Whoever doubts that girls’ basketball is one of the most popular sports in the Huntington School District should have been in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
The Huntington Booster Club’s free hardcourt clinic for grades 5-12 drew 60 players, who spent 90 minutes drilling, scrimmaging, learning strategy and just having fun.
Blue Devil seniors Alexandra Heuwetter, Katie Seccafico and Nicole Leslie kicked off the clinic by leading the 60 players through a team warmup. Players then worked on ball handling and shooting skills along with moves to the basket, which they later used during a live scrimmage.
Blue Devil coaches Mike Kaplan, Marissa Bergman and Perry Marinelli organized the clinic and brought players through a series of activities, including the use of a shooting machine that rebounded and passed balls to players who took shots around an arc.
Clinic participants attend the high school, J. Taylor Finley Middle School, Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School and Woodhull Intermediate School. Huntington Booster Club President Timothy Pillion stopped by the clinic to watch the action.
“We are very pleased with the turnout and very happy to have been able to sponsor this great clinic,” Mr. Pillion said. “The Huntington Booster Club would love to sponsor similar clinics for other sports.”
The Huntington girls’ basketball is perennially one of the county’s best. I enjoyed a long league winning streak, won several league titles in recent years as well as reaching the Suffolk Final Four in back to back years, including a trip to the county championship game.
“It was a great turnout and a lot of fun to work with our future Lady Blue Devils,” Coach Bergmann said. “The future is very bright for the Huntington basketball program. Many of the younger girls who attended the clinic plan to come to our high school games this winter and sit behind our bench.”
Many of the Blue Devil stars of tomorrow were in the high school gym this past Wednesday night. “We had a great time working with everyone,” Coach Kaplan said.