Dashan Briggs had that smile. It was one of the more memorable features that his former Riverhead football coaches recalled about him. Head coach Leif Shay said that when Briggs’ chiseled jawline broke into a smile “the whole world would smile with him.”
It was a smile that could brighten a football field. READ
Not that one could tell, because there were no outward signs of it, but Mark Matyka wasn’t feeling his best before Tuesday’s Suffolk County League III wrestling match at Centereach High School.
On Feb. 6, 1964, a C-54 Navy cargo plane carrying aircraft equipment and eight men set off from Kirtland Air Force base in New Mexico, headed for the East Coast.
As difficult as Saturday’s high school football game was for Riverhead, it was considerably harder for Alec Kiernan.
And Kiernan played for Centereach, which breezed to victory. READ
Three hours before kickoff time on Saturday, Harrison Downs received the word. Riverhead High School football coach Leif Shay pulled Downs aside and told him that he was the emergency backup quarterback that day.
Downs usually plays fullback or tight end on offense, but because one of Riverhead’s two quarterbacks was academically ineligible, he was next on the depth chart should anything happen to starter Kyle Kelly.
One play told Dave Spinella all he needed to know. It was five years ago when the coach saw Sam Dunn dive into the bleachers during a summer league game as an eighth grader.
The Riverhead Blue Waves walked silently from the locker room to their bus outside of Centereach High School on Thursday night.
Who could have blamed them?
The Riverhead Blue Waves had started the high school boys basketball season so promisingly, with four wins from as many games. Then they hit some road bumps. Five of them.