The J. Taylor Finley Middle School eighth grade boys’ basketball team features 17 talented players, including Quincy Chery, John Chirico, Finnbar Cocoman, Kevin Drake, Elias Frazier, Charles Girimonti, Harrison Krywak, Amari Lowe, Christopher Maichin, John Marziliano, Max McCarthy, Aidan McNulty, Ryan Porzio, Joseph Sclafani, Teddy Tiliakos, Walter Vohs IV and Shane Walsh.
The team is coached by Finley physical education teacher Tim Madden.
Alexandra Heuwetter Sets New 3-Point Record
All-County senior captain Alexandra Heuwetter poured in 25 points, but it wasn’t enough at Sachem North held on to turn back the Huntington girls’ basketball team in a non-league game, 41-38.
Senior Alexandra Heuwetter is one of
Suffolk's best basketball players. (Darin Reed photo.)
Heuwetter dropped what might be a program record seven three-point baskets, but the Flaming Arrows outscored the Blue Devils over the final eight minutes, 12-6 to win for the fifth time in sixth games.
Sachem North jumped out to a 17-6 first quarter lead before Huntington went on a 10-2 run in the second frame to cut its deficit to 19-16 by halftime. The Blue Devils closed to within a point by the end of three quarters, 32-31, but despite many opportunities, couldn’t take the lead in the final minutes.
Preliminary research indicates Heuwetter established a new Blue Devil record for the most baskets beyond the arc in a single game. Nicole Leslie had eight points for Huntington (3-2) and Abby Maichin added four points.
Tentative Huntington Boys’ Lax Schedule
A tentative schedule for the Huntington varsity boys’ lacrosse team has been released by Section XI. The Blue Devils will host scrimmages against Islip (March 14 on the grass field) and Harborfields (March 15) and scrimmage at Half Hollow Hills West (March 20) before opening the season with a non-league game at Kings Park on March 24 at 11 a.m.
Huntington opens league play by hosting North Babylon (March 28) and Smithtown East (April 3). League games with Longwood (away on April 5), Copiague (home on April 10), Walt Whitman (home on April 12), West Islip (home on April 14), William Floyd (away on April 18), Smithtown West (away on April 20), Riverhead (away on April 25), Ward Melville (home on April 28), Brentwood (away on May 1), Connetquot (away on May 4), Lindenhurst (away on May 8) and Half Hollow Hills East (home on May 10) will follow.
Finley Boys’ Basketball-7 Players are Enthusiastic
There are 18 enthusiastic players on the J. Taylor Finley Middle School seventh grade boys’ basketball team this winter. The squad is coached by Alex Nelson.
The roster includes Agostino Abbatiello, Joseph Algieri, Matthew Armstrong, Brett Bender, Hunter Borenstein, Peter Breingan, Ryan Centeno, Michael Kline, Jack Koopman, Shane Luckow, Michael Mungo, Michael Queen, James Rosselli, Joshua Stephen, Joseph Toscano, Logan Toth, Jack Uvena and James Viola.
Finley has 10 home and away games scheduled against West Hollow, Candlewood, Elwood, Lindenhurst and Babylon.
Huntington Girls’ Lax Tentative Schedule
The Huntington girls’ lacrosse team is already looking forward to the spring season. The Blue Devils are hoping to build on last year’s success.
Coached by Kim Gilroy, Linda Costell-Roth and Beth Vogelsang, Huntington features a mix of veteran seniors and proven underclassmen along with some promising newcomers.
Section XI has released a tentative schedule for the Blue Devils, who will open the season with a scrimmage at home on March 14 on the turf field against Harborfields. Huntington will play a non-league game at home against Miller Place on March 19.
League play gets underway on March 27 when Huntington hosts William Floyd. Additional league games will follow against Bay Shore (home on April 4), Longwood (away on April 6), Smithtown East (away on April 11), Copiague (home on April 13), Riverhead (home on April 17), Commack (away on April 19), West Islip (away on April 21), Sachem North (home on April 24), Smithtown West (away on April 27), North Babylon (home on May 2), Ward Melville (away on May 4), Brentwood (away on May 9) and Northport (home on May 11).
Huntington Nipped by Undefeated Northport
The Huntington boys’ basketball team came close to knocking visiting Northport from the ranks of Suffolk’s undefeated, but fell just short, 43-41 in a non-league game.
The Blue Devils led 9-8 after the first quarter, but found themselves trailing 19-17 at halftime. Northport (4-0) extended its lead to 31-26 entering the fourth quarter. Huntington (1-3) rallied to close to within two points and got off a last second shot that bounced off the rim to end the game.
Freddie Amato led the Blue Devils with 12 points. Mike Abbondandelo and Mekhi Harvey had nine points each. Nick Inman dropped seven points and Ian Ardell added four points.
Amato had nailed three baskets from beyond the three-point arc. Abbondandelo and Harvey also hit on three-pointers.
Huntington Alums to Battle on Ivy League Lax Field
Emma DeGennaro and Katie Reilly are two of the best Huntington High School girls’ lacrosse players ever. The duo graduated together in June 2016 and moved on to different Ivy League colleges.
The two close friends are both sophomores at Ivy League colleges. DeGennaro scored 16 goals and added three assists at Brown University last spring. Reilly sat out her freshman season at Princeton University while she recovered from a knee injury.
The Blue Devil greats will meet on the field this coming season. Brown will host Princeton on Saturday, March 3.
Blue Devil Girls’ Fencers Working Hard
The Blue Devil girls’ fencing team is striving to take a few steps up the Suffolk ladder this winter. The 15 player squad is working hard with coaches Michelle O’Brien, Valinda O’Garra and Jamie Fishlow.
The Huntington roster includes seventh graders Fiona Brosnan and Emma Waters, freshman Sasha Koulakova, sophomores Joselina Fasolino and Akira Selleri, juniors Shannon Anderson, Katherine Burton, Marie Desmond, Francesca Greco, Meagan-Elise Malone, Annabella Matheus and Katherine Stock and seniors Lianna DeChiaro, Adina Kirkland and Christina Varady.