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Middle School Athletics Headlines

 The Finley baseball program rebuilt its ranks and the sports' popularity at the school this spring. (Darin Reed photo.)
June 13, 2024

Finley Boys’ Baseball Rebuilds Ranks

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School boys’ baseball team successfully rebuilt its ranks and helped spur new interest in the sport around the building.

 The J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls' track and field team.
May 30, 2024

Finley Girls’ Track Completes Successful Season

Renewed interest in the J. Taylor Finley Middle School track and field team allowed the 32 athlete strong squad to enjoy a successful spring season.

 Important dates related to the Finley Middle School fall sports program have been announced.
May 13, 2024

Finley Fall Sports Coming Into Focus

Next fall’s athletic season is already coming into focus for Blue Devil coaches. There will be many opportunities in a variety of sports for seventh and eighth grade boys and girls.

 Finley has talented players on offense and defense. (Sideline Saturday photo.)
May 10, 2024

Finley Girls’ Lax is Flying High

The Finley Middle School girl’s lacrosse team is off to a strong start with a 5-0 record after defeating some of Suffolk’s top programs.

 The Finley Middle School boys' tennis team is in the midst of a 10 game schedule
May 7, 2024

Finley Boys’ Tennis Takes to the Court

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School tennis team is swinging for aces with first year coach Andrew Marcy.

 Finley boys' lacrosse is in the midst of another great season. (Darin Reed photo)
May 2, 2024

Finley Boys’ Lacrosse Looks for Momentum

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School boys’ lacrosse team is looking to gain momentum and find its rhythm. The squad is coached by Travis Smith and Peter Novellano. It practices and plays its games on fields behind the school building.

 The Finley softball team is a mix of seventh and eighth grade players.
May 2, 2024

Finley Softball Eager for a Challenge

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School softball team is eager to challenge itself against a nine game schedule with five away contests and four home games.

 The Finley softball team is a mix of seventh and eighth grade players.
May 2, 2024

Finley Softball Eager for a Challenge

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School softball team is eager to challenge itself against a nine game schedule with five away contests and four home games.

 Three Finley teams have claimed Section XI Sportsmanship Awards.
April 19, 2024

Finley Teams Win Section XI Sportsmanship Awards

Three J. Taylor Finley Middle School athletic teams have been commended by Section XI “for having best exemplified the spirit of sportsmanship during the 2023/24 winter season.

  The 2024 Finley Middle School girls' lacrosse team.
April 18, 2024

Finley Girls’ Lax Off to Great Start

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls’ lacrosse team is hot after winning its first two games against Northport and Brentwood West earlier this week.

  The Finley Middle School baseball team its sights set on a winning season
April 16, 2024

Finley Baseball Committed to Daily Improvement

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School baseball team has taken the field with new energy and determination under longtime science teacher Tom Tantillo who has returned to the dugout this spring.

  Finley strived to be the best team possible. (Darin Reed photo)
April 12, 2024

Cohesive Finley Girls’ Basketball Team Makes Strides

Kaitlyn Purcell, Brianna Purcell and Ava Bencivenga paced the J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls’ basketball “white” team offense this past season as the Blue Devils worked hard to stay competitive against a series of tough opponents.

  The Finley boys' volleyball team with head coach Eric Mininni. (Darin Reed photo.)
April 4, 2024

Enthusiasm Pervades Finley Boys’ Volleyball Lineup

Enthusiasm. The J. Taylor Finley Middle School boys’ volleyball team had it in abundant supply this past winter season. The feisty squad of 15 players worked hard and played even harder.

  Finley enjoyed a great season. (Darin Reed photo.)
April 3, 2024

Finley-Blue Girls’ Basketball Showcases Players

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School “blue” girls’ basketball team showcased a group of future Blue Devil stars. The team “won some and lost some,” including a pair of three point defeats. But the players never lost their confidence, which grew by leaps and bounds.

  Finley girls have an opportunity to participate on a joint gymnastics with Oldfield this spring.
March 18, 2024

Finley Girls’ Gymnastics Opportunity is Available

For the first time ever, J. Taylor Finley Middle School seventh and eighth grade girls are expected to have an opportunity to participate in interscholastic gymnastics. Huntington UFSD and neighboring Harborfields are collaborating on a combined middle school team this spring.

  The Finley spring sports season begins on Monday, March 25. (Darin Reed photo.)
March 7, 2024

Finley Spring Season Sports Begin on March 25

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School spring sports season will begin on Monday, March 25.

  Finley's top football players with coaching staff members.
February 6, 2024

Finley Football Awards Presented at Dinner

Five J. Taylor Finley Middle School football players were recognized by their coaches at the recent Blue Devil football dinner and awards night in the Huntington High School cafeteria.

