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09/29/18 8:28pm
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As far as the Riverhead High School football team was concerned, this was homecoming heaven.

The Blue Waves had so many things to feel good about Saturday on sun-splashed Coach Mike McKillop Memorial Field. Their offense seemed to move the ball at will, compiling 337 yards. Cristian Pace passed for two touchdowns and Albert Daniels ran for two more. Their defense turned around their play from a dismal showing a week earlier and posted a shutout, holding Deer Park to minus-seven yards in the first half and only 73 for the game (all on the ground). Contributions came from across the board, including substitutes who played in the second half.

And they did all this in front of a large crowd that packed the stands. READ

11/08/14 5:39pm
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Riverhead running back Ryun Moore picks up a first down in the Blue Waves' playoff win against Deer Park Saturday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead running back Ryun Moore picks up a first down in the Blue Waves’ playoff win against Deer Park Saturday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Behind a suffocating defense that forced two turnovers and bottled up Deer Park’s star running back, the Riverhead Blue Waves advanced to the semifinals of the Division II playoffs with a 23-6 win Saturday afternoon over the Falcons.  (more…)

11/07/14 5:00pm
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Riverhead's Raheem Brown rushes up the middle for a first down. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead’s Raheem Brown rushes up the middle for a first down in last week’s win over Bellport. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead coach Leif Shay didn’t need to watch hours of film to get a handle on Deer Park’s offensive approach.

“They run Thompson and then they run Thompson and then after that they’ll run Thompson,” Shay said before practice Friday.  (more…)

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In her first game back since injuring a tendon around her ankle last July, senior third baseman Stephanie Falisi made a memorable return for the Riverhead High School softball team on Monday.

Falisi rapped out three hits and drove in five runs to help the Blue Waves (4-4, 4-4) to a wild 12-11 Suffolk County League III win at Deer Park in a rain-drenched game. (more…)

04/03/14 9:32pm
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Riverhead's Cody Weiss handles a ground ball at second base during Thursday's game in Deer Park. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Cody Weiss handles a ground ball at second base during Thursday’s game in Deer Park. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)


Kenny Simco and Bobby Dilworth combined on a four-hitter to help Riverhead to its fourth consecutive baseball win, a 4-1 non-league victory over host Deer Park on Thursday afternoon.

Simco (2-0) pitched the first six innings before Dilworth relieved him at the start of the bottom of the seventh inning. (more…)

04/27/13 3:56pm
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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead catcher Megan Weiss receiving a throw as Sydney Bernard scores for Deer Park on a close play at home plate.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead catcher Megan Weiss receiving a throw as Sydney Bernard scores for Deer Park on a close play at home plate.


Deer Park scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to break open a close League IV softball game and went on to record an 8-3 victory over visiting Riverhead on Saturday morning.

Shortstop Sabrina Riley, who led off with a double and scored, sparked the Falcons with two hits while scoring three runs.

Deer Park (8-3, 8-3) solved Riverhead ace Amanda Graziano for six runs on five hits during the decisive fourth inning.

Sophomore first baseman Danni Napoli drove in two runs and scored the third for the Blue Waves (9-4, 8-4).

Riverhead returns to action at West Islip on Tuesday.

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ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead’s Tim Hynes, facing the camera, used an escape point with 2.2 seconds remaining in overtime to top Deer Park’s Ed St. Bernard.


The Riverhead Blue Waves dropped their Suffolk County League IV wrestling opener, 42-34, to host Deer Park on Friday night.

Despite the loss, eight wrestlers recorded victories for Riverhead (1-1, 0-1). Deer Park improved to 1-4, 1-0.

Kyle Helgams (120 pounds), Ryan Gevinski (125) and Joe Morales (160) registered pins for Riverhead in their respective weight classes.
Five Blue Waves won by decision. Brandon Elroumy won the 106-pound match, 11-2, and Cody Weiss did likewise, 11-6, at 113 pounds. Sergio Farjarda recorded a 4-0 triumph at 132. Tim Hynes squeaked past Ed St. Bernard, 5-4, earning 1 point for an escape with only 2.2 seconds remaining in his encounter. Jerry Lopez also registered a victory in the waning seconds of double overtime at 285 pounds, earning a point for an escape with 20.4 seconds remaining in the match.

