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The fall campaign didn't end in spectacular fashion for the Vikings. But when you consider that the season opener was postponed due to national tragedy, the Port Viking football team and its "Booster" supporters made it a fine season to remember. The club finished with a very respectable 4 and 4 record, and when you consider some of their competition (Lawrence, Garden City and Mepham) you have to give them a lot of credit for improving upon last season's record when they started the program with a new coaching staff and some new approaches to the offensive scheme. The varsity football team had a lot of support from the fans and local merchants, and much of the congratulations for heightened enthusiasm must go to the newly formed Port Football Boosters.

The Port Washington Football Boosters were successful in raising monies via donations and the sale of shirts, sweatshirts etc, that sported the Port Washington Football emblem. Port's first night home game was a rousing success against Herricks on Oct. 5, not only in terms of an easy victory but in terms of crowd support as hundreds not only filled the stands, but as an SRO contingent on the adjacent baseball field. It was an historic event for this little bailiwick, and with the assistance of the 'boosters' there will be many more such night games in the future. The aforementioned sale of shirts, sweaters, balloons, hats and magnets enabled the boosters to provide pasta dinners to the players on Friday nights before Saturday games.

Along with the unflinching support and donations from some of Port's local merchants such as: Frank's Pizzeria, Sal's Coal Oven Pizzeria, Pisano's and Gino's Pizzeria, the boosters were able to offer tailgate parties for the boys after the home games that included snacks and Gatorade. These events also allowed both the varsity and junior varsity squads to gain a little fraternity with each other off the field. The Boosters are sponsoring a dinner for the football teams on Wednesday, Nov. 28 to thank the players for the effort this season. Each of the players will be given a highlight videotape of the season's outstanding moments and seniors will be receiving a framed picture of themselves.

Kudos and "atta boys" go out to co-presidents of the PW Football Boosters - Rob Kropacek and Teresa Cosolito and the executive committee that included Linda Kropacek, Evelyn and Ken Barack, Betsey and Joe Ferraro, Howie and Debbie Bluver, Candy and Mark Udell, Jeff and Carol Hafer, Alan and Suzanne Sloane, Joan Silverstein, and Marylou Fischetti. Further kudos must be handed out to Ray Ross for receiving All County - Honorable Mention and Marlon Bermudez for attaining All Conference status after exemplary seasons for both players. The Port Vikings gained much support from the local faithful - merchants and fans alike this season. There is no doubt that with continued support in following seasons, the football Vikings will continue to improve and prosper.


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