The Huntington High School boys’ and girls’ soccer teams honored their top departing seniors with special awards during this year’s virtual senior athletic awards ceremony.
Senior athletes have been recognized at a festive spring dinner for more than half a century, but the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the gathering from being held this year. In its place, Director of Athletics Georgia D. McCarthy developed a virtual event during which she announced dozens of award and scholarship recipients. The video is available on demand on the district’s website at www.hufsd.edu.
Seven graduating Blue Devil girls’ soccer players were honored including Marissa Stafford (MVP), Jennifer Zeron-Salmeron (Most Improved), Caroline Hartough (Defensive Specialist), Riva Bergman (Coaches Award), Alexandra Gerbavsits (Coaches Award), Beanna Cumella (Coaches Award) and Lena Annunziata (Coaches Award).
Ms. Stafford is headed to Cornell University while Ms. Zeron-Salmeron will be attending SUNY College at Old Westbury. Ms. Hartough will be studying at Youngstown State University while Ms. Bergman will be pursuing a degree at Quinnipiac University. Ms. Gerbavsits has enrolled at Monmouth University and Ms. Cumella will be attending Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Annunziata is headed to Penn State University.
The Blue Devil boys’ soccer team honored Jasson Garay-Portillo (MVP), Julien Rentsch (Defensive Specialist) and Carmine De Ieso (Coaches Award).
Mr. Garay-Portillo is taking a year off from school before enrolling in college. Mr. Rentsch will be attending Northwestern University while Mr. De Ieso plans to study at Fairfield University.
The honorees were presented with large trophies to commemorate their awards. “They will be missed by their teammates next fall,” Ms. McCarthy said.
The Blue Devil girls’ varsity soccer team is coached by John Walsh and Vincent Tannazzo. The Huntington boys’ varsity soccer squad is coached by John Pagano and Jason Suarez.