Paige Lennon is now a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She recently returned to Long Island with the West Point women’s lacrosse team for a series of fall scrimmage games at Stony Brook University.
The Huntington High School Class of 2019 member spent the summer training at West Point and now she’s in the midst of fall semester classes and still more training.
Huntington alum Paige Lennon (right) with fellow West Point cadets.
Many of Ms. Lennon’s Huntington friends and former Blue Devil teammates turned out to watch her play against teams from Stony Brook, Yale University, Siena College and Wagner College.
Ms. Lennon played on Huntington’s varsity lacrosse, soccer and basketball teams and volunteered with the Young Leaders youth development organization. She has captained Blue Devil teams in all three varsity sports.
“School is going great,” said Ms. Lennon about her freshman year at West Point. “Frequently I am faced with challenges, but always find new ways to overcome them through everything I am learning here. This is a once in a lifetime experience. The lacrosse team is super nice and we work really hard when it comes to pushing each other to get better. In the past three months I've thrown grenades, shot machine guns, played lacrosse games, do eight hour school days, been in a gas chamber and much more. It’s incredible.”
Balanced Offense Gets H-ton a Victory
The Huntington varsity girls’ soccer team utilized a well-balanced offense to shutout visiting Central Islip on Saturday, 4-0. The victory improved the Blue Devils’ record to 4-2-3 this fall.
Alexa Amorison, Katie Browne, Kemberlin Hernandez-Veliz and Jennifer Zeron-Salmeron scored goals for Huntington. Marissa Stafford tallied three assists. Giavanna DeVoe also picked up an assist.
“Today our effort paid off,” Browne said. “We worked extremely hard and it was a whole team effort to get us a win.”
Huntington opened a 2-0 halftime lead and added two insurance goals in the second half. Charlotte Maggio (4) and Ainsley Lumpe (2) combined to stop six shots in goal for the Blue Devils.
“I think we played together and hustled a lot,” Amorison said. “The first goal gave us a lot of momentum that we kept up throughout the entire game.”
Lauren LoScalzo Tallies Two Goals
Lauren LoScalzo scored two goals and Laurel Bonn added an assist to lead the Huntington varsity field hockey team past Connetquot, 2-0.
The two teams engaged in a fierce first half battle that resulted in scoreless tie at halftime. But then LoScalzo erupted for a pair of second half goals. Huntington goalie Julie Rogel notched the shutout in the cage, stopping three shots.
LoScalzo has six goals and an assist this fall. Rogel has recorded 66 saves.
H-ton Boys’ Soccer Edges Newfield
The Huntington varsity boys’ soccer team took a giant leap forward by edging Newfield, 2-0.
The Blue Devils are now 5-2-1 in Suffolk League III and 8-2-1 overall. Huntington soccer stars Brian Contreras and Jasson Garay each scored a goal and added an assist. Goalie Cole Pillion made five saves in the next to notch the shutout.
JV Boys’ Soccer is a Juggernaut
The Blue Devil boys’ junior varsity soccer team has been a juggernaut this fall. Huntington is 10-0 and Jeison Blanco Portillo leads the squad with a remarkable 22 goals.
Coached by Huntington alum Jose Alfaro, the roster includes Brenden Abedin, Elmer Aguilera Avila, Cecilio Alvarez, Ronaldo Arias-Alfaro, Cristian Avelar-Romero, Jeison Blanco Portillo, Roman Borovica, Vincent Grassi, Ian Husselbeck, Kieran Husselbeck, Matthew Lange, Liam Lennon, Julio Martinez, Leonid Martinez Soto, Joseph O’Connell, Mike-el Ollivierre, Christian Panameno-Delcid, Justin Perez Castillo, Enzo Pupillo, Enri Reyes-Flores, Joseph Rodriquez-Valdez, Dylan Schnitzer, Andreas Seferian, Nikolai Seferian and Henry Vohs.
Finley Field Hockey Keeps Improving
The J. Taylor Finley Middle School field hockey team continues to improve. Coached by Nancy Conlon, the squad has been competitive in every game.
