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Winter Season Athletics Headlines

 Freshman Ava McDonald will be one of Huntington's top returning players. (Darin Reed photo.)
June 7, 2024

Perry Marinelli Named Varsity Girls’ Basketball Head Coach

Perry Marinelli has been named Huntington High School’s new varsity girls’ basketball coach. Huntington School Board members unanimously approved his appointment during a public meeting this past Monday night.

 The 2023-24 Huntington varsity girls' basektball team. (Darin Reed & Rachel Learned photo.)
April 18, 2024

Blue Devil Girls’ Garner Basketball Honors

Five Huntington High School varsity girls’ basketball players garnered honors following a season that saw the Blue Devils post an overall record of 10-10.

 The Huntnigton boys' basketball program will hold a free clinic on May 15. (Darin Reed photo.)
April 15, 2024

Free Boys’ Basketball Clinic for Grades 4-8

The Huntington High School varsity boys’ basketball program will host a free clinic for Huntington UFSD boys in grades 4-8 on Wednesday, May 15 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the high school gym. Mark your calendar now.

 A free wrestling intramural program will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the high school. (Darin Reed photo.)
April 12, 2024

Blue Devils Offer Free Boys’ Wrestling Intramural Program

The Huntington UFSD boys’ wrestling program has announced a free intramural wrestling program will be held in the high school wrestling room on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. beginning Monday, April 15 and running through Wednesday, June 17.

 Andy Marlow has been appointed as Huntington High School's 11th all-time varsity wresting head coach.
April 9, 2024

Andy Marlow Named Huntington Wrestling Head Coach

Andy Marlow is headed back to where his coaching career began more than 30 years ago after being appointed by the Huntington School Board as the Blue Devil varsity wrestling team’s 11th all-time head coach. He will lead Huntington High School into its 76th season next winter.

 Huntington's varsity Unified bowling team was successful this past winter. (Darin Reed photo)
April 4, 2024

Blue Devil Unified Bowling Rolls Strikes

Huntington High School’s varsity Unified co-ed bowling team enjoyed its fair share of strikes during a recently completed season that saw the roster swell to 23 enthusiastic athletes. The Blue Devils notched victories over Smithtown, Half Hollow Hills and John H. Glenn.

 Five Huntington UFSD winter season teams won Section XI Sportsmanship Awards (2)
March 22, 2024

Blue Devil Teams Win Section XI Sportsmanship Awards

Five winter season athletic teams at Huntington High School and J. Taylor Finley Middle School won Section XI Sportsmanship Awards. The designation reflects well on the players, coaches and fans of those Blue Devil squads.

 Huntington's swimmers and coaches are formidable. (Rachel Learned photo.)
March 20, 2024

Great Season for Blue Devil Boys Swimmers

The Huntington boys’ swimming and diving team closed out another great season that saw the Blue Devils and their collaborators from Walt Whitman, Harborfields and John H. Glenn finished third in the Suffolk championships and 16th in New York State.

 The Huntington varsity boys' basketball team. (Darin Reed & Rachel Learned photo)
March 14, 2024

H-ton Boys’ Basketball Maintains Competitiveness

The Huntington varsity boys’ basketball closed out its season with the comfort of knowing it was much more competitive than many thought it would be. That’s a credit to the Blue Devil players and coaches who worked so hard to win games this past winter.

 Huntington's 2023-24 junior varsity girls' basketball team. (Darin Reed photo.)
March 14, 2024

H-ton JV Filled with Strong Willed Players

The Huntington High School junior varsity girls’ basketball team was a collection of strong willed players who never gave up. The group played hard, regardless of the score and worked just as hard in practice refining their skills at every position on the court.

 Blue Devil varsity girls' wrestlers converge on The Rock. (Darin Reed photo)
March 12, 2024

Blue Devil Girls Pin Opponents

Huntington High School’s collaboration in the varsity sport of girls’ wrestling with Walt Whitman, Harborfields and host school John H. Glenn continues to be successful. Kings Park and Commack will be joining the Section XI super team next winter.

 Huntington wrestling captains Max Casiano, Christian St. John and Tom Smith. (Rachel Learned photo (1)
March 11, 2024

Blue Devils Wrestlers Wrap-up Mat Season

The Huntington wrestling team wrapped up another season by sending senior Christian St. John to the New York state championships after the mat veteran finished second in the Suffolk tournament.

 The Huntington coaches and swimmers pose for a selfie.
March 5, 2024

Blue Devil Swimmers Capture All-State Honors

Huntington junior Max Leroy and senior Lucas Spagnoletti swam to All-State honors at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association swimming and diving championships at Ithaca College last weekend.

 The Blue Devils collected food items to support Huntington's hungry.
March 5, 2024

Huntington Winter Girls’ Track Rebuilds

The Huntington High School indoor girls’ track and field team came through a rebuilding season in grand fashion with the 32 runners and throwers notching a long list of personal best performances in meets and invitationals.

