Khari McNeil

Blue Devil Sports News

Huntington wrestler Khari McNeil.

January 25, 2017

The Huntington wrestling team won again, toppling Kellenberg last Friday afternoon in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium, 49-33.

Freshman Sean Flick (99lbs.) once again led the way for the Blue Devils. The teenager pinned Danny Knoblach in 1:39. “Sean has been wrestling very well and has been really aggressive,” Huntington head coach Travis Smith said. “We’re looking for him to make a statement at the league tournament.”

Aedan Smith (106 lbs.) following Flick with a pin of his own in 3:03. Ryan Mock (113 lbs.) kept Huntington’s momentum going with an 8-2 decision over Sean Coakley.

The Blue Devils won six more matches, including victories by Isiah Rodriquez (1:26 pin at 126 lbs), Aidan McCooey (1:34 pin at 170 lbs.), Robert Simon (8-0 major decision at 182 lbs.), Ryan Stieve (1:13 pin at 195 lbs.), Charlie Gadson (1:37 pin at 220 lbs.) and Khari McNeil (5:39 pin at 285 lbs.).

Blue Devil Alum Excels at New Paltz

Huntington Class of 2013 member Olivia Ammirati is heading into her final semester at SUNY New Paltz. The former Blue Devil has played on New Paltz’s varsity tennis team in each of the past four years.

A graphic design major, Ammirati on been named to the first or second All-SUNYAC singles and doubles teams since her freshman year. She earned first team All-SUNYAC honors in both singles and doubles last fall. New Paltz finished with a 6-3 mark and advanced to its 15th consecutive SUNYAC championship match.

Ammirati finished third in Suffolk Division I as a Huntington senior, winning All-County honors. She went 15-4 in first singles.

Huntington Improves to 11-4

Anna Gulizio scored 10 points and added four assists and Katie Seccafico had nine points, five steals and nine rebounds to lead the Huntington girls’ basketball team past host North Babylon on Tuesday afternoon, 38-25.

Huntington grabbed an early 10-7 lead and was ahead at halftime, 17-8. The Blue Devils went on to outscore the Bulldogs in the second half, 21-17. The victory improved Huntington’s overall record to 11-4 (7-2 in Suffolk League III).

Blue Devil junior Alexandra Heuwetter scored seven points and senior Emma Petrizzi dropped four points. Torre Palmer had three points and Paige Lennon and Charlotte Maggio added two points each. Tara Wilson scored a point from the free throw line.

The Blue Devils host league foe West Islip on Friday at 6:15 in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium.

Blue Devils Win Four Medals at Kohl Tournament

The Huntington wrestling team finished eighth with 74.5 points in the Kohl tournament at Suffern High School in Rockland County last Saturday.

The Blue Devils advanced two wrestlers to the finals of the tournament. Sean Flick (99 lbs.) and Ryan Mock (113 lbs.) both took second place in their respective weight class.

Flick reached the finals after winning a 5-0 decision and pinning his semifinal round foe in 3:58. The freshman dropped a 2-1 verdict to Garden City’s Joe Foxen in the championship bout

Mock captured 14-2 and 9-0 decisions on his way to the finals, where he was pinned in 1:49 by Monroe-Woodbury’s Marco Vespa.

Senior Khari McNeil (285 lbs.) finished third after winning a pair of matches, including a pin in 2:21 and a 9-4 decision. Senior Charlie Gadson (220 lbs.) placed fourth. He split four matches in the tournament, winning 1-0 and 3-1 decisions and losing 7-4 and 1-0 matches.

Gooden-Hill’s 19 Points Not Enough

Taqwan Gooden-Hill scored 19 points, but the Huntington basketball team lost a non-league game to Northport last Saturday, 69-58.

The Tigers took a 19-11 first quarter lead and were ahead at halftime, 38-25. Huntington outscored its hosts in the second half, 33-31, but the two point advantage wasn’t nearly enough to pull ahead. Northport dropped 11 baskets from beyond the arc.

James Shea had 15 points for Huntington and Mekhi Harvey and Kevin Lawrence scored eight points each. Mike Abbondandelo had six points and Nick Inman had two points.

Olivia Ammirati
Huntington alum Olivia Ammirati is a standout tennis player at SUNY New Paltz.
Katie Seccafico
Huntington junior Katie Seccafico. (Darin Reed photo.)
Taqwan Gooden-Hill
Huntington's Taqwan Gooden-Hill (No. 1) in action. (Darin Reed photo.)