Winning Season Honors

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On the heels of a winning athletic season, the Shoreham-Wading River School District’s high school varsity football team was recognized during the Dec. 6 public meeting of the board of education.  

Under the direction of head coach Matt Millheiser and assistant coaches Tony Antonucci, Doug Smiroldo, Aden Smith and Hans Wiederkehr, the team recently won the Division IV Long Island Championship and the Suffolk County Division IV Championship, making SWR only the fourth school in the 25-year history of the Long Island Championships to win three consecutive titles. They ended a three-year record of 34-2. In addition, the team garnered the 2016 Rutgers Trophy for the best team in Suffolk County, as voted on by the division’s coaches.

During his presentation of the team and coaches, Director of Health and Physical Education Mark Passamonte explained that the success of the team was due to the talent of the coaches and the players. Chris Gray, Ethan Wiederkehr, Kevin Cutinella, Dean Stalzer, Chris Sheehan and Danny Cassidy were members of all three championship teams. Chris Gray and Ethan also garnered 2016 First Team All-Long Island Honors, while Dan Curtin was named Offensive MVP for the Long Island Championship game.

In addition, Chris Gray is a finalist for the Cipp (best running back), Cassese (best defensive back) and Hansen (best Suffolk County player) trophies. Ethan also received the 2016 Bob Zellner Award for best lineman in Suffolk County, the 2016 co-winner of the Rob Burnett Defensive Player of the Year Award and the Long Island Championship Defensive MVP.