A Picture-Perfect Panther Homecoming

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Pride for the hometown Panthers was at an all-time high at the end of October when the Babylon School District celebrated homecoming 2013.
The weekend festivities kicked off with the 12th annual “Soccer Under the Lights” event, honoring the life and memory of Randy Zwerlein, a beloved Babylon community member who passed away in 2002. During the event, the Lady Panthers took on the Pierson Whalers and the boys team competed against the Port Jefferson Royals. Mr. Zwerlein is remembered as a dedicated volunteer, so the annual event honors the spirit of volunteerism as well as his commitment to youth sports. Proceeds from the event help support scholarships given in Mr. Zwerlein’s memory, as well as raise funding for future night games in celebration of education and community spirit.

The annual homecoming parade through Babylon Village included the high school marching band; youth, junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders; youth football league; members of the school’s theater arts program; and those students nominated to the homecoming court, who rode atop open convertibles. The floats in the parade were created by each grade at the high school and followed the theme of “game apps.” At halftime, it was announced that the junior class had won the contest with their “Angry Birds” float and that Logan Middleton and Jayne Dittmeier were this year’s king and queen.

Prior to kickoff, the second annual chili and chowder cook-off commenced in the stadium complex. Judges included district administrators, residents and local elected officials, tasting submissions made by eight local restaurants and 11 residents. In the chili category, winners included Jules Larock (resident) and Horace and Sylvia’s (restaurant); chowder winners were the Giovanazzo and Galbreth Families (resident) and Lily Flanagan’s (restaurant).

The Babylon Panthers captured an early lead in the varsity football game against Mt. Sinai and continued to outplay their opponents through all four quarters. With a final score of 42-7, the team extended its Long Island-leading and school-record winning streak to capture its 18th victory in a row.