Taylor Moreno and Infinite Tucker will go down as two of Huntington High School’s best athletes ever. They’re exceptional all around young people, too. The two Class of 2016 members are both well-regarded by their teammates, classmates, coaches and teachers.
Ms. Moreno and Mr. Tucker were the Blue Devil athletic program’s male and female nominees for this year’s Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame’s Butch Dellecave Award. The duo received handsome plaques at a Sunday breakfast at the West Lake Inn in Patchogue that recognized 114 nominees from across the county and drew a crowd of more than 400.
A male and female student-athlete is nominated from each Suffolk high school for the awards program, which is now in its 16th year. Sayville’s Nicole Farese and Central Islip’s Livingstone Harriott were selected as the recipients of the 2016 awards as the county’s male and female athletes of the year.
The Dellecave Awards are presented by The Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc. and the Butch Dellecave Foundation, Inc., which provided a $1,000 scholarship to each recipient.
Nominees were chosen on the basis of outstanding athletic ability as well as having displayed exceptional character and integrity. The breakfast crowd was told the Dellecave Award encompasses parents and family members in recognition of all the chauffeuring back and forth to practices over the years, washing practice clothing and game uniforms, delivering “forgotten” equipment to fields and gymnasiums minutes before games and purchasing untold amounts of thirst quenching drinks.
Guy “Butch” Dellecave was on the faculty of the Connetquot School District for 30 years. He was also one of the top rated basketball officials in Suffolk and directed the Smithtown basketball summer league for 35 years. One of the main proponents of the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame, he founded the Dellecave Education Institute for Professional Development, which provided classes, workshops and seminars for administrators, teachers and coaches. Mr. Dellecave passed away suddenly on August 27, 2000.
Ms. Moreno won varsity letters in five different sports, including soccer, football, indoor track and field, basketball and lacrosse. She earned state scholar athlete honors, captained several teams, captured All-State recognition as a soccer goalie and was one of the most sought after lacrosse recruits in the nation.
Ms. Moreno recorded 17 shutouts in goal for Huntington during her junior and senior seasons. In her only year of participation on the winter track team, she won the Suffolk Division II long jump title and was fifth in triple jump.
The teenager engaged in various community service initiatives over the past four years, regularly earned a spot on the high school’s High Honor Roll. Ms. Moreno is the only female to ever play on the Huntington football team, serving as the Blue Devils’ placekicker.
One of America’s top high school athletes, Mr. Tucker won county, state and national titles during the indoor and outdoor seasons. The teenager won several Suffolk Outstanding Track Athlete Awards and displayed remarkable abilities in hurdles, mid-distances, relays, long jump and high jump. He holds an assortment of winter and spring Huntington track and field records.
A captain of three separate teams, Mr. Tucker set high standards for himself and led by example. An All-County and All-Long Island football player, he excelled on the gridiron for the Blue Devils.
Mr. Tucker rushed 70 times for 885 yards and 13 touchdowns this past fall for the Blue Devil football team. He also caught 16 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively the teenager recorded 98 solo tackles, 14 tackles for a loss and three quarterback sacks.
The Huntington Class of 2016 member engaged in community service activities with Young Leaders, a local youth leadership organization.
“Taylor and Infinite will both be missed as two of the very best student-athletes graduating from Huntington,” said Georgia Deren McCarthy, district director of health, physical education and interscholastic athletics.