Fans will be returning to the Huntington High School and J. Taylor Finley Middle School gyms this week after a two week hiatus brought about by the ever evolving threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two fans per home and visiting player will be admitted to varsity and JV boys’ and girls’ basketball games and wrestling meets at the high school and boys’ and girls’ fencing meets at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School. Two fans per home player only will also be admitted to Finley boys’ basketball and girls’ volleyball games this week.
Games will also continue to be broadcast live on the Huntington Blue Devil Sports YouTube channel. Here is the direct link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk46lE-ekxEKRwdFzZPgbqg/videos.
Hudl camera systems are located in both the high school and Finley gymnasiums allowing for the livestreams. Due to a quirk in programming software, the Finley games are listed as “freshman” level on the YouTube channel, but viewers can clearly see it is the Finley gym and teams.
When arriving at a game this week, spectators are asked to check in with an athletic supervisor and state the name of the player they are coming to watch. Players can invite any two guests of their choosing. Spectators will be checked off against the roster upon arrival.
The Blue Devils are enjoying a great winter season. The varsity girls’ basketball team entered the current week with a perfect 10-0 record. Boys’ fencing is 6-0 and girls’ fencing is 4-2 with both losses coming by 14-13 scores. The varsity wrestling team is 11-2. Boys’ swimming and diving is 5-0 and is the odds on favorite to win the Suffolk championship.
Varsity boys’ basketball has already won six games, more than in any recent season. Boys’ and girls’ winter track and field are both expected to send multiple athletes to the state championships with several recording times that are among the fastest in both the state and nation this season.
Huntington’s new varsity bowling and varsity Unified bowling teams have both seen a burst of enthusiasm and interest and both are surprisingly competitive for their first year.
The Finley boys’ basketball team is also enjoying its most successful season in many year, having already captured four victories. Finley girls’ volleyball team is a work in progress. More than 120 seventh and eighth graders turned out for the team, which practices daily in the Woodhull Intermediate School gym.