A large crowd filled the J. Taylor Finley Middle School cafeteria on Tuesday night for the Blue Devil wrestling program’s annual awards dinner.
Some of Huntington’s greatest track athletes ever are seniors and they’ve competing in their final indoor season for the Blue Devils. What comes next for the winter program?
Huntington boys’ swimmers enjoyed a strong season as the Blue Devils and Harborfields combined on a team that compiled a 6-3 overall mark.
Clay Jamison is on his way to be one of Suffolk’s best throwers. The Huntington High School junior grabbed All-League honors during the indoor season and he’s looking to climb a little bit higher on the ladder this spring.
The Huntington girls’ indoor track and field season is now but a memory. But it’s a good memory and one that the coaches and athletes will never forget.
The Huntington girls’ fencing team featured a roster dominated by underclassmen this winter. There were only six seniors on the team, which endured some growing pains along the way.
The Huntington boys’ fencing team appears well-positioned for success next winter. The Blue Devils won six matches this season with a roster that included just four seniors and a whopping 21 underclassmen.
After turning in another great indoor season, Huntington High School’s track royalty collected numerous honors at the county awards dinner at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.
Shane McGuire suffered a bad break. The Huntington High School senior tore a leg muscle during a race in early February and missed the county championships and state qualifier along with a chance to repeat as a state and national champion. But he has kept his head up.
Huntington senior Lawrence Leake ran one of the fastest 600m times in the nation this winter, but it wasn’t enough to overcome an upset performance by Treston White of Lockport at last Saturday’s state track and field championships at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex at Staten Island.
Gold. That’s what Lawrence Leake is after this Saturday when the Huntington High School senior competes in the state championships at the Ocean Breeze Track & Field Complex at Staten Island.
Sam Bergman is one of the Huntington High School boys’ track and field team’s top throwers. The junior just missed a trip to the indoor state championships when he finished fourth in the weight throw at the state qualifier. He captured All-County honors with the performance.
Trailing by three points with four seconds to play in the game, Huntington had the ball, but was unable to get off a final shot as Eastport-South Manor held on for a 51-48 victory, knocking the Blue Devils out of the Suffolk Class AA playoffs.
Huntington senior Ryan Mock won four matches to capture third place and All-County honors at 113 lbs. in the Suffolk Division I wrestling tournament last weekend at Suffolk-West in Brentwood.
Kyree Johnson and Lawrence Leake have one thing on their minds: gold medals. The two Huntington seniors have qualified for the New York State indoor track and field championships on March 4 along with the Blue Devils’ 4x400m relay.
Blue Devil track star Kyree Johnson and Huntington High School assistant coach Eli Acosta were honored last Sunday by the Long Island chapter of the USA Track & Field Association at the organization’s 18th annual awards brunch at the Hofstra University Club in Hempstead.
The Blue Devil girls’ basketball team honored its five sensational seniors during a touching pre-game ceremony last Saturday, but Smithtown East upset Huntington’s splendid afternoon, winning the final regular season game, 44-39.
Mike Kaplan will never forget the night he won the 100th game of his career. The Blue Devil girls’ basketball team head coach saw Huntington hold off hard charging Smithtown West in the final seconds of Tuesday night’s contest to claim a 33-30 victory and move into sole possession of second place in Suffolk League III.
Senior Kevin Lawrence scored 17 points to lead the Huntington boys’ basketball team over host Newfield in a Suffolk League III game, 54-50.
Ryan Mock and Ryan Stieve won weight class titles to pace the Huntington wrestling team to a fourth place finish in the Suffolk League IV tournament last Saturday.
Several Huntington wrestlers are expected to be in the mix for individual weight class titles at Saturday’s Suffolk League IV tournament at Half Hollow Hills West in Dix Hills.
They gave the Blue Devils everything they had and will never be forgotten. Six seniors were honored by the Huntington boys’ basketball team prior to Tuesday night’s game in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium.
The Huntington girls’ indoor track and field team competed in its final contest before next Sunday’s county championships, posting numerous personal bests and even a new school record at last weekend’s Jim Howard Invitational at Suffolk-West in Brentwood.
The Huntington fencing team is prepped and ready to take on Suffolk’s best at Saturday’s county championships.
Senior Kevin Lawrence scored 27 points to lead the Huntington boys’ basketball team to one of its best wins of the season as the Blue Devils topped North Babylon at home on Saturday afternoon, 70-59.
After falling to second place Hauppauge earlier this week, Blue Devil boys’ swimmers find themselves still flying high. The squad is 6-3 overall and 5-2 in Suffolk League II.
The Huntington wrestling team won again, toppling Kellenberg last Friday afternoon in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium, 49-33.
The stats on paper seemed to indicate that the Huntington girls’ indoor track and field team was destined for a fourth place finish at last Saturday’s Suffolk League III championships, but the Blue Devils had other ideas.
Blue Devil ninth grade track sensation Jaylen Bush won the 55m hurdles to pace Huntington High School at the Suffolk Frosh-Soph Championships last Friday night.
The Huntington girls’ track team is revving up for the Suffolk League III championships on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Suffolk-West in Brentwood.
Kyree Johnson and Lawrence Leake showed why they are considered two of the best high school sprinters in the United States when the Huntington seniors dazzled the crowd at Saturday’s Molloy Stanner Games at the Armory in Manhattan.
