School Spirit Soars at Homecoming

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Eagle pride was evident through the schools and the streets as West Babylon celebrated its homecoming on Oct. 26.

Kicking off with a pep rally at the Senior High School the day before, the community and schools came together for a parade on the morning of the game that marched down Little East Neck Road to the West Babylon Junior High School led by the school’s marching band. Cheerleaders from eighth grade to seniors piled into the back of pickup trucks, while members of the different classes showed off their float creations. Members of the swim team, boys and girls cross-country teams and the elementary schools were all represented in the parade. 

Prior to the start of the game against Hauppauge High School, senior football players and cheerleaders were escorted out to the field with their parents to be recognized. Members of the homecoming court were announced and took to the field for a photo opportunity. It was Eagles verses Eagles in an evenly matched game with a score of 6-6 through the first half. Neither team scored in the third quarter and both teams went into the fourth quarter gearing up for the win. Ultimately, West Babylon came up a bit short in the end and was defeated 19-13.

The halftime performance by the school’s marching band was themed “007” after the James Bond movie soundtrack and showed off the band’s musical skills. Senior members of the band laid their hats on the ground for their final musical selection. With school spirit still high, the Senior High School hosted the homecoming dance later in the evening. The school’s king and queen – Jack Rankin and Emma Weis – were officially crowned at the dance.