The Blue Devil fall athletic season is already taking shape as a series of important dates were released. Dates for the winter and spring seasons were also announced along with a lineup of sports for each season.
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.
The Huntington High School girls’ swimming and diving team is looking ahead to the future after several of its senior stars reached the state championships this past fall.
With nearly the entire cast of top runners returning next fall, the Huntington High School boys’ cross country team appears well positioned to break into Suffolk’s elite circle.
Huntington High School’s junior varsity football team took a few lumps during what can best be described as a learning season. The Blue Devil roster included many players who lacked extensive experience on the gridiron. With most of the squad expected to return to the JV level next fall, the future seems much brighter.
The Huntington varsity boys’ soccer team has reaped a series of awards in the afterglow following the program’s first outright league championship in 28 years.
The Huntington High School golf team is sending its two best players to next spring’s New York State championships at Cornell, but the Blue Devils are already looking ahead to the fall when the squad will regroup and look to maintain its footing among the county’s leaders.
Ten fall varsity athletic teams at Huntington High School have earned prestigious New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Awards based on the grade point averages of respective team members.
Five Huntington High School varsity field hockey players grabbed post-season honors after stellar fall campaigns.
Huntington senior Nicole Abbondandelo picked up All-League, All-Conference and All-County honors at the Suffolk Girls’ Soccer Coaches Association awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency Long Island in Hauppauge on Monday night.
The Huntington varsity boys’ volleyball team played for the love of the game this fall.
After winning its first outright league title in 27 years, the Huntington varsity boys’ soccer team has reaped post-season honors.
The Huntington football team came within 18 seconds of pulling off an upset of Half Hollow Hills East on its home field last Saturday, but the Thunderbirds rallied for a 14-10 victory in the Suffolk Division II playoffs.
Tyler Gerbavsits and Matt Giamo dropped every shot they need to make in a pressure filled round as the Huntington High School teammates both qualified for the state golf championships at Cornell University.
Tricia Arceri has been accomplishing each of her goals, one by one. The Huntington High School senior knocked off another one when she won the Suffolk diving championship last Friday night at Hauppauge, storming past the talented field. One goal remains for the teenager and she thinks about it all the time.
The Huntington High School football team has once again reached the Suffolk playoffs. That’s due in no small measure to the sensational play of the squad’s 17 seniors, who have been determined to close out their Blue Devil gridiron careers in a special way.
A rainy day at Sunken Meadow State Park ended in spectacular fashion for the Huntington girls’ cross country team. The Blue Devils earned a berth in the Section XI team state qualifying race on Friday.
The Huntington High School junior varsity girls’ soccer team stayed competitive throughout the season in a very tough league. The Blue Devils showcased many players that will likely make the jump to the varsity level next fall.
A season that laid the foundation for future fall campaigns drew to a close for the Huntington boys’ cross country team at the Suffolk Frosh-Soph Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park.
The J. Taylor Finley Middle School eighth grade boys’ soccer team defeated Candlewood last Friday to improve the Falcons’ record to 9-0.
With two games remaining on its schedule, the J. Taylor Finley Middle School eighth grade boys’ soccer team has been untouchable. The Falcons are 8-0 and aren’t about to take their foot off the offensive gas pedal.
They were feeling so good that not even losing a match could dampen the high spirits of a very competitive group of Huntington High School girls’ volleyball players on Tuesday afternoon.
Quitting was never an option. The Huntington girls’ soccer team showed the grit and determination of a champion when it rallied from a two goal halftime deficit and forced three overtimes before falling to host Comsewogue on penalty kicks in a Suffolk Class AA playoff game last Saturday.
They’ve meant so much to the program that when they graduate next June, four special seniors are going to be terribly missed by their Huntington girls’ cross country teammates.
The Huntington football team rallied to nip visiting Riverhead, 20-19 before a crowd of 2,000 of Homecoming Day at Blue Devil Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Jason Verville once again paced the Huntington High School boys’ cross country team as the Blue Devils looked sharp in a crossover meet against 10 other Suffolk squads.
Big Blue is coming. Katie Seccafico scored a pair of goals and Emma Greenhill notched the game winner in overtime as the Huntington girls’ soccer team nipped Smithtown East, 3-2 on Senior Day at Blue Devil Stadium and qualified for a berth in the Suffolk Class AA playoffs.
Huntington boys’ cross country runners posted a series of personal best times as the Blue Devils fared well at the Suffolk Officials Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park.
Sarah Agrillo was nervous and who could blame her? The Huntington High School senior took hold of the microphone and stood on the Blue Devil Stadium turf as she prepared to start singing a song that has tripped up many famous professionals over the years.
Another day, another hero. The Huntington varsity boys’ soccer team is filled with talented players and against Centereach, it was Freddie Amato’s turn to shine.
Tyler Gerbavsits and Matt Giamo both shot a two over par 39 at the Cold Spring Hills Country Club to lift the Huntington golf team over Half Hollow Hills West in a Suffolk League II match, 6-3. The Blue Devils are coached by Michael Marinello.
A pair of first half goals by senior Emma Greenhill lifted the Huntington High School girls’ soccer team over visiting Centereach, 2-0 and allowed the Blue Devils to inch closer to a post-season berth.
The Huntington varsity field hockey team honored three very special players on Senior Day at Blue Devil Stadium. Lianna DeChiaro, Lindsey McKenna and Sarah Agrillo were all recognized for their sensational contributions to the program during a touching pre-game ceremony.
