A Beautiful Day in Oyster Bay for Homecoming
Saturday, September 17 was an absolutely spectacular day in Oyster Bay for Homecoming 2016. Unlike Homecoming in recent years, there was no rain, no snow; just bright blue skies and puffy white clouds. Spirits were high and smiles were on faces as the community came together and filled the stands to enjoy a football game as the Baymen hosted the Quakers of Friends Academy.
The Homecoming parade left the high school at 12:45 heading down East Main Street, through town and ending at Memorial Field. With a police and fire department escort, the cheerleaders, pep band, representatives from each grade level, students and staff from Vernon and Teddy Roosevelt Elementary marched as the homecoming royal court were chauffeured in open air convertibles where they could wave to the crowd.
The first marchers in the parade were the varsity cheerleaders, proudly wearing purple and gold. The girls have pom-poms in hand and smiles all around, their excitement and enthusiasm was energizing. They were followed by the extremely talented Oyster Bay High School Pep Band, enthusiastically playing joyful music filling the air in Oyster Bay. Mr. Matthew Sisia, the proficient music teacher who has led the school band to Carnegie Hall marched with the pep band. OBHS Music Teacher Mr. Michael Giannetta and Fine and Performing Arts Supervisor Peter Rufa marched alongside the Pep Band.
Each grade level was led by a float depicting their Spirit Week theme. They were followed by students proudly displaying a banner to represent their class. Their royal court members sitting perched on the backs of convertibles followed in style.
The banners and floats were being judged and the results were as follows:
4th place: Freshman
3rd place Seniors
2nd place Sophomores
1st place Juniors
4th place: Seniors
3rd place: Freshman
2nd place: Sophomores
1st place: Juniors
The 2016 Baymen Football Team came into the game with a 1 and 0 record having beaten Island Trees the week before. They took a lead into the locker room at halftime.
At halftime, the cheerleaders took the field and kept the excitement level high with spirited cheers and a dance showing new twists and turns under the direction of returning coach and OBHS Alum Ms. Christina Vaccaro.
The senior class then performed their lip sync dance that won the competition held at the Friday afternoon pep rally.
The celebration was capped off with the introduction to the community of the 2016 Royal Court. They are Freshman Prince- Terence Pyres, Freshman Princess- Jamie Galasso, Sophomore Prince- Yahve Baptiste, Sophomore Princess- Catherine Almonte, Junior Prince- Ian Guarini, Junior Princess- Maggie Frankel, Senior King- Aaron Rudnet, and Senior Homecoming Queen- Lauren Orlowski.
In the second half, the Quakers battle back. With about a minute left on the clock, Friends Academy was knocking on the door of the Baymen goal line with just a 3-point deficit. With the game on the line OBHS Senior Charles Collette intercepted a Quaker pass and sealed a 21 to 18 Baymen victory improving their record to 2-0.
Throughout the game with the sun beating down, the Oyster Bay Chain Game did an outstanding job moving the chains and keeping the down and distance on the sideline. The OB Chain Gang represents over 150 years of experience with OBHS Sophomore Robert Zahradnik and OBHS Coaches Ron Scudder and Ed Meehan.
There are three more opportunities this season for the community to come together in celebration of community and camaraderie on Memorial Field as the Baymen host home football games on Saturday, October 1 at 3 pm, Saturday, October 8 at 2 pm and a Saturday, October 29 at 2 pm.