 Huntington varsity bowling team members at Larkfield Lanes in East Northport. (Darin Reed photo)
March 5, 2024

All-League Jack Ruthkowski Paces Blue Devil Bowlers

Senior Jack Ruthkowski garnered All-League honors to pace the Huntington High School varsity bowling team this winter.

 Dozens of Huntington High School players captured the NYS Scholar Athlete Award.
March 1, 2024

Blue Devils Named Winter State Scholar-Athletes

More than seven dozen Huntington High School athletes and seven winter season varsity teams have captured New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Awards.

 Benjamin Edgar-McNerney has been a spledid fencer for the Blue Devils (Darin Reed and Rachel Learned photo.)
March 1, 2024

Edgar-McNerney, Williams & Amend Pace Blue Devils

The Blue Devil boys’ fencing team won six matches this winter, placing second in the league and sixth in Suffolk. All-Long Island honorees Jake Amend and Benjamin Edgar-McNerney paced the squad along with All-County recipient Chase Williams and All-League Cole Lima.

 The Blue Devils with their medals at the LI Elite Meet at St. Anthony's.
February 29, 2024

Blue Devils Race at LI Elite Track Meet

The Blue Devil indoor boys’ track and field team performed well at the Long Island Elite Meet at St. Anthony’s last weekend. Huntington battled the best from Section XI, Section VIII and the CHSAA.

 Huntington field a young, but very promising girls' fencing team this past winter. (Darin Reed photo.)
February 28, 2024

Young Blue Devil Girls’ Fencing Team Battles Hard

A very young Huntington girls’ fencing team held its own against tough competition this winter. Freshman Julia Goodwin battled to All-County honors in sabre, finishing sixth at the Section XI championships and compiling a record of 22-15.

 David Dax lines up for a race. (Darin Reed photo.)
February 27, 2024

Blue Devils Excel During Expected Rebuilding Season

The Huntington varsity boys’ winter track and field team outperformed expectations to finish third in the Suffolk championships and send senior Jahmar Francis to the state championships.

 Huntington's JV boys' basketball team won 10 games this winter. (E. Beth Thomas photo )
February 16, 2024

Huntington JV Boys’ Basketball Proves Competitive

The Huntington girls’ basketball team celebrated four very special teenagers on the Blue Devils’ Senior Day at Louis D. Giani Gymnasium this past Monday night.

 The Blue Devil seniors and their families. (Darin Reed photo.)
February 15, 2024

Blue Devil Girls’ Basketball Celebrates on Senior Day

The Huntington girls’ basketball team celebrated four very special teenagers on the Blue Devils’ Senior Day at Louis D. Giani Gymnasium this past Monday night.

 In the foil championship pool, Jake Amend (left) squared off against Chase Williams. Williams won the bout, 5-3.
February 14, 2024

Blue Devil Fencers in County Championships

Blue Devil boys and girls varsity fencers fared well in the individual county championships at Ward Melville last weekend. Huntington crowned four All-County fencers in women’s and men’s sabre and men’s foil.

 Huntington senior Christian St. John has qualified for the state wrestling tournament. (Darin Reed photo)
February 13, 2024

Christian St. John Advances to State Mat Tournament

Huntington senior Christian St. John won three matches and finished second at 152 lbs. in the Section XI wrestling tournament last weekend at Stony Brook to qualify for the New York State championships later this month at the MVP Arena in Albany.

 Huntington senior Jahmar Francis motors around the track at Suffolk West in Brentwood. (Darin Reed photo (3)
February 6, 2024

Jamar Francis Wins Suffolk 600m Championship

Huntington senior Jahmar Francis took command early and never looked back en route to winning the Suffolk 600m run championship at Suffolk West in Brentwood on Saturday afternoon.

 Huntington's six All-League wrestlers and county tournament qualifiers
February 5, 2024

Blue Devils Win League Wrestling Titles

Huntington seniors Christian St. John and Max Casiano won championships and four other Blue Devils placed among the top finishers at their respective weight classes at the Suffolk League IV tournament last weekend at Smithtown West. St. John was voted the competition’s Most Outstanding Wrestler by the coaches of the participating team.

 Huntington winter girls' track's seven seniors outside Suffolk West arena in  Brentwood.
February 5, 2024

Blue Devil Girls Enjoy Incredible Season

The Huntington varsity indoor girls’ track and field team has been quietly going about its business, training, competing and setting personal best records.

 Huntington parents and students in grades 7-11 are invited to a free college-athlete seminar
February 1, 2024

Free Guiding the College-Bound Athlete Seminar

The Blue Devil athletic program through the New York State Athletic Administrators Association is making available to Huntington students in grades 7-11 and their parents a free virtual “Guiding the College-Bound Athlete” recruiting seminar on Tuesday, February 20 at 8 p.m.


