The Huntington High School golf team is in the midst of a transition, having lost many of its best golfers in recent years to graduation and now on the cusp of losing a few more next month. The Blue Devils are already a young squad and that will continue next fall.
The Huntington High School varsity football team will enter the 2021 season seeded No. 8 among 14 teams in Suffolk Division II. An eight game tentative schedule has been released by Section XI.
After a season that saw the Huntington High School varsity boys’ soccer team compile a 13-2 record and reach the Section XI playoffs, seven Blue Devil players have garnered honors.
Freshman Bryan Lizama scored 12 goals to lead the Huntington High School junior varsity boys’ soccer team to a 7-4-3 record.
Seven Huntington High School football players captured post-season honors following the Blue Devils’ recent spring season.
The Huntington High School junior varsity field hockey team encountered its fair share of challenges during the recent season, which was moved from last fall to March-April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Blue Devils were led by freshmen Brooke Parks and Sophie Lange and sophomores Markella Markotsis and Rachel Morina.
The Huntington High School junior varsity girls’ tennis team enjoyed a great season, compiling a 7-3 record while showcasing a cast of promising players.
Sophomore Kathryn Montefusco won the Suffolk 200 freestyle swimming championship, took third in the 100 breaststroke and qualified for the state championships in both events to lead the combined Huntington High School-Walt Whitman squad to an eighth place finish in a field of 26 teams at the Section XI finals.
The Huntington High School girls’ cross country team won three-of-four meets this spring as seniors Valerie Rogel and Ella Siepel claimed All-League Second Team honors and Anna Koulakova was named All-League Honorable Mention.
The Huntington High School varsity field hockey team is looking ahead toward the future. The Blue Devils are graduating seven seniors, but hope current underclassmen and the top junior varsity players step in and fill all the holes left behind.
The Huntington High School junior varsity football team wrapped up its eight game spring season. It was a mixed bag for the Blue Devils, who alternated between brilliance and uneven play en route to a 3-5 mark after dropping a several very close games.
The Huntington High School boys’ cross country team raced across the season ending finish line with a 3-2 record under new head coach Onix Salva.
Section XI delayed the high school girls’ tennis season for six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but once players took the court it was business as usual. The Huntington High School varsity consisted mostly of underclassmen, which raises hopes for next fall when the sport will return to his traditional time frame.
Many tears were shed after the Huntington High School girls’ soccer team dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision at Connetquot in the Section XI playoffs, but Blue Devil head coach John Walsh is optimistic that good times lie ahead.
The most surreal season in Huntington High School football history concluded last Saturday afternoon as the Blue Devils rolled past visiting Smithtown West, 42-14.
Volleyball is a great sport and a lot of fun to play. The Huntington High School girls’ volleyball program is in the midst of a recruiting drive, putting out the welcome mat for new members. Practice will begin on Monday, August 23 and head coach Todd Donaghy is hoping to see a huge turnout.
While the Huntington High School golf team is wrapping up its current season, Blue Devil head coach Michael Marinello is already thinking about next fall when the squad hopes to return to a large degree of normalcy.
While they might have been relatively few in number, the players on the Huntington High School junior varsity girls’ volleyball team played with an awful lot of heart and energy this spring.
Seeded third in the county playoff bracket, the Huntington High School boys’ soccer team was upset on its home field as West Islip topped the Blue Devils in sudden death overtime, 2-1.
Saying goodbye is always tough to do. The Huntington High School girls’ volleyball team feted Marina Durand, Gracia Renkewitz and Sophia Severine on the Blue Devils’ Senior Day
They played their hearts out for 80 minutes, but in the end the Huntington High School girls’ soccer team came up just short by the slimmest of margins, falling to host Connetquot in the county playoffs, 1-0.
The Huntington High School varsity boys’ soccer team celebrated its seniors last Thursday afternoon before going on to defeat visiting West Islip, 4-1 to finish the regular season with a 13-1 mark.
