News-Review will be providing live updates from the game, so be sure to check back for all the action.

11/04/11 10:30am
11/04/2011 10:30 AM

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River quarterback Kevin Kelley leads the Wildcats against Babylon tonight.

From 0-8 to 6-2, the Shoreham-Wading River football team will play its first postseason game since 2008 tonight when the Wildcats travel to Babylon at 6 p.m.

The Wildcats finished as the No. 5 seed in Division IV after losing last week to Mount Sinai. The Mustangs clinched the No. 3 seed and Babylon earned the No. 4 seed to earn home field advantage.

The Wildcats struggled to get anything going against Mount Sinai, a team that lost to Babylon 16-14 in the regular season. They’ll need a better effort at stopping the run if they hope to contain the Panthers’ offense. The Panthers have multiple backs who can carry the ball.

Shoreham and Babylon did not meet in the regular season this year. Babylon got off to a bit of a rough start this season, losing two of its first four games. Both were against the top two teams in the division, Amityville and John Glenn. Since then the Panthers have won four straight, including that pivotal win against Mount Sinai in Week 7. The Wildcats did not have a similar signature win during the regular season. Five of their wins came against the bottom five teams in Division IV. Their best win came against 4-4 Hampton Bays, the No. 8 seed in the playoffs.

In other action Friday:

CROSS COUNTRY

Section XI Championship and State Qualifier (Sunken Meadow), 1:30 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER

Class A Semifinals: No. 3 Shoreham-Wading River at No. 2 Bayport-Blue Point, 2:30 p.m.

11/03/11 10:00am
11/03/2011 10:00 AM

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Chelsea Hughes leads Shoreham-Wading River into the playoffs today against Hampton Bays.

The fourth seed in Class A, the Shoreham-Wading River boys soccer team hosts Westhampton at 2:30 p.m. today while the fifth-seeded girls volleyball team travels to Hampton Bays at 5 p.m. in Class B.

The boys soccer team finished with an 8-3-1 record in League VI and 10-4-2 overall. After stumbling a bit in mid-October, losing back-to-back games to John Glenn 5-0 and East Hampton 4-0, the Wildcats bounced back to close out the regular season with four straight victories. One of those wins came against Westhampton, 3-2, a victory that now helps give the Wildcats the home field advantage in the playoffs. Shoreham’s last game was Oct. 25, a 2-1 win over Mount Sinai.

Westhampton finished 7-4-1 in league and 10-5-1 overall. Westhampton won the first matchup between the teams.

The winner of today’s game travels to top-seeded Sayville Monday.

The girls volleyball team finished 7-5 in League VII and 8-7 overall. The Wildcats will face a tough challenge against the Baymen, a team they lost to twice in the regular season. Hampton Bays swept both matches, 3-0.

Hampton Bay was 9-3 in league and 11-4 overall.

The teams last met Oct. 25 with the Baymen winning 25-17, 25-11, 25-22.

The Baymen had a rare loss last Thursday when they dropped a five-setter against Mount Sinai. The winner of today’s match gets a date Saturday against defending county champion John Glenn, one of the top teams in the county regardless of classification.

11/01/11 10:00am
11/01/2011 10:00 AM

ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Kari Quinn leads the Wildcats into the postseason this afternoon against Harborfields.

Shoreham-Wading River will be the site for two playoff games this afternoon, both of which begin at 2:30 p.m.

The field hockey team, looking to defend its four straight Class B county championships, begins its playoff journey against a familiar rival in Miller Place. The No. 4 Wildcats went 13-3 in the regular season and one of those losses came against No. 5 Miller Place (10-6).

The Wildcats finished in second place in the standings behind Rocky Point despite having a better record. The Eagles finished 11-3, having lost twice to Shoreham. But, the power points worked out in their favor anyway.

It’s a situation the Wildcats have been in before. In 2008 they finished one game ahead of Miller Place, which included two victories against the Panthers. But Miller Place still had more power points and earned the higher seed. Shoreham didn’t flinch and beat Miller Place in the playoffs en route to a county championship.

If the Wildcats win today, they’ll travel to top-seeded Sayville, which earned a bye. The Golden Flashes went undefeated in Division II with a 16-0 overall record.

The girls soccer team will be hosting a playoff game as well today.

The No. 3 Wildcats had a superb regular season run under first-year coach Adrian Gilmore, finishing with a 9-3-1 record for third place in League VII. Shoreham lost its regular season finale 2-1 at Bayport-Blue Point, which ultimately gave the Phantoms a higher seed. The Phantoms were the No. 2 seed after finishing 12-2 in League VII. The Wildcats won the first matchup against Bayport earlier in the season.

Harborfields is a League V team and does not boast a record expected of a playoff team. The Tornadoes finished in last place in League V with a 2-9-1 record. Harborfields and Islip were the only Class A teams in the league that featured all Class AA teams. Islip also finished with a losing record and made the playoffs as the No. 5 seed.

10/27/11 10:00am
10/27/2011 10:00 AM

In its regular season finale this afternoon at Port Jefferson, the McGann-Mercy girls volleyball team will look to wrap up a spot in the postseason.