Winter Season Athletics Information

About the Winter Season Athletics Program

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A Longstanding Tradition of Excellence

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.

Life Lessons and Opportunities to Participate

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.

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Communication made Easy

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.

Winter Season Athletics Leadership

Jim Hoops

James M. Hoops

District Director for Athletics, Health and Physical Education

James M. Hoops assumed the position of district director of health, physical education and athletics on July 1, 2021. He previously served for three years as coordinator of physical education, athletics and special projects. He has worked full-time in the district since April 1984 and has been a physical education teacher since September 1990. He is also certified as a social studies teacher.

A graduate of John H. Glenn High School, Mr. Hoops obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees at Stony Brook University, through which he also obtained his school administrator certification. He has coached wrestling on the high school level and boys’ and girls’ tennis and girls’ soccer on both the middle school and high school levels. He has also coached middle school boys’ and girls’ soccer and baseball.

While serving as assistant coach to iconic Hall of Fame head coach Lou Giani, the Blue Devil wrestling team won several Suffolk and state team championships along with 17 individual county and eight state champions.

Mr. Hoops has also served as the district’s public information coordinator since July 2001. He maintains Huntington UFSD’s website content and also prepares items for the district’s various social media platforms.

Mike Marinello

Michael Marinello

District Coordinator for Physical Education, Athletics and Driver's Education

Michael Marinello has been the district’s coordinator of physical education, athletics and driver education since July 1, 2021. He has been a Huntington physical education teacher since September 1995. He earlier taught at Western Suffolk BOCES for five years.

A graduate of Sachem High School, Mr. Marinello earned an undergraduate degree at Springfield College in physical education and a master’s degree at Stony Brook University in liberal studies with a concentration in health science. He has coached high school golf, high school and middle school wrestling, JV tennis and middle school baseball and boys’ track and field.

Currently the head coach of the Huntington High School varsity golf team, Mr. Marinello is also an assistant varsity wrestling coach. He has been a well-known and well-liked faculty member and athletic coach who also lives in the community and has sent his own children through Huntington High School.

Mr. Marinello is a CPR and First Aid trainer. He has also been a volunteer emergency medical technician. He has taught driver education for many years and he leads the district’s program.

Winter Season Athletic Teams

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Winter Sports Season Athletics

Varsity and JV Program offerings

Dates

Dates

Season Starts: Monday, November 12, 2023
Teams

Teams:

10 Varsity
6 Jr. Varsity
Contacts

Contacts

Policies

Policies

Head Varsity Coach: John Walsh

Head Varsity Coach: Michelle O’Brien

Asst. Varsity Coach: Vincent O’Garra

Head Varsity Coach: Meg McConnel

Asst. Varsity Coach: Chris Helmke

Head Varsity Coach: Ron Wilson

Asst. Varsity Coach: Eli Acosta

Asst. Varsity Coach: Haidee Gantz-Bonhurst

Head Varsity Coach: Sarah Hall

Asst. Varsity Coach: Chris Taylor

Asst. Varsity Coach: Mark Jackson

Head Varsity Coach: Lauren Blackburn

Head Varsity Coach: Travis Smith

Asst. Varsity Coach: Michael Marinello

Jr. Varsity Coach: Jamie St. John

Head Varsity Coach: Maria Canino

Winter Season Athletics Videos and Galleries

HHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2021

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HHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2021

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Winter Galleries and Slideshows

Winter Season Teams and Athletes in Action

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Unified Bowling Media Day

March 2024

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Girls' Basketball Senior Day

February 2024

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Girls' Basketball Media Day

February 2024

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Girls' Basketball Media Day

February 2024

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Boys' Track and Field

February 2024

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JV Boys Basketball Media Day

January  2024

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JV Boys Basketball Media Day

January 2024

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Varsity Boys Basketball Senior Day

January 2024

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JV Boys Basketball vs Centereach

January 2024

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Varsity Boys Basketball Media Day

January 2024

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Varsity Fencing vs Commack

January 2024

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Varsity Boys' Wrestling Media Day

January 2024

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Varsity Girls' Basketball vs West Islip

January 2024

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Varsity Boys' Basketball vs Walt Whitman

December 2023

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Girls' Wrestling Team Media Day

December 2023

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Boys' Swim Team Media Day

December 2023

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Huntington Fencing Media Day

December 2023

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Boys' Basketball vs Bellport

December 2023

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TOH - Girls Wrestling Tournament

December 2023

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TOH - Girls Wrestling Tournament

December 2023

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Holiday Wrestling Tournament

December 5 2023

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Varsity Girls' Basketball 

December 5 2023

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Winter Season Athletics Honors

Our Partners in Excellence

200+

Challenging Academic Courses

14

Academic Departments

30+

Interscholastic Athletic Teams

90+

Colleges and Universities accepting 2020 HHS Graduates