The J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls’ volleyball program is thriving. More than 90 seventh and eighth graders participated in three days of tryouts. The district added a second team this winter in response to overwhelming interest in the sport.
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 finalizing plans to collaborate on a combined middle school team next spring.
The J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls’ soccer “white” team coached by Spanish teacher Alicia Furman was a work in progress throughout the fall season. The 20 player roster was captained by Aubrie Godin, Justina Hlenski and Gabriella LoScalzo.
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 J. Taylor Finley Middle School co-ed cross country team was strengthened this year, but still needs to take another step next fall with hopefully the addition of more girls to the squad.
Many teams lose players during the season, but not the J. Taylor Finley Middle School field hockey squad, which actually gained five players during the opening weeks. It’s a credit to second year head coach Marissa Bergmann who is quietly building a winning program.
The J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls’ tennis team maintained the program’s traditional competitiveness this fall, compiling a 5-5 mark and showcasing the best young players in the district.
Eighth grader Eric Heinz put on a show, racing through the 1.5 mile course in 9:05.9 to finish fourth in a field of 199 to pace the J. Taylor Finley Middle School co-ed cross country team at the Sunken Meadow Invitational, which serves as the unofficial middle school county championships.
J. Taylor Finley Middle School’s Winter Season No. 1 is quickly approaching as athletes and coaches begin preparations for the start of tryouts on Monday, November 7.
The highly anticipated game between J. Taylor Finley Middle School’s two boys’ soccer teams proved worthy of its billing as the squads battled it out on Woodhull Intermediate School’s lower athletic field on a recent gorgeous fall afternoon.
J. Taylor Finley Middle School and Huntington High School students currently enrolled in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in a free intramural boys’ and girls’ fencing program this fall.
The two J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls’ soccer teams appear to be powerful squads capable of winning their fair share of games. Both teams opened with victories before each of them fell in hard fought second contests.
The J. Taylor Finley Middle School football team is 54 players strong. The squad has been practicing since the first day of school as it gets ready to take on Northport on Friday afternoon at home at 4:45 p.m. on the team’s new sod field.
The J. Taylor Finley Middle School co-ed cross country team is off and running. While the boys and girls practice together, they compete separately.
A new season has dawned and the J. Taylor Finley Middle School field hockey team is expected to be very competitive against every opponent on its schedule.
The J. Taylor Finley Middle School fall sports season will begin on Tuesday, September 6 with football practice. All other teams will start the following day, Wednesday, September 7. Students can choose from among the following sports: Football, girls’ soccer, boys’ soccer, girls’ tennis, field hockey and co-ed cross country.
The J. Taylor Finley Middle School athletic program is developmental in nature. It seeks to encourage participation at several achievement levels on teams spread across four different seasons.
Schools competing at the “modified” level in New York State field teams consisting of seventh and eighth graders. Schools on this level attempt to equalize competition to prevent the overmatching of teams or individuals to the extent possible.
The Finley athletic program stresses the development of strong fundamentals, sportsmanship, the proper respect for authority and the establishment of a healthy balance between sports and all the other activities that seventh and eighth graders normally participate in to prevent an excessive load for any youngster.
Modified athletic programs strive to attain a minimal loss of school time, limited publicity, competent officiating and awards focused on participation.
Finley students are able to explore four different sports in each of their two years of middle school. There are fall and spring seasons along with two separate seasons during the winter months.
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.
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.
All students are expected to pass all subjects. Passing physical education is a requirement for participation in interscholastic sports. Failure to maintain a passing average in all other subjects may result in being placed on probation from the activity, until improvement is displayed, as judged by the Athletic Director. Students on probation will be required to attend study sessions to concentrate on the subject failed. Participation may or may not continue during the probation. Continued academic failure may result in being suspended from the activity.
As an athlete, you are responsible for the care and the return of all athletic equipment that is issued to you. Any equipment that you do not return must be paid for. Failure to return or pay for equipment issued to you will result in your not being permitted to try out for the next sport season. In addition, if you have in your possession any athletic equipment that has not been issued to you, it could result in the immediate suspension from the team you are participating on. Such items should be turned into the Athletic Office immediately. These rules will be enforced to protect the community’s investment in the athletic program.
No athletic equipment is to be worn without the consent of the coach. Athletic uniforms are NOT to be worn during physical education class. If the student-athlete fails to return or pay for uniforms at the end of a season, he/she may not be eligible to try out for the next sport season.
The school district is not responsible for personal property. It is recommended that all valuables be left at home. Students must provide their own lock to store items in team locker rooms.
The district requires that a Transportation Release Form be completed, signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the athletic office at least 24 hours prior to the contest each time the release of a student-athlete is sought from the return transportation provided by the district.
It is important for athletes to remember that participation is a privilege that is not to be abused by unsportsmanlike conduct. The District athlete is to demonstrate self-control and respect for other students, teammates, other athletes, officials, and spectators at all times. District athletes are expected to treat opponents with respect before, during and after competitions. Congratulations, shaking hands and other acts of good sportsmanship are expected.