Both teams come into today’s match with a 5-6 record in League VIII. Both teams are Class C teams. So the winner will earn a spot into the playoffs.

Mercy comes into today having won two of its three previous matches, including a crucial 3-2 victory over The Stony Brook School Monday. Kaylin Hammond led the team with 15 kills and 15 aces.

The Monarchs faced Port Jefferson at home earlier this season and won in four games.

The Class C playoffs are scheduled to begin a week from today.

Be sure to check back for coverage of today’s match, which begins at 4:30 p.m.

The rest of the schedule today is as follows:

BOYS GOLF

SWR at Port Jefferson (Harbor Hills), 4 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

Riverhead at Newfield, 4 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER

SWR at Mt. Sinai, 4 p.m.

Port Jefferson at Mercy, 6 p.m.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Bayport-Blue Point at SWR, 5:30 p.m.

10/26/11 9:00am
10/26/2011 9:00 AM

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Maddie Massa leads the Wildcats against Miller Place tonight.

Most years, a Shoreham-Wading River-Miller Place girls volleyball match would be a critical league game. While the Wildcats moved down this season to League VII, they’ll still get a chance to take on their local rivals to the west when they travel to Miller Place for a 5 p.m. match today.

The Wildcats came into yesterday riding a three-game win streak. They posted shutout wins over Southampton and Babylon and defeated Mattituck 3-1 Oct. 11.

But the win streak came to an end last night when Hampton Bays blanked the Wildcats in three games. The Wildcats fell to 6-4 in League VII and 7-5 overall.

Miller Place has had its struggles in a very competitive League VI. The Panthers are 4-8 in a league that features some heavy hitters like John Glenn, Sayville, East Hampton and Westhampton.

With six wins already, the Wildcats have assured themselves a spot in the Class B playoffs.

The rest of today’s schedule is as follows:

FIELD HOCKEY

SWR at Miller Place, 4 p.m.

Riverhead at Pierson, 4:30 p.m.

BOYS GOLF

SWR at Longwood, 4 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

McGann-Mercy at Babylon, 4:30 p.m.

SWR at Mt. Sinai, 6 p.m.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

SWR at East Hampton, 5 p.m.

10/17/11 8:00am
10/17/2011 8:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | From left, Kaitlyn Taddeo, Alyssa Fleming and Alyssa Pearce contribute to a Shoreham-Wading River attack that has knocked in 33 goals in 10 games.

The first-place Shoreham-Wading River field hockey team will face a challenge today from Southampton in a Suffolk County Division III game at Shoreham-Wading River High School at 4:30 p.m. The Wildcats (9-1 overall) have won all eight division games they have played so far and lead the division with 149.310 power-rating points. Meanwhile, the Mariners (7-4, 5-4) are in fourth place with 122.420 power-rating points.

In the first meeting between the two teams on Sept. 22, Shoreham was a 5-1 winner with two goals and one assist from Alyssa Fleming and one goal and two assists from Kaitlyn Taddeo.

Offense hasn’t been a problem for the Wildcats this season. They have outscored opponents by 33-7.

The rest of today’s schedule is as follows:

BOYS GOLF

Riverhead at Greenport/Southold, Island’s End Golf and Country Club, 4 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

Mattituck at Bishop McGann-Mercy, 4 p.m.; Bayport-Blue Point at Shoreham-Wading River, 4:30 p.m.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Westhampton Beach at Shoreham-Wading River, 4 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER

Riverhead at West Babylon, 4 p.m.

GIRLS TENNIS

Division IV Individual Championships quarterfinals and semifinals, Shoreham-Wading River High School, 2 p.m.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Half Hollow Hills West at Riverhead, 4 p.m.

10/15/11 10:00am
10/15/2011 10:00 AM
BILL LANDON FILE PHOTO  |  Dylan Bates leads Shoreham-Wading River against Wyandanch today.

BILL LANDON FILE PHOTO | Dylan Bates leads Shoreham-Wading River against Wyandanch today.

Coming off a hard-earned win over Hampton Bays Oct. 1, the Shoreham-Wading River football team traveled to Stony Brook last week and promptly took care of business.

The Wildcats erupted for 36 first-half points en route to a 43-13 win that improved their record to 4-1 in Division IV. They’ll look to make it 5-1 today when they face Wyandanch on the road. The Warriors have had their own struggles this season with a 1-4 record. They’re in second-to-last place in the Division IV power rankings.

The Wildcats got a big day last week from Tyler Anderson as he rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He also picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown.

Shoreham comes into today fourth in the division in power rankings. So the Wildcats will look to maintain that spot, which would give them a home playoff game.

Saturday’s game is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The rest of the schedule is as follows:

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

SWR at Brown Invitational, 9 a.m.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

SWR at Brown Invitational, 9 a.m.

BOYS SOCCER

SWR (4-2-1) at East Hampton (5-1-1), 3 p.m.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

SWR (0-7) at Eastport-South Manor (9-1), 3:45 p.m.