12/30/13 10:00am
12/30/2013 10:00 AM
ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO  |  A League VI champion at 126 pounds, Shoreham-Wading River junior T.J. Fabian lost Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the county tournament for his first loss of the season.

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River junior T.J. Fabian.

The grueling New York State Wrestling Championship is a tournament even the top wrestlers struggle to survive at times.

Rarely does a wrestler make it look easy. But that’s just what Shoreham-Wading River’s T.J. Fabian did en route to winning the 126-pound title and becoming just the fourth wrestler in Shoreham history to win a state title.

Fabian pinned his opponent in the finals with nine seconds left as he closed in on a technical fall.

Fabian finished the season with an astounding 51-1 record. His only loss came in the county tournament. But he bounced back to place third and an earn an at-large bid to the state tournament.

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12/24/13 7:00am
12/24/2013 7:00 AM
GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Aimee Manfredo returns for her sixth varsity season with a 63-19 career record with Shoreham-Wading River.

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Aimee Manfredo.

Shoreham-Wading River senior Aimee Manfredo joined an elite group this fall when she won her third straight division championship in tennis.

It was just the beginning for the Bradley University-bound tennis star. She went on to win the county singles title and remained undefeated heading into the state championship. She became only the third girl in Shoreham history to win a county singles title.

At the state championship, Manfredo advanced into the semifinals before dropping her first match of the season. She closed out the season with a fourth-place finish in the tournament.

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05/15/13 8:00pm
05/15/2013 8:00 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Tim Rotanz of Shoreham-Wading River is now third all-time in Long Island history for career points. He has 416 heading into the playoffs.

There was little fanfare late last season when Tim Rotanz quietly became Shoreham-Wading River’s all-time leader in career points, blowing past a 10-year-old record with still another year to play.

“He is absolutely clueless,” his father and coach, Tom Rotanz, said last year about the record.

It would be harder, however, for him to remain clueless over his latest accomplishment, a feat that puts him in rare company in the history of Long Island lacrosse.

In an 18-6 win over Rocky Point last Thursday, Rotanz reached the 400-career point plateau, becoming only the fourth player in Long Island history to reach that mark.

The University of Maryland-bound Rotanz has been on an absolute tear down the stretch of the season, tallying 50 points over the last six games. He had 12 points against Rocky Point, split neatly with 6 goals and 6 assists.

Against Garden City Saturday, Rotanz climbed to third all-time in career points by passing Brian Jacovina (404). Nick Galasso of West Islip is the all-time leader with 500, followed by Jim Zaffuto of Elmont with 498.

Rotanz is now third with 416.

In a game that featured two defending state champions, the Wildcats and Trojans played an overtime classic Saturday. Garden City handed Shoreham its first loss of the season, 10-9, despite another big game from Rotanz, who had 2 goals and 6 assists.

The Wildcats led 6-2 early in the third quarter on the road before the Trojans came back with four goals over five minutes to tie the game, setting up a dramatic finish.

Shoreham took an 8-6 lead when Rotanz circled around the cage, drew a double team and fired off a pass to Danny Hughes for a goal.

The Trojans responded with two goals to tie the game. Duke-bound Justin Guterding put the Trojans ahead when he banged a shot into the top-right corner with 13.8 seconds left.

The Wildcats won the ensuing face-off behind Jake Kavanagh, who quickly got the ball out to Rotanz. He raced downfield and fired off the game-tying shot with 1.4 on the clock.

But it was Guterding who had the final say, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to win it 10-9. Hunter Hayes had five goals for Shoreham.

The Wildcats (15-1, 14-0 Division II) bounced back with a 17-5 division win over John Glenn Monday to close out the regular season.

Shoreham will begin the playoffs May 23 as the No. 1 seed against John Glenn. Second-seeded Babylon will play No. 3 Bayport-Blue Point in the other semifinal.

The Wildcats finished the season as the Division II champions for the second straight season.

joew@timesreview.com