As the Riverhead High School boys lacrosse team walked off of Robert W. Pratt Field, its supporters — about three dozen fans who made the trip — gave the Blue Waves a rousing reception.
And for good reason.
The 10th-seeded team in the Suffolk County Class A playoffs had played its hearts out in a 10-7 quarterfinal loss to No. 2 and host Smithtown West Friday night. READ
It wasn’t as if things were going well for the Riverhead High School baseball team, but at the same time, they weren’t going too badly. That is, until the fifth inning.
It was in the fifth when the wheels started flying off. Smithtown West struck for 13 runs in the fifth and sixth innings combined to turn a 3-1 Suffolk County League III game into a 16-4 laugher that was stopped after six innings because of the mercy rule Tuesday at the Pulaski Sports Complex in Riverhead.
The Blue Waves weren’t laughing. READ
Prior to Saturday’s non-league boys basketball game at Smithtown West High School, Riverhead coach John Rossetti was saying how much he likes facing a tough opponent. So, did he feel the same way after the Blue Waves suffered a 58-33 defeat in what may have been their biggest test yet in this young season? READ
It was a somber group of Riverhead High School football players who marched in double file from Coach Mike McKillop Memorial Field to their school to turn in their equipment. They didn’t want their season to end, but that is what happened to the Blue Waves on Saturday.
When the Smithtown West High School baseball team arrived at the Pulaski Sports Complex in Riverhead on Friday, it found bees buzzing around in its dugout. It was Riverhead that was stung, though, by Smithtown West’s bats.
Riverhead’s Ryun Moore ran the ball seven times for 55 yards against Smithtown West. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
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Former Shoreham-Wading River boys lacrosse coach Tom Rotanz speaks with a reporter in 2012. (Bill Landon file photo)
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When the Riverhead boys basketball team lost to North Babylon in mid-January — putting the teams in a tie for first at the midway point of the league season — it appeared the League III title might come down to the final game of the season when the teams would meet again.
As it turns out, it’ll be the penultimate game of the regular season that will have the biggest determining factor on the league title.
The Blue Waves, winners of four straight, will host Smithtown West at 5:45 p.m. tonight at Riverhead High School. Both teams are 10-2 in league and the winner of tonight’s game will be guaranteed at least a share of the league title. Smithtown West closes out the season Thursday against East Islip (10-6).
North Babylon, after the big win over previously unbeaten Riverhead Jan. 15, lost three of its next five games to slip to 8-4 and fall out of contention for the league title.
The Blue Waves won 59-55 against Smithtown West Jan. 10 on the road. The Blue Waves had four players in double figures that night, led by 17 from Markim Austin. The Blue Waves needed a big second half to come back from a eight-point halftime deficit.
Be sure to check back tonight for a full recap of tonight’s game.