Huntington Sports Flash

Blue Devil basketball coaches with the team's seniors.

January 09, 2017

The Huntington girls’ basketball team relied on its defense to topple host West Islip, 32-18.

The Blue Devils allowed only a single field goal and five free throws through the first three quarters while building a 27-7 lead.

Alexandra Heuwetter scored 12 points to pace Huntington. Megan Byrnes added eight points and Torre Palmer had two points and 10 rebounds. Katie Seccafico scored two points and pulled down nine rebounds. Emma Petrizzi had three points and six assists. Tara Wilson added two points and Anna Gulizio had one point.

Blue Devil Offense Falters

The Huntington boys’ basketball team jumped out to an 11-4 first quarter lead before giving some of the advantage back to visiting West Islip by halftime. Still, the Blue Devils were ahead by a 21-18 margin after two quarters of play.

However, the second half belonged to the Lions, who outscored Huntington, 25-12 to take a 43-33 victory in a Suffolk League III game.

The Blue Devils had difficulty scoring. Kevin Lawrence and James Shea led Huntington with nine points each. Taqwan Gooden-Hill had seven points and Mike Abbondandelo had scored five points. Nick Inman dropped a three-pointer, one of five tallied by the Blue Devils.

Blue Devil Alum Solid for SUNY Purchase Soccer

Emily Saltman enjoyed a sensational junior season with the SUNY Purchase women’s soccer team. The 2014 Huntington High School graduate started 16 of the team’s 17 games, playing 1,431 minutes, the second most of anyone on the roster. She had four goals and eight assists. The former Blue Devil star took 27 shots, including 19 on goal. In the past two seasons she has 12 goals and 20 assists on 90 shots, including 50 on goal.

Ms. Saltman was a key member of Huntington’s soccer team and was also one of the top scholars in H-ton’s Class of 2014. Some of her favorite courses as a senior included Women’s Studies with teacher Camille Tedeschi, AP Environmental Science with Craig McKee and a career internship with English teacher and drama club advisor Michael Schwendemann. She said the classes were enjoyable because the teachers “captivated” students and kept them interested.

Ms. Saltman was an award winning competitor in Huntington’s National History Day program and a participant in the high school’s Relay For Life. She traveled internationally with her classmates and became well-known for her sense of humor and trustworthiness. She’s been described as an “amazing” friend.

Copiague Rallies to Top Huntington Girls’ BB

The Huntington girls’ basketball team seemed to be on its way to another league victory as the Blue Devils jumped out to a double digit lead last Friday night in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium.

Huntington led Copiague at halftime, 28-19. Then the tide turned. The Eagles went on a 16-6 third quarter run, erasing the Blue Devils’ advantage.

Huntington’s ice cold offense finally showed some signs of life in the final frame as the teams traded the lead. Copiague finally gained a one point lead as the clock ticked down. The Blue Devils had several chances in the final 15 seconds but were unable to convert any of them, dropping a 42-41 verdict.

Alexandra Heuwetter led the Blue Devils with 16 points, including four three-pointers. Emma Petrizzi had seven points and Anna Gulizio scored six points. Paige Lennon had five points and Nicole Leslie and Torre Palmer scored two points each. Abby Machin added one point from the foul line.

H-ton wrestlers edge Bellport

The Huntington wrestling team edged visiting Bellport in a league dual meet, 42-39 at Louis D. Giani Gymnasium.

Sean Flick, Aedan McDonald, Charlie O’Rourke and Khari McNeil all won their bouts by forfeit. Ryan Mock (1:18) and Aidan McCooey (3:07) both pinned their foes. Robert Simon captured a 9-5 decision. Ryan Stieve won a thrilling overtime match, 3-2.

Huntington is now 17-1 all-time, against Bellport. The Blue Devils have won six straight dual meets in the series. Bellport’s only win against Huntington was at Bellport in 1995, 34-22.

Huntington won the first 11 matches in the rivalry.

Lawrence Drops 17 in Loss at Copiague

The Huntington boys’ basketball team jumped out to an early 14-13 lead last Friday at Copiague. The Eagles rallied to go ahead by halftime, 31-26.

The Blue Devils fell further behind in the third quarter when Copiague went on a 21-11 run. Huntington, which was outscored in the second half, 39-20, went on to lose 70-46.

Kevin Lawrence led the Blue Devils with 17 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Mike Abbondandelo had 11 points and Taqwan Gooden-Hill added seven points. James Shea had four points and Nick Inman, Gerard Federici and Mekhi Harvey scored two points each. Travis Robinson had a point from the free throw line.

Huntington scored 13 points from the foul line.

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Huntington alum Emily Saltman plays on the SUNY Purchase soccer team.
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Huntington girls' basketball players huddle around head coach Mike Kaplan. (Darin Reed photo.)
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Huntington wrestler Robert Simon.