  The Finley wrestling team is working hard to have a successful season.
February 2, 2024

Finley Matmen Back in Action for Season

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School wrestling team has been hitting the mats for the past two weeks, learning moves and positions along with the rules. The team is being coached by Anthony Annuniziata and Lou Giani.

  The Finley boys' volleyball team is ready for success.
January 30, 2024

Finley Boys’ Volleyball Confident of Success

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School boys’ volleyball team has seen an explosion in interest with the final roster featuring some very talented players. The seventh and eighth graders are confident as they prepare to go into battle against a skilled schedule of foes.

  Finley has two talented girls' basketball teams this winter. (Darin Reed photo.)
January 25, 2024

Finley Girls’ Basketball Takes the Court

An exciting new season is underway for the two girls’ basketball teams at J. Taylor Finley Middle School. Tryouts are complete and players have been evenly divided between to the two squads, which are both comprised of seventh and eighth graders.

  Finley-Blue found a way to win games. (Darin Reed photo)
January 23, 2024

Finley-Blue Boys’ Basketball Compiles Winning Record

A set of four fabulous players and a deep bench carried the J. Taylor Finley Middle School boys’ basketball “blue” team to a winning record this winter against stiff competition. Flower Hill physical education teacher Tim Madden coached the squad, which was captained by eighth graders Rory McDermott and Maxwell Manu.

  The Finley boys' basketball team coached by Ivano Naccarato
January 22, 2024

Talented Trio Paces Finley-White Boys’ Basketball

Ivano Naccarato transitioned into a new role this winter as a Finley Middle School boys’ basketball coach and the 16 players on the team responded positively by playing hard for the Woodhull Intermediate School teacher.

  The Finley Middle School girls' volleyball blue team.
January 19, 2024

Finley Girls’ Volleyball-Blue Displays Depth

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School “blue” girls’ volleyball team was led by a group of seven eighth grade players. The Blue Devils were coached by Woodhull physical education teacher Carrie Postel. The team played a 10 game schedule.

  The Finley-White girls' volleyball team notched some historic victories this winter.
january 17, 2024

Finley Coach Salutes Volleyball Team

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls’ volleyball program is on the upswing. Both the “blue” and “white” teams were much more competitive this winter than either has been for many years.

  Finley Middle School wrestlers are hoping to pin their opponents this winter
january 11, 2024

Finley Wrestling Welcomes Newcomers to the Mat

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School wrestling team is set for its first week of practice, commencing on Tuesday, January 16 at 3 p.m. in the school gym.

  The Finley Middle School boys' volleyball team is ready to begin the winter season. (Darin Reed photo.)
january 10, 2024

Finley Boys’ Volleyball Ready for New Season

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School boys’ volleyball team is returning for its third season after being reinstated in 2022 following an absence of many years. Tryouts will begin on Tuesday, January 16.

  Finley's Winter Season II will begin on Tuesday, January 16.
january 5, 2024

Finley Winter Season II Sports Begin on January 16

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School Winter Season II will begin on Tuesday, January 16.

  A free winter Finley girls' lacrosse intramural program has been announced. (Darin Reed photo (1)
December 21, 2023

Free Finley Girls’ Lacrosse Intramurals to be Offered

Another free intramural opportunity will soon be available to J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls. Plans have been finalized to offer an early morning girls’ lacrosse intramural program throughout the winter months in the lead-up to the spring season.


Middle School Athletics Information

About the Middle School 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.

Middle School 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.

Middle School Winter  Season Athletic Teams

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Fall Sports Season Athletics

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Dates

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Teams

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Contacts

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Policies

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Head Coach: Jordan Ioviero

Assistant Coach: Kevin Thorbourne

Assistant Coach: Greg Dieterich

Head Coach: Marissa Bergmann

Head Coach White: Travis Smith

Head Coach Blue: Alex Nelson

Head Coach White: Shea Scully

Head Coach Blue: Alicia Furman

Head Coach : Eric Triolo

Head Coach Boys/Girls: Jarrad Richter

Head Coach Blue: Alicia Furman

Head Coach White: Travis Smith

Head Coach Blue: Alex Nelson

Head Coach White: Travis Smith

Head Coach Blue: Alex Nelson

Head Coach : Tim Madden

Head Coach Blue: Hildi Stafford

Head Coach : Eric Mininni

Head Coach: Jonathan Olivieri

Head Coach Blue: Anthony Annunziata

Middle School 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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Finley Sports Galleries and Slideshows

Action photos of our Finley Teams

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Finley Baseball

May, 2024

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Finley Softball

May, 2024

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Finley Boys' Lacrosse

May, 2024

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Finley Girls' Lacrosse

May, 2024

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Finley Girls' Basketball

March, 2024

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Finley Boys' Wrestling

February, 2024

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Finley Boys' Volleyball

December, 2023

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Finley Boys' Basketball

December, 2023

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Finley Girls' Soccer

October, 2023

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Middle School Athletics Honors

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