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04/16/19 10:54pm
04/16/2019 10:54 PM


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.

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04/16/19 6:14pm

The Riverhead High School softball team paid tribute to fallen NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen Tuesday.

Arm in arm, Det. Simonsen’s mother, Linda, and wife, Leanne, stepped into the pitcher’s circle to throw out two ceremonial first pitches, drawing applause from dozens of supporters at the Riverhead High School field.

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03/20/19 9:49pm
03/20/2019 9:49 PM

With the changing of the seasons Wednesday, another change was seen. And it was glaring.

That change was in the Riverhead High School softball team. The Blue Waves are better than they were last year, and if their first game this season is anything to judge by, they are an awfully lot better. READ

03/18/19 5:13am
03/18/2019 5:13 AM

They are reunited!

Jackie Zilnicki had been the Bishop McGann-Mercy softball coach for one year before taking over the Riverhead team for the past three years. Now, three of her former Mercy players — junior outfielder Georgine Posillico, senior outfielder Ryan Waski and Jordyn Stromski, a senior who Zilnicki said can play anywhere — have joined forces with her again. The three former Monarchs will be wearing Riverhead blue and white this coming season. READ

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05/31/18 7:02pm
05/31/2018 7:02 PM

Immediately after East Rockaway put the finishing touches on its third straight Long Island softball championship, Bishop McGann-Mercy assistant coach Bob Fox could be heard telling the Monarchs to keep their heads up. It was only later, during the team’s postgame meeting in the outfield, when they received the go-ahead to let it all out.

“He told us that it was OK to show our emotions, so at that point all of us just started crying,” said junior catcher Jordyn Stromski. READ