When their running and jumping days are over, members of the Huntington High School indoor track and field team will be able to look back at the 2019 season and feel a sense of satisfaction knowing they won league, county, state and national titles.
The Blue Devil wrestling program celebrated its season during an awards reception in the cafeteria. The teenagers and their parents enjoyed dessert and refreshments as the coaches recapped the season.
It was a frustrating season for Huntington High School’s boys’ junior varsity basketball team. The young Blue Devils often played well during the first half, even taking a lead into the locker-room at halftime only to falter in the second frame. Chalk it up to having many young players who needed experience and got it this winter.
A very young Huntington High School varsity girls’ basketball team found a way to reach the Suffolk Class AA playoffs this year and set the stage for even more success next winter.
The Huntington High School girls’ junior varsity basketball team completed a fine season with an overall record of 12-8.
The Huntington High School wrestling team will return all six county tournament qualifiers next winter.
A sensational trio paced the Huntington High School boys’ fencing team this winter. Juniors Riley Tucker and Nick Kretschmer and senior Connor Dougal all turned in standout seasons for the Blue Devils.
Huntington High School’s track and field stars were honored at the recent Suffolk Coaches Assn. dinner at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.
Dozens of Huntington High School athletes and five winter season varsity teams have captured New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Awards.
The Huntington High School boys’ and girls’ track and field teams have their eyes on gold, silver and bronze medals at Saturday’s state championships at Staten Island.
While the Huntington High School girls’ fencing team struggled to win matches, individual fencers did manage to find success.
Eric Sands has been working hard all winter and his training finally paid off on Wednesday afternoon in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium when the Huntington High School senior set a new Blue Devil record in weight throw and qualified for the state championships in the event.
Blue Devil alumni are mourning the loss of former Huntington High School coaching great Al Donofrio, who passed away this week after a long life that stretched nearly 100 years.
The Huntington High School boys’ and girls’ indoor track and field teams turned in a great set of performances at the Section XI state qualifier at Suffolk-West in Brentwood.
The Huntington girls’ basketball team celebrated three very special players on the Blue Devils’ Senior Day on Thursday night in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium.
The Huntington boys’ basketball team honored its seniors during a ceremony at midcourt prior to Tuesday night’s home game in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium.
The spring athletic season is fast approaching. At Huntington High School, spring season teams include boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, boys’ and girls’ track and field, boys’ tennis, baseball, softball and crew.
While their names aren’t etched in Blue Devil granite just yet, the Huntington High School girls’ indoor track and field team’s 4x200m relay made history last Saturday at Suffolk-West in Brentwood, winning the Section XI indoor championship and setting a new school record.
Billy Burton and Tazadon Smith won weight class championships and four other Huntington High School wrestlers finished in the top three to advance to next weekend’s Section XI tournament at Suffolk-West in Brentwood.
The Huntington High School wrestling team will vie in the Section XI League IV wrestling tournament on Saturday at Newfield. The Blue Devils tangled in their final tune-ups for the post-season over the past week.
A clutch last minute shot by Katie Browne and a timely block by Charlotte Maggio helped lift the Huntington girls’ basketball team to an exciting 35-34 victory over host Newfield in Suffolk League III.
The Huntington girls’ basketball team had a real shot at toppling visiting North Babylon from the ranks of Suffolk’s undefeated, but a failure to make layups and foul shots cost the Blue Devils dearly last Friday night in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium.
The Huntington boys’ indoor track and field team captured first place honors at the Suffolk Frosh/Soph Championships at Suffolk-West in Brentwood on Sunday.
The Huntington varsity girls’ basketball team won its second straight league game and evened its overall record to 6-6 with a 38-28 victory on Monday night at Comsewogue.
After two days of stiff competition against more than 100 teams from across the northeast United States and Canada, the Huntington High School boys’ indoor track and field team found itself firmly ensconced in third place at the 50th Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, New Hampshire.
The Huntington High School wrestling team cast aside its struggles in dual meets this winter and turned in an impressive display at the 26th annual Herricks New Year’s Invitational tournament last weekend.
Huntington senior Johnathan Smith capped off another incredible day of performances by winning the gold medal in the 600m run at the 2019 Freedom Games at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex at Staten Island. The competition drew 48 entries from multiple states up and down the East Coast.
After falling behind 12-0 at the start of the game, the Huntington girls’ basketball team methodically clawed its way out of the hole against visiting Glen Cove. By halftime, the Blue Devils trailed 17-15 and after going on a 9-2 early second half run, took a 24-19 lead, but it wouldn’t last.
Huntington High School’s boys’ indoor track team’s 4x400m relay is a very special group consisting of Johnathan Smith, Justin Stevens, CJ Kiviat and Anthony Joseph. The gifted foursome improved their season best time to 3:24.51 this past Saturday night at the Armory Coaches Hall of Fame Invitational in Manhattan.
The Huntington boys’ and girls’ fencing teams are in action, competing in dual matches and invitational contests.
If last Friday night’s season-opening performance at the North Shore Invitational is any indication, the Huntington High School boys’ indoor track and field team is going to be something very special.
The Huntington wrestling team finished third in its own tournament last weekend. The Blue Devils compiled 150 points, trailing only Kings Park (213) and Center Moriches (162) and outdistancing Comsewogue (146), Putnam Valley-Haldane (113.5), Port Jefferson (104), Massapequa (89.5) and Harborfields (89).
The Huntington varsity boys’ basketball team is ready to jump ball. The squad is three weeks into practicing and the players and coaches are excited to finally begin the competitive schedule.
The Huntington varsity boys’ basketball team is ready to jump ball. The squad is three weeks into practicing and the players and coaches are excited to finally begin the competitive schedule.
This year’s Huntington High School wrestling team is expected to be vastly improved as last winter’s young group returns stronger and more skilled.
The winter sports season officially kicked off at J. Taylor Finley Middle School this week. Huntington High School’s winter teams will soon be practicing as well.
Calling all Huntington High School parents. A Parent Academy will be held on Tuesday, April 17 from 6-8:15 p.m. It’s an opportunity for parents to participate in a variety of workshops of their choice addressing every adolescent’s academic, social and emotional well-being.
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.
|Carey||Brian||Head Basketball, Varsity Boys'||631-673-2018|
|Thorbourne||Kevin||Asst. Basketball, Varsity Boys'||631-673-2018|
|Reilly||Patrick||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|
|Scully||Shea||Head Basketball, JV Girls'||631-673-2018|
|O’Brien||Michelle||Head Fencing, Boys' & Girls'||631-673-2018|
|Ferraiolo||John||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|
|TBA||Asst. Swimming, Boys'||631-673-2018|
|Wilson||Ronald||Head Indoor Track, Boys'||631-673-2018|
|Acosta||Eli||Asst. Indoor Track, Boys'||631-673-2018|
|Jackson, Jr.||Mark||Head, Indoor Track, Girls'||631-673-2018|
|Santos||Eddie||Asst. Indoor Track, Girls'||631-673-2018|
|Giani||Louis R.||Head Wrestling, Varsity||631-673-2018|
|Santiago||Omar||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: Sarah Meehan
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.