Apparently, first impressions don’t mean a darn thing in volleyball. Nor do second, third and fourth impressions, for that matter.
In this sport, momentum is a fragile, fickle thing that can come and go with each serve.
That was the case in Wednesday’s Suffolk County League VII girls match between Shoreham-Wading River and Mount Sinai. What started out looking like it would be an easy three-setter for SWR, turned into an exhausting five-setter in which the total points were virtually identical (118-116 in SWR’s favor) and no set was decided by more than four points. READ
Xavier Arline dropped back and scanned the field for his receivers. Eight yards separated the Shoreham-Wading River quarterback from a first down. And one more yard after that was the end zone. (more…)
Now here is something you don’t see every day: Shoreham-Wading River lost a baseball game.
Losing isn’t something the Wildcats are used to, which is a good thing. They have a strong distaste for it, which is another good thing. READ
Sometimes in order to fully appreciate where it is, a team needs to reflect on where it has been.
The Shoreham-Wading River High School boys soccer team had gone through the ringer, and that was only last year. Since then, however, the scars from that 2-13-1 season have healed nicely.
Now the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls volleyball team can breathe a little bit easier.
A strong case could be made for the Shoreham-Wading River defense, which didn’t rest on Friday night.
Sure, Shoreham quarterback Xavier Arline did what he usually does — run for touchdowns — but it was the Wildcats’ physical defense that stole the show, allowing a season-low three points in the team’s 20-3 Suffolk County Division IV football victory at Mount Sinai High School. The result pumped Shoreham’s unbeaten record up to 5-0, and the performance by defensive coordinator Tony Antonucci’s defense had to pump up the Wildcats’ confidence. READ
Shoreham-Wading River’s entry into the Suffolk County Class A baseball finals was, in a word, grand.
With a place in the finals within its grasp, Shoreham-Wading River came out swinging and left no doubt about the outcome. The Wildcats scored 14 runs from 13 hits in the first two innings alone Saturday. That included a 10-run explosion in the second inning, which was highlighted by grand slams from Dean Stalzer and Brian Morrell. For Morrell, it was already his second home run of the game and sixth of the year as the top-seeded Wildcats eliminated No. 4 Mount Sinai from the double-elimination tournament, 16-4, at Kevin Williams Memorial Field in Shoreham. Mount Sinai’s other playoff loss also came to Shoreham, 3-2, on Wednesday.
Mount Sinai wasn’t going to be denied its second high school girls basketball league championship this season. So, the best Shoreham-Wading River could do was grab a share of it.
That is exactly what the Wildcats did on Saturday.