The opening day kickoff is still about five months away, but Section XI has already posted tentative varsity football schedules on its website (www.sectionxi.org).
The Huntington football program celebrated another memorable season, with competitive teams at every level of play. The Blue Devil varsity squad reached the Suffolk Division II playoffs, compiling a 5-4 overall mark. All things considered, it was a very good year.
While the Huntington field hockey team struggled at times during a rebuilding year, five Blue Devil players captured post-season honors and many underclassmen emerged as future varsity stars this past fall.
An unusually small roster size didn’t prevent the Huntington High School junior varsity field hockey team from compiling a 7-2-5 mark and battling every opponent until the final whistle.
The Huntington School District and the Huntington community at-large won the coveted 12th Man Award at the Suffolk County Football Coaches Association’s annual dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge this past Monday night.
Alexis Pastorelli turned in an All-League season to pace the Huntington High School girls’ cross country team this fall. The Blue Devils compiled a 4-2 mark to finish third in the league standings.
Four Huntington High School players were honored last week at the 35th annual Suffolk County Girls’ Soccer Coaches Association awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge.
A group of talented seniors led the Huntington varsity girls’ soccer this fall. The Blue Devils tried desperately to overcome a series of injuries, but despite three one-goal victories that buoyed their hopes, the team was not able to amass the points needed for a post-season berth.
Tricia Arceri has been working non-stop since last fall’s state championships, diving with her club team and the Huntington High School squad and doing plenty of conditioning on her own. It all paid off when the junior captured fifth place at last week’s New York finals in Ithaca.
Like any good athlete, Tricia Arceri always has a list of goals she is striving to attain. One of them has been to reach the medal platform at the New York State diving championships. The Huntington High School junior can now put a check next to that one after finishing fifth in a field of 43 last Friday at Ithaca College.
Consistency. That’s the mark of any good golfer and that’s what helped Huntington High School’s team turn in another strong season on the links.
Tricia Arceri knows she’s going to be put to the test at Ithaca College next week. The Huntington High School junior is prepping for the state diving championships the only way she knows how; by working hard.
The Huntington boys’ varsity volleyball team struggled this fall, but players gave head coach Todd Donaghy and each other 100 percent effort, putting up a battle against every opponent.
One by one, Tricia Arceri is reaching her goals. The Huntington High School junior captured the Suffolk County diving championship last Friday night, setting a new Section XI record by notching a score of 618.10.
The Huntington football team rallied to take a 14-12 halftime lead in Saturday’s Suffolk Division II playoff game, but Bellport went on to score 22 unanswered second half points to top the Blue Devils, 34-14 before a crowd of about 500 at Joe Cipp Field.
The Huntington junior varsity boys’ soccer team came awfully close to perfection, losing just once in league play and twice in 17 games overall.
The Huntington varsity girls’ volleyball team is ascending after several lean years. The Blue Devils won five matches this fall and with all but one starting player set to return, the future looks increasingly bright.
It’s a season that the Huntington High School girls’ tennis team will always remember. The Blue Devils won the Suffolk League II title with a perfect 10-0 mark. Four players captured post-season honors after turning in stellar seasons.
The Huntington boys’ cross country team is racing to the finish line of the fall season. The Blue Devils compiled a 3-3 mark in league competition, placing fourth in the standings. Fifteen of the squad’s 18 runners enjoyed personal bests in the final meet.
The Huntington football team staged a fourth quarter rally to upend host Smithtown East on the last day of the regular season last Saturday, 25-20. The victory was the fifth in the past six games for the Blue Devils, who will now advance to the Suffolk Division II playoffs next weekend.
The Huntington High School football team has the playoffs in its sights heading into the final game of the regular season. The Blue Devils will travel to Smithtown East on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.
The Blue Devil varsity girls’ soccer team celebrated its veteran players on Senior Day as a crowd of parents, friends and teammates looked on.
There have been many magical Saturday afternoons since the Huntington football team took the field for the first time in 1895. Last week was one of them.
The Blue Devil varsity girls’ tennis team won the Suffolk League II title and is headed to the county playoffs.
Tyler Gerbavsits is increasingly making a name for himself in the golf world. The Huntington High School junior was honored earlier this week at the Metropolitan PGA’s junior golf awards ceremony at the famed Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck.
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The Huntington football team held off a fourth quarter rally by Half Hollow Hills East in dramatic fashion to nip the Thunderbirds on their Homecoming Day, 20-19.
With the regular season quickly nearing its close, the Huntington boys’ soccer team needs to win as many games as it can if the Blue Devils want to qualify for the playoffs. The squad took a step in that direction by toppling visiting Centereach on Senior Day, 2-0.
Sophomore Emma Grassi served up aces for the Huntington High School junior varsity girls’ tennis team this fall, pacing the Blue Devils to an 8-2 record.
It didn’t always look especially graceful, but the Huntington football team did enough things right to claim a 14-9 victory over Suffolk Division II foe Centereach on Homecoming Day at Blue Devil Stadium.
On the coolest day of the fall so far, the Huntington High School varsity girls’ tennis team closed out its regular season by edging Kings Park, 4-3 to capture the Suffolk League II championship with a perfect 10-0 record.
Consistency is one of the hallmarks of any successful athletic team. That’s been the case with the Huntington varsity boys’ soccer squad and it’s helped the Blue Devils climb back into the hunt for a post-season berth.
