The Huntington varsity girls’ basketball team opened a 23-19 halftime lead over visiting McGann-Mercy on Thursday, but the Blue Devils were unable to hold on and fell 41-38 in non-league play.
Huntington held a 30-27 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play, but McGann-Mercy went on a 14-8 run to improve its record to 4-1.
Alexandra Heuwetter led the Blue Devils with 16 points. Abby Maichin had eight points and Katie Seccafico added five points. Christie Baade dropped three points. Paige Lennon, Nicole Leslie and Alyssa Sorensen scored two points each.
Heuwetter had four baskets from beyond the three-point arc. Maichin had a pair of three-pointers and Seccafico also had one.
Huntington was unable to stop McGann-Mercy’s Melina Santacroce, who poured in 26 points.
The Blue Devils are now 2-1. Huntington plays at Deer Park on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. and then hosts Sachem North on Thursday at 5:45 p.m. Both are non-league games.
Alex LaBella’s Nerves of Steel
Huntington senior Alex LaBella and the national anthem on Thursday night.
Alex LaBella has nerves of steel. The Huntington High School senior sang the Star Spangled Banner prior to the start of Thursday night’s Blue Devil varsity girls’ basketball game against visiting McGann-Mercy.
An All-Division football player and currently a member of Huntington’s indoor track and field team, LaBella held the words to the song in his hand just in case his memory was faulty. Not to worry, he was flawless.
Blue Devil Volleyball Duo Honored at County Dinner
Blue Devil sophomore Cat Jamison and senior Julia Rogan were both honored this week at the Suffolk Girls’ Volleyball Coaches Association’s annual county awards dinner at East Wind Caterers in Wading River.
Huntington girls' volleyball post-season
honorees Julia Rogan and Catherine Jamison.
Jamison was named to the All-Conference team and Rogan was recognized as All-League. “I’m so proud of them,” said Lauren Visbal, Huntington’s varsity coach. “They have worked extremely hard to earn these awards.”
Alex Heuwetter’s 20 Points Pace Huntington
The Huntington girls’ basketball team topped previously undefeated Comsewogue in a non-league game earlier this week in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium. The Blue Devils edged the Warriors, 47-42.
Huntington took a 10-7 first quarter lead and held a 22-18 halftime advantage. Comsewogue staged a third quarter rally to move ahead, 32-30 heading into the final eight minutes of play.
The Blue Devils pulled together and went on a 17-10 run to pull out the victory, much to the delight of coaches Mike Kaplan and Marissa Bergmann.
Senior Alexandra Heuwetter led Huntington with 20 points, nine assists and nine steals. The teenager dropped three baskets from beyond the three-point arc.
Sophomore Abby Maichin turned in her finest game on the varsity level with 13 points and seven rebounds. Katie Seccafico had six points and six steals. Nicole Leslie added four points and nine rebounds. Paige Lennon and Holly Wright scored two points each.
Huntington prides itself on having one of Suffolk’s best defenses and the Blue Devils showed just how tough they can be by holding the Warrior offense in check. Comsewogue scored 67 points in its season opening victory over Miller Place and then netted 58 points against Port Jefferson.
Nora Gabel led Comsewogue with 20 pints. Lindsay Hanson added 14 points. But it wasn’t enough as the Blue Devils held on for a satisfying home victory.
Blue Devil Boys’ Fencing Gets Underway
The Blue Devil varsity boys’ fencing team’s roster includes Matthew Baker, Dylan Bluemer, Christopher Carmen, Benjamin Conner, Casey DiGiacomo, Connor Dougal, Lars Drace, Declan Duffy, Jackson Dunn, Xavier Edgar-McNerney, Thomas Edgar-McNerney, Ethan Garcia, Mathew Hearl, Conor Heffernan, Neil Jean-Baptiste, Paul Katigbak, Nicholas Kretschmer, Zachary McGinniss, Matthew Mead, Gabriel Medina-Jaudes, Richard Rongo, Dominick Stanley, Miles Tierney, Baris Toprak, Riley Tucker, Finneas Tucker, Liam Tucker, Liam Walsh, Aidan Walsh, Joshua Yanuck and Matthew Youngwall.
Tucker went 31-5 last winter in epee and captured first team All-County recognition and was honorable mention All-Long Island. Yanuck (29-16 in foil) and McGinniss (17-17 in sabre) were both honorable mention All-County as juniors.
Huntington dropped a close 15-12 match to Commack earlier this week to open the season. The Blue Devils are led by coaches Michele O’Brien, Valinda O’Garra and Jamie Fishlow.
Finley Football-8 Savors Season
The undefeated Finley Middle School
eighth grade football team.
The J. Taylor Finley Middle School eighth grade football team has compiled a 12-0 record over the past two seasons, but head coach Ron Wilson isn’t willing to make any predictions when it comes to next fall.
“What can I say?” asked Wilson rhetorically. “It’s middle school football.” But, if the past is any guide, the Falcons will be extremely competitive. Finley outscored its opponents this past fall by a 236-52 margin.
Wilson was certainly pleased with his 2017 team. “Throughout the course of the season, they developed and matured into outstanding athletes and great young men,” he said. “They are one of the only, if not the first Finley football team to go undefeated in both seventh and eighth grade. Nick Saban, head coach of Alabama once said, ‘There are two pains in life. There is the pain of discipline and the pain of disappointment. If you can handle the pain of discipline, then you’ll never have to deal with the pain of disappointment.’ These young men understood that quote very well. They answered the calling. They went through some tough practices and some tough constructive criticism and were willing to go through it for the benefit of the team. Our team achieved success only by the extra efforts of each individual on the team. Our team conquered because we all were able to play and enjoy this great game called football. The great thing about football is that after a while you become more than teammates; you become brothers! These young men banded together to become those brothers!”