Blue Devil Sports News

Huntington's Mehki Harvey has the ball. (Darin Reed photo.)

January 20, 2017

The Huntington boys’ basketball team got a much needed victory when the Blue Devils toppled visiting Smithtown East in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium, 57-44.

Huntington never trailed in the game. The Blue Devils led 12-8 after the first quarter and 32-16 at halftime. The advantage ballooned to 20 in the final frame when the home team opened a 51-21 advantage.

Mehki Harvey led Huntington with 19 points and Kevin Lawrence added 15. Harvey dropped five baskets from beyond the arc. Lawrence had eight points from the free throw line. James Shea scored nine points and Taqwan Gooden-Hill had eight points. Mike Abbondandelo scored four points and played well on both ends of the court. Travis Robinson chipped in two points.

Smithtown East rallied to narrow its deficit to single digits a couple of times in the second half, but never got close enough to seriously threaten the Blue Devils’ hold on the game.

Matmen Outlast Visiting Deer Park

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Huntington freshman wrestler Sean Flick.

The Huntington wrestling team outlasted visiting Deer Park in a Suffolk League IV dual meet, 54-30 on Wednesday afternoon in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium.

Sean Flick (99 lbs.) continued his hot wrestling, pinning Deer Park’s Joseph Burns in 1:33. Aedan McDonald (106 lbs.) followed with a pin in 3:17. Ryan Mock (113 lbs.), Charlie O’Rourke (120 lbs.) and Ryan Baker (126 lbs.) all won by forfeit.

Huntington’s William Mejia (145 lbs.) and Jason Turner (152 lbs.) captured decisions by scores of 7-4 and 13-9, respectively. Robert Simon (182 lbs.), Ryan Stieve (195 lbs.) and Charlie Gadson (220 lbs.) all won by forfeit. Khari McNeil (285 lbs.) rounded out the Blue Devils’ scoring with a first period pin in 1:57.

Gulizio’s Career Night Not Enough

Anna Gulizio turned in a career night, but the Huntington girls’ basketball team surrendered a large lead and dropped a Suffolk League III game at Smithtown East, 53-45.

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Senior Anna Gulizio scored 26 points against
Smithtown East. (Darin Reed photo.)

Huntington trailed 13-8 after the opening quarter, but went on a 17-6 second quarter run to grab a 25-19 halftime lead. Gulizio dropped 15 points in the first half and scored 26 in the game.

The Blue Devils increased their advantage in the third quarter to 41-33, but that eight point lead gradually disappeared in the final eight minutes. Smithtown East outscored Huntington 20-4 in the fourth quarter.

Emma Petrizzi, Alexandra Heuwetter and Abby Maichin scored five points each for the Blue Devils. Tara Wilson and Katie Seccafico had two points each.

Considering that Huntington entered the game with one of Suffolk’s best defenses, the turn of events in the final minutes surprised the Blue Devil coaches and players.

H-ton Alum Samantha Lynch Scores Twice for Notre Dame

She loved every minute of her time back home in Huntington, but former Blue Devil lacrosse star is back on Notre Dame’s South Bend campus and she’s gearing up for what she hopes will be a sensational sophomore campaign.

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Huntington alum Samantha Lynch (left)
in action for Notre Dame.

After returning to Notre Dame from a nearly month long break back home between semesters, Lynch traveled to Bradenton, Florida with her teammates for pre-season training. The Huntington alum participated in four workouts in three days, enjoyed team meals and positional meetings and even managed to get in some time at the beach.

Notre Dame capped off its trip with an exhibition game against Team USA, the reigning World Cup champions. The Irish dropped a 22-5 decision, but Lynch scored Notre Dame’s first two goals.

Ryan Mock Ranked in Suffolk

Huntington senior Ryan Mock is ranked No. 4 in Suffolk at 113 lbs. The teenager has a record of 23-3 this winter. He won the League IV championship last year at 106 lbs.

Early Run Propels Blue Devil Girls

The Huntington girls’ basketball team left nothing to chance on Thursday night. The Blue Devils opened the game on a 13-0 run and held a 29-12 halftime lead over visiting Centereach.

When play resumed for the third quarter, Huntington was on fire again, outscoring the Cougars 10-1 to put a lock on the game. The Blue Devils coasted from there to a 50-28 victory in Suffolk League III to improve to 10-4.

Junior Alexandra Heuwetter led Huntington with 11 points. Senior co-captains Anna Gulizio and Emma Petrizzi had 10 points each. Petrizzi added five assists. Katie Seccafico also turned in a big game with eight points and nine rebounds. Tara Wilson added five points. Charlotte Maggio scored four points and had three assists. Torre Palmer pulled down five rebounds to go with two points.

Shorthanded Blue Devils Fall at Centereach

The Huntington boys’ basketball team found itself without one of its starters for the game and then lost a second starter to injury during the contest. It was too much for the Blue Devils to absorb as host Centereach went on to claim a 48-36 victory on Thursday night in Suffolk League III.

The Cougars led 13-8 after the opening quarter before Huntington narrowed its deficit to 15-12 by halftime. The Blue Devils were outscored in the third and fourth quarters by 17-12 and 16-12 margins.

Taqwan Gooden-Hill led Huntington with 16 points. James Shea and Kevin Lawrence had eight points each. Travis Robinson and Nick Inman both scored two points.