Kyree Johnson upset Sam Coleman of LaSalle Academy in Rhode Island to claim the 55m dash crown at the 48th annual Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, New Hampshire last weekend.
The Huntington girls’ basketball team relied on its defense to topple host West Islip, 32-18. The Blue Devils allowed only a single field goal and five free throws through the first three quarters while building a 27-7 lead.
Lawrence Leake is an understated kind of guy. The Huntington High School senior is a county, state and national track champion and star, but he still flies somewhat under the radar because his teammates are also among the best in the nation.
Huntington fencing has one of the longest and most impressive histories of any program in Suffolk. The Blue Devils are continuing the legacy of late coach Alan Kuver and this year’s boys’ and girls’ teams have both been competitive during the first half of the season.
The Huntington girls’ indoor track and field team is gathering momentum. The Blue Devils have a somewhat surprisingly strong squad despite graduating many of their top performers last June and moving into the Suffolk’s large school division.
The Huntington girls’ basketball team overcome a stiff challenge from visiting Kellenberg in a game that wasn’t decided until the final seconds. The Blue Devils finally emerged from the see-saw affair with a 52-49 victory to improve to 6-2 this winter.
The Huntington boys’ indoor track and field team sparkled against some of the top squads in the country late last week as the Blue Devils vied in the Ocean Breeze Holiday Classic in Staten Island.
Senior Kevin Lawrence turned in his biggest game of the winter, dropping 32 points, but the Huntington High School boys’ basketball team fell to Ward Melville, 69-54 in the semifinal round of the Frank Gugliotta tournament at Walt Whitman.
The Huntington boys’ basketball team jumped out to a 13-0 lead and held a 15-2 advantage after eight minutes of play on Tuesday night. The Blue Devils went into halftime with a 25-14 lead and despite being outscored in the third quarter, 18-14, looked to be in good shape as they entered the final frame up 39-32.
The Huntington boys’ indoor track and field team showed it still has plenty of star power as the Blue Devils dominated the St. Anthony’s Christmas Classic last Friday night in South Huntington.
Kevin Lawrence was magnificent, scoring 28 points and pulling down 11 rebounds to pace the Huntington basketball team to a 58-35 win over East Hampton in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
One month into the winter season the Huntington High School girls’ indoor track and field team is sharpening its performance. The Blue Devils turned in an impressive set of results during a crossover meet this past Sunday night at Suffolk-West in Brentwood.
The Huntington wrestling team finished third in the Miller Place Scramble Invitational on Saturday. The Blue Devils compiled 416 points, trailing only Sachem East (842.5) and Miller Place (639) and ahead of Walt Whitman (392), Center Moriches (338), Comsewogue (312) and Plainedge (293.5).
It’s a whole new world for the Huntington High School girls’ winter track and field team. After a sensational multi-year run in the county small schools division, the Blue Devils have moved into the large school category after enrollment changes caused movement between levels.
The Huntington High School girls’ tennis team collected multiple honors at the Suffolk County Tennis Coaches Assn. annual awards dinner at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.
The indoor track season is underway and despite being stung by last June’s graduation, the Huntington High School boys’ squad seems poised to emerge as one of the top teams on Long Island.
After losing several of its starting players to graduation last June, the Huntington High School girls’ basketball team is regrouping. The Blue Devils are in the midst of playing a short fall league schedule as head coach Mike Kaplan works to configure a winning combination for the winter.
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.
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|Mantesta||Frank||Asst. Basketball, Varsity Boys'||631-673-2018|
|Witt||Timothy||Head Basketball, JV Boys'||631-673-2018|
|Kaplan||Michael||Head Basketball, Varsity Girls'||631-673-2018|
|Bergmann||Marissa||Asst. Basketball, Varsity Girls'||631-673-2018|
|Vasselman||Fred||Head Basketball, JV Girls'||631-673-2018|
|O’Brien||Michelle||Head Fencing, Boys' & Girls'||631-673-2018|
|Feldman||Cheryl||Asst. Fencing, Boys' & Girls'||631-673-2018|
|O’Garra||Valinda||Asst. Fencing, Boys' & Girls'||631-673-2018|
|McConnell||Margaret||Head Swimming/Diving, Boys'||631-673-2018|
|Larkin||Kaitlyn||Asst. Swimming, Boys'||631-673-2018|
|Wilson||Ronald||Head Indoor Track, Boys'||631-673-2018|
|Acosta||Eli||Asst. Indoor Track, Boys'||631-673-2018|
|Cheskes||Debra||Head, Indoor Track, Girls'||631-673-2018|
|Anderson||Shawn||Asst. Indoor Track, Girls'||631-673-2018|
|Smith||Travis||Head Wrestling, Varsity||631-673-2018|
|Fusco||Peter||Asst. Wrestling, Varsity||631-673-2018|
|Mock||Kieran||Asst. Wrestling, Varsity||631-673-2018|
Mascot: Blue Devils
Facilities: Louis D. Giani Gymnasium
Director: Georgia Deren McCarthy
Ath Secretary: Mary Lou Paxton
Ath Secretary: Rosemary Fleming
631-673-2017 Athletic Director
631-673-2018 Athletic Office
631 425-4725 FAX
School Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.