Students are expected to display good citizenship during the school day, on the athletic field, and in the community. You are representing the school district, so you are expected to act accordingly. Behavior that is less than acceptable will lead to temporary or permanent suspension from the team.
All student athletes must comply with the District’s Code of Conduct in addition to the Athlete’s Code of Conduct.
Hazing, defined as any activity directed against another for the purpose of initiation into any school district sponsored activity, organization, club or team, is a form of harassment whether it is physical or verbal. It is prohibited and should not be condoned by a victim, coach, staff, school administration, fellow students and especially team members. Any student found to have committed an act of harassment against any student in the District, including team members, will be faced with disciplinary action which may include suspension from their athletic team and suspension from school. Team members are fully expected to notify a coach and other school officials if any such behavior is observed.
An athlete may not use or be in possession of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances such as illicit drugs or steroids at any time. An athlete may not use prescription drugs that have been prescribed for another person. Any student found to use alcohol, tobacco, or any illegal drug on or off school property at any time, including weekends, during the sport season will be suspended from participating in that sport. You have a commitment to your team not only during and after school, but also in the evening and on weekends. If a student-athlete discloses and informs a coach or other school official about his/her substance abuse problem, suspension may be waived if the athlete is willing to take active steps to remedy the problem.
Foul language and insulting remarks are not permissible. Students will not be permitted to fight or strike teammates and opponents unless in the context of a contact sport where such physical conduct is required or permitted. Athletes are expected to obey a coach’s directions. Disobedience, unwarranted comments, and other insubordinate behavior may interfere with the coach’s ability to conduct a practice and may distract from the time a coach should spend for the purpose of the team. Athletes are expected to communicate with coaches before or after practice to avoid distracting team practices and team goals. Athletes are expected to follow the rules and protocol of their sport and should not intentionally violate the rules of the sport that they are playing during practice or competition.
As a representative of the Department of Athletics and the Huntington Union Free School District, you are always in the public eye. Please keep the following in mind as you participate on social networking web sites:
Spectators are an important aspect of the District’s Athletic program and enhance the accomplishments of the individual athletes. Spectators are expected to conform to the accepted standards of sportsmanship and may never distract from the accomplishments of the District’s athletes. Spectators are capable of creating a negative impression of the District’s athletic program and embarrassing District athletes. The following rules of conduct must be followed by all spectators:
These rules and regulations will be enforced. They have been devised to help maintain the integrity of the athletic program here in Huntington and to help each and every student athlete have a safe, successful and enjoyable athletic experience.
Beginning in the seventh grade, in order to remain eligible to participate in co-curricular activities, a student who fails two or more subjects on the informals, quarterly grade reports and/or June final grades shall be required to attend extra help before, during or after the school day. Extra help is defined as attending a set number of minutes per week per subject of tutorial assistance. A teacher certified in the required subject area must administer extra help. If no such teacher can be scheduled, the building administration will arrange for alternative tutoring. Extra help shall continue until the student is failing less than two courses. A student failing physical education, even if it is the only course failed, shall not participate in extracurricular sports.
Students, teachers, advisors and coaches will be notified in writing of the failures. Upon notification, tutorial support will be put in place for the students as will the use of daily/weekly student progress reports. The written student notification will state the effective date of ineligibility. The student has the opportunity to appeal before the Eligibility Committee. Such a committee will be selected from administrators, counselors, teachers, advisors, coaches, and will closely review student progress to determine terms of eligibility or ineligibility for each student reviewed.
A school-sponsored student organization has the right to establish criteria for membership provided such criteria are relevant to the purpose and activities of that group.
|Furman||Alicia||Asst., Girls' Soccer||Fall||631-673-2018|
|Madden||Tim||Boys' Basketball||Winter I||631-673-2018|
|Postel||Carrie||Girls' Volleyball||Winter I||631-673-2018|
|Madden||Tim||Girls' Basketball||Winter II||631-673-2018|
|Taylor||Chris||Head, Wrestling||Winter II||631-673-2018|
|Annunziata||Anthony||Asst., Wrestling||Winter II||631-673-2018|
|Stanford||Hildi||Girls' Lacrosse, Head||Spring||631-673-2018|
|Gonzalez||Ysreal||Girls' Lacrosse, Asst.||Spring||631-673-2018|
|Madden||Tim||Head Girls' Track and Field||Spring||631-673-2018|
|Reynolds||Brian||Head Boys' Track and Field||Spring||631-673-2018|
Mascot: Blue Devils
Facilities: Finley Gymnasium
Jack Abrams Gymnasium
Director: James M. Hoops
Coordinator: Michael Marinello
Ath Secretary: Nicole Haas
Ath Secretary: Rosemary Fleming
1-631-673-2017 Athletic Director
1-631-673-2018 Athletic Office
School Hours: 8:05 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.