On a day that celebrated the careers of its seniors, the Huntington High School varsity girls’ soccer team put on an awesome offensive display, turning back visiting Copiague, 8-0.
The Huntington High School junior varsity football team put on another impressive offensive display, accumulating 378 yards of total offense while turning back visiting Copiague, 32-0.
The Huntington High School junior varsity girls’ soccer team has been displaying sensational hustle, determination and enthusiasm. The Blue Devils have been highly competitive in the opening set of games and go into each contest with an impressive degree of confidence.
Blue Devil pride runs deep at Huntington High School. A group of students in the Life Skills program pitched in and helped create spectator passes that fans must possess to attend games due to COVID-19 related caps on attendance and distancing requirements.
An explosive offense and a suffocating defense propelled the Huntington High School junior varsity football team to a 26-8 victory in the season opener at Half Hollow Hills East last Saturday morning.
The Huntington High School varsity field hockey team looks good in the opening weeks of the season and players are optimistic.
The Huntington High School girls’ cross country team is at full strength and set for the season.
Huntington School District student-athletes are invited to participate in a free virtual eligibility and scholarship workout coordinated by the New York State Athletic Administrators Association through Dynamite Sports.
The long wait is over for the Huntington High School varsity girls’ tennis team, which has finally returned to the courts along with its junior varsity counterpart after the COVID-19 pandemic pushed back the season by six months.
The Huntington High School varsity football team will play five regular season games this spring followed by either two playoff rounds if the Blue Devils qualify or two crossover games.
The Huntington High School golf team continues to prepare for the upcoming rescheduled season, now set to run from March 15 through April 26. The Blue Devils usually hit the links in the fall, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed interscholastic sports back by several months.
Six seniors are returning to the Huntington High School boys’ cross country team with new head coach Onix Salva at the helm. The group has high hopes for the rescheduled season, which will commence on March 1.
Good chemistry among players. If you ask the Huntington High School boys’ soccer team, that’s the key to success. Being able to trust and depend on one another and preventing any selfishness from ever emerging is a dynamic the Blue Devil players view as critical.
The Huntington High School field hockey team enjoyed a great set of pre-season conditioning sessions. The Blue Devils loved being together again and the group believes it will be very competitive during the rescheduled season, now set to begin on March 1.
Huntington UFSD’s athletic program is preparing to restart next month as official practices commence for winter season sports at both Huntington High School and J. Taylor Finley Middle School.
An effective pre-season conditioning and training program is typically a key ingredient in a successful athletic season. So the hopes of Huntington High School sports teams are running high this fall as the Blue Devils are well into laying the groundwork for what everyone believes will be winning campaigns once competition begins in early 2021.
The Huntington High School girls’ swimming and diving team is ready to make a splash as it eyes its rescheduled season, now slated for March-April.
The Blue Devil varsity girls’ volleyball team is looking ahead to the coming season, which will feature many new players in the starting lineup after Huntington graduated seven seniors last June.
They can’t wait to get back on the court with each other. The Huntington High School girls’ tennis team is excited about returning to play. The season has been moved from the fall to the March-April time period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The season is still many months away after the COVID-19 pandemic led Section XI to reschedule fall sports to March-April, but Huntington High School boys’ cross country runners are already working on their own to get in tip-top condition.
The season might be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Huntington High School girls’ cross country runners are continuing to prepare with physical conditioning activities and roadwork.
While the Huntington High School field hockey team understands the world is in the midst of the worst public health pandemic in a century, it still hurts to see the fall season postponed and moved to March-April. But the Blue Devils are shrugging off the change and expressing optimism that a young squad will mature quickly and be competitive.
New year, new set of heroes for the Huntington High School varsity boys’ soccer team, which graduated many of its top players last June. Head coach John Pagano and assistant coach Jason Suarez are excited to see who among the returnees will step up and fill the voids.
In its more than 100 year history, the Huntington football program has never played games in the spring, but that will change in 2021 as the Covid-19 pandemic has led Section XI to adjust sports seasons. With a return to the field now set, the Blue Devils are getting excited about putting on their uniforms again.
