At the start of practice Monday afternoon, coach Aden Smith gathered his Shoreham-Wading River High School football players before him. Then, referring to the upcoming season, he made an analogy to a live traffic app. Plug in a destination and the app will tell you the best way to go. If a problem pops up along the way, the app will redirect you.
Same thing with the Wildcats. Should they run into any problems or detours, they just recalculate, with their eyes fixed on the final destination.
That destination wasn’t specified, not that Smith had to. Everyone there undoubtedly knows for sure what the desired destination is: the Long Island Class IV championship game. READ
The adjective in the East End Super League may be the word that best describes how girls basketball coaches and players feel about the fledgling summer league. It’s unlike any league most people have ever seen before. READ
A line is drawn in the sand, separating winning football teams from losing ones. That line is the offensive line.
It’s the offensive line that largely determines whether a team will be able to move the ball consistently and put points on the scoreboard. Riverhead received a reminder of that last season, working with a new, raw and young offensive line that took its lumps, starting some freshmen. Typically, seniors and juniors have a physical advantage over freshmen.
“To be real, we did terrible,” sophomore tight end Deontae Sykes said. “We could have done better. It’s just the guys weren’t strong enough.” READ
In NASCAR Modified racing, sometimes being in the right place at the right time is as important as anything else for success. That was the case for former multi-time champion Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway. Rogers pounced on a late-race opening to bolt from third to first, notching his third win of the 2019 NASCAR Whelen All American Series. READ
Jason Louser very well may have what it takes to become a world-class swimmer. What fuels him?
Would you believe disappointment? READ
The signs are there that this is a program on the rebound.
One couldn’t tell by the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys basketball team’s deceptive 4-16 record from the last school season, but the eye test didn’t lie. The Wildcats were competitive in many of their games in competitive Suffolk County League V. They had definitely made strides since their 1-19 season in 2017-18. READ
For all the varied colored shirts worn on the Horton Avenue Park basketball court, the color that stood out in the end was green — as in cash.
Show me the money!
That could have been the mantra for the black team, which had 5,000 reasons to take the championship of the 13th annual Riverhead Stop the Violence Basketball Tournament on Sunday. READ
A near-capacity crowd turned out for the “I Love America Night” program at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night and they saw some show. When the 50-lap NASCAR Modified feature event was checkered, former three-time champion John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville earned his 34th career victory, breaking a tie with the late Chris Young for fourth on the all-time win list. READ