The Huntington golf team handed Half Hollow Hills East its first loss of the season as the Blue Devils toppled the Thunderbirds from the ranks of the undefeated, 6-3.
Tyler Gerbavsits once again led Huntington, shooting a one over par 37 on the front nine at the Huntington Crescent Club. Matt Giamo also played well, turning in a four over par score of 40. “Tyler and Matt are true leaders,” Blue Devil head coach Mike Marinello said. “The younger players are lucky to have them as role models.”
The 15 stroke victory was a sweet one for the Blue Devils, who fell to Hills East on September 11. The victory evened Huntington’s record at 3-3. The Thunderbirds fell to 6-1 and were knocked out of first place in Suffolk League II.
“Jack Giamo and Patrick Sclafani each lost their match against Hills East by one stroke, but their tightly contested matches helped ensure the team’s victory,” Marinello said. Sophomore John Lourenso and eighth grader Joe Sclafani won their matches.
The Blue Devils will play three matches this week. The team is looking to peak for the upcoming league and county championships.
Wickey & Byrnes Pace H-ton Field Hockey
Anna Wickey scored three goals and Megan Byrnes added another to pace the Huntington field hockey team in a 4-1 victory over Half Hollow Hills.
The Blue Devils led 2-0 at halftime and then outscored their visiting foes 2-1 in the second half to coast the rest of the way. Wickey and Holly Wright each had an assist in the game. Huntington goalies Kaitylyn Sage and Julie Rogel recorded one save each.
Nick Thompson’s Goal Ties Score
The Huntington boys’ soccer team rallied to tie Smithtown East, 2-2. The Bulls jumped out to a 2-1 first half lead before Nick Thompson’s goal in the 55th minute of the game off an assist by Eren Aydin allowed the Blue Devils to knot the score.
Aydin scored for Huntington in the first half off a free kick assist by Jose Turcios. Blue Devil goalie Nat Amato recorded five saves. Smithtown East goalie Mike Gasparino stopped nine Huntington shots.
Finley-8 Football Topples Rugged East Northport
The J. Taylor Finley Middle School eighth grade football team is enjoying a wonderful fall season. The Falcons recently turned back a stiff challenge from East Northport Middle School, 27-6.
“East Northport was huge up front and it showed in our first couple of drives,” Finley head coach Ronald Wilson said. “We were unable to pound the ball with Robbie Smith and Jahiem Hawkins, so we went to the air with quarterback Kevin Drake, who couldn’t get the ball off because of so much pressure from the outside.”
While East Northport forced Drake to fumble the ball, Finley’s defense continued smothering their foes behind sensational linebacker play by Smith and Hawkins.
After a scoreless first quarter, Finley’s “B” team went in a Ryan Porzio promptly intercepted a pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown. John Chirico’s extra point attempt was successful to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead.
The third quarter saw Finley’s “A” team mount a three play drive that took 1:13 and resulted in a touchdown. First, Josiah Melendez took a shovel pass from Drake and rank 60 yards. Then Smith carried the ball for about yards to inch closer to the end zone. Melendez punched it in from there to make it 13-0.
“Our defense continued to keep us in the game until broken coverage in the secondary found a Tiger receiver wide open on the sideline at our five yard line,” said Wilson, who is assisted by Jim Byrnes, Jr. East Northport would later score on a fourth down and three yards to cut its deficit to 13-6.
“Our ‘B’ team continued to dominate the game on both sides of the ball with Porzio and Chirico,” Wilson said. Late in the fourth quarter, Porzio found the end zone yet again this time from the offensive side of the ball to expand Finley’s advantage to 19-6.
The final period started with the Falcons forcing a fumble that Bryce Robinson recovered. This set up a 44 yard touchdown run by Melendez. Smith’s kick was good for two points to give Finley a satisfying 27-6 victory.
Isyss Jones Lifts Blue Devil Tennis
Freshman Isyss Jones came through when it counted most, capturing No. 1 singles in a three set thriller to lift the Huntington varsity girls’ tennis team over Half Hollow Hills West, 4-3 and earn a spot in the Section XI playoffs.
The Blue Devils and the Colts split a pair of regular season meets, so an out-bracket tiebreaker match was played to determine which team would advance to the post season.
Jones took the No. 1 singles match, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Eighth grader Talullah Pitti won in No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-2. Sophomore Lexi Helburn grabbed No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-3. Juniors Cameron Fehrs and Christie Baade coasted in No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 6-3.
“This is the first time in many years that we reached the playoffs while playing in Suffolk League 1,” longtime head coach Jamie Fishlow said.
The first round of the team playoffs will begin on Thursday, October 17.