Interscholastic athletics will remain on hiatus through the end of the year in high schools across Suffolk County. Section XI, the governing body for middle school and high school sports, announced last Friday that interscholastic athletics will resume on January 4, 2021.
Ron Wilson can’t wait for the COVID-19 pandemic to subside or for a vaccine to become available so he can get back into the arena. He’s just like every other Blue Devil athletic coach and hundreds of athletes at Huntington High School and J. Taylor Finley Middle School.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Section XI delaying the start of the fall sports season to September 21 at the earliest, the school doctor administered sports physicals and nurse requalification for activity scheduled for this month at Huntington High School and next month at J. Taylor Finley Middle School are cancelled.
Through the years, the Huntington interscholastic athletics program has played an important role in the lives of students and community members. An integral part of the Department of Physical Education, organized athletics in the Huntington School District date back more than one hundred years. Since the inception of sports teams here, Blue Devil competitors have won every possible honor bestowed on high school athletes.
Students who choose to participate will learn lessons in the value of hard work, teamwork, personal sacrifice and commitment, time management, respect for authority and rules, as well as how to lead and follow. A myriad of sports are offered during fall, winter and spring seasons. Students can choose to compete on one team each season. Parents of athletes, alumni, and community members who want to support and become involved in the athletic program have an opportunity to join the Huntington Booster Club. This organization sponsors many activities and promotes and enhances the operation of the athletic program.
Schedules for all teams and directions to away contests are available from the athletic office or by logging onto the Section XI website at www.sectionxi.org.
Coaches are also available to discuss any aspect of their specific program with prospective athletes and/or parents. For further information, including tryout dates and sports offered by season, please call the athletic office at 631-673-2018.
Georgia D. McCarthy has been Huntington’s district director of health, physical education and athletics since 2002. She began her career in the district in 1992 as a physical education teacher at Flower Hill and later worked at Huntington Intermediate and the high school.
A member of Huntington High School’s Class of 1982, Ms. McCarthy was an outstanding athlete and earned a full NCAA Division I basketball scholarship to James Madison University, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.
Employed by ABC Television in Virginia, handling sports logging and writing duties, Ms. McCarthy later held a similar position with NBC in New York before ultimately deciding to pursue a career in education.
Adelphi University awarded Ms. McCarthy a master’s degree in physical education in 1990. Her first teaching job was at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, where she also coached varsity girls’ basketball and soccer and junior varsity softball.
At Huntington, Ms. McCarthy coached the Blue Devil JV girls’ basketball team for five seasons and won four Coach of the Year Awards. She also coached the boys’ JV basketball team, volunteered with the boys’ varsity basketball squad, served as JV softball coach and coached boys’ varsity volleyball.
She has been active on the college level, too, first as Adelphi’s head women’s tennis coach and then as a graduate assistant in the women’s basketball program.
After teaching for 12 years, Ms. McCarthy earned her state administrative certification through Dowling College in 2002. In addition to her other duties, she is Huntington’s coordinator of driver education and chairperson of the district’s Comprehensive Health Advisory Council.
Ms. McCarthy takes pride in personally knowing almost all of the students participating in the district’s athletic program. She is a frequent visitor to Huntington’s gyms and fields and is a constant presence at meets and games.
Section XI’s female Athletic Council representative for Conference II, Ms. McCarthy also serves as the Conference II vice president. She is Section XI’s representative on the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s modified (middle school/junior high school) committee. She is the Section XI Modified Committee chairperson.
A member of Section XI’s official’s negotiations, finance, sportsmanship and eligibility committees, Ms. McCarthy is also a President’s Committee member. She is president of the Suffolk County Athletic Directors’ Association.
A love for sports led Ms. McCarthy to develop a summer lacrosse and basketball camp, which she directed for nine years and which grew to become one of the premier programs in the northeast. She was an AAU basketball coach for many years.
