Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00
Students, alumni, families, and friends gathered under the lights to celebrate Homecoming 2011 and show their support for their Big Red Varsity Football team.
The festivities began with the traditional school Pep Rally Friday afternoon at Glen Cove High School. Unlike past years, the 2011 Pep Rally was special. In recognition for winning the Summer Stars program, MSG Varsity provided several fun stations to make it a true party experience for students. A Mr. Softee truck served unlimited ice cream; an antique popcorn stand kept appetites at bay; photo and face painting tents provided amusement; a disc jockey with full sound system brought the audience to their feet and kept the gymnasium rocking; and water cooler tubs kept everyone refreshed for a full slate of school spirit, fanfare and lots of cheering.
The celebration continued on Saturday afternoon with the annual Homecoming Parade, complete with floats representing each of the district’s schools. The procession began at Gribbin Elementary School and traveled along Walnut Avenue before concluding on the Glen Cove High School field. Students, parents, and representatives of the Board of Education and administration marched together to show their Glen Cove pride in anticipation of the big game Homecoming Football Game.
Prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff, the cheers of the crowd, led by the Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleaders and accompanied by the High School Band, rallied the Big Red team. The Homecoming Court was introduced before the players charged onto the field ready to take on the Roslyn High School Bulldogs.
With the score tied at 7 on the first quarter, the Biog Red scored four consecutive touchdowns to take a commanding 35-7 halftime lead. They never looked back.
Varsity Cheerleaders, Varsity Kickline, and the High School Drum Line provided halftime entertainment. Last year’s Homecoming King Andrew Ayo and Queen Jenna Piccirillo were on hand to crown the 2011 King and Queen: Nick Manzione and Cristina Cappiello. Junior Varsity Cheerleaders also provided entertainment during the game.
When the teams returned from the locker room, the Big Red continued to turn it on with 12 more third-quarter points en route to a 47-21 Homecoming victory. Billy Neice led the way for Glen Cove with 124 yards rushing and two touchdowns, as the Big Red totaled 470 yards with seven touchdowns on the ground.
The Glen Cove High School Booster Club would like to thank Mark Ermmarino and Mike Colangelo for donating food and volunteering their time to cook, Kevin Monahan who also cooked, as well as Jeff Zupa, Alice McCrindle, Vinnie Martinez, Dave Spy and the many other parent volunteers who took the time to help on a very busy night. Additionally, special thanks to St. Rocco’s, Cove Fruit, La Ginestra, Old Fashioned Bakery, and John Zozzaro and the staff at the Downtown Café – all of whom were contributors to this wonderful evening.
Through the generosity of everyone involved the Glen Cove High School Booster Club will be able to continue efforts to complete the construction of the new concession stand, provide scholarships to deserving senior student athletes and support the high school athletic program.
Congratulations to all involved for making Glen Cove’s Homecoming 2011 a great success!