It’s official. Suffolk County Division IV football will see a changing of the guard.
No. 3 seed Shoreham-Wading River, winner of the last three Long Island Class IV championships, saw its bid for a rare four-peat squashed Friday night by No. 2 Miller Place in the brutal cold.
Having a good pitcher is huge for a high school softball team. Having a pitcher who can hit, too, is a real nice bonus.
That’s what Shoreham-Wading River has in Victoria Coman. The junior seems equally at home in the batter’s box as she is in the pitching circle.
Shoreham-Wading River could not recover from a nightmare start as the Wildcats suffered a 56-41 non-league defeat at Miller Place in high school boys basketball Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers bolted out to a 14-2 advantage with one minute and 52 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
First Kevin Cutinella ran for touchdowns, and then he ran for a hot dog.
The hot dog was a well-deserved postgame snack for the Shoreham-Wading River quarterback. Cutinella bolted for four touchdowns and 184 yards, both career-high numbers for the senior, as the Wildcats ran over visiting Miller Place, 49-6, in a Suffolk County Division IV football semifinal Friday night at Thomas Cutinella Memorial Field.
It was a good night to be wearing uniform No. 4, and particularly good if that No. 4 was shaded Gray.
The many shades of Chris Gray were on display Friday night in a showdown between the top two seeded high school football teams in Suffolk County Division IV.
The Riverhead High School boys lacrosse team was denied its first win on Saturday, but there was no denying the Blue Waves’ refusal to quit — not to mention their flair for the dramatic.
The shifts and momentum changes in a high school girls basketball game can be sudden and unexpected. Without warning, a game can turn on the drop of a basket or a pass. It’s a fickle sport that way.
Shoreham-Wading River’s game against Miller Place on Thursday was a case in point. It was like a series of mini games within a game, a three-act play, if you will. READ
Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Bray led the Wildcats with five goals Saturday against Miller Place. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
WILDCATS 11, PANTHERS 7
Mike Taylor saw firsthand in 2010 the Shoreham-Wading River Lax Out Cancer event. That year, the boys lacrosse team played the annual fundraiser event, which started in 2008, at Dowling Sports Complex where Taylor was a coach.
When he became the Wildcats’ varsity coach this season, he knew carrying on that tradition was an important part of his new job.
It was also a bit overwhelming. (more…)