Ms. McCarthy’s father, Ray Deren once held the same position in Huntington that she now does and she regularly credits him for a lengthy list of innovations and accomplishments on behalf of the physical education and athletic programs, as well as for her own success. She started an annual scholarship in his name and presents it each year at the Blue Devil senior athletic awards dinner.
Nominated for Suffolk County Athletic Director of the Year in 2018, Ms. McCarthy has two sons, John and Kenny, who are both Huntington High School graduates.
All students are expected to pass all subjects. Passing physical education is a requirement for participation in interscholastic sports. Failure to maintain a passing average in all other subjects may result in being placed on probation from the activity, until improvement is displayed, as judged by the Athletic Director. Students on probation will be required to attend study sessions to concentrate on the subject failed. Participation may or may not continue during the probation. Continued academic failure may result in being suspended from the activity.
As an athlete, you are responsible for the care and the return of all athletic equipment that is issued to you. Any equipment that you do not return must be paid for. Failure to return or pay for equipment issued to you will result in your not being permitted to try out for the next sport season. In addition, if you have in your possession any athletic equipment that has not been issued to you, it could result in the immediate suspension from the team you are participating on. Such items should be turned into the Athletic Office immediately. These rules will be enforced to protect the community’s investment in the athletic program.
No athletic equipment is to be worn without the consent of the coach. Athletic uniforms are NOT to be worn during physical education class. If the student-athlete fails to return or pay for uniforms at the end of a season, he/she may not be eligible to try out for the next sport season.
The school district is not responsible for personal property. It is recommended that all valuables be left at home. Students must provide their own lock to store items in team locker rooms.
The district requires that a Transportation Release Form be completed, signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the athletic office at least 24 hours prior to the contest each time the release of a student-athlete is sought from the return transportation provided by the district.
It is important for athletes to remember that participation is a privilege that is not to be abused by unsportsmanlike conduct. The District athlete is to demonstrate self-control and respect for other students, teammates, other athletes, officials, and spectators at all times. District athletes are expected to treat opponents with respect before, during and after competitions. Congratulations, shaking hands and other acts of good sportsmanship are expected.
Students are expected to display good citizenship during the school day, on the athletic field, and in the community. You are representing the school district, so you are expected to act accordingly. Behavior that is less than acceptable will lead to temporary or permanent suspension from the team.
All student athletes must comply with the District’s Code of Conduct in addition to the Athlete’s Code of Conduct.
Hazing, defined as any activity directed against another for the purpose of initiation into any school district sponsored activity, organization, club or team, is a form of harassment whether it is physical or verbal. It is prohibited and should not be condoned by a victim, coach, staff, school administration, fellow students and especially team members. Any student found to have committed an act of harassment against any student in the District, including team members, will be faced with disciplinary action which may include suspension from their athletic team and suspension from school. Team members are fully expected to notify a coach and other school officials if any such behavior is observed.
An athlete may not use or be in possession of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances such as illicit drugs or steroids at any time. An athlete may not use prescription drugs that have been prescribed for another person. Any student found to use alcohol, tobacco, or any illegal drug on or off school property at any time, including weekends, during the sport season will be suspended from participating in that sport. You have a commitment to your team not only during and after school, but also in the evening and on weekends. If a student-athlete discloses and informs a coach or other school official about his/her substance abuse problem, suspension may be waived if the athlete is willing to take active steps to remedy the problem.
Foul language and insulting remarks are not permissible. Students will not be permitted to fight or strike teammates and opponents unless in the context of a contact sport where such physical conduct is required or permitted. Athletes are expected to obey a coach’s directions. Disobedience, unwarranted comments, and other insubordinate behavior may interfere with the coach’s ability to conduct a practice and may distract from the time a coach should spend for the purpose of the team. Athletes are expected to communicate with coaches before or after practice to avoid distracting team practices and team goals. Athletes are expected to follow the rules and protocol of their sport and should not intentionally violate the rules of the sport that they are playing during practice or competition.