Facing long odds coming into the game, the Huntington varsity girls’ soccer team turned in its best performance of the season, taking down two-time defending county champion West Islip, 1-0 before a spirited crowd at Blue Devil Stadium.
Always ready for a challenge, the Huntington High School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams raced in the Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational in New Jersey on Saturday, battling some of the top runners in the multi-state region.
The Huntington High School girls’ volleyball team won back-to-back matches last week. No one can remember the last time that happened. A long period of rebuilding is nearing its completion as the Blue Devils have turned the corner and become much more competitive.
The race isn’t even half over yet, but the Huntington High School boys’ cross country team is off to an impressive start. The Blue Devils have won three-of-four meets and appear well-positioned to turn in one of the program’s best seasons in decades.
After a sensational start, the Huntington High School varsity boys’ soccer team struggled through four straight losses. The Blue Devils ended that skid with a thrilling 5-2 victory over visiting Smithtown East on Tuesday afternoon.
After scoring on a penalty kick in the opening game of the season, the Huntington High School varsity girls’ soccer team endured four straight shutouts. So when the offense finally clicked last Friday afternoon, the Blue Devils breathed a sigh of relief.
The Huntington High School girls’ cross country team is off and running this fall. A group of determined runners is hopeful their training will result in a successful campaign.
An explosive offense helped the Huntington High School football team captured its first victory of the season on Saturday as the Blue Devils toppled Smithtown West, 42-20. The star of the game was sophomore Eli Mollineaux, who scored a touchdown on a 50 yard “run” during an exhibition play near the start of the third quarter.
Don’t count the Huntington High School varsity football team out just yet. Sure the Blue Devils dropped their first two games of the season, but there is still plenty of time to compile enough wins to qualify for post-season play.
The Huntington varsity girls’ tennis team won its second consecutive Suffolk League II match without a loss when it upended visiting Hauppauge, 5-2. Mia Breitbarth and Abby Bellistri captured No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (7-4) to pace the Blue Devils.
The Huntington High School varsity tennis team consists of Christie Baade, Abigail Bellistri, Mia Breitbarth, Maire Brown, Jessica Cordes, Leanne Daly, Christiana DeLuca, Gabriella DeLuca, Cameron Fehrs, Isyss Jones, Theresa Moreno, Miranda Nykolyn, Emma Pipolo and Kiera Striano. Kayla Ryan is the team’s manager.
Riding what’s been a seemingly endless wave of success, the Huntington High School golf team has won four consecutive league titles and 50 straight matches, after topping John H. Glenn at Crab Meadow earlier this week, 8-1.
Tara Wilson drilled a penalty shot into the goal in the 76th minute to give the Huntington girls’ soccer team a 1-1 tie at Walt Whitman last Friday night under the lights. It was the non-league opener for both schools.
The Huntington High School football team is back on the field and in bigger numbers than in recent years. Practice kicks off early Monday morning. Varsity and junior varsity players will participate in conditioning drills and learning assignments specific to their respective offensive and defensive positions.
A new season will bring about a new look for the Huntington High School varsity field hockey team. After losing many of their top players to graduation last June the Blue Devils will look to their returnees to keep the program moving forward.
The goal always remains the same for John Walsh and Vincent Tannazzo. Huntington High School’s varsity girls’ soccer coaches want to push as far into the playoffs as they can. The coming season will be no different as the Blue Devils prep for the start of practice next Monday.
After losing 21 players to graduation, the Huntington High School boys’ soccer team has plenty of positions to fill.
Coming off a very solid season, the Huntington High School girls’ tennis team will look to keep its momentum going this fall. Practice kicks-off on Monday, August 22 and veteran head coach Jamie Fishlow hopes his players come ready to jump right into the sport.
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.
Ms. McCarthy was employed by ABC Television in Virginia, handling sports logging and writing duties and 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 team, volunteered with the boys’ varsity 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 Council representative for Conference II, Ms. McCarthy also serves as the Conference II secretary. She is Section XI’s representative on the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s modified (middle school/junior high school) committee.
A member of Section XI’s official’s negotiations, finance, sportsmanship and eligibility committees, Ms. McCarthy is a Section XI Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) trainer for those seeking coaching certification. She is the Suffolk County Athletic Directors’ Association secretary.
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.
Ms. McCarthy has two sons who are Huntington High School graduates; John, a graduate of James Madison University and Kenny, a JMU sophomore.
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.
|Anderson||Shawn||Head, Boys' Cross-Country||631-673-2018|
|Cheskes||Debra||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|
|Messina||Lori||Head, JV Field Hockey||631-673-2018|
|Muller||Steve||Head, Varsity Football||631-673-2018|
|Harris||William||Asst., Varsity Football||631-673-2018|
|Jamison||Cable||Asst., Varsity Football||631-673-2018|
|McCabe||James||Asst., Varsity Football||631-673-2018|
|Byrnes||James||Head, JV Football||631-673-2018|
|White||Andrew||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|
|Donaghy||Todd||Head, Boys' Varsity Volleyball||631-673-2018|
|Visbal||Lauren||Head, Girls' Varsity Volleyball||631-673-2018|
|Postel||Carrie||Head, Girls' JV Volleyball||631-673-2018|
|Lowe||Phil||Speed, Strength, Conditioning||631-673-2018|
Mascot: Blue Devils
Director: Georgia Deren McCarthy
Ath Secretary: Mary Lou Paxton
Ath Secretary: Rosemary Fleming
631-673-2017 Athletic Director
631-673-2018 Athletic Office
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