After a 77-54 loss at home to Amityville on January 3, the Westhampton Beach boys basketball team rebounded with a 64-58 road victory at Islip on Thursday, January 5, its first League V win of the season.
The Hurricanes (1-3 League V, 5-5 overall) had five players reach double digits in points, led by Matt Pesce with 18. Jake Gaudiello scored 16 points, Nigel Braithwaite Jr. had 12, and Nolan Quinlan had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Gaudiello rang up 28 points in the loss to Amityville, which is undefeated and tied for the league lead with Harborfields as of Tuesday morning.
The Westhampton Beach girls basketball team improved to 3-1 in League V play (6-4 overall) after back-to-back wins last week. After winning, 55-49, at Amityville on January 3, the Lady Hurricanes defeated defending county champion Islip, 39-30, on Thursday, January 5.
Westhampton Beach trailed Islip, 12-8, after the first quarter but outscored the Lady Buccaneers, 11-4, in the second to take control of the game. Isabelle Smith had 15 points, four rebounds and three assists in the win.
In the win over Amityville, Smith scored 20 points, dished out seven assists and had three steals. Lexi Miller added 11 points and five rebounds, and Lindsay Rongo had 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Hampton Bays boys and girls basketball teams each suffered two losses last week. The Baymen (1-3 League VI, 5-5 overall) lost, 83-47, at home to Bayport/Blue Point on January 3, then lost again, 72-36, at Elwood/John Glenn two days later. The Lady Baymen (1-3 League VI, 3-6 overall) suffered a 53-42 loss at Bayport on January 3 and a 56-39 loss at home to Glenn on Thursday, January 5.
Saturday’s snowstorm put a damper on many of the invitationals across the region, canceling virtually all, but a few teams had crossover meets at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood earlier in the week.
The Hampton Bays and Westhampton Beach boys teams had their fourth crossover on January 2. Jack Ryan of Westhampton Beach won the 3,200-meter race, in 9:56.81, the only runner of the 31-person group that finished below 10 minutes. He also placed fifth in the 1,000-meter race, in 2:48.05. Peter Sullivan tied for 10th place in the 55-meter dash, in 7.13 seconds. Jack Meigel tied for seventh in the high jump, reaching 5 feet 4 inches. The 4x800-meter relay team placed second, in 9:25.86.
For the Baymen, Jesse Haynes placed second in the high jump with a mark of 6 feet 1 inch, smashing his previous best of 5 feet 8 inches. Haynes also finished 10th in the 55-meter hurdles, in 9.05 seconds. Jason Huzau finished ninth in the 300-meter dash, in 38.63 seconds, and Thomas O’Connell placed 10th in the triple jump with a leap of 35 feet 3½ inches. The 4x400-meter relay team of Huzau, O’Connell, Chris Downs and John Ferguson finished .13 of a second behind first-place Bayport/Blue Point in a season’s-best 3:47.5, shaving seven seconds off the previous mark.
At a meet on January 4, Chloe Haynes set a new Hampton Bays school record in the 3,000-meter race, with a time of 11:48, good for eighth place. The previous record of 12:18 was set in 2005 by Jackie Maloney.
At the same meet for Hampton Bays, Rachel Reycroft finished sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 29 feet 3½ inches. Nicole Akten ran a personal-best time of 11.06 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles, which placed her 26th.
The Westhampton Beach 4x400-meter relay team of Jackie Amato, Kayla Berman, Maureen Duffy and Maeve Murphy won, in 4:18.31, leading the Lady Hurricanes at their meet on January 3. The 4x200-meter relay team finished second, in 1:58.06. Kelsey Jordan won the 1,500-meter racewalk, in 7:39.54; Murphy took second place in the 1,000-meter run, in 3:16.28; Amato placed second in the 600-meter run, in 1:48.84; Berman placed fourth in the 300-meter dash, in 43.67 seconds; Sarena Choi finished third in the 55-meter dash, in 7.54 seconds; Kathleen Kelly tied four others in the high jump by clearing 4 feet 6 inches; and Reilly Gwinn finished eighth in the 1,500-meter race, in 5:23.17.