Sports Briefs: Raffle set to raise money for East End Rowing

COURTESY PHOTO | Bri Ristau (right) from East End Rowing was joined this summer by Allsion Simmons to form a doubles team. Simmons, who is entering college in the fall, came from Pittsburgh Steel Crew to compete with Ristau. The two took third at the Independence Day Race in Philadelphia two weeks ago after only training together for two weeks.

ROWING: Fundraisers for East End Rowing A “North Fork Wine & Culinary Sweepstakes” is being held to raise money for a scholarship fund and equipment for East End Rowing. The raffle features 25 prizes, ranging from a full wine tasting getaway package to gift certificates for restaurants across the North Fork.

Local rowers who compete for East End Rowing have been busy selling raffle tickets at events around town. They’ll also sell tickets Saturday outside Waldbaum’s in Riverhead selling tickets and on July 21 at the Oldies Concert, July 28 at the triathlon and Aug. 4 at the Mardi Gras Festival. The raffle runs through Aug. 28. Tickets are $2 each, 3 for $5 or 13 for $20. The goal is to raise about $10,000.

For questions about purchasing tickets, contact Caitlin at [email protected].

Local rowers have experienced a great deal of success recently competing at East End Rowing. Riverhead High School students Dan O’Neill and Erik Divan won a national competition Memorial Day Weekend. Bri Ristau from Riverhead competes there as well as Hunter Bingham. Ristau placed fourth at nationals and was second at the New York State championship. All four students train together.

LACROSSE: U-19 Men’s Team Shoreham-Wading River boys lacrosse coach Tom Rotanz left for Finland July 9 to help the U-19 U.S. men’s team compete for its seventh straight World Championship. Rotanz was selected as an assistant coach for the team, which will compete July 12-21 in Turku, Finland.

The tournament is held every four years. The team features nine players from Long Island. Coach Rotanz will provide updates throughout the tournament via Twitter. Follow along @PowerShaft. Rotanz guided the Wildcats to their third state championship in program history last month. As soon as the high school season ended, he began working to help prepare the U-19 team for the World Championship.

BASKETBALL: Three on three tourney The Timothy J. Casey Memorial three on three basketball tournament will be played on Saturday at the Aldrich Lane courts in Laurel at 11 a.m. In case of rain, the tournament will be played in the Mattituck High School gym. The tournament will have A and B divisions for adults, a college division and a high school division. The cost is $60 per team. All proceeds will benefit the Timothy J. Casey Memorial Fund. For more information, call (631) 298-5043 or email: [email protected]

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Tournament in Mattituck The Peconic Bay Medical Center will host its second annual beach volleyball tournament on Sept. 8 at Breakwater Beach in Mattituck. Registration will start at 9 a.m., with play starting at 10 a.m. The cost is $20 per person with six players per team. Individual players are welcome. For more information, contact Priscilla at (631) 548-6217 or Jennifer Miglino at (631) 548-6219.

TRIATHLON: New event for Riverhead The inaugural Riverhead Rocks Olympic Distance Triathlon will be held on Sunday, July 29, at 6:40 a.m. Athletes will start off with a 1.5-kilometer swim in the Peconic River, followed by a 40-kilometer bike ride and a 10-kilometer run that will go through the heart of downtown Riverhead before finishing in front of the historic Suffolk Theatre.