Huntington High School varsity athletic teams will be led by a dynamic group of captains this fall. The 11 separate Blue Devil squads are all striving for success. Every team has been practicing since August 22 and many have already climbed high in the standings of their respective league.
Coaches have announced the names of 27 fall captains. Most are well known to Blue Devil fans after many years of exceptional performances. Immediately upon being named, all of the captains went about setting a positive and encouraging tone for their teammates.
Varsity head coaches Todd Donaghy (girls’ volleyball), John Romano (boys’ cross country), Mark Jackson (girls’ cross country), Kathy Wright (field hockey), Steve Muller (football), John Pagano (boys’ soccer), John Walsh (girls’ soccer), Michael Marinello (golf), Jamie Fishlow (girls’ tennis), Jacqueline Lazzarini (girls’ gymnastics) and Christopher Helmke (girls’ swimming and diving) will look to the captains for leadership both in an out of the playing arena.
The group of captains includes:
Girls Volleyball: Kate Barba, Megan Donaghy, Haileigh Smith
Boys Cross Country: Matthew Armstrong, Ian Rotunno, Nicholas Seitz
Girls Cross Country: Talia Addeo, Jannel Marroquin
Field Hockey: Grace Agrillo, Laurel Bonn, Gemm Cartwright, Tessie Maerz, Erin Scanlon
Football: Joseph Algieri, Anthony Annunziata, Dominick Vidota
Boys Soccer: Ian Husselbeck, Kieran Husselbeck, Kevin Velez
Girls Soccer: Hope Bilkey, Gianna Forte
Golf: Nicholas Sclafani
Girls Tennis: Kate Balm, McKenna Buffa, Anna Bell Young
Girls Swimming & Diving: Kathryn Montefusco
Girls Gymnastics: Elizabeth James
Many of the captains and their teams are planning for a one day community service project unique to each of the Blue Devil squads. It’s a still developing initiative that is yet to hit its stride. Teams, led by their captains will take on a one-time, one-day project in an effort to give back to the community that so generously supports the academic and co-curricular programs.
Projects will be featured on Huntington UFSD’s website and social media platforms and ultimately submitted to the NYSPHSAA for consideration for its community service award.
The ultimate goal is to have all Blue Devil sports programs participating in a community service project during their respective season. Captains are expected to play a key role in helping to get the initiative off the ground.