Signage in Garden City High School’s maroon and gray colors, attached to a fence adjacent to Warren King Field, lists the championship years of its boys lacrosse team. It’s a staggering testimony to the winning tradition of the defending state Class B champion Trojans, holders of seven state championships, 19 Long Island titles and 25 Nassau County crowns.
The loss of the man they called “Smiles” generated a lot of tears.
News of Brian Simonsen’s death earlier this year impacted the Riverhead High School softball team. A number of Blue Waves knew Simonsen, a graduate of their school. Simonsen, who served as a detective for the New York City Police Department, was killed in a friendly fire incident Feb. 12 while responding to an attempted robbery in Queens. He was 42.
Aidan Crowley pitched his third successive no-hitter for the Shoreham-Wading River High School baseball team Tuesday. The junior righthander extended his string of hitless pitching to 25 innings with his latest no-no, a 6-0 non-league victory over Hauppauge at Medford Baseball Complex.
In order to pitch a no-hitter in baseball, it helps to pitch to contact.
That sounds like a contradiction, but Aidan Crowley believes it’s true, and he should know. Crowley tossed no-hitters in consecutive starts — his first two of the season — this month for Shoreham-Wading River High School.
Cullen SantaMaria’s cap fell off his head time after time while delivering a pitch. The important thing, though, was the Shoreham-Wading River pitcher never lost his head.
SantaMaria was able to extricate himself from trouble at times, and the same could be said for his relief, Blake Osness. The two juniors persevered under pressure, steering SWR to a 4-2 victory over Elwood/John Glenn in Wednesday’s Suffolk County League VII baseball game. READ
Needing to take one of the three relay races in order to secure its first dual-meet win of the season, the SWR boys track and field team did just that Monday, thanks to some gutsy running by Pase. READ
The Riverhead Blue Waves had hoped to turn the Middle Country Mad Dogs into the Sad Dogs. It didn’t happen, but at the same time, the Blue Waves couldn’t feel too bad. Not even in defeat.
Riverhead overcame a five-goal deficit it faced early in the second half and tied the score, only to fall, 11-10, on Jennifer Barry’s free-position shot with 6 minutes, 31 seconds to go in a showdown Saturday between two undefeated, highly ranked Suffolk County Division I girls lacrosse teams. Second-seeded Riverhead and third-seeded Middle Country entered the game at Riverhead’s Pulaski Sports Complex with nine wins between them. READ
It’s way too early to proclaim judgment on Riverhead’s pitching-by-committee approach. A mere two games is hardly enough of a sample size.
By the same token, it’s too early for the Blue Waves to panic about their offense, which hasn’t scored a run and produced only six hits in those two Suffolk County League II baseball games. At the same time, though, it is a cause for concern. READ