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.
With the changing of the seasons Wednesday, another change was seen. And it was glaring.
That change was in the Riverhead High School softball team. The Blue Waves are better than they were last year, and if their first game this season is anything to judge by, they are an awfully lot better. READ