1931 Football Team

Blue Devil Sports News

Coach William Class (back right) with the 1931 Blue Devil football team.

March 3, 2017

The Huntington High School football team has compiled a record of 412-300-30 since 1924 when the sport reformed after an absence of two decades.

The Blue Devils’ most successful decade was the 1940s when the team went 44-12-6 for a torrid .758 winning percentage. The least successful decade was the 1920s when Huntington turned in a mark of 16-18-3 for a .473 winning percentage.

Current head coach Steve Muller has compiled a record of 119-78 (.604) in 21 seasons.

Trustees Appoint Blue Devil Coaches

Huntington School Board members have appointed four coaches to the Blue Devil spring staff.

Trustees approved James Priest (assistant varsity baseball), Frank Vega (JV baseball), Joseph Trezza (assistant Finley boys’ lax-blue) and Emma Hayes-Hurley (assistant JV girls’ lacrosse) to join the coaching ranks this spring.

Latoya Shand is All-America East in Track

Latoya Shand
Huntington's Latoya Shand (right)
with a Binghamton teammate.

Huntington Class of 2016 alum Latoya Shand earned All-America East conference honors last weekend in the 4x400m relay.

The former Blue Devil great is a member of Binghamton University’s track and field team. Shand ran a split of 56.6 seconds to help the Bearcats finish third in a time of 3:48.41.

One day earlier, Shand ran a personal best time of 58.56 seconds in the 400m dash. “She crushed it this weekend,” said Shawn Anderson, Huntington’s spring girls’ track and field coach.

Alum Patrick Reilly Plays for Furman Lacrosse

Huntington Class of 2013 member Patrick Reilly is a senior at Furman University in South Carolina. He earned varsity letters in four different sports for the Blue Devils during a splendid high school career.

Reilly is majoring in communications at Furman. He’s played in 41 games for Furman during his college career and scored six goals while also playing good defense.

The Huntington alum was an All-County lacrosse player for the Blue Devils. He captained the team as a senior and tallied 27 goals and 12 assists. He notched 24 goals and eight assists as a junior. An All-Conference basketball player, he also garnered All-Division honors on the football field. He earlier played soccer for Huntington.

Alum Hailey Bengston Makes College Lax Debut

Hailey Bengston’s college lacrosse career is underway. The Huntington High School Class of 2016 member made her debut on Saturday, February 18 when she played in two games for Syracuse University.

Bengston came off the bench to play defense for Syracuse in its 18-6 win over Canisius in a late morning game and then took the field again at night in a 16-5 victory over Binghamton. Both contests were played in the Syracuse Carrier Dome. She on the field once more last Saturday when Syracuse overwhelmed UMass, 17-8.

A four year starter for the Blue Devil girls’ lacrosse team, Bengston was twice named Huntington’s recipient of the county’s Unsung Hero Award and was named to the All-Tournament team for her performance in playoff games.

The Huntington alum carefully considered Virginia, Cornell, Columbia, High Point, University of Southern California and UC Davis before deciding that Syracuse was the place for her.

Bengston also won three varsity letters with Huntington swimming and diving team. A fine student, she was a member of the National Honor Society. She served on the high school Relay For Life organizing committee.

Alum Emma DeGennaro Gets First College Points

Emma DeGennaro picked an assist and a ground ball in her first college lacrosse game as the Huntington High School Class of 2016 member helped Brown University overwhelm visiting Sacred Heart, 19-0.

DeGennaro’s first college goal came in the next game when she scored with 4:52 remaining in the first half against visiting Holy Cross last Tuesday night. Brown went on to win, 9-4.

Named MVP of last year’s Huntington girls’ lacrosse team, Ms. DeGennaro tallied 52 goals and 23 assists as a senior and 165 goals and 67 assists over her four year varsity career. She garnered a long list of honors and was even All-County in field hockey, notching a memorable goal on a penalty shot as a senior.

The Huntington alum’s spring semester courses include Sociology of the Family, Introduction to Environmental Social Science, Economic Development and Social Change and Polarized Politics. Ms. DeGennaro is still undecided on an academic concentration.

Alum Samantha Lynch Scores Four Goals for Notre Dame

Huntington Class of 2015 member Samantha Lynch scored four goals on Sunday to help Notre Dame topple nationally ranked Duke on its home field in Durham, North Carolina, 12-11.

Ms. Lynch took five shots on goal and scored on 80 percent of them. She also scooped up three ground balls, won a draw control and caused Duke to turn over the ball. In seven games this season, the former Huntington great has 21 goals and two assists along with six ground balls, nine draw controls and three caused turnovers.

A star player for the Blue Devil soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams, Ms. Lynch earned post-season awards in each of the sports. An Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors, she served as vice president of Huntington’s National Honor Society chapter, secretary of the Math Honor Society and was also a member of the Spanish, English and Social Studies honor societies.

Duke entered Sunday’s game ranked No. 8 in the country. Notre Dame is ranked No. 9. The Fighting Irish and Ms. Lynch host Louisville next Saturday in South Bend, Indiana. The Huntington grad is studying engineering.

Alum Anna Tesoriero’s Goaltending Keeps Stony Brook Perfect

Anna Tesoriero is a perfect 3-0 heading into next Sunday’s showdown with nationally ranked Northwestern.

The Huntington Class of 2015 member is the starting goalie for the Stony Brook University women’s lacrosse team. Tesoriero has notched victories over Towson (10-9), Bryant (20-5) and Marist (19-3) so far this season. She has played all 180 minutes and recorded 18 saves while surrendering 17 goals on 50 shots total. The college star’s save percentage is a fine .514.

Stony Brook will host No. 10 Northwestern on Sunday at 12 noon.

Alum Rob Fiato is NY Tech Baseball’s Starting Catcher

Huntington Class of 2013 member Rob Fiato is looking to wrap-up his baseball career at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury with his best season ever.

Entering this week, Fiato is batting .286 with four hits in 14 at bats. He’s also been hit by a pair of pitches, walked, scored a run and driven another run in. He has a .412 on base percentage.

The Bears’ starting catcher, Fiato has played in 80 games for NYIT during his career there. He’s majoring in criminal justice. He captained the Blue Devils 2013 team, leading the squad with eight extra base hits, including six doubles, a triple and a homerun and 19 RBIs.

The former Huntington baseball star was a two-time All-League selection and also a two-time All-League Academic honoree.

Hailey Bengston
Hailey Bengston alum Hailey Bengston now plays at Syracuse.(Darin Reed photo.)
Emma DeGennaro
Huntington alum Emma DeGennaro now plays at Brown. (Darin Reed photo.)
Samantha Lynch
Huntington alum Samantha Lynch now plays at Notre Dame. (Darin Reed photo.)
Rob Fiato
Rob Fiato as a Huntington senior. (Darin Reed photo.)