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Middle School Athletics Headlines

  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.

  The Finley football team compiled a 5-1 record this past fall.
December 1, 2023

Finley Football Finishes at 5-1

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School football team won five of six games this fall behind a powerful offensive unit and a defense that rose to the occasion more than once. The young Blue Devils also displayed the ability to come back from a significant double digit deficit and win.

  Finley battled many of Suffolk's top teams. (Darin Reed photo)
November 30, 2023

Finley-Blue Boys’ Soccer Battles Suffolk Best Teams

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School “blue” soccer team battled many of the top seventh and eighth grade squads in Suffolk while showcasing a group of very promising players.

  Many different Finley players took turns in the spotlight. (Darin Reed photo)
November 16, 2023

Young Finley Soccer Team Battles Experienced Foes

A young J. Taylor Finley Middle School boys’ soccer “white” team battled a set of experienced foes this fall. While the squad was overwhelmingly dominated by seventh graders, a never-give-up attitude helped the Blue Devils remain competitive.

  Many different Finley players took turns in the spotlight. (Darin Reed photo)
November 15, 2023

Finley Girls’ Soccer-Blue Comes Together

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls’ soccer “blue” team came together over the course of the season to form a competitive group that featured some highly skilled players.

  The 2023 Finley Middle School field hockey team dressed in pink for charity.
November 6, 2023

Finley Field Hockey Enjoys Strong Season

An exceptionally strong line-up propelled the J. Taylor Finley Middle School field hockey team to a five win season, its best showing in many years.

  The Finley Middle School boys and girls cross country teams (2)
November 6, 2023

Finley Cross Country Runners Show Promise

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams ran their hearts out this fall. The two squads were reinforced with many new runners that complemented the veteran returnees.

  The Finley Middle School girls' tennis team finished the season with a 7-3 record.
November 2, 2023

Finley Girls’ Tennis Compiles 7-3 Mark

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls’ tennis team compiled a 7-3 record against a slate of strong opponents. The highlight of the season was a 7-3 victory over Commack that was decided by a tiebreaker in the final match.

  The Finley Middle School-White girls' soccer team with head coach Alicia Furman.
November 1, 2023

Talented Finley Soccer Players Show Promise

While the J. Taylor Finley Middle School “White” soccer team had the unenviable task of playing many of Suffolk’s best seventh and eighth grade squads, many players on the Blue Devil roster sparkled and appear to have set the stage for excellent careers on the high school level.

  The Finley Middle School field hockey team.
September 4, 2023

Finley Field Hockey Off to Great Start

The J. Taylor Finley Middle School field hockey team is off to a successful start. The squad is captained by Ava Bencivenga, Shealyn Gilroy, Campbell Arthur, Karina Rodgriquez and Alexa Wasoski.

  Fall sports at Finley are gearing up this week. (Darin Reed photo.)
September 5, 2023

Finley Fall Sports Season Ramps Up

The fall sports season at J. Taylor Finley Middle School is ramping up. Tryouts begin this week and are expected to extend into next week as well before rosters are finalized. There are two girls’ soccer teams, two boys’ soccer teams as well as football, co-ed cross country and field hockey teams for seventh and eighth graders to choose from.

  Huntington is filming sports games at three locations with Hudl cameras.
August 28, 2023

Blue Devils Livestream Many Athletic Events

Blue Devil sports fans will be able to watch livestreams of many athletic events during the fall, winter and spring seasons. Huntington UFSD has installed three Hudl cameras to record games in the Huntington High School and J. Taylor Finley Middle School gyms and atop the press box at Blue Devil Stadium.


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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Contacts

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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 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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