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Winter Season Athletics Headlines

 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.

 Freshman Leigh Evans launches a shot for Huntington. (Darin Reed photo.)
February 1, 2024

H-ton Girls’ Basketball Captures Biggest Win

The Huntington varsity girls’ basketball team captured its biggest win of the winter, using an exceptional third quarter performance to turn back visiting Deer Park in convincing fashion, 40-23.

 Every game on the schedule is vital to the Huntington girls' basketball team. (Darin Reed photo.)
January 30, 2024

Freshman Ava McDonald Lights it Up as Huntington Wins

A torrid start helped the Huntington girls’ basketball team build an unsurmountable lead and glide past Smithtown East last Friday night, 38-28. The victory puts the Blue Devils in position to make a run at the playoffs.

 The Blue Devils special seven with coaches Kevin Thorbourne and Peter Lipka. (Darin Reed photo.)
January 29, 2024

Blue Devils Win Thriller on Senior Night

A big crowd turned out last Friday evening for the Huntington High School boys’ varsity basketball team’s Senior Night game against visiting Centereach. The Blue Devils won a thriller, 69-58.

 The Huntington varsity boys' basketball team won back to back
January 26, 2024

Huntington Wins Back-to-Back Games

The Huntington boys’ basketball team won back-to-back for the first time this season, defeating both West Babylon and Bellport on the road. The Blue Devils play again tonight when they take the court at home in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium against Centereach at 6:45 p.m.

 Benjamin Edgar-McNerney (third from right) captured a silver medal in men’s sabre.
January 24, 2024

Huntington Fencers Strong at Manhasset Invitational

The Huntington varsity boys’ and girls’ fencing teams traveled to Manhasset last weekend for an invitational tournament. The young Blue Devils performed well against a field of Suffolk and Nassau teams.

 Huntington boys' track won three indoor league titles. (Darin Reed photo.)
January 24, 2024

Blue Devil Boys Slick at League Championships

The Huntington boys’ indoor track and field team turned in a slick performance at the Section XI League III Championships at Suffolk-West in Brentwood on Sunday. The Blue Devils won three league titles and placed third in a field of 10 schools in the team standings.

 The Blue Devil girls' basketball team is striving for consistency. (Darin Reed photo)
January 23, 2024

Blue Devil Girls’ Basketball Seeks Consistency

Consistency. If the Huntington varsity girls’ basketball team manages to find it, they will be able to reach the playoffs. If they don’t, the post-season becomes an “up in the air” proposition.

 Jumper Leggio presenting the Bill Knapp County Championship Trophy to Huntington coach Lou Ginai.
January 19, 2024

Touching Tribute by Principal to Visiting Competitors

Principal Brenden Cusack offered a touching tribute prior to a recent wrestling meet between Huntington High School and Bay Shore in Louis D. Giani Gym. The longtime administrator recognized the recent passing of legendary Marauders’ coach Jumper Leggio.

 Huntington High School freshman Eric Heinz (left) and Huntington's young throwers (right) captured honors at the invitational.
January 18, 2024

Blue Devil Track Underclassmen Nipped for County Title

Huntington High School’s boys’ track and field underclassmen performed well at the Suffolk Freshman/Sophomore Championships at Suffolk-West in Brentwood last Friday night.

 Huntington senior Kayleigh Bender gets set to play defense. (Darin Reed photo.)
January 16, 2024

Blue Devil Offense Ignites Big League Win

On a night when the Huntington varsity girls’ basketball team needed a big victory, 11 separate players scored to lift the Blue Devils over host Newfield, 51-24 and improve to 6-4 overall.

 Junior Thomas Smith (left) finished third at 170 lbs. last weekend. (Darin Reed photo)
January 9, 2024

Casiano and St. John Win Mat Titles at New Rochelle

Huntington High School seniors Christian St. John and Max Casiano swept through their respective weight classes, winning four matches each en route to first place finishes at last weekend’s Murphy-Guccione Shoreline Classic at New Rochelle.

 Junior Lauren Donaghy makes her move to the basket. (Darin Reed photo.)
January 8, 2024

Junior Lauren Donaghy Returns to Score 19 in Big Win

The Huntington varsity girls’ basketball team came into the season expecting to vie for the Suffolk Class AA championship. The Blue Devils opened the season with four straight wins

 The Huntington boys' basketball team and their girls' team counterparts shopped for children of struggling families.
January 4, 2024

Boys’ Basketball Clinic Draws More than 40 Players

The Huntington High School varsity boys’ basketball team held a free three-hour clinic last week, which drew more than 40 Huntington students spread across grades 4-8. The action played out in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

 The Huntington boys' basketball team and their girls' team counterparts shopped for children of struggling families.
January 3, 2024

Blue Devil Basketball Players Shop to Brighten Holidays

Blue Devil boys’ and girls’ basketball players went to work to brighten the holidays of 75 local children from financially challenged families, teaming up with Huntington High School alum Michael Brown on a shopping spree.

 Vincent Pupillo on his way to the 152 lb. Friar Bash IX tournament championship.
January 2, 2024

Blue Devils Grapple at Friar Bash IX

The Huntington wrestling team finished fourth in a field of nine schools at the Friar Bash IX at St. Anthony’s last week. The Blue Devils crowned two champions in Vincent Pupillo and Max Casiano.

 The Huntington-Harborfields fencing team produced many medalists at the Ward Melville Underclass Challenge.
January 2, 2024

Young Fencers Sharp at Underclass Challenge

Huntington’s youngest fencing team members turned in a series of sharp performances at this year’s Underclass Challenge at Ward Melville. Among the Blue Devils competing were some of the most talented eighth, ninth and tenth graders in Suffolk.

 Huntington UFSD boys between grades 4-8 are invited to attend a free clinic on December 29
December 22, 2023

Free Boys’ Basketball Clinic on Friday, December 29

Huntington UFSD boys in grades 4-8 are invited to attend a free basketball clinic in the Huntington High School gym on Friday, December 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

  The action was fierce at the tournament. (Darin Reed photo.)
December 20, 2023

Blue Devils Capture Medals at Girls’ Mat Tournament

Shannon Koepele won first place honors to lead 10 Huntington High School girls to a strong showing in the first ever girls’ wrestling tournament last Sunday at the Blue Devils’ Louis D. Giani Gymnasium.

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December 19, 2023

Blue Devils to Speak Up For Change at Conference

A contingent of eight Huntington High School students will participate in this year’s Section XI Nick DeCillis “Speak Up For Change” student-athlete conference at Center Moriches on Thursday.

  Eighth grader Christopher Granito was among Huntington's medal winners last Saturday. (Darin Reed photo.)
December 19, 2023

Blue Devils Crown Four Tournament Champions

The Huntington wrestling team crowned four weight class champions at the Ralph Jansson Holiday Tournament at Valley Stream North last Saturday, but was nipped in the final team standings by a half-point by Wantagh.


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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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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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