Friday, 10 September 2010 00:00Uniforms have been handed out, practices have been held and teams have been formed. Old friends have gotten reacquainted and new friendships have begun to take shape. Football coaches have been plotting game strategies and players have been running through their drills. Cheer coaches have been teaching cheers and cheerleaders have been learning halftime routines. Since early August, the Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League has been out on the field getting ready for the big day.
The season opens bright and early in the morning on Sept. 12. Half of the teams will be playing on their home field in Syosset-Woodbury Park, and the other half will be playing away games in neighboring towns. The youngest teams, with players ages 5 and 6, will begin playing the first games of the morning, and as the day progresses the older teams will play. The league has high hopes for all of the teams – they all look great this year.
Speaking of great, it gives the league immense pleasure to update members of the community on the whereabouts of the senior league members from last year. The league is not always fortunate enough to have a senior team, as many kids move on to play middle school ball once they enter middle school. Last year, there was a senior team, and the league is proud to announce that many of those players will be continuing with the game they love.
Alec Yacavone will be playing at Syosset High School, Sean Cerrone will be playing at Chaminade Memorial High School, Gregory Galligan and Connor Byrne will be playing at St. Anthony’s High School, Ian Greene and Rob Jenis will be playing at Jericho High School. Jessica Herschman, a cheerleader from the senior and competition teams, will be cheering at Syosset High School as well as assistant coaching with the 6-year-old squad this year, and Gina Cavasano, also a senior and competition cheerleader, is assistant coaching with the seven-year-old squad this year. Congratulations to the seniors – everyone at the league is proud of you!
The final piece of news is that the league is pleased to announce that they will be holding the second annual Homecoming Celebration at the turf field in Syosset-Woodbury Park on Sept. 26. The celebration will be going on all day, starting at around 9 a.m. with the first game. The league expects to have all teams playing at home that day, so fans will get to see lots of great football and some pretty amazing cheerleaders. There will be singers from the I School of Music singing the national anthem, a DJ and game commentary, courtesy of Upbeat Entertainment, a new Topps football card stand with great football cards and prizes, food at the concession stand, bounces for the kids and much more. Everyone is welcome, so fans should feel free to bring their families and friends and help the league to celebrate.