Friday, 15 October 2010 00:00
The Wheatley School held its “Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 24. The event was a collaborative effort of the new Wildcat Athletic Foundation, the PTO’s of the East Williston School District, the Board of Education and Athletic Departments from both East Williston and Carle Place.
The community came together to support all Wheatley’s Varsity teams and two Junior Varsity teams. Competing against Oyster Bay High School, the Varsity Boys’ Soccer team won 2-0 while the Varsity Girls’ Soccer game ended in a 3-3 tie. The Varsity Girls’ Volleyball team defeated the Oyster Bay team, winning three consecutive games.
The junior varsity Girls’ Volleyball team succumbed to Oyster Bay. Varsity Girls’ Field Hockey competed against Great Neck North in a tough game, falling 2-0.
The Varsity Girls’ Tennis match ended in a loss to a strong Oceanside team. Also at 4:30 PM, the JV Carle Place/Wheatley football team took to the field against the Plainedge Red Devils.
The field inside the track, which had not been used for a high school football game in nearly two decades, was dressed to the nines. Lights were donated from the Town of North Hempstead, bleachers were rented, the lines were painted, the goal posts were installed and the Varsity Carle Place/Wheatley Football team and an estimated two thousand supporters were ready to root for their home team.
In 1991, after a decline in the number of boys interested in playing football, the Wheatley program ended. In March, 2005, a group of dedicated Wheatley parents, committed to restoring football, met with the Board of Education.
Through many hours of research, evaluations and meetings, Wheatley football was restored when a joint football program between the Carle Place School District and Wheatley took to the field in Sept. 2007. Fast forward to a misty night on Sept. 24 when VFW Post #1688 Honor Guard presented the colors. Wheatley students Chelsea Wolgel and Morgan Littman sang the National Anthem.
Dr. Lorna R. Lewis, Superintendent of the East Williston School District, David J. Flatley, Superintendent of Carle Place Schools and Town of North Hempstead Councilman Thomas K. Dwyer, a former Wheatley football player, were all present for this special event.
The Carle Place/Wheatley Varsity football team played a tight first half, keeping the score close. The second half was all Plainedge, as they wore down the Frogs and took the victory.
The Wildcat Athletic Foundation re-emerged and helped create an atmosphere of community spirit and support. As this was their first event, they provided food and refreshments at very low prices, sponsored a free raffle give away with great prizes, gave free t-shirts to lucky spectators and brought in inflatables for young children.
Promoting and working tirelessly behind the scenes, co-presidents Jay Pomerantz and Stu Dinetz were hoping for a large turnout to support our student-athletes. This was far surpassed with more than 2,000 fans in attendance.