Sophomore Jason Verville once again paced the Huntington High School boys’ cross country team as the Blue Devils looked sharp in a crossover meet against 10 other Suffolk squads.
Huntington competed against Amityville, Half Hollow Hills West, Lindenhurst, Bay Shore, North Babylon, West Babylon, Copiague, Hauppauge, Islip and Babylon at the Belmont Lake State Park 5,000 meter race course.
Verville led the Huntington contingent, turning in a time of 17:39.87, which unofficially gave him third place. “There was no designation of which place everybody finished overall,” explained Bob Nill, Huntington’s head coach. “This was a non-scoring meet. “Overall, I feel the boys ran well today.”
Graham Young (18:09.26), Aidan Heller (19:03.65) and Carlos Martinez (19:30.95) all hit their strides in the race, which included more than 100 runners.
Huntington varsity runners Cornelius O’Rourke (20:26.51), Robert Caputi (20:35.38), Eddie Maleszewski (20:53.10), Joseph Dammers (23:00.28), Rory Dara (25:04.84), Seamus Hannon (25:37.39), Chris Carmen (25:36.80) and Matthew Fallon, Jr. (43:38.14) also ran well and gave the Blue Devils everything they had in the race.
Several Huntington runners sat of the race because of either sickness or injuries, including two of the top Blue Devils, John Segreti and Isaiah James.
Verville and his teammates are seeking to peak for the post-season championships. Huntington will race in the Section XI divisional meet at Sunken Meadow State Park on Tuesday, October 24. The county championships are set for Friday, November 3 at Sunken Meadow. The state meet will be held on Saturday, November 11 at Wayne Central School in Ontario.
Blue Devils Win First Outright League Title in 28 years
The Huntington varsity boys’ soccer team made history on Tuesday, toppling Copiague on its home field, 5-0 and capturing its first outright league championship in 28 years.
Coached by John Pagano and Jason Suarez, the Blue Devils closed out the regular season with a record of 12-2-2 (9-1-2) in league play. The league crown is the first for the program since 1989.
Huntington opened a 2-0 first half lead and sealed its victory with three unanswered second half goals. Goalie Nat Amato made four saves to record his sixth shutout of the fall.
Eren Aydin, Oscar Cordova, Aidan Forbes, Luke Luckow and Carlos Reyes all scored goals in the game. Luis Ortiz tallied two assists. Aydin and Julian Rentsch also picked up assists in the game
School Board Appoints Coaches
Huntington School Board members voted to appoint numerous coaches during a public meeting of trustees this past Monday night in the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School auditorium.
The boys’ basketball staff will include Brian Carey (varsity head coach), Kevin Thorbourne (varsity assistant coach) and Patrick Reilly (JV head coach). Timothy Madden and Alex Nelson will coach the two Finley teams.
The girls’ basketball staff will consist of Michael Kaplan (varsity head coach), Marissa Bergmann (varsity assistant coach) and Perry Marinelli (JV head coach). Phil Lowe and Timothy Madden will coach the two Finley teams.
The wrestling staff will be comprised of Louis R. Giani (varsity head coach), Kieran Mock (varsity assistant coach) and Omar Santiago (varsity assistant coach). Mike Marinello and Travis Smith with coach the team at Finley.
Mark Jackson, Jr. was named head coach of the girls’ varsity indoor track and field team with Bob Nill serving as assistant coach. Ron Wilson and Eli Acosta will return as the head coach and assistant coach, respectively, of the boys’ varsity indoor track and field team.
Michelle O’Brien will be the fencing team’s head coach with Vincent O’Garra and Cheryl Feldman serving as assistant coaches.
Todd Donaghy and Lauren Visbal will coach the boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams, respectively, at Finley.
Meg McConnell was named head coach of the varsity boys’ swimming team.
The crew staff will include Anika Selle Giehl (varsity head coach) and Avery Cohen (varsity assistant coach).
Blue Devil Football State Ranked
The Huntington football team has made it into the New York State Sportswriters Association large school state rankings. The Blue Devils are among 32 high schools ranked as honorable mention.
Huntington plays in Suffolk Division II, which is filled with powerful football teams. West Islip and North Babylon are ranked No. 21 and No. 30, respectively. The Blue Devils are joined in the honorable mention rankings by Centereach and Half Hollow Hills East.
Huntington is coached by Steve Muller, Todd Jamison and Andrew White.
Boys’ Soccer Celebrates Senior Day
The Huntington High School boys’ varsity soccer team celebrated Senior Day last Friday at Blue Devil Stadium.
Coaches John Pagano and Jason Suarez and the team’s underclassmen recognized Mike Abbondandelo, Freddy Amador, Nat Amato, Aidan Forbes, Hector Martinez and John Yanuck. The seniors gave their respective mother a long stemmed red rose and then members of the group gathered together on the field for a commemorative photo.
Following the ceremony, Huntington went out and defeated Centereach, 2-0.
Tricia Arceri Weighing College Options
Huntington’s sensational senior diver Tricia Arceri is weighing her college options. The Blue Devil star is expected to compete for county and state championships this season, but she is also keeping an eye on the future.
Arceri, whose sister, Molly went on to enjoy a successful college diving career at Towson University, is considering continuing her education and competing on the NCAA Division I swimming and diving teams at Rutgers University, University of Pittsburgh or the University at Buffalo.
Soccer State Rankings
The Huntington boys’ soccer team has climbed back into the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA state rankings. The Blue Devils were ranked No. 17 this week. McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester is the state’s top ranked soccer team.