2017 Huntington High School golf team

Blue Devil Sports Flash

The 2017 Huntington High School golf team. (Mike Connell photo.)

October 13, 2017

Tyler Gerbavsits and Matt Giamo both shot a two over par 39 at the Cold Spring Hills Country Club to lift the Huntington golf team over Half Hollow Hills West in a Suffolk League II match, 6-3. The Blue Devils are coached by Michael Marinello.

Finley-8 Football Remains Perfect at 3-0

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School eighth grade football team won its third consecutive game without a loss when it bested host West Hollow, 35-6. The Falcons will face undefeated Commack on Friday at home at 4 p.m.

Finley’s players turned in many great performances against West Hollow, which traditionally puts a strong team on the field. “We came up with some big plays to come away with the win,” said head coach Ron Wilson, who is assisted by Jim Byrnes, Jr. 

Finley’s defense forced West Hollow to turn the ball over on downs on its first possession to set the tone of play. West Hollow soon rallied, picking off a Falcon pass and mounting a sustained drive deep into Finley’s territory.

Great defensive play by Finley’s Robbie Smith and Josiah Melendez once again forced West Hollow to turn the ball over on fourth down and inches. The Falcons then set off on their own offensive drive with runs by Smith (nine carries for 58 yards) and Melendez (11 carries for 124 yards), who both had a great day pounding the ball on the ground. Quarterback Kevin Drake (10-of-13 for 189 yards) connected on some sizzling passes to Bryce Robinson and Jahiem Hawkins. The drive would eventually end with a 17 yard touchdown run by Melendez to give Finley a 6-0 lead.

The remainder of the game played out in similar fashion, with the Falcon defense smothering West Hollow and forcing them to turn the ball over on downs.  Melendez scored again in the second quarter and Smith scored in the third quarter with Smith’s two-point kicks both splitting the uprights.

With Finley leading, 22-0 it looked as if the fourth quarter might remain scoreless, but with a 1:12 remaining on the clock, West Hollow broke through an opening in the line and raced 43 yards for a touchdown. The Falcons stopped the extra point attempt. With little time remaining, Drake found Hawkins in the flats and fired a bullet for a touchdown to make the score 28-6.

The teams went on to play an extra period, which further padded Finley’s advantage. John Chirico scooted 52 yards for his first score of the day and Ryan Porzio converted the extra point on a run to make it 35-6. Porzio had two exceptional catches that covered 77 yards and helped set up Melendez’s first touchdown early in the game.

Halfway through its season, Finley-8 football is looking like a very powerful team.

Mike Abbondandelo Notches Winning Goal

The Huntington boys’ soccer team won its 10th game of the season, edging host Half Hollow Hills East in a close battle.

The Blue Devils improved to 10-2-2 overall and 7-1-2 in Suffolk League III. Huntington plays at home on Friday against Centereach at 4 p.m. Senior Day ceremonies will precede the contest. The team will close out the regular season on Tuesday, October 17 at Copiague.

Against Hills East, Mike Abbondandelo scored off an assist from Freddie Amato in the second half and the Blue Devils’ defense and goalie Nat Amato made the slim lead hold up. Amato recorded five saves to nail down his fourth shutout of the season.

“We all played great,” Alex Rivera said. “We pressured Hills East when we had to and took advantage of their mistakes. After we scored, we kept our composure and didn’t get nervous. In the end, we took care of business and we’re now ready for our next match.”

Abbondandelo’s goal came from about 13 yards out with 16 minutes remaining when he volleyed in Amato’s cross.

“We played well,” Freddy Amador said. “We put a lot of pressure on them by moving the ball to the side and we had the opportunity to cross the ball and score the goal.”

Huntington is coached by John Pagano and Jason Suarez.

Mike Kaplan’s Coaching Record

Huntington High School varsity girls’ basketball head coach Mike Kaplan will open the 2017/18 campaign in a few weeks with a career record of 100-40 for a .714 winning percentage.

Kaplan’s Blue Devil teams went 9-10 and 7-11 in his first two seasons at the helm, but have been 84-19 over the past five years. Huntington has won two outright league championships and were co-champs in 2016 when the team compiled a 16-4 mark.

Under Kaplan, the Blue Devils reached the county semifinals in 2014 and the Suffolk Class AA finals in 2015.

Blue Devils Swift at Bethpage

Huntington boys’ cross country runners were fleet footed once again, finishing strong at the 51st Nassau Coaches Invitational at Bethpage State Park.

Huntington’s freshmen took fourth place in the team standings in the 5K race that featured 89 runners. Aidan Heller (9th place;19:10.78), Isaiah James (16th;19:37.76), Carlos Martinez (22nd;20:18.81), David Marroquin-Lopez (42nd;22:16.10) and Seamus Hannon (51st;23:33.05) were the top Blue Devil finishers.

In the sophomore 5K race that drew 72 entries, Huntington’s Jason Verville (5th place;18:48.00), John Segreti (9th;19:29.99), Robert Caputi (28th;21:13.95) and Rory Dara (35th;22:03.55) were all impressive.

In the varsity 5K that attracted 76 runners, Graham Young (27th place;19:00.99) and Cornelius O’Rourke (50th;20:18.10) were Huntington’s top two finishers.

The Blue Devils are coached by Robert Nill.

Gerbavsits Drives H-ton Golf to Victory

Tyler Gerbavsits continues to lead the Huntington golf team. The senior turned in a one over par 37 on the front nine at the Huntington Crescent Club to pace the Blue Devils to a 9-0 victory over John H. Glenn.

Freddy Amador with the ball
Freddy Amador with the ball for Huntington. (Darin Reed photo)
basketball head coach Michael Kaplan
Huntington girls' basketball head coach Michael Kaplan. (Darin Reed photo.)
Aidan Heller
Huntington freshman Aidan Heller is a top cross country runner.
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