Blue Devil Sports News

The Huntington girls' cross country team enjoyed an outstanding season.

December 13, 2017

The Huntington girls’ cross country team closed out its season at the Section XI state team qualifier.

“The girls ran their hardest,” first year coach Beth Vogelsang said. “Keily Rivas was very sick, but managed to finish the race. I told her to try her best. We didn’t have ideal weather conditions for a fall race. It very muggy and hot and the girls’ times were not the best of the season. Like I’ve said to them before, it’s okay to not PR every time. I’m very proud of what they accomplished all season and every single girl in the top seven on the team beat either their personal best at either or both the 2.8 mile and 5k distance at some point.”

Running on Sunken Meadow State Park’s 5K course, Huntington’s Hadley Clayton crushed her previous best time of 22:33, turning in an effort of 21:39.68, which placed 47th overall among a field of 227. “Hadley was the most excited I have ever seen her, giving me a heartfelt hug, as she finally accomplished her goal of getting a time in the 21s,” Vogelsang said. “She will now have even higher goals for next year.

While Clayton helped end the Blue Devils’ season on a high note, there were some tears shed. “It was a bittersweet moment for the seniors running their last cross country race of their high school career,” Vogelsang said. “But they all finished with smiles and positive vibes on the way home.”

After the season had wrapped up, Vogelsang met with the juniors and seniors on the team “to reflect and discuss the moves and changes we will make for next season,” she said.

The coach offered “big thanks” to the team’s seniors for working so closely with Huntington’s underclassmen and “paving the way for juniors to come up and mirror the leadership of my senior group,” Vogelsang said. “I’m very lucky to have had this coaching opportunity and I cannot wait for what the girls will bring to next season.”

Heading into next season it appears Huntington’s “top seven” will include Hadley Clayton, Keily Rivas, Sophie Dellecave, Katie Burton, Valerie Rogel and Ella Siepel “and the rest we will have to see,” Vogelsang said.

The coach won’t soon forget the athletes that so warmly accepted her as their coach after longtime running mentor Debra Cheskes stepped aside and took a child care leave of absence from her teaching position.

“I love them like family,” said Vogelsang about her runners. “They are one of the most memorable, sweetest, hardest working bunches that I have ever worked with.”

Nat Amato Named to All-Tournament Team

Nat Amato goes to the basket for Huntington.
Nat Amato goes to the basket
for Huntington. (Darin Reed photo.)

Nat Amato was named to the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce’s All-Tournament team after a stirring performance for the Huntington boys’ basketball team in the finals.

Trailing 55-50, Amato dropped a three-pointer to pull the Blue Devils to within two points. Kings Park iced the game by sinking a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining.

One day earlier, Amato connected for 16 points in the tournament semifinals as Huntington edged Commack, 62-58.

Wrestling Tournament Rescheduled to December 23

Huntington wrestling will compete in the Port Jervis
Huntington wrestling will compete in the Port Jervis tournament
on Dec. 23. (Darin Reed photo.)

Due to last Saturday’s snow and generally poor weather conditions, the Port Jervis wrestling tournament that Huntington’s matmen were scheduled to compete in was postponed to Saturday, December 23. The Blue Devils are planning to attend the competition on the rescheduled date. They will square off against a variety of teams from the Catskills area.

H-ton Varsity Girls’ Tennis Rebuilds

A young Huntington varsity girls’ tennis team experienced some trying times during a rebuilding season that saw the Blue Devils win four of 13 matches. The 12 member squad included all underclassmen.

Huntington was led by eighth grader Tallulah Pitti, freshman Isyss Jones, sophomore Lexi Helburn and juniors Maire Brown and Cameron Fehrs. The squad also included Christie Baade, Mia Breitbarth, Ashlyn Case, Christiana DeLuca, Sara Frawley, Emma Grassi and Meagan-Elise Malone.

Junior Emma Grassi in action for Huntington.
Junior Emma Grassi in action
for Huntington. (Darin Reed photo.)

“We have many very young players who require more experience in order to compete on the top level,” head coach Jamie Fishlow said.

Defeating Half Hollow Hills West in a special playoff meet to determine which team would advance to the Suffolk tournament was the highlight of the season.

“We had a young team without much varsity experience playing in the county’s best league,” Fishlow said. “Everyone worked hard, but we need to improve in all areas to compete at a higher level.”

The entire team is returning next fall. “With a strong off season we will be looking forward to improving in league and tournament play,” Fishlow said.

Finley Girls’ Volleyball Gets Underway

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls’ volleyball team is on the court. Coached by Woodhull Intermediate School physical education teacher Carrie Postel, the squad has 10 matches scheduled.

The roster includes seventh graders Laurel Bonn, Ava Brandine, Megan Donaghy, Gianna Forte, Lauren Gennarelli, Tessie Maerz, Neha Rathore, Asyria Rios and Haileigh Smith and eighth graders Annalisse Batista, Madelyn Bavaro, Cassidy Casabona, Kianna Criscuola, Caroline Gorecki, Adrianna LoScalzo, Sofia Marchetta, Mackenzie McManus, Caroline O’Rourke, Francesca Stamatatos, April Swanson, Kristen Toomey, Sophia Toscano and Eliza Walther.

Mekhi Harvey’s 15 Points Pace Blue Devils

Mekhi Harvey has the ball for Huntington.
Mekhi Harvey has the ball for Huntington. (Darin Reed photo.)

The Huntington boys’ basketball team fell to visiting William Floyd on a snowy Saturday afternoon, 83-64.

The Blue Devils found themselves trailing 29-18 after eight minutes and 46-33 at halftime. William Floyd put the game away with a 20-11 third quarter run. Huntington outscored the visitors in the final frame, 20-17.

Ten Blue Devil players scored in the game, led by Mehki Harvey’s 15 points and Nat Amato’s 11. Chad Rowe (8), Gerard Federici (7), Nick Inman (7), Freddie Amato (4), Ian Ardell (4), Matt Girimonti (4), Mike Abbondandelo (3) and Johnny Tucker (1) also lit up the scoreboard. Rowe had a pair of three-pointers and Abbondandelo and Federici also both connected for a basket from beyond the arc.

Huntington hosts Northport next Saturday at 2 p.m. in a non-league game. The JV teams from both schools will play on the undercard at 12 noon.