The Huntington boys’ track team’s 4x400m relay ran the third fastest time in New York this winter at the Millrose Games trials at the Armory in Manhattan on Wednesday night to qualify for the Millrose Games finals on Saturday, February 11.
Huntington won the Suffolk division of the event. The Blue Devils own the fastest time in the state this season, setting the mark last month at the Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival at Staten Island.
The Blue Devil relay team consisting of Jonathan Smith, Lawrence Leake, Shane McGuire and Kyree Johnson ran the event in 3:23.47, safely ahead of any of the other 10 Suffolk teams competing in the race.
Kevin Lawrence Drops 33 Points for Blue Devils
Smithtown West came into Louis D. Giani Gymnasium with a 9-1 overall mark; 5-0 in league play. The Bulls jumped out to a 17-3 lead before the Huntington boys’ basketball team came storming back on Thursday night.
The Blue Devils outscored the visitors by a 23-11 margin during the second quarter to cut their deficit to 28-26 by halftime. Huntington continued to play Smithtown West even through the opening minutes of the second half, before the Bulls staged a furious rally.
Smithtown West took a 47-37 lead after three quarters. Huntington outscored the Bulls over the final eight minutes, 19-18, but it wasn’t enough as the Blue Devils fell, 65-56.
Huntington senior had a game high 33 points, including four baskets from beyond the arc and nine points from the free throw line. Taqwan Gooden-Hill scored 12 points and Mike Abbondandelo, Mekhi Harvey and James Shea had three points each. Nick Inman scored two points.
Blue Devils Grapple Past Manhasset
The Huntington wrestling team pinned its way past host Manhasset on Thursday night, 51-28 in a non-league dual meet.
Blue Devil matmen Sean Flick (5:50), Aedan McDonald (1:53), Isiah Rodriquez (4:38), Ryan Mock (2:25), Robert Simon (5:33), Charlie Gadson (3:22) and Khari McNeil (4:12) all won by pin. Aidan McCooey captured a 9-5 decision at 170 lbs. Ryan Stieve won by forfeit at 195 lbs.
Alex Heuwetter Paces H-ton with 24 Points
The Blue Devil girls’ basketball team improved to 9-3 overall and 5-1 in Suffolk League III play by toppling Smithtown West on its home court on Thursday night. The hard fought game went down to the wire with Huntington holding on for a 43-37 victory to put it into a tie for first place with Copiague.
Huntington trailed 6-5 after the first quarter, but then went on a 12-2 run to take a 17-8 halftime lead. The Bulls outscored the Blue Devils in the second half, 29-26, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Huntington’s tough defense.
Alexandra Heuwetter led the Blue Devils with 24 points, including four three-point baskets. Anna Gulizio had six points, six assists and four rebounds and Charlotte Maggio added six points and six rebounds.
Katie Seccafico pulled down 10 rebounds and scored two points for Huntington. Emma Petrizzi had two points and four assists. Nicole Leslie had two points and Tara Wilson added a point.
Smithtown West came into the game with a 4-1 league mark, which placed the Bulls in a three-way tie for first.
Blue Devils Crown Two Mat Champions
The Huntington wrestling team traveled to New Rochelle on a snowy Saturday and took ninth place in a field of 24 squads at the 53rd annual Murphy-Guccione Shoreline Invitational tournament.
The Blue Devils amassed 97 points in the competition, which Fox Lane won with 157 points. Huntington’s Ryan Mock (113 lbs.) and Khari McNeil (285 lbs.) captured individual weight class titles.
Mock topped Walt Whitman’s Anthony Costantino in the finals by technical fall, 17-0. McNeil nipped Kennedy Catholic’s Ed Longest in the championship match, 6-5.
Huntington’s Charlie Gadson took third place by pinning Archbishop Stepinac’s Daniel Modad in 2:10. Sean Flick (99 lbs.) took fifth place after cruising past North Rockland’s Mario Gonzalez by technical fall, 16-0.
Kyree Johnson Captures Millrose Games Trials
Huntington senior Kyree Johnson blew away the field at the New York Road Runners Millrose Games trials on Wednesday night at The Amory in Manhattan.
Johnson won the 55m invitational in impressive fashion, tying his best time of the season. The teenager went wire-to-wire in 6.43 seconds, the second fastest time in New York this winter.
Billed as the “world’s longest running and most prestigious indoor track and field competition, the Millrose Games are set for Saturday, February 11.
Newfield Rallies to Topple H-ton Boys
The Huntington boys’ basketball jumped out to an early lead at home against Newfield. The Blue Devils led 8-7 after one quarter and held a 24-17 halftime advantage.
Newfield began its second half rally in the third quarter, outscoring the Blue Devils 19-17 to pull within 41-36. The Wolverines climbed all the way back in the final frame, pouring it on and outshooting Huntington, 24-16 to grab a 60-57 victory in a Suffolk League III contest.
James Shea and Kevin Lawrence pumped in 14 points each for Huntington. Mike Abbondandelo had 12 points and Mekhi Harvey added 11 points. Taqwan Gooden-Hill scored six points.
Emma Petrizzi Paces Blue Devil Girls
The Huntington girls’ basketball team’s offense fired on all cylinders during an impressive 49-19 victory over host Newfield. The Blue Devils led 13-4 after the first quarter and 27-6 at halftime. A 13-4 Blue Devil run in the third quarter put the Suffolk League III game firmly out of reach.
Emma Petrizzi had 16 points and six assists to pace Huntington. Abby Maichin scored nine points and Katie Seccafico added five points. Megan Byrnes dropped five points and Torre Palmer had four points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Nicole Leslie scored three points to go with 10 rebounds. Anna Gulizio and Tara Wilson had two points each. Charlotte Maggio had one point.
“We weren't playing to our potential in the first half, but after halftime we really picked it up,” Petrizzi said. “We started rebounding and driving more on offense and that worked for us. I’m glad we got this win and hopefully it will be a confidence booster after our loss to Copiague.”
Blue Devils Pin Six Foes, but Lose Meet
The Huntington wrestling team won six individual matches by pin, but fell to host Half Hollow Hills West, 52-36 in a league dual meet.
Blue Devil matmen Sean Flick (1:56), Ryan Mock (2:33), Aidan McCooey (1:46), Ryan Stieve (2:54), Charlie Gadson (2:23) and Khari McNeil (1:49) all pinned their Hills West opponents.
BOE Appoints Coaches
Huntington School Board members appointed several coaches during a public meeting of trustees this past Monday night. Mark Jackson, Jr. was named assistant coach for the varsity spring girls’ track and field team. Travis Smith was elevated to head coach of the Finley-White boys’ lacrosse team, replacing Vincent Tannazzo, who was appointed head coach of the junior varsity girls’ lacrosse team. Smith’s replacement as assistant coach of the Finley-Blue boys’ lacrosse team hasn’t been named.