As a representative of the Department of Athletics and the Huntington Union Free School District, you are always in the public eye. Please keep the following in mind as you participate on social networking web sites:
Spectators are an important aspect of the District’s Athletic program and enhance the accomplishments of the individual athletes. Spectators are expected to conform to the accepted standards of sportsmanship and may never distract from the accomplishments of the District’s athletes. Spectators are capable of creating a negative impression of the District’s athletic program and embarrassing District athletes. The following rules of conduct must be followed by all spectators:
These rules and regulations will be enforced. They have been devised to help maintain the integrity of the athletic program here in Huntington and to help each and every student athlete have a safe, successful and enjoyable athletic experience.
Beginning in the seventh grade, in order to remain eligible to participate in co-curricular activities, a student who fails two or more subjects on the informals, quarterly grade reports and/or June final grades shall be required to attend extra help before, during or after the school day. Extra help is defined as attending a set number of minutes per week per subject of tutorial assistance. A teacher certified in the required subject area must administer extra help. If no such teacher can be scheduled, the building administration will arrange for alternative tutoring. Extra help shall continue until the student is failing less than two courses. A student failing physical education, even if it is the only course failed, shall not participate in extracurricular sports.
Students, teachers, advisors and coaches will be notified in writing of the failures. Upon notification, tutorial support will be put in place for the students as will the use of daily/weekly student progress reports. The written student notification will state the effective date of ineligibility. The student has the opportunity to appeal before the Eligibility Committee. Such a committee will be selected from administrators, counselors, teachers, advisors, coaches, and will closely review student progress to determine terms of eligibility or ineligibility for each student reviewed.
A school-sponsored student organization has the right to establish criteria for membership provided such criteria are relevant to the purpose and activities of that group.
|Salva||Onix||Head, Boys' Cross-Country||631-673-2018|
|Vogelsang||Beth||Head, Girls' Cross-Country||631-673-2018|
|Wright||Kathleen||Head, Varsity Field Hockey||631-673-2018|
|Conlon||Allison||Asst., Varsity Field Hockey||631-673-2018|
|Maimone||Claudia||Head, JV Field Hockey||631-673-2018|
|Muller||Steve||Head, Varsity Football||631-673-2018|
|Jamison||Todd||Asst., Varsity Football||631-673-2018|
|Graham||Kevin||Asst., Varsity Football||631-673-2018|
|Byrnes||James||Head, JV Football||631-673-2018|
|Byrnes||James G.||Asst, JV Football||631-673-2018|
|Marinello||Michael||Head, Varsity Golf||631-673-2018|
|Pagano||John||Head, Boys' Varsity Soccer||631-673-2018|
|Suarez||Jason||Asst., Boys' JV Soccer||631-673-2018|
|Alfaro-Garcia||Jose||Head, Boys' JV Soccer||631-673-2018|
|Walsh||John||Head, Girls' Varsity Soccer||631-673-2018|
|Tannazzo||Vincent||Asst., Girls' Varsity Soccer||631-673-2018|
|Canino||Maria||Head, Girls' JV Soccer||631-673-2018|
|Helmke||Chris||Head, Girls' Varsity Swimming||631-673-2018|
|McConnell||Meg||Asst., Girls' Varsity Swimming||631-673-2018|
|Fishlow||Jamie||Head, Girls' Varsity Tennis||631-673-2018|
|Mininni||Eric||Head, Girls' JV Tennis||631-673-2018|
|Visbal||Lauren||Head, Girls' Varsity Volleyball||631-673-2018|
|Postel||Carrie||Head, Girls' JV Volleyball||631-673-2018|
|Santos||Eric||Speed, Strength, Conditioning||631-673-2018|
Mascot: Blue Devils
Facilities: Louis D. Giani Gymnasium
Blue Devil Stadium
Coach Cupp Tennis Complex
Director: Georgia Deren McCarthy
Ath Secretary: Nicole Haas
Ath Secretary: Rosemary Fleming
1-631-673-2017 Athletic Director
1-631-673-2018 Athletic Office
School Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.