The roster includes seventh graders Rosie Arner, Alexandra Centrone, Charlotte Curtin, Alyssa Evans, Janelee Gomez-Hernandez, Rafaella Gregorio, Ariana Lepera, Britanny Lopez Berrios, Jordan Matijak, Aine Rimkunas, Gwendolyn Tittmann and Sophia Weiss and eighth graders Adriana Abbatiello, Kathryn Barba, Landry Flynn, Lily Froggatt Bale, Natalia Hernandez, Megan Lewis, Jordana Paniccia, Olivia Polinsky, Kaitlyn Sansiviero, Oliva Spada and Elizabeth Stair.
Finley Boys’ Soccer Flourishing
The two J. Taylor Finley Middle School boys’ soccer teams are both off to a good start this fall. Once again, there is plenty of interest in the program.
The team coached by Travis Smith includes seventh graders Michael Brandine, Jasiah Castillo Cortes, Bradley Contreras, Gavin Deegan, Justin D’Eloia, Chase Gadaire, Josue Gamez, Carlos Marroquin, Dylan Proctor, Ryan Scanlon, Jayden Schneider, Zachary Schnitzer, Jonathan Vigil-Campos and Parker Wands and eighth graders Josiah Freeman, Anthony Jimenez-Avila, Nikolai Lulewich, Yexson Molina Arevalo, Gustavo Reyes Ochoa and Nicholas Rosan.
The team coached by Alex Nelson includes seventh graders Anthony Addeo, Andrew Case, Jerson Contreras-Moreira, Gustavo Flores Canales, Stephen Connor Fox, Jhordan Hernandez Moreira, Colin Lennon, Antonio Leotta, Brian Lynch, Keegan Malone, Nicholas Plachta, Justin Villatoro, James Vohs and Luke Wesnofske and eighth graders Emil Licona Gonzales, Zidane Ollivierre and Leuris Tavarez-Espinal.
Blue Devil Soccer Tops Bay Shore
The Blue Devil varsity girls’ soccer team picked up a much needed victory, topping host Bay Shore in the rain, 2-0.
Huntington led 1-0 at halftime and added an insurance goal in the second half to seal the win. The victory improved the Blue Devils’ record to 3-2-3 this fall.
Kemberlin Hernandez-Veliz and Jennifer Zeron-Salmeron scored goals for Huntington. Katie Brown and Hanna Carlson added assists. Goalie Ainsely Lumpe recorded four saves to notch her fifth shutout of the season.
Blue Devil Stadium Field Banners Available
Blue Devil Stadium family and corporate field banners are available for purchase. Dozens of banners are currently affixed to the fencing surrounding the track oval that circles the turf playing surface.
The Huntington Booster club coordinates the field banner program. The high quality navy blue vinyl banners measure 9x4 feet and feature white lettering. Depending on when the banner is purchased, it will be displayed for one year (Either September through August or March through February.)
Family banners sell for $250 for one year or $600 for three years. Corporate banners are offered for sale at $500 for one year or $1,250 for three years. Those purchasing a banner are also listed in the Booster Club’s annual dinner gala journal as a supporter of the Blue Devil athletic program. (Families and teams can combine to purchase a banner.)
Those purchasing a banner can list three lines of text. The first two lines can consist of 25 characters per line with a third line maximum of 50 characters. (There is no requirement that all three lines of text be used.)
“Through the years, the Huntington interscholastic athletics program has played an important role in the lives of students and community members,” states the Booster Club’s field banner flyer. “We have a great opportunity for your family or business to show your support and advertise your name or business year-round, reaching thousands of Long Island families, athletes and consumers. To accomplish our goals we ask that you help us support our athletes at J. Taylor Finley Middle School and Huntington High School by purchasing a banner, which will be displayed on the fence around of athletic field at Huntington High School.”
Many alumni have purchased banners. There are banners commemorating Blue Devil sports feats and legendary coaches. Each person has a different reason for purchasing a field banner.
Banner order forms are available on the Huntington School District’s website at www.hufsd.edu. Contact Booster Club President Timothy Pillion at email@example.com or (631) 275-3264 for more information.