The Huntington High School girls’ soccer program will gather for the official start of the season on Monday, August 26 at 7:30 a.m. The Blue Devil varsity will be led by head coach John Walsh and assistant coach Vincent Tannazzo. Maria Canino will be the junior varsity team’s head coach.
Players can get requalified in the nurse’s office beginning at 7 a.m. They should be bring a completed health history form and physical exam clearance. Forms are available on the district website at www.hufsd.edu.
Practices will run from 7:30-10 a.m. and against from 5-7 p.m. daily for the first week of tryouts.
Senior Field Hockey Awards
Three exceptional seniors were recognized by Huntington High School varsity field hockey coaches Kathy Wright and Allison Conlon at the 51st annual Blue Devil Senior Athletic Awards Banquet.
Morgan Minicozzi was named Most Valuable and Phoebe Walther was tapped as Most Improved. Brooke Goldsmith walked away with the Coaches Award.
Minicozzi is headed to Adelphi University where she was recruiting to play on the college’s field hockey team. She plans to study for a nursing career. Walther will be studying for a teaching career at SUNY College at Geneseo. Goldsmith will be attending the College of Charleston. She is undecided on an academic major.
Early Season Football Schedule
The Huntington High School varsity football team will kick off the 2019 with the opening of practice on Monday, August 19. Head coach Steve Muller is anticipating a great season.
Huntington will participate in a multi-team scrimmage on Saturday, August 31 at Veterans Park in Northport at 8 a.m. The Blue Devils will also scrimmage at Harborfields on Friday, September 6 at 3:30 p.m.
Huntington hosts powerful West Islip in the Suffolk Division II opener for both teams on Saturday, September 14 at 2 p.m.
Blue Devil Girls’ Volleyball Seniors Honored
The Huntington girls’ volleyball program honored a pair of seniors at this year’s Blue Devil senior athletic awards banquet in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium.
Huntington head coach Lauren Visbal presented the Most Improved Award to Shaye O’Beirne and recognized Caroline Lenze with the team’s Coaches Award.
Ms. O’Beirne is headed to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California to study mathematics. Ms. Lenze will be attending Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She is interested in pursuing a career as a physician assistant or possibly an OB-GYN.
Trustees Appoint New Physical Education Teacher
Jordan Ioviero has been appointed to work as a Huntington UFSD physical education teacher. He has been assigned to J. Taylor Finley Middle School and is expected to coach in the district’s football and basketball programs.
Mr. Ioviero obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and adapted PE at Dowling College in 2011. He earned a master’s degree at Touro College in 2015. He worked as a physical education teacher at Riverview School-PS 277Q in Queens since September 2015.
Mr. Ioviero has coached football at John H. Glenn, Locust Valley and Smithtown West high schools, winning county and Long Island championships along the way. He has also been an assistant varsity basketball coach, again winning county and LI titles and reaching the state finals.
District officials reviewed 40 applications and interviewed 20 candidates prior to recommending Mr. Ioviero for appointment to the district’s faculty.
Blue Devil Boys’ Cross Country Senior Awards
Blue Devil boys’ cross country coach Robert Nill, in his final act before retiring from the Huntington athletic program, presented awards to his top three seniors at the 51st annual Blue Devil Senior Athletic Awards Banquet.
Nill recognized Graham Young (Team Leader), Daniel Thompson (Best Attitude) and Edward Maleszewski (Most Improved).
Mr. Young is headed to Villanova University to study business and finance. Mr. Thompson will be attending Marist College. Mr. Maleszewski plans to study psychology at Lynn University.
Huntington Boys’ Soccer Staff 2019
John Pagano will be the Huntington High School varsity boys’ soccer team’s head coach with Jason Suarez once again serving as the assistant coach. Jose Alfaro-Garcia will also be back as the junior varsity team’s coach.
Huntington physical education teachers Travis Smith and Alex Nelson will coach the two boys’ soccer teams at J. Taylor Finley Middle School.
Blue Devil Football Senior Awards
The Huntington High School football program presented six graduating players with honors at the 51st annual Blue Devil Senior Athletic Awards Banquet in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium.
Assistant coach Cable Todd Jamison spoke about the season and about each of the six honorees. He presented the team’s overall MVP Award to Blue Devil quarterback John Paci, who is headed to Lafayette College to play football and study economics. The Offensive MVP Award went to Eric Sands, Jr., who will be playing football at SUNY Alfred State.
Joey Ramos, Jr. (Suffolk Community College) captured the Defensive MVP Award. The Most Valuable Lineman Award was presented to Bryce Criscuola, who plans to play football and study mechanical engineering at Wilkes College in Pennsylvania. Jordan McCoy (employment) garnered the Most Improved Award. The Coaches Award was given to Patrick Durand, who is headed to the University of South Carolina to study business.
Booster Club Golf Outing on August 19
The Huntington Booster Club will be holding a golf outing on Monday, August 19 at Crab Meadow Golf Course in Northport. A crowd of coaches, alumni, district officials and local folks are expected to spend on the day on the links.
There are limited openings for single players, twosomes and foursomes. Single player entry is priced at $185 with twosome ($370) or foursome ($740) entries also available. Those wishing to attend just the post-play awards reception can do so for $25.
The day will begin with lunch and registration/check-in at 12 noon. The driving range will be open and available. A shotgun start will begin play at 1:30 p.m. The awards reception is set for 5:30 p.m.
Player entries include a cart, lunch, awards and a post-play cocktail reception. There will be a variety of on-course-contest, including closest to the pin, beat the pro and longest drive.
Need more information? Call event coordinator Trish Rongo at 1-516-909-4332 or Booster Club President Timothy Pillion at 631-275-3264 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Flyers are posted on the Huntington School District’s website at www.hufsd.edu and on the Booster Club’s website at www.huntingtonboosterclub.com.