Riverhead will host Half Hollow Hills West on Wednesday.

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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Jalyn Brown of Riverhead attempted an off-balance shot while Deer Park's Kelsey Dillon (No. 21) and Felicia LaSorsa (No. 15) defended.

Falcons can fly. The ones from Deer Park are no different.

Height is often the center of attention in the basketball world while the quality of quickness sometimes goes underappreciated in the shadows. Some see that as an injustice.

“Quickness is always better than height,” said Naysha Trent, a sophomore guard for the Riverhead Blue Waves.

Riverhead, a quick team in its own right, learned firsthand just how quick Deer Park is on Saturday. Deer Park charged out to a fast start, host Riverhead fell into a 15-3 hole it could not emerge from, and the Falcons soared, 64-56, in the Peconic Classic East End-West End Challenge. Deer Park moved to 2-0 while Riverhead dropped to 0-2.

All four of the Peconic Classic’s games went in favor of western Suffolk County teams on Saturday. The Babylon Panthers (43-40 over the Mount Sinai Mustangs), the Walt Whitman Wildcats (44-36 over the William Floyd Colonials) and the Wyandanch Warriors (47-33 over the Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats) all posted wins at Riverhead High School.

“The way we came out of the gate today was unbelievable,” said Deer Park Coach Mike Gennaro, whose team hit 9 of its first 12 field-goal attempts. “We came out running. We came out on fire.”

Deer Park had Riverhead on its heels at times. The Blue Waves never led or tied the score, although they did pull to within one point of Deer Park when a pair of free throws by Trent made it 24-23 with 3 minutes 25 seconds left in the first half. But then Deer Park pulled away again.

“It was the first quarter that messed us up,” said Trent.

Gennaro, who is in his 14th year coaching Deer Park, said this is probably the quickest team he has had. Deer Park is quick on the transition. After a rebound, it’s one pass, another pass and a layup. Just like that.

“Their team is fast,” said Riverhead point guard Jalyn Brown.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Shaniece Allen of Riverhead tried to steal the ball from Deer Park's Shayna Robinson.

It’s one of the reasons why Deer Park has its hopes set on reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2006 and winning the Suffolk County League IV championship. The Falcons hadn’t won a league title since 1978. A league crown is seen as a realistic possibility. Four of the team’s starters are in their fourth varsity season.

“We’re good,” said Deer Park guard Drea Desvignes, who struck for 25 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals. “We’re not selfish. We have a lot of good shooters, so I can kick it out to anybody, and they can shoot it. And we crash the boards a lot.”

Plus, Deer Park has Kelsey Dillon back. That’s a big plus.

Dillon, a junior forward, broke her hand in the first game of last season and missed the remaining games.

“It kind of derailed us last year,” Gennaro said. “She makes a big difference. She cleans up the boards.”

Dillon did her part on Saturday, producing a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds while Felicia LaSorsa added nine points for the winners.

Deer Park suffered a blow on Dec. 7 when one of its top rebounders, Nicole Alvarez, a five-year varsity player, tore a meniscus in a game against the William Floyd Colonials. “We’ll find out this week how long she’s going to be out,” said Gennaro.

What helped keep Riverhead as close as it was was its 5-for-7 shooting from three-point range. Four of those threes came from Trent. She was Riverhead’s top scorer with a career-high 23 points. “I’m surprised myself,” said Trent.

But not Brown. Brown, who contributed 17 points and five assists, said of Trent: “She’s a shooter. If I pass her the ball, I know she’s going to shoot it. That’s all I’ve known her to be. I’ve known her since we were little kids, and all she wanted to do was shoot, and that’s all she did tonight.”

Another Riverheader, Shaniece Allen, was held to only two points, uncharacteristically low for her. But Allen also had nine rebounds, six assists, five steals and a blocked shot.

It was the quickness factor, though, that fell in Deer Park’s favor, along with a dash of depth.

“We’re deeper this year,” Gennaro said. “We have a lot of kids who can contribute. I’m using the bench a lot more than I’ve used in the past, and it’s great. It keeps the morale up of the team. Everyone’s contributing.”

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