The Huntington girls’ cross country team is a resilient group. The Blue Devils overcame the absence of their top runner and went on to turn back a challenge from Walt Whitman, North Babylon and Lindenhurst in a multi-team meet this week at Sunken Meadow State Park.
As they headed into overtime against stubborn Massapequa, none of the Huntington boys’ soccer team’s players seemed particularly worried. The Blue Devils always believe that somehow they will find a way to win and Luis Ortiz showed their faith isn’t misguided.
Alex LaBella will have an opportunity to take a step up from the friendly confines of Blue Devil Stadium when the Huntington High School senior takes the field in January to play for USA Football’s under-18 select team against UANL-Mexico at AT&T Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play their home games.
The Blue Devil varsity girls’ soccer team is back in the hunt for a post-season berth after Huntington edged Newfield in an overtime thriller, 2-1.
The Huntington golf team putted its way past Walt Whitman and Half Hollow Hills East on consecutive days.
The Huntington girls’ cross country team is putting the county on notice. The Blue Devils finished fourth in the overall standings at the Suffolk Coaches Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park as the squad continues on the upswing.
The Huntington boys’ cross country team turned in a series of impressive performances at the Suffolk Coaches Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park.
The Huntington football appeared to be on its way to a stunning upset of rugged West Islip on Saturday at Blue Devil Stadium. Trailing 17-7 in the third quarter, the Lions looked like they would be toppled from the ranks of the undefeated. Then the tables turned; sharply.
Katie Seccafico captured lighting in a bottle when the senior lofted a last second shot from 40 yards and put the ball in the net to give the Huntington varsity girls’ soccer team a badly needed 1-0 victory at Smithtown East.
The Huntington girls’ cross country team turned in a very respectful performance last weekend in the Suffern Invitational at the 5,205 acre Bear Mountain State Park. The Blue Devils raced against hundreds of runners from across the region.
After a slow start, the Huntington football team’s offense aired it out at Copiague on Saturday, accumulating large chunks of yardage on the ground and in the air and going on to topple the Eagles on their home field on Homecoming Day, 41-0.
They just keep winning. The Huntington varsity boys’ soccer team won for the fifth time in six tries, using two second half goals to top Smithtown East, 2-1.
It’s a learning experience. Always. The Huntington football team walked away from last week’s season opening loss and regrouped. After enjoying a productive week of practice, Blue Devil players can’t wait to take the field again on Saturday afternoon at Copiague.
No one in Suffolk thought the Huntington High School boys’ soccer team would be this good, but the Blue Devils have been surprising the county this fall.
Senior Tricia Arceri’s pursuit of a state championship is off to a good start. The Huntington High School senior captured first place in the opening meet of the season at Lindenhurst and her score qualified her for the Suffolk finals.
Riding a wave of five consecutive league championships, the Huntington High School golf team isn’t finished yet. The Blue Devils have every intention of adding to their remarkable string of titles this fall.
After losing seven seniors off last fall’s league championship team, Huntington High School varsity girls’ tennis coach Jamie Fishlow is striving to piece together a starting lineup that will keep the Blue Devils competitive this season.
Let’s get ready to rumble. The Huntington High School football team kicks off its 2017 campaign at Blue Devil Stadium on Saturday at 3 p.m. when it hosts powerful North Babylon in a Suffolk Division II game.
The Huntington girls’ volleyball team is looking for consistency. If the Blue Devils can find it, they appear capable of reaching the post-season and surprising more than a few Suffolk opponents.
Tricia Arceri is a senior and she’s clearly aiming for a state championship in her last season with the Huntington High School swimming and diving team.
The Huntington High School varsity girls’ cross country team is off and running with a new coach this season. The Blue Devils have been training for the past two weeks as a mix of veterans and newcomers prep for competition.
After losing only one player off last year’s roster to graduation, the Huntington High School girls’ volleyball team appears set to turn the proverbial corner and become a consistent winner.
The Huntington varsity football team looked sharp during a four-way scrimmage early Saturday morning at the town’s Veterans Park complex in East Northport.
Tyler Gerbavsits has been paying his dues this summer. The Huntington High School senior has been playing as much golf as he can as he gets ready for his final season with the Blue Devils.
Huntington football players are conditioning themselves for the coming season, which officially kicks off on Monday, August 14 at 7 a.m. sharp. Will this be a special year for the Blue Devils? Only time will tell.
Tricia Arceri isn’t quite done yet. The soon to be Huntington High School senior hopes to cap off her Blue Devil career by winning the New York State diving championship. Considering her drive and determination, the teenager has very good odds of pulling it off.
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 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.
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 the Suffolk County Athletic Directors’ Association vice president.
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 who are Huntington High School graduates; John, a graduate of James Madison University and Kenny, a JMU senior.
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.
|Nill, Jr.||Robert||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|
|Wright||Colleen||Head, JV Field Hockey||631-673-2018|
|Muller||Steve||Head, Varsity Football||631-673-2018|
|White||Andrew||Asst., Varsity Football||631-673-2018|
|Jamison||Cable Todd||Asst., Varsity Football||631-673-2018|
|Byrnes||James||Head, JV Football||631-673-2018|
|Harris||William||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
1-631-673-2017 Athletic Director
1-631-673-2018 Athletic Office
School Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.