The Huntington boys’ basketball team jumped out to a 13-0 lead and held a 15-2 advantage after eight minutes of play on Tuesday night. The Blue Devils went into halftime with a 25-14 lead and despite being outscored in the third quarter, 18-14, looked to be in good shape as they entered the final frame up 39-32.
Huntington couldn’t hold off hard charging Centereach, which went on a 20-10 run to edge the Blue Devils in the league opener for both teams, 52-49 before a crowd of 125.
Shawn McFarland (17 points and 17 rebounds), Jon Agostino (15 points) and Chris Witherspoon (11 points and 10 rebounds) all finished in double digits for the Cougars.
Kevin Lawrence paced Huntington with 20 points, including nine from the free throw line. James Shea had nine points on a trio of three-pointers. Mekhi Harvey also had nine points and Taqwan Gooden-Hill added seven points. Mike Abbondandelo tallied four points.
Blue Devil Matmen Upend West Babylon
The Huntington wrestling team defeated West Babylon on the road in a league dual meet, 47-34. Sean Flick won by technical fall, 17-0. Aedan McDonald (1:51), Ryan Mock (3:01), Aidan McCooey (5:16), Robert Simon (4:45) and Ryan Stieve (0:30) all won by pin. Charles O’Rourke and Charlie Gadson both won by forfeit.
Blue Devils Look Strong in Second Crossover
In the second crossover meet of the season, the Huntington boys’ winter track and field team showcased some of its rising stars as well as giving its veterans what they need to continue preparing for what they hope will be another championship campaign.
Kyree Johnson (21-07.00 feet) and Lawrence Leake (21-02.75) finished 1-2 in long jump. Eighth grader Nasir Youngblood (18-08.50) was eighth in a field of 23.
Brian Pierre won the 55m hurdles in a time of 8.40 seconds. Shane McGuire finished second in the 600m run in 1:26.99. Eighth grader Aidan Heller was sixth in the 3200m run in 11:24.29. Mark Rafuse was ninth in the 1000m run in 2:57.52.
Sam Bergman (42-00.50 feet) and Clay Jamison (41-11.00) placed third and fourth, respectively in shot put. Will Newtown was seventh (39-08.00).
Pierre was sixth in triple jump with a distance of 35-01.00. Huntington entered three teams in the 4x400m relay, placing second, fourth and seventh.
Blue Devil Boys’ Fencers are Sharp
The Huntington boys’ fencing team has won five of its first seven meets. The Blue Devils have topped Brentwood (17-10 and 18-9), Centereach (14-13), Newfield (15-12) and Sayville (18-9). The squad has dropped matches to Commack (16-11) and Half Hollow Hills (15-12).
The top performers during the first month of the season have been Finneas Tucker (epee), Lars Drace (sabre) and Josh Yanuck (foil)
Huntington is captained by Connor Grosso (epee), Dylan Bluemer (sabre) and Dawson Wallace (foil).
Girls’ Fencers are Competitive
The Huntington girls’ fencing team has experienced several close matches during early season competition. The Blue Devils are 3-4 over the course of their first seven meets.
Huntington defeated Centereach (17-10), Brentwood (14-13) and Sayville (18-9). It also lost to Brentwood (14-13), Newfield (15-12), Half Hollow Hills (21-4) and Commack (21-6)
H-ton Wrestlers Fall at West Islip
The Blue Devil wrestling team fell to West Islip on the road, 49-31 in a league dual meet on Wednesday night.
Sean Flick battled his way to a decision. Ryan Mock captured a major decision, 13-2. Ryan Stieve won by pin. Aedan McDonald, Charlie Gadson and Khari McNeil all won by forfeit.
H-ton Boys’ Winter Track Having Fun
In the third crossover meet of the winter track season the Huntington boys’ team continued “having fun,” said Ron Wilson, the Blue Devils’ coach.
The 4x800m relay team consisting of Mark Rafuse, Lawrence Leake, Jason Verville and Shane McGuire easily won in a time of 8:53.27. The 4x400m relay had a harder time, but it still finished first as Brian Pierre, Rafuse, Jonathan Smith and Leake circled the track four times in 3:35.61.
McGuire won the 1000m run in 2:48.41. Freshman Brendan Roller was eighth in 3:01.71. Jared Leake placed fifth in the 55m dash in 7.01 seconds. Pierre was fifth in the 55m hurdles in 8.55 seconds.
Huntington took the top three places and four of the top five in shot put. Clay Jamison (45-01.00 feet), Will Newton (41.11-00) and Sam Bergman (41-07.75) finished 1-3. Shateek Parler was fifth (39.07.75).
Wrestlers Heading to Windsor Tournament
The Huntington wrestling team is heading to the 60th annual Windsor Christmas Tournament outside of Binghamton on December 28-29. The tournament will feature a field of 32 teams.
Huntington finished fourth in last year’s tournament. JP Puca was named Most Outstanding Wrestler.
The Blue Devils will return to dual meet action on Wednesday, January 4 when Huntington hosts Bellport in a league match at 4 p.m.
Boys’ Track Will Stay Busy
The Huntington winter track and field team will stay busy during the vacation. The Blue Devils will compete in the North Shore Invitational at the Armory in Manhattan on Monday, December 26 and will travel to Staten Island for the Ocean Breeze Invitational on Friday, December 30.
The Blue Devils will return to local action when they participate in the fourth crossover meet of the season on Monday, January 2 at Suffolk-West in Brentwood.