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.
Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith cited two police contracts, improvements in the water district and code violations issued to some longtime blighted buildings in downtown Riverhead among her top accomplishments during the annual State of the Town address in Town Hall Monday. READ
The Riverhead Blue Waves had hoped to turn the Middle Country Mad Dogs into the Sad Dogs. It didn’t happen, but at the same time, the Blue Waves couldn’t feel too bad. Not even in defeat.
Riverhead overcame a five-goal deficit it faced early in the second half and tied the score, only to fall, 11-10, on Jennifer Barry’s free-position shot with 6 minutes, 31 seconds to go in a showdown Saturday between two undefeated, highly ranked Suffolk County Division I girls lacrosse teams. Second-seeded Riverhead and third-seeded Middle Country entered the game at Riverhead’s Pulaski Sports Complex with nine wins between them. READ
It’s way too early to proclaim judgment on Riverhead’s pitching-by-committee approach. A mere two games is hardly enough of a sample size.
By the same token, it’s too early for the Blue Waves to panic about their offense, which hasn’t scored a run and produced only six hits in those two Suffolk County League II baseball games. At the same time, though, it is a cause for concern. READ
This time there was no lightning, unless one counted the accurate shots coming from Rob Sarraga’s stick.
When the Bay Shore and Riverhead high school boys lacrosse teams played Saturday, it conjured memories of their unusual Suffolk County Class A outbracket game last year that was suspended by lightning and took two days to complete. Riverhead, which trailed by two goals when that game was suspended in the third quarter, completed an 11-9 triumph the following day for the first and only playoff win in the team’s 17-year history.
Riverhead coach Vic Guadagnino called it the best “timeout” of his career. READ