Junior Dan Danziger dribbles around the defense. (Darin Reed photo

Colato & Danziger Win Post-Season Basketball Awards

Junior Dan Danziger dribbles around the defense. (Darin Reed photo)

March 7, 2019

Lex Colato captured All-League honors and Dan Danziger garnered Academic All-County recognition to pace the Huntington High School varsity boys’ basketball team.

A junior guard, Colato turned in an outstanding season on both ends of the court. “He was our team captain and a leader by example both in practice and competition,” head coach Brian Carey said. “His ‘no quit’ attitude was motivating for the entire team.”

Danziger is another superb junior guard. “He played exceptionally well despite doing it out of position for an entire season in the most difficult role,” Carey said.

Colato and Danziger will be among those feted at the Suffolk boys’ basketball banquet at the Polish Hall in Riverhead on Tuesday, April 9. “It’s an honor being named All-League,” Colato said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches. They pushed me to work hard and always give my all. Dan is an amazing teammate and an even better player. He deserves the award he will be getting.”

Freshman Max Rentsch also turned in a sensational season, leading the team in scoring with 11.2 points per game. “He’s an outstanding team player,” said Carey about the ninth grade guard.

Huntington struggled this past winter, compiling an overall record of 2-18. There were flashes of brilliance from the team’s numerous underclassmen, but they were too sporadic to overcome the play of many strong opponents. However, they did offer an exciting glimpse of the future.

“Considering the record, the competitive attitude of our players was consistent and despite being overmatched in most contests, the overall attitude was positive,” said Carey, who was assisted by Kevin Thorbourne.

The team is losing Jonah Anastos, Ian Ardell, Jake Costabile and John Paci to graduation. Colato, Danziger and Rentsch will be returning along with Matt Girimonti, Jack Monahan, Chad Rowe and Omari Stephen. 

All-League junior Lex Colato in action for Huntington. (Darin Reed photo
All-League junior Lex Colato in action for Huntington. (Darin Reed photo
Huntington junior Lex Colato earned All-League honors. (Darin Reed photo.
Huntington junior Lex Colato earned All-League honors. (Darin Reed photo.
Dan Danziger was named to the Academic All-County team. (Darin Reed photo.)
Dan Danziger was named to the Academic All-County team. (Darin Reed photo.)
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